• Alleged Crypto-Stealing SIM Swap Duo Charged

    Alleged Crypto-Stealing SIM Swap Duo ChargedTwo men have been arrested and charged in connection with a major SIM swap campaign designed to steal cryptocurrency and hijack high-value social media accounts.Eric Meiggs, 21, of Brockton, Massachusetts, and Declan Harrington, 20, of Rockport, Massachusetts, face an 11-count indictment, charging them with one count of conspiracy, eight counts of wire fraud, one count of computer fraud and abuse, and one count of aggravated identity theft.After using
  • Ban Hasn't Stopped COVID-19 Instagram Ads

    Ban Hasn't Stopped COVID-19 Instagram AdsAdverts and listings that capitalize on the COVID-19 outbreak are appearing on Instagram and Facebook despite being banned.On March 6, Facebook and Instagram announced a temporary ban on ads and listings selling medical face masks on its marketplace. On March 19, Rob Leathern, head of trust and integrity for Facebook ads and business platform, extended the ban to include hand sanitizers, coronavirus testing kits, disinfecting wipes, and several other prod
  • VoIP Carriers Investigated Over Fraudulent Robocalls

    VoIP Carriers Investigated Over Fraudulent RobocallsAn American court has ordered injunctions against two telecom carriers that facilitated hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls to consumers in the United States.The scam calls predominantly targeted elderly and vulnerable people, successfully conning victims out of personal information, money, and property. Many of the robocalls were made by fraudsters overseas impersonating government agencies and conveying alarming messages.Victims
  • Carnegie Mellon Launches Cybersecurity Master's Degree

    Carnegie Mellon Launches Cybersecurity Master's DegreeCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) has launched a cybersecurity-focused master's degree program. The new program centers on building expertise in risk management, information security, and data privacy and aims to develop key skills in operations, strategy, and analysis. To earn their master's degree, student teams will have to solve real security problems for a national capital area–based organization or government ag
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  • New MI5 head promises to focus on China and harness AI

    New MI5 head promises to focus on China and harness AI
    Promotion of Glaswegian career officer Ken McCallum announced by Priti Patel MI5’s deputy will take the top job at the spy agency next month promising a sharper focus on China and to work more closely with the private sector in harnessing artificial intelligence in tackling hostile state and terrorist activity.Ken McCallum, a career MI5 officer, has been the agency’s deputy director general since April 2017 and was seen by insiders as the heir apparent at an organisation that prides
  • #COVID19 Phishing Scam Tricks People With ‘You Might Be Infected’ Warning

    #COVID19 Phishing Scam Tricks People With ‘You Might Be Infected’ WarningSecurity awareness training and simulated phishing provider KnowBe4 has announced that it has discovered a new type of phishing scam warning people that they’ve come into contact with a friend/colleague/family member who has been infected with the coronavirus and so are at risk of being infected themselves.The email, which is crafted to appear as though it has come from a legitimate hospital, instructs use
  • Government Launches Response Unit to Fight #COVID19 Fake News

    Government Launches Response Unit to Fight #COVID19 Fake NewsThe British government has launched a new rapid response unit to coordinate the fight against online misinformation about COVID-19.Reports suggest that the unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and Number 10, will help to deal with “false and misleading narratives about coronavirus.” These will include everything from phishing scams to fake ‘experts’ issuing false medical advice.Culture secretary, Olive
  • Maze Authors Claim to Have Hit Insurer Chubb

    Maze Authors Claim to Have Hit Insurer Chubb A leading insurance provider appears to have been targeted by a notorious ransomware group, which is threatening to release information stolen from the company if it doesn’t pay up.Chubb Insurance, which offers cyber-policies as well as other types of protection, has become the latest company singled out by the Maze group.Once organizations have been infected with Maze ransomware the group lists them on its dedicated ‘News’ site
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  • Global E-Commerce Fraud to Top $25bn by 2024

    Global E-Commerce Fraud to Top $25bn by 2024Global online payment fraud losses are set to soar by more than 50% over the coming four years to exceed $25bn per year, according to a new report from Juniper Research.The market analyst’s report, Online Payment Fraud: Emerging Threats, Segment Analysis & Market Forecasts 2020-2024, predicted a 52% growth in merchant losses to scams over the period.The growing popularity of online shopping combined with the enhanced security of card-pre
  • Threat from far right may be receding since Tory election victory

    Threat from far right may be receding since Tory election victory
    Ex-MI5 chief says Johnson’s win may have made some extremists feel their voices are being heardThe threat from the rise of far-right terrorism in Britain could be diminishing after Boris Johnson’s election victory because supporters of the ideology feel they are being listened to, according to a former head of MI5.Lord Evans of Weardale said “alienated” voters normally vulnerable to exploitation by far-right groups such as the British National party (BNP), EDL and Nationa
  • Threat from far-right may be receding since Tories' election victory

    Threat from far-right may be receding since Tories' election victory
    Ex-MI5 chief says Johnson’s win could make some extremists feel their voices are being heardThe threat from the rise of far-right terrorism in Britain could be diminishing after Boris Johnson’s election victory because supporters of the ideology feel they are being listened to, according to a former head of MI5.Lord Evans of Weardale said “alienated” voters normally vulnerable to exploitation by far-right groups such as the BNP, EDL and National Action would feel their vo
  • Lyra McKee's last article: ‘We were meant to be the generation that reaped the spoils of peace’

    Lyra McKee's last article: ‘We were meant to be the generation that reaped the spoils of peace’
    The reporter was a ‘ceasefire baby’ who grew up in Northern Ireland in the 90s. This is the essay she was working on at the time of her murder last yearThey call my generation the “Ceasefire babies”, though I’ve always hated that name. I hated the mocking tone in which it was usually said, as if growing up in the 90s in Belfast was a stroll. There were still soldiers on the street when I was a kid. I remember them – in uniforms and maroon berets, at checkpoint
  • Domain Registrars Take Action Against Fraudulent COVID-19 Websites

    Domain Registrars Take Action Against Fraudulent COVID-19 WebsitesAmerican domain registration companies are taking steps to combat coronavirus-related fraud. Budget hosting provider Namecheap Inc. has halted automated registration of website names that reference the COVID-19 health crisis. The Los Angeles–based company's action comes after a surge in fraudulent websites seeking to profit from the pandemic.Online scams proliferating from the coronavirus outbreak have include
  • US Plans to Dig Up the Dead for New Cyber-Defense Building

    US Plans to Dig Up the Dead for New Cyber-Defense BuildingThe United States government is planning to relocate a family cemetery in Maryland to make way for a new cyber-defense facility.Last week, a Maryland District Court judge granted the federal government the right to possess a cemetery that is located on the grounds of Fort George G. Meade. The 418-square-foot site, embraced by a chain-link fence, is currently the resting place of members of the Downs family. In 1917, as World War I wa
  • LORCA Launches Open Call for Fifth Cohort of Cyber-Scaleups

    LORCA Launches Open Call for Fifth Cohort of Cyber-ScaleupsA global open call has been launched by the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) for its fifth cohort of cyber-scaleups. The selection criteria will be focused on companies which aim to solve issues brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tackling disinformation and improving the security of remote working.LORCA, which began in June 2018 with UK government funding, has run its year-long accele
  • Privacy concerns raised by COVID-19 symptom checking app

    Privacy concerns raised by COVID-19 symptom checking app
    While coordinated action is urgently needed, should we be racing to download everything that promises a solution?
  • FBI Issues Child Sextortion Warning Amid School Closures

    FBI Issues Child Sextortion Warning Amid School ClosuresAmerica's Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that children who are spending more time online as a result of early school closures face an increased risk of being exploited.In a statement issued on March 23, the FBI wrote: "Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. "Due to this newly developi
  • Virgin Media Facing Huge Compensation Bill Over Data Breach

    Virgin Media Facing Huge Compensation Bill Over Data BreachVirgin Media could be liable to pay up to £4.5bn in compensation following the company’s data breach, in which the details of 900,000 customers were freely available online for hackers to exploit for 10 months. This has left the victims vulnerable to scams including phishing emails, account takeovers and identity theft, with the resulting compensation claims for financial and emotional distress suffered expected to be around
  • US cancels major Philippines war games due to virus

    US cancels major Philippines war games due to virus
    DefenceTalkThe US military has cancelled a large-scale exercise involving thousands of troops in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to scrap Balikatan 2020 was taken...
  • BELL 360 Invictus to Continue In US Army’s New Scout Rotorcraft Competition

    BELL 360 Invictus to Continue In US Army’s New Scout Rotorcraft Competition
    DefenceTalkBell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the...
  • UK Government Uses Zoom Despite MoD Security Concerns

    UK Government Uses Zoom Despite MoD Security ConcernsThe British government is using popular conferencing platform Zoom to conduct Cabinet meetings, despite reported Ministry of Defence (MoD) warnings about the security implications.The government appears to be heeding its own COVID-19 advice in forcing ministers to adhere to social distancing and work from home rules. However, a photo circulated by Boris Johnson showed the Prime Minister using Zoom to host a Cabinet meeting.The same US-produced
  • IrvinGQ Develops Airdrop Platform Compatible for Use With Milrem Robotics’ UGV

    IrvinGQ Develops Airdrop Platform Compatible for Use With Milrem Robotics’ UGV
    DefenceTalkThe ability to operate in high threat environments, without putting warfighters or service people at risk, is one of the single biggest challenges faced by decision makers of the day. Part...
  • Coronavirus cases spike on US aircraft carrier: media

    Coronavirus cases spike on US aircraft carrier: media
    DefenceTalkThe number of coronavirus cases on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean has spiked to at least 23, with authorities moving to isolate the entire crew in port,...
  • US warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat

    US warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat
    DefenceTalkA US warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait in a move certain to anger Beijing as the two countries trade barbs over the coronavirus. The US Pacific Fleet sent a tweet on Thursday...
  • G20 in virtual huddle as virus toll tops 21,000

    G20 in virtual huddle as virus toll tops 21,000
    DefenceTalkWorld leaders are to hold online crisis talks Thursday on the coronavirus pandemic that has forced three billion people into lockdown and claimed more than 21,000 lives. With the disease...
  • #COVID19 News Links Hijacked With iOS Spyware

    #COVID19 News Links Hijacked With iOS SpywareApple iOS users in Hong Kong have been targeted by a large-scale spyware operation using news links posted in popular online forums to snare victims, according to Trend Micro.In what the vendor is calling Operation Poisoned News, links in four different forums frequented by Hong Kong residents were found to use a hidden iframe to execute malicious code, exploiting flaws in iOS 12.1 and 12.2.“The articles were posted by newly registered accounts
  • BadUSB Stick Mailed to Company From ‘Best Buy’

    BadUSB Stick Mailed to Company From ‘Best Buy’Security experts have intercepted a highly targeted attack in which a malicious USB device was mailed out to a US company.Trustwave was alerted to the attempted attack on one of its customers’ partners, after they were sent an unsolicited letter in the post purporting to come from Best Buy.A brief message thanked the company for being a loyal customer and enclosed a ‘$50 gift card’ alongside the USB, which the sender cla
  • VPN Usage in US Quadruples

    VPN Usage in US Quadruples American usage of VPNs has increased by four times since 2010, according to a new study published today by American cybersecurity company PC Matic.Researchers found that in 2010, only 1.57% of Americans were using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) compared to 6.26% in 2019.From 2010 through 2017, the usage of VPNs remained fairly consistent, hovering at round 1.6%. However, the networks have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years. VPN
  • Data Deposit Box Exposes PII of 270K Users

    Data Deposit Box Exposes PII of 270K Users A company that provides secure cloud storage services has exposed over a quarter of a million private files uploaded by its customers. Data Deposit Box left a database containing over 270,000 customer files on an unsecured Amazon S3 bucket. As a result of the breach, data including personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to Data Deposit Box customers was exposed. The open bucket was discovered on Christmas Day, 2019, by a 
  • All 4G Networks Susceptible to DoS Attacks

    All 4G Networks Susceptible to DoS Attacks New research has uncovered a vulnerability affecting all 4G and some 5G telecommunications networks.A study of the security of diameter networks completed by Positive Technologies found that weaknesses in the diameter-signaling protocol meant that 100% of 4G networks are susceptible to denial of service (DoS) attacks. The diameter-signaling protocol is used to authenticate and authorize messages and information distribution in 4G networks

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