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Top News

  • DOJ indict Fxmsp hacker for selling access to hacked orgs, AV firms

    July 7, 2020

    The US Department of Justice has indicted a hacker known as ‘Fxmsp’ for hacking into and selling access to over three hundred organizations worldwide. In an indictment unsealed today, the DOJ is charging a citizen of Kazakhstan named Andrey Turchin, also known as “Fxmsp,” with conspiracy to commit computer hacking, two counts of computer fraud and abuse ...

  • First-Ever Russian BEC Gang, Cosmic Lynx, Uncovered

    July 7, 2020

    Researchers say they have discovered the first-ever reported Russian business email compromise (BEC) cybercriminal ring, showing that sophisticated attackers beyond the usual Nigerian scammers are setting their sights on the email-based attack vector. The BEC gang is called Cosmic Lynx, and has been associated with more than 200 BEC campaigns targeting senior-level executives in 46 countries since last July. The ...

  • Free decryptor available for ThiefQuest ransomware victims

    July 7, 2020

    Cyber-security firm SentinelOne has released today a free decryptor app that can help victims of the ThiefQuest ransomware recover their locked files. The ThiefQuest ransomware — initially identified under the name of EvilQuest — targets only Mac users. ThiefQuest’s classification as a ransomware strain is tenuous. The malware is a smorgasbord of malicious code that includes modules ...

  • UK to phase out Huawei gear from 5G networks

    July 6, 2020

    Britain is set to phase out Huawei equipment from its 5G mobile networks this year, the U.K. press reported over the weekend. If so, it marks a major U-turn in the government’s position on the Chinese telecommunications giant. The government is drawing up plans to strip Huawei gear from Britain’s next-generation networks by the end of ...

  • Suspected case of bubonic plague reported in Inner Mongolia

    July 6, 2020

    Chinese authorities have issued a warning after a suspected case of bubonic plague was identified in Inner Mongolia. The case was reported at a hospital in the city of Bayannur, to the west of the Chinese autonomous region, on Saturday. It is not known how the patient became infected, local officials said. It triggered a level three ...

  • E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network

    July 3, 2020

    European law-enforcement officials have shut down an encrypted Android-based communications platform used exclusively by criminals to plot murders, traffic illegal drugs, commit money laundering and plan other organized crimes. An international law-enforcement team from the France and the Netherlands cracked the encryption of EncroChat, a secure mobile messaging service that was “one of the largest providers of encrypted communications,” ...

  • UK: Tilbury Port explosion badly damages grain terminal silos

    July 3, 2020

    The roof of a grain store has been partially destroyed in a “massive explosion” at Tilbury Port in Essex. The blast happened at about 09:55 BST, the fire service said. A witness described hearing the “horrendous” noise “like a bomb going off”, while another said “flames shot up about 75m above the silos”. A Port of Tilbury spokeswoman ...

  • US ports get security boost from 2020 grant program

    July 3, 2020

    More than 30 U.S. ports will receive federal funding to protect critical port infrastructure from threats as part of the 2020 Port Security Grant Program, government officials said this week. The grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide $100 million to U.S. port authorities, including terminal operators, municipalities, and policing entities, for ...

  • This is how EKANS ransomware is targeting industrial control systems

    July 2, 2020

    New samples of the EKANS ransomware have revealed how today’s cyberattackers are using a variety of methods to compromise key industrial companies. In a research report published on Wednesday, FortiGuard Labs researchers Ben Hunter and Fred Gutierrez said that malware designed to attack industrial control systems (ICS) continues to be lucrative for threat actors. While ransomware only accounted for ...

  • NSA releases guidance on securing IPsec Virtual Private Networks

    July 2, 2020

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) has published guidance on how to properly secure IP Security (IPsec) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) against potential attacks. Besides providing organizations with recommendations on how to secure IPsec tunnels, NSA’s VPN guidance also highlights the importance of using strong cryptography to protect sensitive info contained within traffic while traversing untrusted networks when connecting to remote ...

  • US Federal Reserve shares tips on mitigating synthetic identity fraud

    July 1, 2020

    The U.S. Federal Reserve today issued guidance on how financial organizations from the United States can mitigate payment fraud attempts scammers carry out with the help of synthetic identity accounts. The white paper published today by the Federal Reserve on mitigating synthetic identity payments fraud comes after two previous white papers on defining and detecting such payments fraud attempts. Synthetic identities are created by ...

  • Coronavirus: US buys up almost entire world supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    July 1, 2020

    The US has bought up almost the entire global supply of one of two drugs used to treat coronavirus which UK patients helped test. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences – and it has been priced at $2,340 (£1,892) per patient in wealthier nations. The company ...


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