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  • This old trojan learns new tricks in its latest banking info and password-stealing campaign

    January 25, 2019

    An infamous form of banking trojan malware with a history going back over a decade has been updated with additional infection techniques as part of a new campaign targeting financial data and passwords. Ursnif is one of the most popular families of Windows banking trojans deployed by cyber criminals and the code behind it has been ...

  • LabKey Vulnerabilities Threaten Medical Research Data

    January 25, 2019

    LabKey Server version 18.3.0-61806.763, released on January 16, patches all three issues, so users should update as soon as possible. A trio of vulnerabilities in a popular open source medical data collaboration tool leaves important healthcare research data and potentially subject information open to multiple cross site scripting (XSS) attacks. The flaws are serious as they ...

  • US Senators fear Chinese-made metro rail cars could be used for surveillance

    January 24, 2019

    Four US Senators have sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) to persuade the agency into blocking a Chinese company from bidding on a contract to provide passenger rail cars for a new metro line in the US’ capital. The Senators fear that the Chinese-made rail cars will include backdoors ...

  • UK unveils plans to fight threat of ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

    January 24, 2019

    The UK will cut drug-resistant infections by 10% and reduce human antibiotic use by 15% over the next five years as part of a new strategy to tackle so-called superbugs. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered one of the greatest threats to human health, with predictions it could become a bigger killer than cancer if it not ...

  • Explosion rocks area near Russian Embassy in Damascus

    January 24, 2019

    A blast has occurred in the Syrian capital of Damascus close to the Russian Embassy, the diplomatic mission has confirmed. The explosion has inflicted only material damage, according to SANA news agency. A car bomb detonated in the area, according to state TV. Other media outlets, however, suggest that the attack might have been carried out ...

  • GreyEnergy’s overlap with Zebrocy

    January 24, 2019

    In October 2018, ESET published a report describing a set of activity they called GreyEnergy, which is believed to be a successor to BlackEnergy group. BlackEnergy (a.k.a. Sandworm) is best known, among other things, for having been involved in attacks against Ukrainian energy facilities in 2015, which led to power outages. Like its predecessor, GreyEnergy malware has ...

  • Trojan malware is back and it’s the biggest hacking threat to your business

    January 23, 2019

    Trojan malware attacks against business targets have rocketed in the last year, as cyber criminals alter their tactics away from short-term gain and in-your-face ransomware attacks towards more subtle, long-term campaigns with the aim of stealing information including banking information, personal data and even intellectual property. Figures from security company Malwarebytes Labs in a new report suggest that ...

  • U.S. Gov Issues Urgent Warning of DNS Hijacking Attacks

    January 23, 2019

    An emergency directive from the Department of Homeland Security provides “required actions” for U.S. government agencies to prevent widespread DNS hijacking attacks. The Department of Homeland Security is ordering all federal agencies to urgently audit Domain Name System (DNS) security for their domains in the next 10 business days. The department’s rare “emergency directive,” issued Tuesday, warned ...

  • Britain to provide Libya with explosive detection equipment

    January 23, 2019

    Britain has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to provide explosive detection equipment to Libya’s Mitiga International Airport. British ambassador to Libya Frank Baker, and the Head of the Libyan Airports Department, Mohamed Bait al-Mal, signed the MoU, said a statement issued by the Libyan airports authority. “The signed MoU aims to establish joint cooperation ...

  • Taliban militants kill dozens at Afghan intelligence base

    January 22, 2019

    Dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul, officials have confirmed. At least 43 people were killed and 54 injured in the attack, the NDS intelligence service told the BBC. Insurgents blew their way into the base using a car bomb before opening fire. Some reports put ...

  • Iraqi scientist says he helped ISIS make chemical weapons

    January 21, 2019

    In the weeks after his city fell to the Islamic State, Iraqi scientist Suleiman al-Afari sat in his deserted government office and waited for the day when the terrorists would show up. The black-clad militants who had seized Mosul in 2014 were making their way through each of its bureaucracies, rounding up workers and managers who ...

  • Several killed after 2 ships catch fire in Kerch Strait, one ‘rocked by blast’

    January 21, 2019

    Two ships have caught fire while moving through the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from mainland Russia, after one of them was apparently rocked by an explosion. At least 11 sailors have died, Russian Maritime Agency said. One vessel was “allegedly struck by a blast,” which caused the fire that then spilled over to another ship, an official with ...

  • Derry car bomb ‘most significant Northern Ireland attack for years’ says PSNI chief

    January 21, 2019

    The car bomb attack in Londonderry on Saturday evening was the most significant terrorist attack in Northern Ireland for years, a senior PSNI officer has said. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton was speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme on Monday morning. He said it was the first attack of this nature in a long time. “The use ...

  • Death toll climbs to at least 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline explosion

    January 20, 2019

    People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. “It was the popular tap,” said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. “You could pass ...

  • Man charged over Heathrow drone incident

    January 20, 2019

    A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on Christmas Eve. George Rusu, 38, allegedly used a drone on a field near one of the two runways at Britain’s busiest airport on 24 December. The alleged incident happened just three days after Gatwick fully reopened following three days of flight cancellations and delays, ...

  • Cumbria health trust hit by 147 cyber attacks in five years

    January 19, 2019

    The NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in five years, the BBC can reveal. Of these, 147 were directed at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe and Lancaster. The trust said it had spent £29,600 in 2017 dealing with the effects of ...

  • Anti-vaxxers are among the top ‘threats to global health’ in 2019, WHO declares

    January 18, 2019

    Anti-vaxxers have been named one of the top threats to global health in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The anti-vaccine movement joined air pollution and climate change, HIV, and a worldwide influenza pandemic on the list released on Monday. ‘Vaccine hesitancy’, as the WHO calls it, ‘threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.’ The ...

  • South Korea’s weapon servers compromised by unknown hackers

    January 17, 2019

    South Korea’s Ministry of Defence has announced that 10 of its critical systems holding information on the military’s weapon systems had been compromised by unknown hackers. The incident occurred in October where attackers attempted to gain access to 30 of South Korea’s important systems but were only successful in 10 instances. The incident was first reported by Dong-A ...


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