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Top News

  • MontysThree: Industrial espionage with steganography and a Russian accent on both sides

    October 8, 2020

    In summer 2020 we uncovered a previously unknown multi-module C++ toolset used in highly targeted industrial espionage attacks dating back to 2018. Initially the reason for our interest in this malware was its rarity, the obviously targeted nature of the campaign and the fact that there are no obvious similarities with already known campaigns at ...

  • Massachusetts school district shut down by ransomware attack

    October 8, 2020

    The Springfield Public Schools district in Massachusetts has become the victim of a ransomware attack that has caused the closure of schools while they investigate the cyberattack. Springfield is the third largest school district in Massachusetts with over 25,000 students, 4,500 employees, and more than sixty schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district opened ...

  • Germany: Health officials warn coronavirus could spread ‘out of control’

    October 8, 2020

    Germany’s top disease control official warned that the country could see up to 10,000 new cases per day if people do not follow hygiene and social distancing rules. “It is possible that the virus will spread out of control,” Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters in Berlin. “We do not know how ...

  • US seizes Iranian government domains masked as legitimate news outlets

    October 8, 2020

    US law enforcement has seized 92 domains used to spread propaganda and fake news by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Wednesday that the IRGC has used the domains to “unlawfully engage in a global disinformation campaign.” Four of the domains were used to create news outlets that appeared legitimate ...

  • UK: Former female PCSO is charged with making explosives and importing weapons

    October 7, 2020

    A former female police community support officer (PCSO) has been charged with making explosives and importing weapons after a raid on her house. Zoe Watts, 34, was arrested on Sunday after chemicals of a potentially explosive nature were found at her home in Lincoln, according to Lincolnshire Police. She been suspended by the force while an investigation ...

  • BAHAMUT Spies-for-Hire Linked to Extensive Nation-State Activity

    October 7, 2020

    A cyberespionage group known as BAHAMUT has been linked to a “staggering” number of ongoing attacks against government officials and private-sector VIPs in the Middle East and South Asia, while also engaging in wide-ranging disinformation campaigns. That’s according to BlackBerry researchers, who said that the highly resourced group is probably operating on a mercenary basis, offering ...

  • US brokerage firms warned of widespread survey phishing attacks

    October 7, 2020

    The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a notice warning member brokerage firms of widespread phishing attacks using surveys to harvest information. FINRA is a non-profit organization and self-regulatory body authorized by the U.S. government to regulate exchange markets and brokerage firms. According to FINRA, the organization supervises over 624,000 brokers across the country and ...

  • Kenyan court finds two men guilty over deadly Westgate mall attack in 2013

    October 7, 2020

    A Kenyan court found two men guilty on Wednesday for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, killing 67 people. A third man accused of the attack was acquitted. After a trial that began in January 2014, Magistrate Francis Andayi found that Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein ...

  • UK: Cambridge Analytica ‘not involved’ in Brexit referendum, says watchdog

    October 7, 2020

    Cambridge Analytica was “not involved” in the EU referendum, says the Information Commissioner. A three-year probe into the misuse of personal data, centring around the activities of the firm, has now ended. The investigation led to big fines for Facebook and two pro-Brexit campaign groups – Vote Leave and Leave.EU. Read more… Source:  BBC News  

  • Greek court rules neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn guilty of acting as criminal group

    October 7, 2020

    A Greek court found neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn guilty of acting as a criminal organisation on Wednesday in a landmark verdict in the marathon, five-year-long trial against the country’s extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party Wednesday, with security tight and more than 15,000 people gathering in an anti-fascist rally outside. The 68 defendants in the trial included ...

  • UK: Terrorist and radicalised inmate convicted of trying to kill guard at top-security jail

    October 7, 2020

    A terrorist jailed for plotting an attack inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has been convicted of trying to kill a guard at a top-security jail. Brusthom Ziamani, who was jailed for 22 years after he was caught with a hammer and knife en route to behead a soldier in 2014, attacked Neil Trundle ...

  • Next-gen ACAS X just as vulnerable to spoofing as its predecessor

    October 6, 2020

    Aviation boffins have found that next-gen collision aircraft avoidance systems appear to be just as vulnerable to signal spoofing attacks as older kit. In a paper distributed via ArXiv, computer scientists at the UK’s University of Oxford and Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement analyzed the Airborne Collision Avoidance System X (ACAS X), due to be ...

  • Five bar and cafe owners arrested in France for running no-log WiFi networks

    October 6, 2020

    In one of the weirdest arrests of the year, at least five bar and cafe managers from the French city of Grenoble were taken into custody last week for running open WiFi networks at their establishments and not keeping logs of past connected users. The bar and cafe owners were arrested for allegedly breaking a 14-year-old ...

  • UN maritime agency says it was hacked

    October 6, 2020

    The United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO) disclosed a security breach over the weekend that the agency categorized as a “sophisticated cyber-attack” against its IT systems. The incident was discovered on Thursday and impacted the IMO public website and other web-based services, the UN agency said in a press release. Email systems, its virtual conferencing platform, ...

  • French companies Under Attack from Clever BEC Scam

    October 6, 2020

    The highly anonymous and often secretive nature of the internet has led to the proliferation of scams aimed at separating people and organizations from their money. Trend Micro has been following these scams over the years and have seen many of them evolve from simplistic schemes to more sophisticated campaigns. One of the most dangerous ...

  • CISA: Emotet increasing attacks on US state, local governments

    October 6, 2020

    Emotet attacks have targeted multiple state and local governments in the U.S. as part of potentially targeted campaigns that have been ramping up since August, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in an alert published today. Emotet, a common banking Trojan when it was first spotted in 2014, in recent years has evolved into ...

  • Manchester Arena bombing: Risk of attack should have been ‘crystal clear’, inquiry told

    October 5, 2020

    The risk of Manchester Arena being vulnerable to a suicide bomber should have been “crystal clear”, an inquiry has been told. Security experts said a table-top exercise, called Operation Sherman, specifically highlighted the City Room foyer – the area where Salman Abedi detonated the bomb – as a target for an attack. At the time of the ...


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