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  • CISA warns of notable increase in LokiBot malware

    September 22, 2020

    The US government’s cyber-security agency has issued a security advisory today warning federal agencies and the private sector about “a notable increase in the use of LokiBot malware by malicious cyber actors since July 2020.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that its in-house security platform (the EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System) has detected persistent ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • COVID-19: The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action

    September 21, 2020

    The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action, the government’s chief scientific adviser has warned. Sir Patrick Vallance said that “would be expected to lead to about 200 deaths per day” a month after that. The briefing at Downing St comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers whether to introduce ...

  • Woman suspected of sending ricin-tainted package to Donald Trump at White House arrested at US-Canada border

    September 21, 2020

    A person suspected of sending an envelope addressed to White House that contained the poison ricin has been arrested, the FBI said Sunday. CBS News has learned the suspect, a woman, was apprehended at the New York-Canada border and is believed to have been trying to enter the U.S. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and ...

  • US govt orders federal agencies to patch dangerous Zerologon bug by Monday

    September 20, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division has ordered federal civilian agencies to install a security patch for Windows Servers, citing “unacceptable risk” posed by the vulnerability to federal networks. The DHS order was issued via an emergency directive, a rarely-used legal mechanism through which US government officials can force federal agencies into taking various actions. The ...

  • U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs data breach affects 46,000 veterans

    September 15, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has suffered a data breach that has led to the exposure of personal information for over 46,000 veterans. The VA department was created to ensure United States veterans receive the health services, benefits, and care they deserve. In a data breach notification released yesterday, the VA states that hackers breached ...

  • Afghanistan: VP Saleh Survives Kabul Blast, At Least 10 Killed

    September 9, 2020

    First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s convoy was targeted early Wednesday morning in the Taimani area of PD 4 in Kabul city, Saleh’s office confirmed. Tariq Arian, Interior Ministry spokesman, confirmed 10 were killed and 16 were wounded in the Kabul blast targeting the convoy of First VP Amrullah Saleh. The explosives were placed in a cart and ...

  • Australia: Data of 186,000 customers leaked in Service NSW cyber attack

    September 7, 2020

    Service NSW has confirmed that the personal data of 186,000 customers and staff were leaked after a cyber attack earlier this year, in which 47 employees had their email accounts compromised. A four-month investigation, which began in April, concluded that roughly 3.8 million documents had to be analysed to assess the severity of any possible breaches. “This ...

  • AusCERT says alleged DoE hack came from a third-party

    September 2, 2020

    The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) denied claims today that hackers had breached the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment (DoE), and downloaded the personal details of more than one million students, teachers, and staff. Rumors of a supposed hack first surfaced yesterday after a hacker shared an archive file on a hacker forum, which ...

  • New FritzFrog P2P botnet has breached at least 500 enterprise, government servers

    August 19, 2020

    A P2P botnet newly-discovered by researchers has struck at least 500 government and enterprise SSH servers over 2020. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Guardicore Labs published research into FritzFrog, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet that has been detected by the company’s sensors since January this year. According to researcher Ophir Harpaz, FritzFrog has attempted to brute-force SSH servers belonging ...

  • Police uncover explosive device in Cameroon’s government building

    August 18, 2020

    An improvised explosive device was uncovered by Cameroonian security forces in a government building in the capital Yaounde, and it was deactivated with no casualties, police said. The device was planted Monday morning in the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms building where over 100 civil servants work, according to the police. Police said the device ...

  • Canada suffers cyberattack used to steal COVID-19 relief payments

    August 16, 2020

    Canadian government sites used to provide access to crucial services for immigration, taxes, pension, and benefits have been breached in a coordinated attack to steal COVID-19 relief payments. The online portal referred to as GCKey is acritical single sign-on (SSO) system used by the public to access multiple Canadian government services. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • FBI warns of Netwalker ransomware targeting US government and organisations

    July 29, 2020

    The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware operators targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations, advising their victims not to pay the ransom and reporting incidents to their local FBI field offices. FBI’s flash alert also provides indicators of compromise associated with the Netwalker ransomware (also known as Mailto) and includes a list of ...

  • Homeland Security has terrorism blindspot on food, agriculture and animals, watchdog warns

    July 20, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) failed to oversee and coordinate the department’s work to protect U.S. food, agriculture and veterinary systems from terror attacks and other national security threats, the agency watchdog reports. The Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act (SAFA) called for an oversight program, according to ...

  • UK Government admits its Test and Trace programme is unlawful

    July 20, 2020

    The government has admitted its contact tracing programme is unlawful in a legal letter which confirms it has been running in breach of data protection laws since it was launched in May. Confirmation the programme failed to adhere to privacy regulations comes as Sky News can reveal that contractors working for NHS Test and Trace have ...

  • Federal agencies told to patch wormable Windows DNS bug in 24 hours

    July 16, 2020

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today asked all U.S. federal executive branch departments and agencies to mitigate the critical SIGRed Windows DNS Server wormable remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability within 24 hours. Microsoft issued a security update to address this critical Windows vulnerability tracked as CVE-2020-1350 on July 14, together with a registry-based workaround that does not require a ...

  • BT boss warns of outages and security risks if UK ditches Huawei

    July 13, 2020

    The chief executive of BT has said it would be impossible to strip Huawei products out of the UK’s telecommunications network within the next decade. Philip Jansen also warned of “outages” and possible security risks if the sector was told to curtail all business with the Chinese technology company during the building of the 5G network ...

  • Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

    July 13, 2020

    The U.S. airline industry has generally faced two obstacles in enticing more people to fly: fear and fares. Before the novel coronavirus, few feared flying thanks to the extreme rarity of airline crashes in the U.S., and domestic inflation-adjusted fares that were about the lowest ever. As a result, a record 811 million people flew within ...

  • Opinion: There are no natural disasters

    July 2, 2020

    It takes humans to turn a natural event into a natural disaster Even discounting indisputably human catastrophes, 2020 has been relentless. This year has given us wildfires from California to Australia, a global pandemic and the earliest third-named tropical storm on record. Arizona hasn’t been spared either, with a brush fire forcing evacuations and keeping part ...

  • Domestic 5G development at core of US communications security plan

    July 2, 2020

    New NTIA document outlines White House 5G security goals, which promote home-grown R&D and call for continuous risk assessment and management. In late March, during the first phase of the coronavirus lockdown, the White House issued a little-noticed document entitled The National Strategy to Secure 5G of the United States, which articulates a “vision for America ...