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July 10, 2019
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If you've heard of the medical bill collector American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA), it's probably not because you saw an ad on TV. Most likely you heard about its supernova-level mismanagement of ...

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July 3, 2019
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If you've heard of the medical bill collector American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA), it's probably not because you saw an ad on TV. Most likely you heard about its supernova-level mismanagement of ...

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June 25, 2019
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President Trump has authorized a round of cyber attacks against Iran, and U.S. companies and agencies are bracing for counter attacks.

The Washington Post reported that the U.S. cyber attack had disabled Iranian missile control systems. The attack was the latest in...

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June 25, 2019
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President Trump has authorized a round of cyber attacks against Iran, and U.S. companies and agencies are bracing for counter attacks.

The Washington Post reported that the U.S. cyberattack had disabled Iranian missile control systems. The attack was the latest in...

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June 17, 2019
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A deepfake account with possible connections to foreign espionage activity has been identified on LinkedIn.

“Katie Jones” purported to be a senior researcher for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her well-connected profile on the professional social media site seemed legitimate, with connections that included a deputy assistant secretary of state and economist Paul Winfree, currently being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve.

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May 17, 2019
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WhatsApp disclosed a major security vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on mobile devices.

The vulnerability, discovered earlier this month, allowed third parties to see and intercept encrypted communications. The spyware deployed has been traced back to NSO Group, an Israeli cyber company alleged to have ...

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May 13, 2019
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Microsoft's Outlook.com service suffered a major breach earlier this year. The compromise allowed hackers to potentially access user email accounts, and that was the case for more than six months. This news was no shocker. Outlook has always been, and continues to be a...

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May 10, 2019
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The source code and security keys associated with a number of Samsung apps and projects have been discovered on unprotected server. Samsung’s SmartThings home automation platform was among the projects exposed in the compromise.

The exposed server contained a code repository that was misconfigured and publicly available. In addition to the underlying code of several major Samsung apps was a security token that allowed unfettered access to 135 projects and applications.

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May 8, 2019
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An apparent denial of service attack caused a disruption in a segment of the U.S. energy grid affecting Utah, Wyoming, and Southern California.

Little is currently known about the incident. It occurred March 5th, disabling several security devices. An unnamed utility company reported the incident to the Department of Energy.

“There was a denial-of-service attack...and that basically led operators to not be able to see what was going on in the grid,”...

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May 6, 2019
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill to create a separate Russian national internet.

The legislation is primarily focused on establishing an autonomous national system, separate from the internet used globally, which would have its own DNS system and would require all traffic in the country to pass through online government monitoring. Putin has justified the move as being due to mitigating the threats of interference from foreign governments in Russian politics.

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