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Cybersecurity

February 1, 2019
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Facebook knowingly misled children into spending money to play games on its ad platform, according to a set of unsealed court documents reported by Reveal News.

The documents revealed that Facebook allowed, and in some cases encouraged, developers for online games like Angry Birds and Petville to charge children on their parents’ credit cards, a practice the...

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January 30, 2019
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The recent data leak of the Oklahoma Security Commission that compromised 17 years’ worth of FBI investigations, the NGO leak of 4 million internship applications, and the...

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January 25, 2019
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Trojan horse-based malware attacks and spyware rose sharply in 2018 as ransomware-based attacks declined, according to a new report published by Malwarebytes.

One of the larger threats outlined in the report was the Emotet Trojan, a sophisticated malware program capable of data theft, network monitoring, and propagating itself onto other vulnerable systems, and...

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January 23, 2019
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A Google offshoot is trying to teach people to be more circumspect about phishing attempts.

Jigsaw, an incubator owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has released an online quiz that displays examples of phishing emails side by side with legitimate ones and asks users to guess which is which. The quiz uses real-world phishing campaigns, including the Russian hack that gained access to the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager....

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January 18, 2019
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A massive leak of unprotected data on a server belonging to the Oklahoma Securities Commission was discovered in December 2018.

Three terabytes of data were leaked, including evidence from hundreds of FBI investigations. Details in the material gone walkabout included financial transactions, emails relating to cases as well as letters from witnesses. Also included were email archives spanning 17 years, thousands of social security numbers, and passwords for remote access to agency...

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January 9, 2019
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The ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Government has impacted federal cybersecurity according to several reports. The roughly 800,000 federal workers currently on furloughinclude:

45% of staff from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is tasked with defending... Read More
January 3, 2019
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A cyberattack disrupted several major newspapers printed by Tribune Publishing shortly before New Year’s Day.

Print versions of the Chicago Tribute, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, West Coast editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and others were the suspected targets of Ryuk, a ransomware program that propagates through computer networks in order to take them offline. A similar attack disabled a North Carolina water utility in late 2018...

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January 2, 2019
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2019 will be the year consumers start thinking more about cyber hygiene, and the year Congress becomes more proactive in the areas of privacy and ...

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December 19, 2018
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The U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) falls short of critical cybersecurity standards, according to an audit issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

The report issued by the Inspector General’s office details several basic lapses in security protocols at five separate locations, including:

A lack of multifactor authentication to access BMDS technical information... Read More
December 18, 2018
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The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that exposed the information of up to 500 million guests was most likely conducted by Chinese state-affiliated hackers, according to a preliminary investigation.

Unnamed government sources for the New York Times and Washington Post familiar with the investigation of the breach have said that the methods utilized by the hackers, as well as the targeted data both suggest that the attacks are linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security....

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