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Cybersecurity

December 10, 2018
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Hackers stole tens of millions of dollars from Eastern European banks in a campaign called “DarkVishnya.” The method deployed by the hackers relied on devices connected at the physical location of the targets, rather than attempting to breach networks remotely.

There were several steps to the hack. The first step involved planting in the target banks a device. There types were used: a netbook or equivalent laptop, an inexpensive micro computer favored by hobbyists called a Raspberry...

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November 30, 2018
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Facebook has shuttered its so-called war room that was created to stop foreign interference in elections, according to a Bloomberg report.

The “room” is a metaphor. The project was comprised of 24 teams totaling 24,000 people, and was originally set up to review activity by foreign entities that tried to distribute misinformation ahead of this year’s U.S....

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November 30, 2018
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Marriott announced an enormous breach of the company’s reservations database that may have potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 500 million guests.

If you’ve made reservations at the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels or anywhere else that operates on Marriott’s Starwood guest reservation database...

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November 9, 2018
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Whether or not you believe that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election seems to have entered the twilight zone, where the same shred of concrete evidence is simultaneously elevated to "indisputable fact" status by Trump detractors and questionable ...

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November 1, 2018
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The Israeli evening news Hadashot reported that Iran “is again facing a [Stuxnet-like] attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before.” According to sketchy reports, the attack  hit infrastructure and strategic networks.

Stuxnet was a worm believed to be the product of a U.S./Israel collaboration that targeted the Siemens...

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October 30, 2018
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A network-wide infection of Russian malware at the U.S. Geological Survey was traced back to a single employee’s viewing of pornographic content on the job.

In a study released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the department’s security audit of “suspicious internet traffic” at a USGS facility in South Dakota was traced back to an unnamed...

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October 29, 2018
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There’s an old saying: “Locks are for honest people.” The basic idea is that a competent crook can break in no matter what you do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try to make your home as secure as possible. When it comes to online securitytwo-factor authentication(2FA) is the ...

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October 26, 2018
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Facebook discovered dozens of pages, accounts and groups on Facebook and Instagram that were connected to an attempt to create friction over hot-button political issues—including immigration, police brutality, President Trump and race.

Facebook discovered the activity by what it identified as a covert Iranian disinformation campaign late last week, and removed several streams of content for “inauthentic coordinated behavior.”

While a portion of the activity was aimed at Saudi...

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October 19, 2018
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The social media companies Facebook and Reddit are publicizing “War Rooms” set up to closely monitor their network content for election tampering.

Facebook in particular experienced significant backlash for their site’s role in disseminating information created by Russian “troll farms” where false and misleading new stories and advertisements were propagated to discredit then-candidate Hillary Clinton as well as to foment general disagreement and conflict across...

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October 17, 2018
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Simple tools. Ominous results. Ambitious cyber criminals launched devastating ransomware attacks in 2017, including WannaCry and NotPetya, disrupting businesses across Europe and around the world.

According to the European Commission, the economic impact of cyber crime rose five-fold from 2013 to 2017, and could increase another four-fold by 2019.[1] It is not easy to bounce back from cyber attacks, so it’s important to understand the risks and take steps...

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