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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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November 1, 2018
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Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has been law for some time, but new federal data breach and compromise notification requirements went into effect, today, November 1, 2018.

The main points of the law include requiring businesses to report a breach to the government if any individual’s personal information is compromised and the potential loss of data represents “significant harm” to said individual. Breaches must now be...

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October 31, 2018
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The U.S. Justice Department announced charges against ten Chinese intelligence agents for hacking into computer systems belonging to U.S. and international companies to steal aerospace technology and data.

The indictment, revealed earlier this week accuses agents working for the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (JSSD) of conspiring “...

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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 26, 2018
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One of the most discussed topics of this year’s election cycle is how best to protect the elections themselves from hackers and other outside influence.

Following the multitude of hacks, leaked emails,...

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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 22, 2018
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The personal information of roughly 75,000 people was leaked in a data breach of the Healthcare.gov system October 13.

The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the breach October 19, after detecting “anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges,” but offered assurances that Healthcare.gov is still active and...

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October 15, 2018
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Today’s revelation from Facebook’s security blog was that the personal information of 14 million of the initial 50 million accounts hacked this month included their "username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages...

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October 12, 2018
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Facebook announced today that a security bug in its WhatsApp messaging service that allowed hackers to take control of users’ phones has been fixed. The vulnerability affected the WhatsApp app on both iPhone and Android devices.It allowed hackers to take control of accounts simply by having their victims answer a video call.

The bug was initially discovered by Google Project Zero, and reported by ZDNet and the Register in late August, but was not fixed until this week, leaving the...

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October 9, 2018
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Amazon revealed a breach of customer data last week, but it wasn’t a data breach of the usual variety. Rather than falling prey to a cyberattack or having hackers exploit unsecured code, customer email addresses were leaked by an employee to an online reseller in exchange for money.

What you need to know: 1.) A crime was committed, and 2.) It still counts as a data compromise.

While this is Amazon’s first public dismissal of an employee for the theft of customer data, it’s...

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