• Researchers demonstrate how the US Wireless Emergency Alert system, which uses LTE networks, can be easily spoofed with “pirate” cell towers to cause mass panic (Karl Bode/VICE)
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company could have acted more quickly to flag a doctored Nancy Pelosi video but defended its decision to leave it up (Queenie Wong/CNET)
  • Report: ecommerce startup Brandless has hired John Rittenhouse as CEO after Tina Sharkey resigned in March amid tensions with SoftBank, which has a 40% stake (Zoe Schiffer/INSIDER)
  • Twitch launches beta of Subscriber Streams, which will let Twitch streamers who are Twitch Affiliates or Twitch Partners offer subscriber-only streams (Julia Alexander/The Verge)
  • Less than a week after ransomware victim Riviera City paid ~$600K, another Florida town, Lake City, votes to pay ~$500K in BTC to ransomware hackers (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Criminals, ATMs and a cup of coffee

In spring 2019, we discovered a new ATM malware sample written in Java that was uploaded to a multiscanner service from Mexico and later from Colombia. After a brief analysis, it became clear that the malware, which we call ATMJaDi, can cash out ATMs. However, it doesn’t use the standard XFS, JXFS or CSC libraries. Instead, it uses the victim bank’s ATM software Java proprietary classes: meaning the malware will…

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IDG Contributor Network: As AI/ML permeates our lives, is privacy a thing of the past?

Debates on privacy continue between the business tech titans and the policy/lawmakers. Some tech titans, like billionaire Elon Musk, warn against the ensuing crisis of AI/ML – but they are in the minority. Too much good can be created and above all too much money can be made. There is a belief that the country that achieves more in AI/ML will dominate the world’s economy. So, it’s not a question…

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Is Rwanda’s Paul Kagame a Strongman, a Technocrat, or Something in Between?

Personal business is what’s brought the President of Rwanda to Manhattan. Paul Kagame’s daughter is graduating from Columbia University with a master’s degree in international affairs. “I probably will have to come back in two weeks again,” Kagame says of his U.S. visit, in a room in the Park Hyatt, half a block south of…

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The U.S. and Iran are Already at War Online

When a U.S. Navy surveillance drone was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, the U.S. blamed Iran. The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said his country was “ready for war,” and President Donald Trump responded by declaring that Iran had made a “very big mistake.” Around the world,…

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Istanbul’s Rebuke of Erdogan Shows That Democracy Lives

In March, Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu defeated Binali Yildirim, the candidate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, by about 13,000 votes to claim victory in the race to become Istanbul’s mayor. The exceptionally narrow margin in a city of 15 million people gave Erdogan cover to demand an election rerun. On…

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.popotic Files Virus – How to Remove

What is .popotic files virus .popotic files virus is also known as .popotic ransomware and encrypts users’ files while asking for a ransom. Computer security researchers have alarmed of the discovery of a new virus threat called the .popotic files…Re…

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