Wikipedia and World of Warcraft Classic targeted by DDoS attacks

September 9, 2019

Imagine a world without Wikipedia. Do you even remember what it was like when you had to use your memory to recall the order of James Bond films, guess how old Tina Turner is, or try to say with any certainty with what country France has its longest land border? Now many of us don’t feel it’s so essential to amass general knowledge, as Wikipedia is always at our fingertips…

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CEO voice deepfake blamed for scam that stole $243,000

September 4, 2019

So-called artificial intelligence apps like Zao had been stirring up controversy with their potential abusive use to beat facial recognition systems. The Chinese deepfake video app proved itself to be widely popular as users had fun transplanting their digital faces onto footage from movies and popular TV shows such as “Game of Thrones.” But deepfake video isn’t the only area raising concerns. The ability to make convincing deepfake audio, mimicking…

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Chinese tech firm Huawei says it was hacked by the United States

September 4, 2019

Things have got even hotter in the bun-fight between Chinese technology giant and the United States. Amid ongoing claims that Huawei, the biggest manufacturer of telecoms equipment and the world’s second largest smartphone producer, poses a national security risk, The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Chinese firm is being investigated by the Department of Justice for stealing smartphone camera patents. Huawei, naturally denies the claims. But it says…

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Join me for a webinar about making cybersecurity relevant in modern day culture

Next week, on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 3pm UK (that’s 10am EST), I’ll be participating in a webinar hosted by The Register alongside MetaCompliance’s Robert O’Brien – and I’d love it if you joined in! Here’s the blurb: Security professionals have the toughest job. Why, you ask: is it because of the complexity of the threat landscape, or the difficulties keeping up with constant change, or the nature of…

September 3, 2019
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Google’s bug bounty bid to make big Android apps more secure

August 30, 2019

Google wants Android users to feel that its platform is secure, and knows that people’s confidence can be shaken when the media is full of headlines of the latest security scare. And it’s with that in mind that Google announced this week that it was expanding its bug bounty program, that rewards security researchers who responsibly disclose vulnerabilities so users can be patched as quickly as possible. Google, which admittedly…

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Ex-Amazon worker – suspected of hacking Capital One – faces charges of breaching 30 other companies to mine cryptocurrency

August 29, 2019

At the end of July, the FBI arrested a 33-year-old woman in Seattle in connection with a massive data breach at financial services firm Capital One. 33-year-old software engineer Paige Thompson, who also went by the online handle of “erratic”, was suspected of breaking into Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers used by Capital One, and stealing data related to 100 million credit card applications. Prosecutors said that the breach included…

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Won a free iPhone? No, it’s Calendar spam

August 27, 2019

An increasing number of people are reporting that their calendars are being bombarded with spam invitations. In the example shown below, which was sent to Google Calendar but is being displayed in the iOS Calendar app, the invitation is claiming that the recipient has won an Apple iPhone X. You Have Won iphoneX from AppleStore ► Apple Store – [LINK] ✅ Free i Phone X s is yours, fill your…

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YouTube joins Facebook and Twitter, disabling accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

August 23, 2019

Google has announced that it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it discovered that they were behaving “in a coordinated manner.” The YouTube channels were uploading videos “related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong,” and were said to be using a variety of methods (including VPNs) to disguise their origin. Why would such a thing be done? Well, no doubt to influence public opinion. And there’s not necessarily…

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Block newly-registered domains to reduce security threats in your organisation

August 22, 2019

It’s no secret that there are a lot of websites on the internet hosting malicious content whether they be phishing pages, scams or malware itself. Every day we hear of new attacks, there’s a common denominator of either a user having clicked on a link to a fraudulent website or a site having played host to code that pulled a malicious payload down from a third-party server. Security products generally…

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Smashing Security #142: Mercedes secret sensors, smart cities, and ransomware runs riot

August 22, 2019

Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss how cities in Texas are being hit by a wave of ransomware, how Mercedes Benz has installed a tracker in your car (but not for the reason you think), the security threats impacting smart cities, and a new feature coming to your Facebook app. All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast,…

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