Czech authorities dismantle alleged Russian cyber-espionage network

Czech government officials said on Monday they dismantled a Russian cyber-espionage network operating in the country. The network was taken down at the end of last year and had been set up by Russian nationals with Czech citizenship, operating with the help of Russia’s intelligence agency (the FSB) and with funding from Russia’s Prague embassy. Czech officials said the Russian spies had set up several hardware and software companies and…

October 22, 2019
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Facebook promises action on 2020 US election fraud, wipes out fake networks from Russia, Iran

Facebook has wiped out networks of fake accounts created to spread fake news and propaganda and has also promised to take a stand against the platform being abused in the wake of upcoming elections.  Four separate networks of accounts, Pages, and Groups have been eradicated from the social network and Instagram after moderators found they were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook said…

October 22, 2019
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Whistleblower detonates a written bomb inside a recovering Infosys

Infosys just can’t get a break it seems. The last thing it needed was yet another scandal around the topic that has haunted the company in recent years — corporate governance. And yet, a whistleblower complaint from a group called Ethical Employees, which alleges that the company acted unethically to boost short term revenue and profits, has made its way to both its audit committee and the US Securities and…

October 22, 2019
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Adobe intros new commerce tools for SMB, mid-market merchants

Adobe on Tuesday announced a bevy of updates to its commerce platform that aim to bring Adobe’s enterprise-grade commerce capabilities to SMB and mid-market merchants. Key updates include the launch of an Amazon sales channel in Magento for Europe; the integration of the Magento commerce platform with Adobe Stock; a new product recommendations tool powered by Adobe Sensei; and a new multi-cloud infrastructure offering with Microsoft. Bolstered by its acquisitions…

October 22, 2019
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Avast: No plans to discontinue CCleaner following second hack in two years

Image: Avast Ever since it bought Piriform in July 2017, the CCleaner software has brought only headaches to Czech cybersecurity firm Avast. First, Chinese hackers breached Piriform’s servers even before the Avast acquisition, inserting malware into official releases; and leaving the Czech antivirus maker to deal with the PR fallout all throughout 2017 and 2018. Then, today, Avast discovered that hackers targeted CCleaner once again, this time compromising its main…

October 22, 2019
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No-deal Brexit: The privacy regulatory landscape is about to become more complex than ever

The Brexit day is approaching fast, but there is no certainty as to whether or not the UK’s departure from the EU will be accompanied by a withdrawal agreement — or not. Data protection is just one of the many areas that will be affected by Brexit. And under a no-deal scenario, the impact of the UK leaving the EU becomes even more dramatic.  There are several questions clients are…

October 21, 2019
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Former Microsoft exec Javier Soltero to lead the Google G Suite team

Credit: CNET Former Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Acompli Inc. co-founder Javier Soltero has a new job: He’s going to be leading the G Suite team at Google. Soltero announced his new job on Twitter on October 21. On October 21, Soltero tweeted: “Some news on the professional front… I’ve joined Google to lead the G Suite team! The opportunity to work with this team on products that have such…

October 21, 2019
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Major German manufacturer still down a week after getting hit by ransomware

Image: Pilz Pilz, one of the world’s largest producers of automation tools, has been down for more than a week after suffering a ransomware infection. “Since Sunday, October 13, 2019, all servers and PC workstations, including the company’s communication, have been affected worldwide,” the Germany-based company wrote on its website. “As a precaution, the company has removed all computer systems from the network and blocked access to the corporate network.”…

October 21, 2019
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Microsoft acquires cloud file-migration specialist Mover

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is acquiring Mover, a cloud file-migration provider, for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft plans to leverage Mover’s technology to help customers migrate their files to Microsoft 365, its bundle of Windows, Office 365, and Intune, officials said in announcing the deal on Oct. 21.  Microsoft already has a few tools aimed at helping users migrate their files to the cloud. Among them are FastTrack and the SharePoint Migration…

October 21, 2019
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NordVPN confirms data center breach

NordVPN, providers of a widely used virtual private network (VPN) service, confirmed a breach of one its data centers in March 2018. The company said an attacker gained access to a server at a data center in Finland by exploiting an insecure remote management system left by the data center provider, a system NordVPN said they never knew existed.  “The server itself did not contain any user activity logs; none…

October 21, 2019
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