• Shamima Begum still a national security threat, supreme court told

    MI5 assessments read out at start of appeal over revoking of Isis recruit’s citizenship
    Shamima Begum, who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria, remains a serious threat to national security and should be deprived of her UK citizenship, the supreme court has been told.Extracts of MI5 assessments of the dangers posed by the return of those who joined Isis were read out at the start of a two-day hearing challenging the decision to revoke Begum’s citizenship and r




  • US Police Make Arrest in $1m Airplane ScamPolice in the United States have made an arrest in connection with a million-dollar cyber-scam involving the sale of an airplane in Australia. An investigation was launched in 2018 after a Business Email Compromise (BEC) attack interfered with digital communications between a company in New Zealand that was buying an airplane and a company in Australia that was selling it for $1,028,000. By infiltrating the emails of the two companies, cyb

  • Louisiana Hospitals Report Data Breach

    Louisiana Hospitals Report Data Breach The data of thousands of patients has been exposed following a cyber-attack on Louisiana State University medical centers.LSU Health New Orleans issued a HIPAA breach notification on November 20 after detecting a cyber-intrusion into an employee’s electronic mailbox. “The intrusion appears to have occurred on September 15, 2020, and the mailbox access was discovered and disabled on September 18, 2020,” said LSU Health.Email messages or

  • Anonymous Hacks Uganda Police Website

    Anonymous Hacks Uganda Police WebsiteHacktivists have reportedly downed the website of Uganda Police in the wake of protests triggered by the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known by his pop star alias, Bobi Wine.Wine is the presidential candidate of the center-left progressive political party, the National Unity Platform (NUP). He was arrested in Eastern Uganda’s Luuka District and charged with violating government restrictions on gatherings put in place to slow the spread of COVID-1




  • A Fifth of Consumers Affected by Identity Fraud in 2020

    A Fifth of Consumers Affected by Identity Fraud in 2020One in five people have been affected by identity fraud this year, having been informed that their personal information has been exposed as the result of a data breach. This is according to the GBG State of Digital Identity: 2020 report, which found that the trust gap between businesses and consumers could be widening due to the greater prevalence of identity theft since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The findings come amid a year in whi

  • #COVID19 Drives Massive Multi-Cloud Adoption

    #COVID19 Drives Massive Multi-Cloud AdoptionMulti-cloud adoption grew by 70% year-over-year in 2020 outpacing the previous 12 months by more than 20%.According to the Continuous Intelligence Report The State of Modern applications, DevSecOps and the Impact of COVID-19 from Sumo Logic, customers adopted CloudTrail (60%), VPC Flow Logs (34%) and GuardDuty (22%) to meet the expanded need for cloud services.The report, which is developed using data from more than 2100 Sumo Logic custo

  • Shamima Begum still a national security threat, UK supreme court told

    MI5 assessments read out at start of appeal over revoking of Isis recruit’s citizenship
    Shamima Begum, who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria, remains a serious threat to national security and should be deprived of her UK citizenship, the supreme court has been told.Extracts of MI5 assessments of the dangers posed by the return of those who joined Isis were read out at the start of a two-day hearing challenging the decision to revoke Begum’s citizenship and r

  • Google Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption for Android Messages

    Google Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption for Android MessagesGoogle has finally announced that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) will begin rolling out on its Messages platform, bringing it in line with rivals WhatsApp and iMessage in the security stakes.Messages by Google is built on the open Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard to offer improvements over legacy SMS such as anti-spam, launching of video calls direct from conversations, Smart Reply and more.Google announced late last Friday that




  • NCSC Issues Warning About Expected #BlackFriday Scams

    NCSC Issues Warning About Expected #BlackFriday ScamsThe National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued refreshed guidance for online shopping ahead of this week’s Black Friday.The NCSC said that cyber-criminals are seeking to exploit an increased number of online shopping transactions in the run-up to Christmas and anticipated that consumers may slightly lower their guards during the rush to bag the best deals.The advice includes: Being selective about where you shop Only

  • MPs Bombarded by Nearly Three Million Monthly Email AttacksUK Members of Parliament (MPs) have been targeted by a 60% year-on-year increase in cyber-attacks so far in 2020, according to new data from Parliament Street.The think tank collected Freedom of Information (FOI) responses to reveal that over 22.3 million cyber-attacks were blocked by parliament from January 1 to August 31 2020.That averages out at just under 2.8 million attacks per month, almost a million more than the 1.7 million

  • Ransomware Suspected in Man United Attack

    Ransomware Suspected in Man United AttackSecurity experts have suggested the cyber-attack that hit Manchester United late last week could be ransomware.A brief statement issued on Friday evening confirmed that an incident had taken place, but added few details.“The club has taken swift actions to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize the ongoing IT disruption,” it noted.“Although this is a sophisticated operati

  • Scottish judges rule Lockerbie documents will remain secret

    Foreign secretary’s decision to withhold documents that could absolve Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 1989 terror attack backed by courtScotland’s most senior judges have upheld a secrecy order signed by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to withhold intelligence documents believed to implicate a Palestinian terror group in the Lockerbie bombing.Lawyers acting for the family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing, believe the documents are central to a fresh

  • Green Beret Passed Secrets to Russia

    Green Beret Passed Secrets to RussiaA former Green Beret in the United States Army has admitted passing classified information to Russian intelligence agents.Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins was arrested in August 2020 and charged with conspiring to provide United States national defense information to agents of a foreign government. On November 18, the 45-year-old Gainesville, Florida, resident pleaded guilty to the charge and now faces a maximum penalty of life in p

  • Data Breach at Iowa Hospital A data breach at an Iowa hospital has exposed the Social Security numbers and private medical information of more than 60,000 patients. Mercy Iowa City began notifying patients on November 13 of a data breach that occurred in spring 2020 after an employee’s email account was accessed by a threat actor. The hospital detected the breach on June 24 when the targeted account began sending out phishing emails and spam. An investigation revealed that the hac

  • FireEye Acquires Respond Software

    FireEye Acquires Respond SoftwareIntelligence-led security firm FireEye yesterday announced the acquisition of Respond Software, a company that uses automation to assist customers to comprehend and investigate security incidents.The transaction closed on November 18, 2020, and is valued at approximately $186m in cash and stock. FireEye said that the acquisition of Respond Software will open new market opportunities to deliver eXtended Detection and Response (XD

  • #ISSE2020: Focus on 2020's Crypto Successes Rather than Efforts to Break it

    #ISSE2020: Focus on 2020’s Crypto Successes Rather than Efforts to Break itEfforts to break encryption in new crypto wars are ongoing, but there are many successes to recount in the past year.Speaking in the closing session the virtual ISSE Conference Professor Bart Preneel from the KU Leuven, where he heads the COSIC research group, said more and more research crypto has been published this year and he praised the work to enable contact tracing, but was critical of government and

  • CybExer Tasked With Enhancing Luxembourg’s Cyber-Defense Capabilities

    CybExer Tasked With Enhancing Luxembourg’s Cyber-Defense CapabilitiesCybersecurity firm CybExer Technologies has announced it has been tasked with building a cyber-range for the Luxembourg Directorate of Defense in order to grow the skills of its current and future cyber-personnel.The cyber-range is essentially an IT-systems simulation environment that aims to improve organizations’ cyber-defense capabilities by conducting regular training and testing.The company has been awarded a t

  • Faith App Pray.com Exposes Millions Through Cloud MisconfigA popular Christian faith app has unwittingly exposed the personal data of up to 10 million users dating back several years, after misconfiguring its cloud infrastructure, researchers have warned.Santa Monica-headquartered Pray.com claims to be the “#1 App for daily prayer and biblical audio content” and has been downloaded over a million times from the Play Store.Researchers at vpnMentor discovered four misconfigured AWS S3

  • Microsoft Announces Pluton Processor for Better Hardware SecurityMicrosoft has announced the launch of a security processor designed to provide stronger hardware and software integration for Windows PCs to remove entire vectors of attack. Named the Pluton and built in collaboration with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm, Microsoft claimed the processor will improve the ability to guard against physical and/or hardware attacks targeting identity and encryption keys to steal sensitive informa

  • US Senate Approves New Deepfake Bill

    US Senate Approves New Deepfake BillUS legislation mandating government research into deepfakes took a step closer to becoming law this week after it passed the Senate by unanimous consent.Sponsored by Democrat senator for Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks (IOGAN) Act recognizes the need for such research as nation states and cyber-criminals hone their tools.“This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National In

  • Black Friday Alert as E-Commerce Attacks Surge in 2020Security researchers are warning of a spike in cyber-attacks against retailers this year which may impact the coming Black Friday and holiday season shopping spree.Imperva’s State of Security Within e-Commerce report was compiled using data from its various security products.It noted several attack trends this year likely to have been influenced by the greater numbers of shoppers heading online during COVID-19 lockdowns.First, it claime

  • UK unveils National Cyber Force of hackers to target foes digitally

    New unit aims to disrupt online activities of hostile states, terror groups and paedophilesBritain has unveiled its new National Cyber Force, a unit of offensive hackers that can target hostile states such as China and Russia, terror groups and even paedophiles by disrupting their online communications.The NCF, controlled by the spy agency GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), has been secretly up and running since April with several hundred hackers based in Cheltenham and other military sites

  • Oregon County Hit by Ransomware Attack

    Oregon County Hit by Ransomware AttackAn Oregon county hit by wildfires and a fall surge in Covid-19 cases is now dealing with the fallout from a cyber-attack.Jackson County’s website is currently down following a recent ransomware attack on the county’s web-hosting service provider, Managed.com. The company took down all its servers on Monday after reportedly becoming the latest target of REvil. A status update issued by Managed.com on November 19 said: ”

  • Hard Rock Stadium Ups CybersecurityThe critical infrastructure of a famous Florida sporting and entertainment venue is being protected by a brand-new cybersecurity solution.Atos and Forescout Technologies today announced a jointly developed solution that allows Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium to offer fans, staff, and spectators a whole new level of cybersecurity.The joint solution of Forescout’s cloud-based network segmentation solution eyeSegment and Atos&r

  • #DxPsummit: CISOs Discuss Ransomware Strategies for Recovery and Resistance

    #DxPsummit: CISOs Discuss Ransomware Strategies for Recovery and ResistanceSpeaking as part of Druva’s Cloud Data Protection Summit, panel moderator and Druva CISO Drew Daniels focused on the theme of cyber-resiliency, specifically on the subject of ransomware and what the role of data protection is in combatting the threat.Asking the speakers for their perspectives on ransomware detection and recovery, Mike Towers, CISO at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, said he follows a six-point plan of:

  • Raytheon Employee Jailed for Exporting Missile Data to China

    Raytheon Employee Jailed for Exporting Missile Data to ChinaA former Raytheon employee has been imprisoned in the United States for exporting sensitive military data from America to the People’s Republic of China. Chinese national Wei Sun was employed in Tucson, Arizona, as an electrical engineer with Raytheon Missiles and Defense for 10 years. In February 2020, the 49-year-old pled guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) by taking a company-issu

  • HMRC Records 73% Growth in Email Phishing Attacks During #COVID19The UK’s HMRC detected a 73% rise in email phishing attacks in the six months that the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country, according to official data obtained following a FOI request by accountancy firm Lanop Outsourcing.It revealed that from March to September 2020, there was an average of 45,046 email attacks per month in the UK. This compares to an average of 26,100 in the two months preceding the introduction of COVID-1

  • UN and Europol Warn of Growing AI Cyber-Threat

    UN and Europol Warn of Growing AI Cyber-ThreatCyber-criminals are just getting started with their malicious targeting and abuse of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new report from Europol and the UN.Compiled with help from Trend Micro, the Malicious Uses and Abuses of Artificial Intelligence report predicts AI will in the future be used as both attack vector and attack surface.In effect, that means cyber-criminals are looking for ways to use AI tools in attacks, but also methods via

  • MoD Receives Funding Boost and Confirms Increase in Cyber-Spending

    MoD Receives Funding Boost and Confirms Increase in Cyber-SpendingThe UK government has dedicated an extra £16.5bn to defense spending which will see a heavy investment in cybersecurity defense and offensive capabilities.The Ministry of Defence has been given a four-year funding settlement, which includes a 10% increase in its annual £40bn budget – despite other government departments having a single-year settlement due to the COVID-19 impact.According to BBC News, Pr

  • Researcher Drops Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Microsoft

    Researcher Drops Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against MicrosoftComputer researcher Katie Moussouris has dropped her gender discrimination lawsuit against tech giant Microsoft.Issued in 2015, the lawsuit claimed that Microsoft unfairly discriminated against Moussouris (who worked at the company between 2007 and 2016) and other female employees because of their gender. It claimed that female workers were passed over for promotions, while less qualified male colleagues were promoted.“I



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