• ‘Wagatha Christie’ Spat Leads to LawsuitRebekah Vardy is suing Colleen Rooney after the latter accused the former of leaking private information to a British tabloid.The women, who are both married to British soccer players and used to socialize together, fell out last year. Their public spat took place over Twitter.In a lengthy post published on October 9, Rooney stated that a mysterious mole in her friendship group had been handing information “about me, my friends

  • EEMA Appoints Attorney-at-Law Hans Graux to Board of ManagementEEMA, the leading independent European think tank focused on identity, privacy and trust, has appointed Hans Graux to its Board of Management. Graux is a partner at law firm Timelex and an attorney-at-law specializing in electronic identity and trust services.Brussels-based EEMA provides world-class events, projects, collaboration, education, engagement, communication, participation and networking for companies, the public sector and

  • Prolific Hacker Made Millions Selling Network AccessA notorious Russian cyber-criminal made over $1.5m in just the past three years selling access to corporate networks around the world, according to a new report from Group-IB.The study profiles the work of “Fxmsp” on underground forums where he published his first ad selling access to business networks in 2017.Over the following years he would compromise banks, hotels, utilities, retailers, tech companies and organiza

  • Over Two-Thirds of Q1 Malware Hidden by HTTPSOver two-thirds of malware detected in the first three months of the year was hidden in HTTPS encrypted tunnels in a bid to evade traditional AV, according to Watchguard.The security vendor’s latest Internet Security Report for Q1 2020 is distilled from analytics provided by its 44,000 global appliances.During the period they blocked over 32 million malware variants and nearly 1.7 million network attacks.Some 67% of that malware was delivered vi

  • Twitter Data Leak Exposes Business ClientsTwitter has contacted its business clients to warn them of a potential breach of their data.It said that email addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of card numbers may have been accessed by others, thanks to a technology snafu which exposed the information.It meant that billing information viewed on ads.twitter.com or analytics.twitter.com may have been exposed in the browser’s cache.The social network first became aware of the inciden

  • Cyber-Extortionist Threatens Australian Swimming ProAn Australian swimming star has been targeted by a vicious blackmail attempt undertaken via social media. Malicious messages were sent to Commonwealth Games gold medalist Shayna Jack over the weekend by an unidentified cyber-criminal via Facebook. The miscreant threatened to post pictures of Jack unless they received a ransom payment.In a creepy message designed to scare the swimmer, the threat actor told Jack: “I can see what yo

  • Cop Comedy Riskiest Show to Watch OnlineAn American police procedural comedy television show has topped the list of most dangerous TV titles for US citizens to watch online. New research published today by global security software company McAfee revealed the web-based entertainment options most commonly targeted with malware by cyber-criminals. McAfee analyzed more than 100 of the most popular TV and movie titles available on US streaming sites as defined by “

  • Digital Transformation in Cybersecurity a Major Driver of Future M&A DealsDigital transformation in the cybersecurity industry will be a major driver of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the remainder of 2020, according to ICON Corporate Finance. This follows a survey by the technology-focused investment bank of some of the most active M&A buyers in the UK, which showed that there remains substantial interest in tech sector acquisitions despite the economic fallout of COVID-19.ICON

  • Oregon City Pays $48,000 Cyber-Ransom A city in Oregon has paid a ransom of $48,000 to regain control over its computer network following a cyber-attack. The city of Keizer’s computer system was successfully targeted by threat actors using ransomware in the early hours of June 10. The attack left officials unable to access either files or their email accounts for a full seven days.In a hand-delivered statement viewed by Oregon Live shortly after the attack was carried out, city of

  • Praise for Online Harms Plan, Action Needed on Fake NewsSpeaking at the Westminster eForum policy conference on identifying and tackling the key issues in the online space and assessing the industry’s response so far, Professor Victoria Nash, deputy director, associate professor and senior policy fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, said she admired but “was anxious about the breadth” of the Online Harms whitepaper, and the lack of distinction between legal and illegal onli

  • DCMS Details Online Harms Bill as Age Verification Faces Potential RevivalThe Age Verification law is set to be revived for the UK Government’s online harms bill.Speaking at the Westminster eForum policy conference around next steps for online regulation in the UK, Sarah Connolly, director, security and online harms at DCMS, said that age verification “has a fairly troubled history” and it is the intention of DCMS “to roll it into the wider online harms agenda, so th

  • US .Gov Domains to Preload HSTS for Maximum SecurityUS government websites are taking another major step forward to becoming more secure after it was announced that all .gov TLDs would be changed to enforce HSTS preloading.The DotGov program made the announcement on Sunday, stating that all new .gov domains will be automatically preloaded from September 1 2020. The transitioning of historical ones will take longer.The HSTS standard ensures a user’s browser always enforces an HTTPS con

  • Two-Fifths of Firms May Replace Email After #COVID19Over two-fifths of businesses are considering replacing email as their primary communications channel as the country begins to open-up again after lockdown, according to a new report.Think tank Parliament Street commissioned the poll of 200 senior decision makers in medium and large UK firms to better understand how COVID-19 will change the world of work going forward.Some 43% claimed they were “actively considering replacing email”

  • BlueLeaks Exposes Police Files Dating Back 24 YearsA major supply chain breach appears to have led to the exposure of hundreds of thousands of sensitive US police records dating back over two decades.WikiLeaks-like organization Distributed Denial of Secrets released the trove on Friday, claiming it contained 10 years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other training and support resources. Fusion centers are designed to promote info-sharing between state and local police

  • The Guardian view on the Reading attacks: a grim reminder | Editorial

    The risk of terrorism-related attacks hasn’t gone away. But kneejerk reactions help no oneThe horrifying events in Reading on Saturday evening are a brutal reminder that the threat of domestic terrorism has not gone away. Public attention has been focused elsewhere since February, when the previous such attack took place in south London. The stabbings in that incident were not fatal and its perpetrator, Sudesh Faraz Amman, was shot dead by police. In Reading three victims had no such escap

  • Florida School Board Member Blames Controversial Facebook Post on HackerA member of a Florida school board has denied responsibility for a social media post that implied her professional achievements had not been acquired via white privilege.Broward School Board member Ann Murray claims that a controversial meme that appeared on her personal Facebook page on Sunday, June 21, was posted by a hacker who had compromised her account.The meme, which was criticized as racist by some other Facebook use

  • DIA Analyst Jailed for Disclosing Secrets to Journalist GirlfriendA former employee of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been imprisoned for passing classified information to journalists “for personal gain.”Henry Kyle Frese worked for the DIA from February 2018 to October 2019 as a counterterrorism analyst and held a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. The 31-year-old resident of Alexandria, Virginia, was found guilty of passi

  • Indonesia Denies #COVID19 Test Data BreachAn alleged breach of COVID-19 test result data is being investigated by authorities in Indonesia.Concerns over a possible breach were raised after a hacker tried to sell what they claimed was the personal information of hundreds of thousands of people who had been tested for the novel coronavirus in Indonesia on an online forum.Posting on the database sharing and marketplace forum RaidForums on June 18, the alleged hacker claimed to have exfilt

  • Johnson and May ignored claims Russia had 'likely hold' over Trump, ex-spy alleges

    Exclusive: Christopher Steele claims May government turned blind eye to Trump allegations
    Boris Johnson and Theresa May ignored claims the Kremlin had a “likely hold” over Donald Trump and may have covertly funded Brexit, the former spy Christopher Steele alleges in secret evidence given to MPs who drew up the Russia report.In testimony to MPs, the MI6 veteran accused the government led by May and in which Johnson was foreign secretary for two years of turning a blind eye to allegati

  • Theresa Villiers denies being sacked from intelligence committee

    MP rejects claims she has been ousted for disloyalty and says PM appointed her just days agoThe former cabinet minister Theresa Villiers has denied being sacked from the intelligence and security committee, claiming she was personally appointed by Boris Johnson just days ago.The former environment secretary said she was initially under pressure from party whips over her voting record, having most recently voted to ban the import of chlorinated chicken into the UK in a post-Brexit trade deal. Con

  • Stalker Online Breach: 1.3 Million User Records StolenSecurity researchers are warning players of a popular MMO game that over 1.3 million user records are being sold on dark web forums.Usernames, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses belonging to players of Stalker Online were found by researchers from CyberNews.The firm explained that the passwords were stored only in MD5, which is one of the less secure encryption algorithms around.Two databases were found on underground

  • Online Fraudsters Steal £17m Over #COVID19 LockdownNearly £17m has been lost to online fraud over the COVID-19 lockdown period with younger shoppers most affected, according to Action Fraud.The UK’s National Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting Center claimed that online scams had snared 16,352 victims with online shopping and auction fraud since bricks and mortar stores were ordered to close on March 23.That amounts to around £16.6m in losses, with the larg

  • North Korean #COVID19 Phishing Campaign Targets Six CountriesSecurity researchers are warning of a multi-country North Korean phishing campaign designed to capitalize on government COVID-19 bail-out measures.The operation is being undertaken by Pyongyang’s notorious Lazarus Group, and is “designed to impersonate government agencies, departments, and trade associations who are tasked to oversee the disbursement of the fiscal aid,” according to Cyfirma.The Goldman Sachs-backed cy

  • FEMA Employee Indicted for Hacking Medical Center A man from Michigan has been charged with hacking into a medical center’s database and stealing the personal information of 65,000 employees.Federal prosecutors unsealed a 43-count indictment yesterday accusing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IT specialist Justin Sean Johnson of illegally accessing data held by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Johnson allegedly hacked into the center’s Oracle PeopleSoft database

  • Video Game Creator Battles Racist Bots A PC gaming service is taking action to eradicate a growing number of racist bots from one of its leading shoot-em-up titles.Valve said it has introduced new anti-spam measures to the game Team Fortress 2 in an attempt to “mitigate the use of new and free accounts for abusive purposes.”Earlier this month, Kotaku reported that offensive bots were “running rampant” in TF2, overwhelming chats “with everything from annoying troll-speak to full-on raci

  • US Deports NeverQuest Cyber-ThiefThe United States has deported a convicted cyber-criminal and malware creator back to his native Russia. Computer programmer Stanislav Vitaliyevich Lisov was arrested by Spanish authorities at Barcelona–El Prat Airport on January 13, 2017, at the request of the FBI, then extradited to the United States on January 19, 2018. Lisov is the creator of banking Trojan NeverQuest and part of a criminal enterprise that used the malware in attempts to steal

  • Facebook Pulls Trump Campaign Ad Featuring Nazi SymbolFacebook has removed advertising for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign because it featured a symbol heavily associated with Nazi Germany, in a move likely to dial-up tensions in the US.The inverted red triangle featured in the ad was reportedly used by the Nazis to mark out political prisoners in concentration camps.It ran alongside a message from the President claiming that ‘far-left mobs’ are causing mayhem in the US and

  • Malicious Chrome Extensions Downloaded Over 33 Million TimesGoogle has removed scores of malicious and fake Chrome extensions being used in a global eavesdropping campaign.The threat was spotted by Awake Security, which detected 111 of the malicious extensions over the past three months. When it notified Google of the issue last month, it claimed that 79 were present in the Chrome Web Store, where they had been downloaded nearly 33 million times.Figures for the others not in the official marketp

  • Sophisticated State-Backed Attack Rocks AustraliaAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today warned of a major state-sponsored cyber-espionage campaign targeting government and private sector businesses.He urged domestic organizations to take steps to improve their resilience, including the use of multi-factor authentication to access cloud and internet-facing systems, and to patch online devices promptly.“This activity is targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, in

  • US Indicts Six Nigerians Over $6m Email ScamThe United States has sanctioned six Nigerians for operating cyber-scams that stole millions from American victims. Indictments were unsealed June 16 against Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson, and Abiola Kayode. The six men are charged with orchestrating elaborate schemes to defraud Americans through Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks and romance scams. American citizens lost over $6,

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