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The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) and the New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance (NYM-IMA) have agreed to work together to advance the mission of cybersecurity in space.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling collaboration between the two organizations was signed earlier this month. In a statement released to announce the news, the organizations
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A 40-year-old man from California has admitted his role in a conspiracy to break into the private digital photo libraries of Apple customers to locate and steal sexually explicit images. Hao Kuo Chi, a resident of the city of La Puenta in Los Angeles County, pleaded guilty to charges of computer fraud and conspiracy on Friday, October
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South Korea is seeking assistance from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to arrest two foreign nationals suspected of being cyber-criminal gang leaders. The two individuals allegedly played a key role in multiple cyber-attacks and a major extortion scam that claimed victims in both South Korea and the United States.  On Friday, South Korea said that it
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by Paul Ducklin The overall motto of #Cybermonth consists of three simple words. Repeat these words (try sitting on your hands while you’re saying them, for extra safety) whenever you’re faced with a cybersecurity risk, instead of rushing straight in and making a possibly expensive mistake: Stop. Think. Connect. Well, in Week 3 of #Cybermonth
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The personal data of thousands of individuals have been stolen from a non-profit professional membership organization located in Illinois. Cyber-thieves struck the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in the summer of 2020, making off with information that included names, Social Security numbers, and financial account details. The AOA, which is headquartered in Chicago, represents around 151,000
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Apple’s plans to implement new phone-scanning features have been heavily criticized by more than a dozen cybersecurity experts. The tech company announced in August its intention to start scanning iPhone users’ iCloud Photos libraries. Apple presented the move under the pretext that it would locate users’ caches of illicit content, including child sexual abuse material (CSAM). In
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Organizations around the world take on average more than two business days to respond to a cyber-attack, according to new research by American cybersecurity company Deep Instinct.  The finding was published in the company’s second bi-annual Voice of SecOps Report, which was based on a survey of 1,500 senior cybersecurity professionals in 11 countries who work for
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Social media company Facebook has announced plans to selectively protect some of its better-known users from being harassed on its platform. Updates to the company’s bullying and harassment policies were announced yesterday by Facebook’s global head of safety, Antigone Davis. The announcement coincided with National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Day in the United States.  Davis said Facebook is introducing
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A cybersecurity official in the Ghanaian police force has cautioned women and girls against using digital devices to take and share intimate pictures.  The assistant commissioner of police, Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson, who is the director of the Cybercrime Unit at the CID Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service, gave the warning while speaking at
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European police have disrupted a significant financial crime organization said to have made at least €15m ($17m) by tricking investors. Between May 2019 and September 2021, the criminal network reportedly lured German investors via adverts on social media and elsewhere, supported by over 250 newly registered domain names. As part of the scam, two call
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Ukrainian law enforcers have arrested a suspected botnet herder responsible for controlling an automated network of around 100,000 compromised machines to launch DDoS and other attacks. The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) claimed the resident of Ivano-Frankivsk also used the botnet to launch spam campaigns, scan for vulnerabilities in websites to exploit, and brute-force users’ email passwords.
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Some 93% of global organizations have suffered a direct breach due to weaknesses in their supply chains over the past year, according to BlueVoyant. The cybersecurity services company polled 1200 IT and procurement leaders responsible for supply chain and cyber-risk management from global companies with 1,000+ employees to compile its report: Managing Cyber Risk Across the Extended
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by Paul Ducklin It’s been a wild few weeks for Apple, or perhaps an “in-the-wild” few weeks, with several zero-day bugs necessitating emergency updates. We were going to say “unexpected updates”, but all (or almost all) Apple security patches are, of course, unexpected by design. Apple deliberately announces security fixes only after they’ve been published,
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by Paul Ducklin It’s the second week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021, and this week’s theme is an alliterative reminder: Fight the Phish! Unfortunately, anti-phishing advice often seems to fall on deaf ears, because phishing is an old cybercrime trick, and lots of people seem to think it’s what computer scientists or mathematical analysts call
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Google is bringing together a bevy of in-house experts to form a new cybersecurity advisory team. In a statement released earlier today, Google announced the creation of its new Google Cybersecurity Action Team, which it says will have “the singular mission of supporting the security and digital transformation of governments, critical infrastructure, enterprises, and small businesses.” In pursuit of
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Antivirus and anti-malware brand STOPzilla has been acquired by California holding company RealDefense.  The deal was announced earlier today and marks RealDefense’s fourth acquisition in the security sector. Other brands in the RealDefense portfolio include IOLO, MyCleanID, MyCleanPC, USTechSupport, CyberDefender, VirusFix, and WarrantyStar. To complete the acquisition of STOPzilla, RealDefense partnered with Corbel Capital Partners, a $500m structured
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Renowned documentarist Louis Theroux described the growing societal dangers posed by social media use during the keynote interview at the Digital Transformation EXPO Europe 2021. The session came ahead of the release of Theroux’s new three-part documentary series, exploring how tech is increasingly coalescing with human psychology. In one prominent example of this, he noted that
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The offshore assets of 35 current and former world leaders have been exposed in an unprecedented leak of financial records dubbed the Pandora Papers.  The cache of 11.9 million confidential files was leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington, DC. Containing 2.94 terabytes of data, the Papers represent the largest trove of
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by Paul Ducklin As you probably know (or, at least, as you know now!), October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which means it’s a great opportunity to do three things: Stop. Think. Connect. Those three words were chosen many years ago by the US public service as a short and simple motto for cybersecurity awareness. 5
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A Kittitian soccer player has made a charitable donation of the compensation he received after being racially abused on social media.  Midfielder Romaine Sawyers, who is currently on loan at Stoke City Football Club from his parent club, West Bromwich Albion, was victimized by 50-year-old cyber-bully Simon Silwood of Kingswinford, West Midlands. Silwood was arrested
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The United States Coast Guard has launched a new program that gives cyber professionals the chance to become Coast Guard Cyber Officers.  With the launch of the Direct Commission Cyber Officer (DCCO) program, the maritime security branch of the United States military is hoping to attract top cyber talent to work in cyberspace operations, information assurance, cyber