Chinese snoops stole 60K State Department emails in that Microsoft email heist

The Register - Fri, 29/09/2023 - 00:13
No classified systems involved apparently, but internal diplomatic notes, travel details, staff SSNs, etc

Chinese snoops stole about 60,000 State Department emails when they broke into Microsoft-hosted Outlook and Exchange Online accounts belonging to US government officials over the summer.…

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Feds' privacy panel backs renewing Feds' S. 702 spying powers — but with limits

The Register - Thu, 28/09/2023 - 22:15
FBI agents ought to get spy court approval before reviewing US persons' chats, board reckons

A privacy panel within the US government today narrowly recommended that Congress reauthorize the Feds' Section 702 spying powers — but with some stronger protections for US citizens only.…

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DARPA takes its long-duration Manta undersea drone for a test-dip

The Register - Thu, 28/09/2023 - 19:36
Autonomous sub should recharge and resupply in perfect stealth, hopefully

DARPA's extended-duration unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) is having its first aquatic excursion to test if this naval drone has wings, er, fins.…

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After failing at privacy, again, Google is working to keep Bard chats out of Search

The Register - Thu, 28/09/2023 - 08:32
The URLs needed to share chat histories have been indexed. Of course

Google's Bard chatbot is currently being re-educated to better understand privacy.…

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China's national security minister rates fake news among most pressing cyber threats

The Register - Thu, 28/09/2023 - 04:58
He's also worried about alliances that freeze out Chinese tech

Chinese minister for national security Chen Yixin has penned an article rating the digital risks his country faces and rated network security incidents as the most realistic source of harm to the Chinternet – both in terms of attacks and the dissemination of fake news.…

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NYC rights groups say no to grocery store spycams and snooping landlords

The Register - Wed, 27/09/2023 - 17:30
Letter to City Council supports measures to ban biometric tech from public spaces

"New Yorkers should not be forced to accept biometric surveillance as part of simple activities like buying groceries or taking their kids to a baseball game," more than 30 civil and digital rights organizations said yesterday in a letter backing new privacy laws in the city.…

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ROBOT crypto attack on RSA is back as Marvin arrives

The Register - Tue, 26/09/2023 - 18:00
More precise timing tests find many implementations vulnerable

An engineer has identified longstanding undetected flaws in a 25-year-old method for encrypting data using RSA public-key cryptography.…

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MOVEit breach delivers bundle of 3.4 million baby records

The Register - Tue, 26/09/2023 - 15:30
Progress Software vulnerability ID'd in enormous burglary at Ontario's BORN

Canada's Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) fears a MOVEit breach allowed cybercriminals to copy 3.4 million people's childcare health records dating back more than a decade.…

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Ukraine accuses Russian spies of hunting for war-crime info on its servers

The Register - Tue, 26/09/2023 - 09:00
Russian have shifted tactics in the first half of 2023, with mixed results

The Ukrainian State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection (SSSCIP) has claimed that Russian cyberspies are targeting its servers looking for data about alleged Kremlin-backed war crimes.…

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Mixin suspends deposits and withdrawals after $200m cryptocurrency heist

The Register - Mon, 25/09/2023 - 19:34
Cloud provider blamed for loss of 20% of exchange's capital

Mixin Network confirmd on Monday that it has "temporarily suspended" all deposit and withdrawal services after hackers broke into a database and stole about $200 million in funds from the Hong-Kong based cryptocurrency firm. …

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T-Mobile US exposes some customer data – but don't call it a breach

The Register - Mon, 25/09/2023 - 03:31
PLUS: Trojan hidden in PoC; cyber insurance surge; pig butchering's new cuts; and the week's critical vulns

Infosec in brief  T-Mobile US has had another bad week on the infosec front – this time stemming from a system glitch that exposed customer account data, followed by allegations of another breach the carrier denied.…

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Apple squashes security bugs after iPhone flaws exploited by Predator spyware

The Register - Fri, 22/09/2023 - 20:58
Holes in iOS, macOS and more fixed following tip off from Google, Citizen Lab

Apple emitted patches this week to close security holes that have been exploited in the wild by commercial spyware.…

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ESA gets the job of building Europe's secure satcomms network

The Register - Fri, 22/09/2023 - 06:31
IRIS2 oversight deal signed as constellation’s schedule slips, and Ariane 6 hits another snag

The European Space Agency has signed up to build and launch the European Union's Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite constellation.…

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US govt IT help desk techie 'leaked top secrets' to foreign nation

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 23:10
National defense files can earn you $55K … and espionage charges

A US government worker has been arrested and charged with spying for Ethiopia, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.…

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TransUnion reckons big dump of customer data came from someone else

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 19:58
Prolific info-thief strikes again

Days after a miscreant boasted leaking a 3GB-plus database from TransUnion containing financial information on 58,505 people, the credit-checking agency has claimed the info was actually swiped from a third party.…

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Cisco spends $28B on data cruncher Splunk in cybersecurity push

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 15:55
$157/share cash deal is the largest acquisition in networking titan's history

Cisco is making its most expensive acquisition ever – by far - with an announcement it's buying data crunching software firm Splunk for $157 per share, or approximately $28 billion (£22.8b).…

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Menacing marketeers fined by ICO for 1.9M cold calls

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 11:17
Five businesses facing half a million in collective penalties for illegally phoning folk registered with TPS

The UK data watchdog has penalized five businesses it says collectively made 1.9 million cold calls to members of the public, illegally, as those people had opted out of being menaced at home by marketeers.…

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India's biggest tech centers named as cyber crime hotspots

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 07:57
Global tech companies' Bharat offices attract the wrong sort of interest

India is grappling with a three-and-a-half year surge in cyber crime, with analysis suggesting cities like Bengaluru and Gurgaon – centers of India's tech development – are also hubs of evil activity.…

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Data breach reveals distressing info: people who order pineapple on pizza

The Register - Thu, 21/09/2023 - 07:27
Pizza Hut Australia warns 190,000 customers' data – including order history – has been accessed

Pizza Hut's Australian outpost has suffered a data breach.…

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Feds raise alarm over Snatch ransomware as extortion crew brags of Veterans Affairs hit

The Register - Wed, 20/09/2023 - 23:32
Invasion of the data snatchers

The Snatch ransomware crew has listed on its dark-web site the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as one of its latest victims – as the Feds warn organizations to be on the lookout for indicators of compromise linked to the extortionist gang.…

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