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Management company settles for $18.4M after nuclear weapons plant staff fudged their timesheets

The Register - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 16:00
The firm 'fessed up to staff misconduct and avoided criminal liability

A company contracted to manage an Amarillo, Texas nuclear weapons facility has to pay US government $18.4 million in a settlement over allegations that its atomic technicians fudged their timesheets to collect more money from Uncle Sam.…

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Google cools on cookie phase-out while regulators chew on plans

The Register - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 15:31
Privacy Sandbox slips into 2025 after challenges from UK authorities

Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome is being postponed to 2025 amid wrangling with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).…

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US charges Iranians with cyber snooping on government, companies

The Register - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 15:01
Their holiday options are now far more restricted

The US has charged and sanctioned four Iranian nationals for their alleged roles in various attacks on US companies and government departments, all of whom are claimed to have worked for fake companies linked to Iran's military.…

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If Britain is so bothered by China, why do these .gov.uk sites use Chinese ad brokers?

The Register - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 08:29
One wonders why are there adverts on public-sector portals at all

Exclusive  At least 18 public-sector websites in the UK and US send visitor data in some form to various web advertising brokers – including an ad-tech biz in China involved in past privacy controversies, a security firm claims.…

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Mandiant: Orgs are detecting cybercriminals faster than ever

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 14:05
The 'big victory for the good guys' shouldn't be celebrated too much, though

The average time taken by global organizations to detect cyberattacks has dropped to its lowest-ever level of ten days, Mandiant revealed today.…

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UnitedHealth admits breach could 'cover substantial proportion of people in America'

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 13:30
That said, good old US healthcare system so elaborately costly some are forced to avoid altogether

UnitedHealth Group, the parent of ransomware-struck Change Healthcare, delivered some very unwelcome news for customers today as it continues to recover from the massively expensive side and disruptive digital break-in.…

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Leicester streetlights take ransomware attack personally, shine on 24/7

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 12:05
City council says it lost control after shutting down systems

It's become somewhat cliché in cybersecurity reporting to speculate whether an organization will have the resources to "keep the lights on" after an attack. But the opposite turns out to be true with Leicester City Council following its March ransomware incident.…

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Over a million Neighbourhood Watch members exposed through web app bug

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 09:30
Unverified users could scoop up data on high-value individuals without any form of verification process

Neighbourhood Watch (NW) groups across the UK can now rest easy knowing the developers behind a communications platform fixed a web app bug that leaked their data en masse.…

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Misconfigured cloud server leaked clues of North Korean animation scam

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 06:26
Outsourcers outsourced work for the BBC, Amazon, and HBO Max to the hermit kingdom

A misconfigured cloud server that used a North Korean IP address has led to the discovery that film production studios including the BBC, Amazon, and HBO Max could be inadvertently hiring workers from the hermit kingdom for animation projects.…

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Old Windows print spooler bug is latest target of Russia's Fancy Bear gang

The Register - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 02:15
Putin's pals use 'GooseEgg' malware to launch attacks you can defeat with patches or deletion

Russian spies are exploiting a years-old Windows print spooler vulnerability and using a custom tool called GooseEgg to elevate privileges and steal credentials across compromised networks, according to Microsoft Threat Intelligence.…

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FBI and friends get two more years of warrantless FISA Section 702 snooping

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 22:09
US Senate kills reform amendment, Biden swiftly signs bill into law

US lawmakers on Saturday reauthorized a contentious warrantless surveillance tool for another two years — and added a whole bunch of people and organizations to the list of those who can be compelled to spy for Uncle Sam.…

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Europol becomes latest law enforcement group to plead with big tech to ditch E2EE

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 17:30
Don't bore us, get to the chorus: You need less privacy so we can protect the children

Yet another international cop shop has come out swinging against end-to-end encryption - this time it's Europol which is urging an end to implementation of the tech for fear police investigations will be hampered by protected DMs.…

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Germany arrests trio accused of trying to smuggle naval military tech to China

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 16:30
Prosecutors believe one frikkin' laser did make its way to Beijing

Germany has arrested three citizens who allegedly tried to transfer military technology to China, a violation of the country's export rules.…

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Watchdog tells Dutch govt: 'Do not use Facebook if there is uncertainty about privacy'

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 15:00
Meta insists it's just misunderstood and it's safe to talk to citizens over FB

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) has warned that government organizations should not use Facebook to communicate with the country's citizens unless they can guarantee the privacy of data.…

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US House of Representatives passes new TikTok ban bill to Senate

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 14:00
Sadly no push to ban stupid TikTok dances, but ByteDance would have year to offload app Stateside

Fresh US legislation to force the sale of TikTok locally was passed in Washington over the weekend after an earlier version stalled in the Senate.…

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UK data watchdog questions how private Google's Privacy Sandbox is

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 12:13
Leaked draft report says stated goals still come up short

Google's Privacy Sandbox, which aspires to provide privacy-preserving ad targeting and analytics, still isn't sufficiently private.…

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Has the ever-present cyber danger just got worse?

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 11:59
Facing down the triple threat of ransomware, data breaches and criminal extortion

Sponsored  On the face of it, there really isn't much of an upside for the current UK government after MPs described its response to attacks by cyber-espionage group APT31 as 'feeble, derisory and sadly insufficient.'…

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Google all at sea over rising tide of robo-spam

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 09:30
What if it's not AI but the algorithm to blame?

Opinion  It was a bold claim by the richest and most famous tech founder: bold, precise and wrong. Laughably so. Twenty years ago, Bill Gates promised to rid the world of spam by 2006. How's that worked out for you?…

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Rarest, strangest, form of Windows saved techie from moment of security madness

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 08:29
For once, Redmond's finest saved the day - by being rubbish in unexpectedly useful ways

Who, Me?  It's Monday once again, dear reader, and you know what that means: another dive into the Who, Me? confessional, to share stories of IT gone wrong that Reg readers managed to pretend had gone right.…

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Researchers claim Windows Defender can be fooled into deleting databases

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 05:29
Two rounds of reports and patches may not have completely closed this hole

BLACK HAT ASIA  Researchers at US/Israeli infosec outfit SafeBreach last Friday discussed flaws in Microsoft and Kaspersky security products that can potentially allow the remote deletion of files. And, they asserted, the hole could remain exploitable – even after both vendors claim to have patched the problem.…

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