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Eurocops shut down Exclu encrypted messaging app, arrest dozens

The Register - Tue, 07/02/2023 - 07:30
German and Dutch authorities say the app was a favorite of organized criminals and drug smugglers

An encrypted messaging service that has been on law enforcement's radar since a 2019 raid on an old NATO bunker has been shut down after a sweeping series of raids across Europe last week. …

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Embarrassment as US cyber ambassador's Twitter account is hacked

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 23:59
'Perils of the job' we're told

A top US cyber diplomat said his Twitter account was compromised over the weekend.…

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Here's a list of proxy IPs to help block KillNet's DDoS bots

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 21:00
Put pro-Putin bots on the do not call list

A free tool aims is helping organizations defend against KillNet distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) bots and comes as the US government issued a warning that the Russian cybercrime gang is stepping up its network flooding attacks against hospitals and health clinics.…

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Keeping unstructured data safe and sound

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 13:00
How Dell PowerScale helps defend against information breaches

Webinar  There was a time when data was stored in cardboard files inside metal filing cabinets. The drawers were locked with a little key in the corner of the cabinet, which generally meant there was no getting in unless you had that key or at least some time to spare with a crowbar.…

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Trust, not tech, is holding back a safer internet

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 09:30
Excuse me, citizen, did you packet this data yourself?

Opinion  The tech sector is failing at cybersecurity. Global spending on the stuff is at $190 billion a year, a quarter of the US defense budget. That hasn't stemmed an estimated $7 trillion in annual cybercriminal damages. People are fond of saying that the Wild West days of the internet are over, but on those numbers an 1875 Dodge City bank vault looks like Fort Knox.…

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School laptop auction devolves into extortion allegation

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 07:32
Also: Atlassian says Jira has a 9.4 severity bug and the TSA issues milquetoast no-fly list security advisory

When a Texas school district sold some old laptops at auction last year, it probably didn't expect to end up in a public legal fight with a local computer repair shop – but a debate over what to do with district data found on the liquidated machines has led to precisely that.…

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Ransomware scum launch wave of attacks on critical, but old, VMWare ESXi vuln

The Register - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 06:30
You’ve had almost two years to patch and some of the software is EOL, now attackers déployer un rançongiciel

France's Computer Emergency Response Team has issued a Bulletin D'Alerte regarding a campaign to infect VMware’s ESXI hypervisor with ransomware.…

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Have we learnt nothing from SolarWinds supply chain attacks? Not yet it appears

The Register - Sun, 05/02/2023 - 12:00
From frameworks to new federal offices it's time to get busy

The hack of SolarWinds' software more than two years ago pushed the threat of software supply chain attacks to the front of security conversations, but is anything being done?.…

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Iran crew stole Charlie Hebdo database, says Microsoft

The Register - Sat, 04/02/2023 - 08:45
Same gang pestered US voters during 2020 presidential election

Microsoft believes the gang who boasted it had stolen and leaked more than 200,000 Charlie Hebdo subscribers' personal information is none other than a Tehran-backed gang.…

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HeadCrab bots pinch 1,000+ Redis servers to mine coins

The Register - Sat, 04/02/2023 - 00:27
$4,500 Monero per worker as they slave away while we devotin' full time to floatin' under the patch sea

A sneaky botnet dubbed HeadCrab that uses bespoke malware to mine for Monero has infected at least 1,200 Redis servers in the last 18 months.…

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Fast-evolving Prilex POS malware can block contactless payments

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 20:25
... forcing users to insert their cards into less-secure PIN systems

The reasons businesses and consumers like contactless payment transactions – high security and speed – are what make those systems bad for cybercriminals.…

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Guy accused of wrecking crypto exchange now hauled into court

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 19:30
Mango Markets still offline for now ... but v4 comeback release looms

The man accused of bringing down decentralized crypto exchange Mango Markets through market manipulation has made his first appearance in court in connection with the theft of millions in cryptocurrency.…

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Another RAC staffer nabbed for storing and sharing road accident data

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 11:30
Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Surely there won't a third incident for roadside assistance company

A former employee of RAC, one of Britain's major roadside recovery service operators, has pleaded guilty to data theft after he stored traffic accident information on his personal device that was passed onto claims companies.…

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LockBit claims responsibility for ION ransomware attack but US/UK hounds are sniffing

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 07:30
Crims put a February 4 deadline for software provider to pay up

UK regulators are investigating a cyberattack against financial technology firm ION, while the LockBit ransomware gang has threatened to publish the stolen data on February 4 if the software provider doesn't pay up.…

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Chinese surveillance balloon over US causes fearful gasbagging

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 05:32
Floats over missile silos, shooting it down ruled more dangerous than whatever it's up to

A Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon, spotted drifting over the US, has caused concern about national security – but the Department of Defense says it will not be shot down by F22s at this time.…

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Former Ubiquiti dev pleads guilty in data theft and extortion case

The Register - Fri, 03/02/2023 - 01:30
Nickolas Sharp now faces up to 35 years in prison

A former Ubiquiti Networks employee accused of hatching an elaborate plot to first steal nearly $2 million from his employer, extort more, then later orchestrating a smear campaign against the company pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges Thursday.…

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Malvertising attacks are distributing .NET malware loaders

The Register - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 19:27
The campaign illustrates another option for miscreants who had relied on Microsoft macros

Malvertising attacks are being used to distribute virtualized .NET loaders that are highly obfuscated and dropping info-stealer malware.…

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Super Bock says 'cyber' nasty 'disrupting computer services'

The Register - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 11:15
Portugal's biggest exporter of beer warns of retrictions to supply chain

Super Bock Group, Portugal's largest beverage biz, is warning of potential interruption to supplies as it manages the fallout from cybercrooks attacking its tech infrastructure.…

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Google boosts bounties for open source flaws found via fuzzing

The Register - Wed, 01/02/2023 - 23:01
Max reward per project integration is now $30k

Google sweetened the potential pot to $30,000 for bug hunters in its open source OSS-Fuzz code testing project.…

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Microsoft sweeps up after breaking .NET with December security updates

The Register - Wed, 01/02/2023 - 18:59
XPS doc display issues fixed – until the next patch, at least

Microsoft this week rolled out fixes to issues caused by security updates released in December 2022 that botched how XPS documents are displayed in various versions of .NET and .NET Framework.…

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