Month: November 2018

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Hotel chain Marriott has confirmed widespread reports of a significant data breach with the sensitive details of 500 million customers possibly compromised. In an online statement, the company said: “On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an alert from an internal security tool regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database. Marriott quickly engaged leading security
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by Lisa Vaas A popular massage-booking app has spilled the beans on 309,000 customer profiles, including comments from their masseurs or masseuses on how creepy their customers are. The app’s wide-open, no-password-required database was discovered by researcher Oliver Hough, who tipped off TechCrunch. Hough said in a tweet on Tuesday that the breach was caused
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These predictions were written by Eoin Carroll, Taylor Dunton, John Fokker, German Lancioni, Lee Munson, Yukihiro Okutomi, Thomas Roccia, Raj Samani, Sekhar Sarukkai, Dan Sommer, and Carl Woodward. As 2018 draws to a close, we should perhaps be grateful that the year has not been entirely dominated by ransomware, although the rise of the GandCrab
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The hacking and extortion scheme took place over a 34-month period with the SamSam ransomware affecting over 200 organizations in the US and Canada The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed indictments against two alleged Iranian hackers accused of being the miscreants behind the infamous SamSam ransomware attacks. The six-count indictment named Faramarz Shahi
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Multinational computer technology company Dell disclosed Wednesday that its online electronics marketplace experienced a “cybersecurity incident” earlier this month when an unknown group of hackers infiltrated its internal network. On November 9, Dell detected and disrupted unauthorized activity on its network attempting to steal customer information, including their names, email addresses and hashed passwords. According
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Two Iranian men have been indicted for a string of ransomware attacks over the past three years, causing $30m in losses to over 200 organizations, mainly in the US. Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, are accused of operating the infamous SamSam ransomware variant which targeted notable organizations including the Hollywood
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Microsoft is readying its HoloLens augmented reality tech for combat. The company just won a $480 million military contract with the U.S. government to bring AR headset tech into the weapon repertoires of American soldiers. The two-year contract may result in follow-on orders of more than 100,000 headsets according to documentation describing the bidding process.
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The country’s first fine under GDPR is lower than might have been expected, however, as the company was acknowledged for its post-incident cooperation and enhanced security measures A German social media platform called Knuddels.de has been fined with €20,000 following a breach that exposed the personal information of 330,000 users, including their passwords and e-mail
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The Department of Justice announced Wednesday charges against two Iranian nationals for their involvement in creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware. The alleged hackers, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah, 27, have been charged on several counts of computer hacking and fraud charges, the indictment unsealed today at New Jersey court revealed.
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Hand-held gimbals have largely been the realm of pro videographers. But DJI is looking to change things up with an ultra-portable take on its popular Osmo line. The Osmo Pocket is a four-inch-tall version of the drone maker’s camera stabilizer that can either be plugged into an iPhone or utilized as a standalone. At $349
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In the recent “Cybercrime tactics and techniques: Q3 2018” report by Malwarebytes, banking Trojans were found to be the number one most detected malware for both businesses and consumers. Why have banking Trojans surged this year and how have they evolved over the past quarter? We asked Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at Malwarebytes,
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The US authorities are claiming victory after dismantling two global cybercrime rings and indicting eight men on charges connected with running a major ad fraud operation. Aleksandr Zhukov, Boris Timokhin, Mikhail Andreev, Denis Avdeev, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Ovsyannikov, Aleksandr Isaev and Yevgeniy Timchenko were charged with wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, money laundering
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Amazon has launched a new service that uses machine learning to extract key data from patient records and can potentially help healthcare providers and researchers save money, make treatment decisions, and manage clinical trials. The company announced the service, called Amazon Comprehend Medical, on Tuesday, shortly after the Wall Street Journal reported on it. The
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International law enforcement swoops on fake ad viewing outfit On Monday, October 22nd, a disruption action involving law enforcement bodies worldwide targeted “3ve”, a major online ad fraud operation. Today, on November 27, 2018, a 13-count indictment against eight defendants was unsealed. Out of these eight defendants, three are in custody and awaiting extradition. Ad fraud
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Google’s last major piece of hardware for the year is finally shipping this week. A number of pre-orders have already begun receiving shipping notifications for the Pixel Slate, and the company just popped up a blog post noting that the device will officially be available at retail starting this Thursday (11/29). The detachable tablet, which
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Urban Massage, a popular massage startup that bills itself as providing “wellness that comes to you,” has leaked its entire customer database. The London, U.K.-based startup — now known as just Urban — left its Google-hosted ElasticSearch database online without a password, allowing anyone to read hundreds of thousands of customer and staff records. Anyone
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First, a dirty little secret about product reviews: You’d love to integrate every product into your daily use, but it just isn’t possible. Especially when you’re dealing with the volumes we deal with here. Every so often, however, the stars align. You find yourself days from a two-week trip through Asia, when Google overnights you