Month: November 2018

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In a statement issued today, Logitech International said that while it had engaged in discussions with Plantronics about a potential transaction, it had terminated the negotiations. Over the weekend we picked up a Reuters report that the two companies were in talks for a potential $2.2 billion merger. The company declined to comment further.
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Police in Ukraine have arrested a man who allegedly used a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to target thousands of users around the world. A statement from the Ukrainian National Police on Friday said that cyber specialists on the force cuffed a 42-year-old man from Lviv on suspicion of using the DarkComet malware. He’s said
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A German privacy regulator has issued its first GDPR fine after a hacker stole unencrypted data on hundreds of thousands of customers of a local chat app. The Baden-Württemberg Data Protection Authority (LfDI) fined Knuddels just €20,000 ($22,700) despite the firm having stored user passwords and emails in plain text. As a result, hackers were
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Security experts have lined up to warn consumers of a deluge of phishing and gift card scams as Cyber Monday kicks off today. The US online sales blitz has also become something of a staple across some European countries, especially in the UK where it’s predicted that sales today will take total online spending for
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Update: The story is getting even more convoluted. When contacted by TechCrunch’s Rita Liao, a representative at the hospital that reportedly approved Jiankui He’s study stated “what we can say for sure is that the gene editing process did not take place at our hospital. The babies were not born here either.” She also said
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News of the world’s first ever gene-edited human babies being born in China caused a huge stir on Monday after the MIT Technology Review and the Associated Press brought the project to light. People in and outside China rushed to question the ethical implications of the scientific breakthrough, reportedly the fruit of a Chinese researcher named He Jiankui from a university
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s just as repeatedly snubbed. In the latest high gear change, reported in yesterday’s Observer, the committee has used parliamentary powers
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Logitech, the manufacturer best known for its computing peripherals like keyboards and web cameras, is in talks to buy Plantronics, a maker of bluetooth-enabled headsets, according to Reuters. The company is reportedly offering as much as $2.2 billion for Plantronics, according to the Reuters report, in what would be Logitech’s biggest acquisition to date. Driving the
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Meet Upflow a French startup that wants to help you deal with your outstanding invoices — the company first started at eFounders. If you’re running a small business, chances are you’re either wasting a ton of time or a ton of money on accounts receivable. Most companies currently manage invoices using Excel spreadsheets, outdated banking
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Researchers at Qihoo 360 Netlab discovered hackers using vulnerable MikroTik routers to hijack TaZmen Sniffer Protocol traffic and send it to domains under their control. What is TZSP traffic and how are attackers gaining control of routers with this MikroTik router hack? The TaZmen Sniffer Protocol (TZSP) is an open protocol designed to encapsulate other
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A Manhattan man is alleged to have stolen $1m in cryptocurrency from a Silicon Valley executive in a classic SIM swapping attack. Nicholas Truglia, 21, allegedly targeted several victims including Saswata Basu, CEO of blockchain service 0Chain Myles Danielsen, vice-president of Hall Capital Partners and Gabrielle Katsnelson, co-founder of startup SMBX. He was apparently able to hijack all of
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The advanced persistent threat (APT) group GreyEnergy has been targeting industrial networks across Ukraine and Eastern Europe for years, and according to analysis of the group’s activity, the attacks begin with a malicious document sent in a phishing email. Nozomi Networks performed analysis on the GreyEnergy advanced ICS malware and found that the tools and tactics used by
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A self-proclaimed leader in enabling operational intelligence, OSIsoft, maker of PI system software, announced an ongoing investigation into a data breach that likely compromised all domain accounts. On 16 November, the company reported that it was experiencing a security incident that potentially affected everyone from employees and interns to consultants and contractors. Attackers reportedly stole credentials and
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In advance of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, a US government report made claims that China had increased hacking attempts in an effort to steal American technology and shows no sign of stopping or slowing its cyber-theft practices, according to the Associated Press. The report from the Office of
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by John E Dunn Are Ethereum’s new-fangled smart contracts the ultimate point of the blockchain or a risky experiment whose vulnerabilities presage trouble? Right now, few doubt that smart contracts – instruction workflows in a language called Solidity that automate complex, profitable processes on Ethereum – require close scrutiny. The latest security flaw was discovered by smart
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Emotet starts another massive spam campaign just as Black Friday begins to pick up steam ESET has detected another large Emotet campaign, probably connected with the increased online shopping and email correspondence around Black Friday. Compared to the previous attacks, the operators have slightly modified their modus operandi. Emotet is still being distributed via spam