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Chafer Cyberespionage Group Targets Embassies With Updated Homebrew Spyware.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have detected multiple attempts to infect foreign diplomatic entities in Iran with homebrew spyware. The attacks appear to be using an updated Remexi backdoor. Several legitimate tools were also used during the campaign. The Remexi backdoor is linked to a suspected Farsi-speaking cyberespionage group known as Chafer, previously associated with the cyber-surveillance of individuals in the Middle East. The targeting of embassies could suggest a new focus for the group. The operation...

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Pulse Secure Launches New vADC Community Edition To Help Developers Build Smarter Applications For Container And Cloud Platforms.

Pulse Secure, the leading provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, today announced the launch of a new Community Edition of its powerful software-based virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) to help application developers create innovative application solutions with dramatically lower costs and time to market. Pulse vADC Community Edition integrates easily with common DevOps tools for automated provisioning and orchestration, such as Kubernetes, Terraform, Puppet and Chef, making it easy to...

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Cyber crime is the biggest evolving crime type in the UK and beyond in terms of volume and complexity, according to detective chief superintendent Pete O’Doherty, lead of cyber and head of economic crime at the City of London Police. “But it is difficult to police, because unlike other crimes where there is an offender, victim and location, cyber crime tends to be multi-national. If you look at the globalisation of goods, people and services,...

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Newly revealed WhatsApp messages sent by murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi just weeks before his death could provide a crucial insight into why he was killed. In the WhatsApp exchange, between him and Montreal-based activist Omar Abdulaziz, Khashoggi slams Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman - calling him a 'pac man' who devours his enemies. Abdulaziz, who revealed the messages to CNN, said he believes they were hacked in August by Saudi authorities just two months before Khashoggi's...

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Android users are being warned about some dangerous apps that were found on the Google Play Store which are loaded with nefarious malware. Android is one of the most used pieces of software in the world, with more than two billion active devices running Google’s mobile OS every month. But it has also been the subject of a number of high profile security risks, including the Judy malware campaign. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Express

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Crypto boffins have found a way to exploit side-channel information to downgrade most of the current TLS implementations, thanks to ongoing support for outmoded RSA key exchanges. In a paper published on Friday, "The 9 Lives of Bleichenbacher’s CAT: New Cache ATtacks on TLS Implementations," co-authors Eyal Ronen, Robert Gillham, Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir, David Wong and Yuval Yarom describe an updated version of an attack, first outlined by Swiss cryptographer Daniel Bleichenbacher two decades ago. View...

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The fight over who gets to have the most-subscribed channel on YouTube spilled into the real world months ago when Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg fans started campaigning to raise awareness of the Swedish star. The grassroots effort has, for the most part, been in good fun — but recently, people on social media have reported being hacked by someone who is urging them to subscribe to PewDiePie. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Verge

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Hours after announcing a data breach on Friday, two Oregon men sued international hotel chain Marriott for exposing their data. Their lawsuit was followed hours later by another one filed in the state of Maryland. Both lawsuits are seeking class-action status. While plaintiffs in the Maryland lawsuit didn't specify the amount of damages they were seeking from Marriott, the plaintiffs in the Oregon lawsuit want $12.5 billion in costs and losses. View full story ORIGINAL...

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Cyber attacks are increasingly causing acrimonious fights between corporate victims and their insurance companies, raising questions about the value of policies offering protection against damage from hacking. Cyber insurance is a fast-growing market, with sales of policies growing by about 25 per cent a year according to a recent report from RBC Capital Markets. But as the business expands there are growing numbers of disputes. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: FT

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Financial institutions in Singapore now have access to a S$30 million (US$21.88 million) grant that they can use to boost their cybersecurity operations and skillsets. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) unveiled the new Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant that it said aimed to beef up the local financial sector's cyber resilience and help banks develop local cybersecurity talent. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet

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