Catalin Cimpanu
Catalin Cimpanu
Catalin Cimpanu is a security reporter at ZDNet, where he covers cyber-security, data breaches, hacking, and other related topics. He previously served as security reporter for Bleeping Computer and Softpedia.Source
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Microsoft: Improved security features are delaying hackers from attacking Windows users | ZDNet

Microsoft: Improved security features are delaying hackers from attacking Windows users | ZDNet

Constant security improvements to Microsoft products are finally starting to pay off dividends, a Microsoft security engineer revealed last week.Speaking at the BlueHat security conference in Israel, Microsoft security engineer Matt Miller said that widespread mass exploitation of security flaws against Microsoft users is now uncommon --the exception to the rule, rather than the norm.Miller credited the company's efforts in improving its products with the addition of security-centric features such as a firewall on-by-default, Protected View in Office products, DEP (Data Execution...

February 11, 2019
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Hackers wipe US servers of email provider VFEmail | ZDNet

Hackers wipe US servers of email provider VFEmail | ZDNet

Hackers have breached the severs of email provider VFEmail.net and wiped the data from all its US servers, destroying all US customers' data in the process.The attack took place yesterday, February 11, and was detected after the company's site and webmail client went down without notice."At this time, the attacker has formatted all the disks on every server," the company said yesterday. "Every VM is lost. Every file server is lost, every backup server is lost.""This was more than a multi-password via SSH exploit, and there was no ransom. Just attack and destroy," VFEmail said.The company's...

February 13, 2019
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China's cybersecurity law update lets state agencies 'pen-test' local companies | ZDNet

China's cybersecurity law update lets state agencies 'pen-test' local companies | ZDNet

New provisions made to China's Cybersecurity Law last November gives state agencies the legal authority to remotely conduct penetration testing on any internet-related business operating in China, and even copy and later share any data government officials find on inspected systems.Any company that provides an internet-related service with more than five internet-connected computers is susceptible to these inspections.The Chinese government agency tasked with carrying out these penetration tests is the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the same agency which also maintains China's Great...

February 13, 2019
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Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online | ZDNet

Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online | ZDNet

One of the facial recognition databases that the Chinese government is using to track the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang region has been left open on the internet for months, a Dutch security researcher told ZDNet.The database belongs to a Chinese company named SenseNets, which according to its website provides video-based crowd analysis and facial recognition technology.Yesterday, Victor Gevers, a well-known security researcher that in the past few years by finding leaky MongoDB databases did what he does best and found one of SenseNets' MongoDB databases that had been left...

February 16, 2019
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GAO gives Congress go-ahead for a GDPR-like privacy legislation | ZDNet

GAO gives Congress go-ahead for a GDPR-like privacy legislation | ZDNet

An independent report authored by a US government auditing agency has recommended that Congress develop internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections, similar to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).was put together by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), a bi-partisan government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress. Its reports are used for hearings and drafting legislation.The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which requested the GAO report two years ago, has scheduled a hearing for February 26,...

February 16, 2019
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FBI is investigating more than 1,000 cases of Chinese theft of US technology | ZDNet

FBI is investigating more than 1,000 cases of Chinese theft of US technology | ZDNet

Byfor| February 9, 2020 -- 02:31 GMT (18:31 PST)| Topic:Today's security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions -- or even billions -- of dollars at risk when information security isn't handled properly.Members of the US government held a conference in Washington this week on the topic of Chinese theft of intellectual property from US technology firms and the US academic sector.Officials said the purpose of the conference -- named the China Initiative Conference -- was to bring the US private sector and the academic and research communities up to speed...

February 11, 2020
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Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers | ZDNet

Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers | ZDNet

Byfor| February 8, 2020 -- 02:25 GMT (18:25 PST)| Topic:A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads "You don't have permission to shut down this computer" every time they attempt to shut down or reboot their systems. The cause of the bug remains unknown at the time of writing. For the past two days, users have been scratching their heads for solutions around the problem. The good news is that they've found at least three temporary...

February 11, 2020
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MIT researchers disclose vulnerabilities in Voatz mobile voting election app | ZDNet

MIT researchers disclose vulnerabilities in Voatz mobile voting election app | ZDNet

Byfor| February 13, 2020 -- 13:21 GMT (05:21 PST)| Topic:Academics from MIT's computer science laboratory have published a security audit today of , a mobile app used for online voting during the 2018 US midterm elections and scheduled to be used again in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.MIT academics claim they identified bugs that could allow hackers to "alter, stop, or expose how an individual user has voted.""We additionally find that Voatz has a number of privacy issues stemming from their use of third party services for crucial app functionality," the research team said in...

February 13, 2020
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US charges Huawei with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets | ZDNet

US charges Huawei with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets | ZDNet

Byfor| February 13, 2020 -- 18:35 GMT (10:35 PST)| Topic:The US Department of Justice has charged today Huawei and four of its subsidiaries with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets.The new charges today represent an escalation in the US' legal battle against the Chinese telecommunications giant.The US first charged Huawei and its CFO .Initial charges included money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the US, obstruction of justice, and sanctions violations.Today, the US added  and expanded the defendants list, which now includes Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, Huawei, and four...

February 13, 2020
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Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test | ZDNet

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test | ZDNet

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018.A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.In...

February 11, 2019
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