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Hackers are defacing Reddit with pro-Trump messages | ZDNet

Hackers are defacing Reddit with pro-Trump messages | ZDNet

Byfor| August 7, 2020 -- 17:37 GMT (10:37 PDT)| Topic:A massive hack has hit Reddit today after tens of Reddit channels have been hacked and defaced to show messages in support of Donald Trump's reelection campaign.The hacks are still ongoing at the time of writing, but we were told Reddit's security team is aware of the issue and has already begun restoring defaced channels.A partial list of impacted channels (subreddits) is available below. This includes Reddit channels for the NFL, many TV shows, The Pirate Bay, Disneyland, Disney's Avengers, several city channels, and more. Combined,...

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FBI issues warning over Windows 7 end-of-life | ZDNet

FBI issues warning over Windows 7 end-of-life | ZDNet

Byfor| August 5, 2020 -- 12:03 GMT (05:03 PDT)| Topic:Systems running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update were shielded from two exploits even before Microsoft had issued patches for them, its researchers have found.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent a private industry notification (PIN) on Monday to partners in the US private sector about the dangers of continuing to use Windows 7 after the operating system reached its official end-of-life (EOL) . "The FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status,"...

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Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking | ZDNet

Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking | ZDNet

Byfor| August 4, 2020 -- 18:02 GMT (11:02 PDT)| Topic:Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.With the release of last week, Mozilla silently added a new feature to Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) -- Firefox's internal component that blocks invasive user-tracking techniques.According to Mozilla, Firefox 79 can now block a new technique called "redirect tracking."Online advertisers and web analytics companies have recently begun adopting this new technique after Firefox, Chrome, Brave, and other browsers...

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Iranian hacker group becomes first known APT to weaponize DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) | ZDNet

Iranian hacker group becomes first known APT to weaponize DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) | ZDNet

Byfor| August 4, 2020 -- 16:20 GMT (09:20 PDT)| 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.An Iranian hacking group known as has become the first publicly known threat actor to incorporate the DNS-over-HTTPS () protocol in its attacks.Speaking in a last week, Vincente Diaz, a malware analyst for antivirus maker Kaspersky, said the change happened in May this year when Oilrig added a new tool to its hacking arsenal.According to Diaz, Oilrig...

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Hacker leaks passwords for 900+ enterprise VPN servers | ZDNet

Hacker leaks passwords for 900+ enterprise VPN servers | ZDNet

Byfor| August 4, 2020 -- 22:44 GMT (15:44 PDT)| Topic:A hacker has published today a list of plaintext usernames and passwords, along with IP addresses for more than 900 Pulse Secure VPN enterprise servers.ZDNet, which obtained a copy of this list with the help of threat intelligence firm , verified its authenticity with multiple sources in the cyber-security community.According to a review, the list includes:, a threat intelligence analyst specialized in financial crime and the one who spotted the list earlier today and shared it with ZDNet, made an interesting observation about the list...

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Google launches Chrome extension for ad transparency, Trust Token API | ZDNet

Google launches Chrome extension for ad transparency, Trust Token API | ZDNet

By| August 2, 2020 -- 22:43 GMT (15:43 PDT)| Topic:Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.Google has launched this week a Chrome extension that shows how many ads are being loaded on any given web page, what advertisers or ad tech companies are present on the page, and what user data has been used to show personalized ads. The extension, named , is available on the official Chrome Web Store. Google said it released the extension to make it easier for users to understand how ads are being shown. The...

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How the FBI tracked down the Twitter hackers | ZDNet

How the FBI tracked down the Twitter hackers | ZDNet

Byfor| August 1, 2020 -- 01:01 GMT (18:01 PDT)| Topic:After earlier today US law enforcement , with the help of court documents released by the DOJ, ZDNet was able to piece together a timeline of the hack, and how US investigators tracked down the three suspected hackers.The article below uses data from three indictments published today by the DOJ against:According to court documents, the entire hack appears to have begun on May 3, when Clark, a teen from Tampa, but living in California, gained access to a portion of Twitter's network.Here, the timeline gets murky and it is unclear what...

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Tech unicorn Dave admits to security breach impacting 7.5 million users | ZDNet

Tech unicorn Dave admits to security breach impacting 7.5 million users | ZDNet

Byfor| July 26, 2020 -- 01:46 GMT (18:46 PDT)| Topic:Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.Digital banking app and confirmed today a security breach after a hacker published the details of 7,516,625 users on a public forum.In an email to ZDNet today, Dave said the security breach originated on the network of a former business partner, , an analytics platform used by engineering teams."As the result of a breach at Waydev, one of Dave's former third party service providers, a malicious party recently...

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Academics smuggle 234 policy-violating skills on the Alexa Skills Store | ZDNet

Academics smuggle 234 policy-violating skills on the Alexa Skills Store | ZDNet

Byfor| July 24, 2020 -- 21:14 GMT (14:14 PDT)| Topic:Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.During a recently concluded 12-month study of the Alexa Skills Store review process, academics said they managed to smuggle 234 policy-breaking Alexa skills (apps) into the official Alexa store.The study's results are actually worse than it looks because academics tried to upload 234 policy-breaking apps, and managed to get them all approved, without serious difficulties."Surprisingly, we successfully certified 193...

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FBI warns US companies about backdoors in Chinese tax software | ZDNet

FBI warns US companies about backdoors in Chinese tax software | ZDNet

Byfor| July 24, 2020 -- 11:15 GMT (04:15 PDT)| Topic:Cyber attacks and malware are one of the biggest threats on the internet. Learn about the different types of malware - and how to avoid falling victim to attacks.The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent an alert on Thursday warning US companies about backdoor malware that is silently being installed on the networks of foreign companies operating in China via government-mandated tax software.The backdoors allow threat actors to execute unauthorized code, infiltrate networks, and steal proprietary data from branches operating in...

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Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack | ZDNet

Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack | ZDNet

Byfor| July 23, 2020 -- 17:34 GMT (10:34 PDT)| Topic:Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin has shut down several of its services on July 23 to deal with a ransomware attack that has encrypted its internal network and some production systems.Everything you need to know about ransomware: how it started, why it's booming, how to protect against it, and what to do if your PC is infected.The company is currently planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the attack's aftermath, which includes shutting down its official website, the Garmin Connect user data-syncing service, Garmin's...

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Report: CIA most likely behind APT34 and FSB hacks and data dumps | ZDNet

Report: CIA most likely behind APT34 and FSB hacks and data dumps | ZDNet

Byfor| July 15, 2020 -- 13:07 GMT (06:07 PDT)| 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.US President Donald Trump gave broad powers to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2018 to carry out offensive cyber operations across the globe.In an exclusive today, that the agency used its newly acquired powers to orchestrate "at least a dozen operations" across the world.The CIA was already authorized to conduct silent surveillance and data...

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Firefox on Android: Camera remains active when phone is locked or the user switches apps | ZDNet

Firefox on Android: Camera remains active when phone is locked or the user switches apps | ZDNet

Byfor| July 15, 2020 -- 15:37 GMT (08:37 PDT)| Topic:Mobile devices continue their march toward becoming powerful productivity machines. But they are also major security risks if they aren't managed properly. We look at the latest wisdom and best practices for securing the mobile workforce.Mozilla says it's working on fixing a bug in Firefox for Android that keeps the smartphone camera active even after users have moved the browser in the background or the phone screen was locked.A Mozilla spokesperson told ZDNet in an email this week that a fix is expected for later this year in October....

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Chinese state hackers target Hong Kong Catholic Church | ZDNet

Chinese state hackers target Hong Kong Catholic Church | ZDNet

Byfor| July 15, 2020 -- 21:50 GMT (14:50 PDT)| Topic:China's government hackers have targeted members of the Hong Kong Catholic Church in a series of spear-phishing operations traced back to May this year.The attacks have come to light after reports [, , ] that some of Hong Kong's church leaders and clergy have been directly involved in supporting pro-democracy protests despite orders from the Vatican to remain neutral.The spear-phishing campaign fits recent reports that Chinese government hacking groups focusing cyber-espionage efforts on the Hong Kong region after pro-democracy protests...

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Backdoor accounts discovered in 29 FTTH devices from Chinese vendor C-Data | ZDNet

Backdoor accounts discovered in 29 FTTH devices from Chinese vendor C-Data | ZDNet

Byfor| July 10, 2020 -- 11:30 GMT (04:30 PDT)| Topic:Two security researchers said this week that they found severe vulnerabilities and what appears to be intentional backdoors in the firmware of 29 FTTH OLT devices from popular vendor .FTTH stands for Fiber-To-The-Home, while OLT stands for Optical Line Termination.The term FTTH OLT refers to networking equipment that allows internet service providers to bring fiber optics cables as close to the end-users as possible.As their name hints, these devices are the termination on a fiber optics network, converting data from an optical line into...

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Hacker breaches security firm in act of revenge | ZDNet

Hacker breaches security firm in act of revenge | ZDNet

Byfor| July 13, 2020 -- 02:53 GMT (19:53 PDT)| Topic:Simple steps can make the difference between losing your online accounts or maintaining what is now a precious commodity: Your privacy.A hacker claims to have breached the backend servers belonging to a US cyber-security firm and stolen information from the company's "data leak detection" service.The hacker says the stolen data includes more than 8,200 databases containing the information of billions of users that leaked from other companies during past security breaches.The databases have been collected inside , a data leak monitoring...

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Linux team approves new terminology, bans terms like 'blacklist' and 'slave' | ZDNet

Linux team approves new terminology, bans terms like 'blacklist' and 'slave' | ZDNet

Byfor| July 11, 2020 -- 13:34 GMT (06:34 PDT)| Topic:Linus Torvalds approved on Friday a new and more inclusive terminology for the Linux kernel code and documentation.Going forward, Linux developers have been asked to use new terms for the master/slave and blacklist/whitelist terminologies.Proposed alternatives for master/slave include:Proposed alternatives for blacklist/whitelist include:The Linux team did not recommend any specific terms but asked developers to choose as appropriate.The new terms are to be used for new source code written for the Linux kernel and its associated...

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'Keeper' hacking group behind hacks at 570 online stores | ZDNet

'Keeper' hacking group behind hacks at 570 online stores | ZDNet

Byfor| July 7, 2020 -- 14:00 GMT (07:00 PDT)| Topic:Everyone needs a password manager. It's the only way to maintain unique, hard-to-guess credentials for every secure site you and your team access daily.A hacking group known as "Keeper" is responsible for security breaches at more than 570 online e-commerce portals over the last three years.The Keeper gang broke into online store backends, altered their source code, and inserted malicious scripts that logged payment card details entered by shoppers in checkout forms.These types of attacks are what the cyber-security community calls , , or...

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Mozilla suspends Firefox Send service while it addresses malware abuse | ZDNet

Mozilla suspends Firefox Send service while it addresses malware abuse | ZDNet

Byfor| July 7, 2020 -- 22:22 GMT (15:22 PDT)| Topic:Mozilla has temporarily suspended the file-sharing service as the organization investigates reports of abuse from malware operators and while it adds a "Report abuse" button.The browser maker took down the service today after ZDNet reached out to inquire about Firefox Send's increasing prevalence in current malware operations.Mozilla launched Firefox Send in March 2019. The service provides secure and private file-hosting and file-sharing capabilities for Firefox users. Despite its name, the service is in reality accessible for anyone...

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US Secret Service reports an increase in hacked managed service providers (MSPs) | ZDNet

US Secret Service reports an increase in hacked managed service providers (MSPs) | ZDNet

Byfor| July 6, 2020 -- 17:15 GMT (10:15 PDT)| Topic:The smartest companies now approach cybersecurity with a risk management strategy. Learn how to make policies to protect your most important digital assets.The US Secret Service sent out a security alert last month to the US private sector and government organizations warning about an increase in hacks of managed service providers (MSPs). MSPs provide remote management software for companies. MSPs can be simple services like file-sharing systems to complete solutions that manage a customer's entire computer fleet. Most MSP services are...

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Yahoo engineer gets no jail time after hacking 6,000 accounts to look for porn | ZDNet

Yahoo engineer gets no jail time after hacking 6,000 accounts to look for porn | ZDNet

Byfor| July 6, 2020 -- 10:53 GMT (03:53 PDT)| Topic:Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.A former Yahoo engineer was sentenced to five years of probation and home confinement for hacking into the personal accounts of more than 6,000 Yahoo Mail users to search for sexually explicit images and videos.Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Tracy, California, will only be allowed to leave his home for work, religious activities, medical appointments, or court-related obligations.The judge also ordered Ruiz to pay a...

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Sixteen Facebook apps caught secretly sharing data with third-parties | ZDNet

Sixteen Facebook apps caught secretly sharing data with third-parties | ZDNet

Byfor| July 2, 2020 -- 18:21 GMT (11:21 PDT)| Topic:A team of academics has described this week a method that can help identify when Facebook app developers surreptitiously share user data with third-parties.Named CanaryTrap, the technique was detailed by academics from the University of Iowa in a whitepaper published on Monday, titled "."At its heart, CanaryTrap revolves around the concept of a honeytoken.In the broad sense of the term, honeytokens represent fake data, tokens, or files that IT experts plant across their network. When the data is accessed or used, administrators can detect...

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New Apple macOS Big Sur feature to hamper adware operations | ZDNet

New Apple macOS Big Sur feature to hamper adware operations | ZDNet

Byfor| July 3, 2020 -- 15:25 GMT (08:25 PDT)| Topic:Cyber attacks and malware are one of the biggest threats on the internet. Learn about the different types of malware - and how to avoid falling victim to attacks.With macOS 11, also known as Big Sur, Apple has removed the ability to install macOS profile configurations from the command-line.This ability was previously a core feature of macOS' enterprise package, which allows system administrators to deploy new configurations company-wide via automated scripts.However, the ability to deploy a new profile config via the command-line has also...

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Connection discovered between Chinese hacker group APT15 and defense contractor | ZDNet

Connection discovered between Chinese hacker group APT15 and defense contractor | ZDNet

Byfor| July 2, 2020 -- 01:25 GMT (18:25 PDT)| Topic:In a report published today, cyber-security firm Lookout said it found evidence connecting Android malware that was used to spy on minorities in China to a large government defense contractor from the city of Xi'an.Lookout's 52-page report [] details a years-long hacking campaign that has primarily targeted the Uyghur ethnic minority, living in western China, but also the Tibetan community, to a lesser degree.The campaign infected individuals in these communities with malware, allowing government hackers to keep an eye on the activities of...

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Apple tells app devs to use IPv6 as it's 1.4 times faster than IPv4 | ZDNet

Apple tells app devs to use IPv6 as it's 1.4 times faster than IPv4 | ZDNet

Byfor| July 1, 2020 -- 00:31 GMT (17:31 PDT)| Topic:Apple is encouraging developers to prioritize newer web technologies inside their iOS and macOS applications.In a at the WWDC 2020 conference last week, Apple shared some internal statistics in the hope of convincing app developers to adopt new web technologies and protocols, such as IPv6, HTTP/2, TLS 1.3, and Multipatch TCP.One of the newer technologies that Apple would like developers to implement is , the next iteration of the IP protocol, set to replace the older IPv4 version."Apple platforms have had native IPv6 support for a number...

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