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Juniper confirms leaked "NSA exploits" affect its firewalls, no patch released yet

Juniper confirms leaked "NSA exploits" affect its firewalls, no patch released yet

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Juniper confirms exploits leaked by the Shadow Brokers group appear to affect its firewalls, but has not yet patched the vulnerabilities.

Ransomware: The evolution of cybercrime, a roundtable

Ransomware: The evolution of cybercrime, a roundtable

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The threat from ransomware continues to grow and the situation will only get darker before mitigation efforts prove reliable and the miscreants move on to another attack vector, according to a panel of cybersecurity experts gathered in Manhattan on Wednesday for the Dell Data Security Ransomware Roundtable.

Report: ATM hackers flee Thailand after stealing $350,000 from state-run bank

Report: ATM hackers flee Thailand after stealing $350,000 from state-run bank

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Five suspected cyberthieves have reportedly fled Thailand after allegedly stealing approximately $350,000 in cash from 21 malware-infected ATMs operated by the state-run Government Savings Bank (GSB).

Singapore to shut off internet access for government agencies

Singapore to shut off internet access for government agencies

The government of Singapore is to shut off access to the internet of government agencies in an effort to preempt a cyber-attack or a data breach.

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

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Code leaked by the Shadow Brokers group has set off calls from security researchers and tech groups for a national conversation about vulnerability disclosure policy.

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

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In a revision of its policies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has instructed its regional offices to place more of an emphasis on investigating smaller health-care data breaches that affect fewer than 500 individuals.

India threatens jail for visiting forbidden sites

India threatens jail for visiting forbidden sites

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Visiting a 'forbidden' website is now punishable with a three-year jail term in India - even without downloading anything. NordVPN predicts a surge of VPN subscriptions in India by Internet users to protect online freedom.

City of Sarasota hit with ransomware

City of Sarasota hit with ransomware

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Although a ransomware attack hit the city of Sarasota, Fla. in February, owing to an ongoing criminal investigation, details of the attack are only now being revealed.

EU ministers rattle sabres at encrypted ISIS jihadi comms channels

EU ministers rattle sabres at encrypted ISIS jihadi comms channels

France and Germany discuss 'tapping' encrypted end-to-end networks such as WhatsApp and Skype

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

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NIST issued a far-reaching request for information, seeking cybersecurity suggestions from the private sector on a range of topics.

NSA helped Belgium during investigation, led to arrest of Paris attacker

NSA helped Belgium during investigation, led to arrest of Paris attacker

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Belgian security officials reportedly turned to the National Security Agency (NSA) during an investigation that led to an accused Paris terrorist.

Industry pros react to Cisco, Fortinet advisories after possible Snowden NSA leak

Industry pros react to Cisco, Fortinet advisories after possible Snowden NSA leak

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Snowden documents were published Friday, strengthening evidence that code leaked by the Shadow Brokers contains zero-day exploits used by the NSA.

U.S. government extends offer to protect states from electoral cyberthreats

U.S. government extends offer to protect states from electoral cyberthreats

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Updated! As it considers classifying the electoral system as critical infrastructure, the U.S. government has pledged to provide states with federal assistance to help manage voting cyber risks and taking additional steps to quell fears the election this fall could be hacked.

China launches first quantum satellite, aimed at creating "hack-proof" quantum communications

China launches first quantum satellite, aimed at creating "hack-proof" quantum communications

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China launched an orbital carrier rocket early Tuesday morning carrying the 'Micius' satellite, believed to be the world's first quantum satellite.

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

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The persona known as Guccifer 2.0 published DCCC documents related to Florida primaries that provide detail into a re-districting effort that the hacker says shows congressional primaries are "becoming a farce."

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

The European Commission to looking to tighten its regulatory grip on US-based tech companies which are slowly replacing traditional telcos in the services they provide.

Jury selection in Seattle for Russian hacker charged with credit card fraud

Jury selection in Seattle for Russian hacker charged with credit card fraud

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Roman Valerevich Seleznev, a Russian charged with hacking into servers and global carding forum sites resulting in $170 million in phony credit card purchases, will face a federal jury this week.

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

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The U.S. Department of the Interior must update its access controls to meet current standards, according to an inspector general report.

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

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The EPA has 30 systems that contain personally identifiable information (PII), according to the At a Glance summary of the inspector general's report.

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

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The fallout from the hack into the DNC continues as it is now being reported that celebrities, C-suite executives and other high-profile donors to the Democratic party were also ensnared.

US government accuses Hinkley point partner of nuclear espionage

US government accuses Hinkley point partner of nuclear espionage

Major partners in the controversial nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point have been accused in American courts of attempting to steal US nuclear technology.

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

The Israeli Knesset waits on the passage of a bill which would see the amalgamation of Israel's cyber-defences into one central authority

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

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As the FBI investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee broadens, it is being reported that the private email accounts of Hillary Clinton and more than 100 Democratic officials also have been breached.

White House finalizes Federal Source Code policy; will launch Code.gov within 90 days

White House finalizes Federal Source Code policy; will launch Code.gov within 90 days

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The White House on Monday unveiled its finalized Federal Source Code policy, designed to encourage federal agencies to share code with each other, as well as the open-source software development community.

Report: Spyware used to dox Vietnam Airlines is lurking in other Vietnamese institutions

Report: Spyware used to dox Vietnam Airlines is lurking in other Vietnamese institutions

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Spyware that was recently found to have infiltrated Vietnam Airlines has also embedded itself in the website operations of various Vietnamese institutions, warned cybersecurity firm Bkav, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Four Australian banks seek Apple tech for mobile transactions, Apple says no

Four Australian banks seek Apple tech for mobile transactions, Apple says no

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A group of four banks in Australia want customers to be able to use the banks' own mobile apps when conducting financial transactions with Apple Pay.

Elektrilevi joins European network for cyber-security

Elektrilevi joins European network for cyber-security

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Estonia power company joins European network for cyber-security to improve its cyber-resilience.

Groups oppose EU funding of Romanian intelligence agency's facial recognition data program

Groups oppose EU funding of Romanian intelligence agency's facial recognition data program

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European privacy groups have voiced opposition to a planned surveillance data project that would significantly expand the technology capabilities of Romania's domestic intelligence service.

Kaspersky: ProjectSauron, aka Strider, rivals the most elite APTs in sophistication

Kaspersky: ProjectSauron, aka Strider, rivals the most elite APTs in sophistication

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The cyberespionage group identified as Strider by Symantec researchers is as sophisticated a threat as any known APT in history -- including Duqu, Flame, The Equation Group and Regin -- according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab.

Online retailer EZcontactsUSA.com to pay $100K over breach

Online retailer EZcontactsUSA.com to pay $100K over breach

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The online retailer has agreed to pay the penalty and to upgrade its data security practices.

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