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Trump offered Assange pardon to deny Russia behind DNC hack, lawyer tells court

The White House denied a claim made by WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Wednesday in a London court that President Trump offered Assange a pardon – via a U.S. lawmaker – in exchange for denying that Russia was involved in the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Attorney Edward Fitzgerald, referring to comments from…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Fox Kitten APT campaign exploits VPN flaws hours after public disclosure

Iranian APT actors have engaged in a long-running cyber espionage and data theft campaign that has victimized dozens of companies around the world, typically compromising them via virtual private network and Remote Desktop Protocol services, according to a new research report. Vulnerable VPNs have been such a favorite attack vector of choice among these actors…
Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Security News

Justice Dept. expands Huawei indictment, charging 5G espionage

The U.S. government expanded its year-old lawsuit against Chinese tech firm Huawei, alleging the company conducted cyber espionage on six American competitors in an attempt to steal trade secrets to gain an unfair advantage. Filed in the federal court’s Southern District in Brooklyn, the indictment charges that Huawei’s activities violated racketeering laws by illegally gaining…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone

Just a day after prosecutors recommended Trump confidante Roger Stone get a seven-to-nine-year sentence for charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, the Justice Department reportedly has intervened reduce what it views as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate” recommendation, a department official said. Stone, who prosecutors condemned for a “direct and brazen attack on the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Data Breach, Finance, Government, Legal, Security News

U.S. indicts four Chinese military members over Equifax breach

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with nine criminal counts, accusing them of orchestrating and carrying out the 2017 hack of credit reporting agency Equifax. An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Atlanta and unveiled today by the DOJ alleges that Beijing residents Wu…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Obama admin not ‘well-postured,’ hampered by partisan politics in response to Russian election interference

If there’s a lesson to be learned from partisanship, it’s that it can thwart  government’s efforts to get to the bottom of and respond to a nation-state attack as it did in 2016 when heated politics thwarted the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee found.   “The…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Data Breach, Security News

Report: United Nations withheld news of systems hack in European offices

Officials at the United Nations reportedly discovered last August that hackers had compromised its IT systems in Geneva and Vienna last summer, but the cyber espionage attack remained undisclosed until it was revealed on Wednesday in an exposé by The New Humanitarian (TNH). TNH, which once operated under the auspices of the UN Office for…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Mobile Security, Security News

U.K. will allow Huawei limited role in 5G network

Breaking with the U.S. stance on Huawei, the U.K. will let the company participate in building its 5G network but said it would put a secure framework in place to protect the network from high-risk vendors.  ”We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible but this must not be at the expense of our national…
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PupyRAT found sniffing around EU energy concern

A command and control server used by the Iranian-associate group PupyRAT has been found communicating with the mail server of a European energy sector organization for the last several months. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group reported PupyRAT, a remote access trojan, had been chatting with the command and control server from November 2019 until about January…
A flaw that allowed users to break through the passcode screen was eliminated in iOS 7.0.2.
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Bezos iPhone compromised by Saudi prince, report finds

An iPhone belonging to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos likely was hacked by Saudi Arabian prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) or operatives working on his behalf, a technical report indicated. Forensics on the phone showed it “was compromised via tools procured by Saud al Qahtani,” a close confidant of the prince, Motherboard cited a report by…
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