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FBI cracks Pensacola shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help, discovers al Qaeda connection

Attorney General William Barr slammed Apple for not helping the FBI cracking the encryption on iPhones belonging to a Saudi airman who waged an attack on the Pensacola Naval Station last year and was discovered to be connected to al Qaeda. “Apple has made a business and marketing decision to design its phones in a…
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FBI warns of Kwampirs attacks, COVID-19 scams

Cybercriminals and nation-state actors alike are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to weasel personal informational, financial data, dollars and access to systems from their victims, from consumers to healthcare organizations and supply chain companies, the FBI warned this week in a pair of alerts. For the third time in as many months, the FBI called out…
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FBI warns hackers targeting mobile banking app users during pandemic

Hackers are increasingly taking aim at mobile banking app users in an effort to steal credentials and commander bank accounts, the FBI warned today. “The FBI expects cyber actors to attempt to exploit new mobile banking customers using a variety of techniques, including app-based banking trojans and fake banking apps,” the agency said, explaining that…
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Expect rapid growth in BEC scams to continue, despite global crackdown

The Justice Department’s extradition of Deborah Mensah from Ghana for her alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar business email compromise (BEC) scheme marks the latest move in a flurry of global activity to stop increasingly prevalent email scams. Since 2018, the department has participated in two massive international operations netting nearly 370 arrests, and the FBI…
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U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…
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House Intel Committee releases closed-door testimonies from Russia election interference probe

The House Intelligence Committee released long-promised closed-door testimonies, including those of members of President Trump’s family and inner circle, from its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “The testimony that the committee is releasing today serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that Russian interference poses to our democratic process…
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FBI, CISA warn China targeting orgs conducting Covid-19-related vaccine, treatment research

China is looking to lift American research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments through cyberattacks, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned health care, pharmaceutical, and research sectors working on COVID-19 response. “China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” the alert said.  The…
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Why the $26 billion in BEC scams are worse than you think

Business email compromise (BEC) scams are one of the biggest money makers for cyber criminals. BEC attacks are also unique in that they rely on human behavior rather than sophisticated technology. Typical BEC scams use an authentic-looking email from a top executive to deceive subordinates into transferring money.   A lot of money. The FBI…
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