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Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Citing unnamed sources the WSJ said the Russians targeted a U.S. government contractor that was using the Kaspersky product using it to identify documents being held on the contractor’s system. The hack…
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U.S. readies cyber counterattack to defend mid-term elections

The U.S. Department of Defense is said to have prepared a cyber counterattack to be launched against Russia if that nation meddles in next Tuesday’s election. The report comes from the Center for Public Integrity and The Daily Beast and which cited unnamed sources who said the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies have been given…
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UK cybersecurity leader calls for government to drop Kaspersky Labs’ software

The UK’s top cybersecurity agency has joined the U.S. government in recommending that Kaspersky Labs’ products should not be used. Ciaran Martin, who heads the National Cyber Security Centre, told the Associated Press that Russia has and will continue to act against the UK in this area and that a Russia-based cybersecurity provider should not…
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Fake U.S. State Dept. docs used in European embassy cyberattacks

Cyberattackers, possibly Russian, recently struck numerous embassies in Europe with a malicious email attachment that uses a weaponized version of the TeamViewer remote desktop tool to gain control of the target computer. Check Point researchers reported that the attack is well structured, yet somewhat sloppy, but in the end potentially quite dangerous. The attack begin…
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Democratic fundraising firm leaves data-filled NAS open to public

A consumer-grade network attached storage (NAS) device owned by Rice Consulting, a fundraising firm working primarily with the Democratic Party, containing client data and passwords giving access to other organizations, was left publicly accessible, a cybersecurity research firm discovered. The factory-set authentication of the Buffalo TeraStation NAS device was disabled, leaving it open to being…
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Facebook discloses content of Russian-placed ads

Facebook gave a broad overview of the content contained in the 3,000 ads that were placed on the social media site Russian Internet Research Agency during and after the 2016 election cycle and that were turned over to House and Senate intelligence committees in early September.
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