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Bradley Barth

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Assault and battery: Malvertising campaign checks user devices’ charge as anti-detection technique

A mobile malvertising campaign recently found targeting three digital advertising platforms has been using malware that checks a phone’s battery level as part of an unusual new technique for avoiding detection. In just the last three weeks, the operation has fraudulently generated millions of page views, as the malware redirects certain victims to an unspecified malicious…

State of security: Oregon

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Interim Director of Elections Steve Trout The Pacific Northwest is big on preserving its forests, but if there were ever a good use of trees, it’s the millions of paper-based ballots that Oregon mails out before every election. Indeed, Oregon is a vote-by-mail state whose only electoral technology consists…

State of security: New York

Who’s in Charge: Board of Elections Co-Director Todd Valentine, Board of Elections Co-Director Robert A. Brehm It’s up to you, New York, New York, who you vote for. But as far as how you vote in the Empire State, DRE-based electronic voting, including absentee ones, are submitted via paper ballots. The votes are then counted using ballot…

State of security: Washington

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Director of Elections Lori Augino In March 2018, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2406, which aims to improve election security by mandating the adoption of recognized best auditing practices, requiring voting system vendors to disclose data breaches, and authorizing the secretary of state to…

Scammers are swarming around popular Fortnite game, researchers warn

Wherever gamers go, scammers will follow — and that especially goes for the immensely popular survival and battle royale game Fortnite. Indeed, researchers at social media and digital protection company ZeroFOX reported yesterday that they generated 53,000 alerts related to Fortnite scams in one month alone, from early September to early October. Many of these scams falsely…

Facebook rejects 82 more fake accounts, groups and pages allegedly linked to Iran

Two months after Facebook removed 652 inauthentic pages, groups and accounts for spreading misinformation and stoking political discord in other nations, Facebook announced on Friday that it banished another 82 offenders for the same reason. Back in August, Facebook identified Iran and Russia as the chief culprits behind the fraudulent activity. This time around, Iran…

‘Narwhal Spider’ group’s spam campaign targets Japanese recipients with URLZone malware

A newly discovered spam campaign powered by version two of the well-known Cutwail botnet has been found targeting Japanese users in an attempt to infect them with the URLZone (aka Bebloh) banking trojan. In a company blog post yesterday, Crowdstrike researchers Sebastian Eschweiler, Brett Stone-Gross and Bex Hartley note that the operation leverages the art of…

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Report: Pair indicted in Lynda.com breach also responsible for Uber incident

Two individuals who were indicted last August for stealing information from the LinkedIn training site Lynda.com back in 2016 are reportedly the same pair of hackers responsible for the 2016 Uber breach that affected 57 million worldwide users. Citing two people close to the case, a TechCrunch report revealed the connection between the two incidents…

Microsoft warns of attacks leveraging Word zero-day, releases temp fix

Researchers report vulnerability in Microsoft Word’s online video feature

Researchers at Israel-based cyberattack simulation company Cymulate are claiming to have found a vulnerability in Microsoft Word’s online video feature that can allow malicious actors to replace legitimate YouTube iframe code with malicious HTML/JavaScript code. In a company press release, Cymulate warns that the unpatched zero-day flaw requires no special configuration to reproduce and potentially affects…

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