Larry Jaffee, Author at SC Media

Larry Jaffee

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Israel comes under cyber attack

Israeli websites defaced, as more offensive cyber activity flares up in Middle East

Following a month of cyberattacks involving Iran and Israel, experts are reluctant to predict all-out digital warfare between the nation states, despite the obvious recent tit for tat that underscores age-old, religion-based tensions. The latest possible salvo came May 21, when approximately 1,000 corporate and manufacturing targets within Israel were afflicted with defacements and denial…

Nigerian ‘Scattered Canary’ gang exploits CARES Act with fraudulent unemployment claims

Adding COVID-19 exploitation to its nefarious arsenal targeting governments, the Nigerian Scattered Canary criminal gang most recently attempted to exploit the CARES Act on May 17, filing two fraudulent unemployment claims through Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website. The bogus claims were part of a larger criminal effort in the past month that…

British airline easyJet breached, data of 9 million customers compromised

An attack against British airline easyJet by “a highly sophisticated source” accessed the email addresses and travel details of approximately nine million customers, including credit card details of 2,208 customers. The company did not reveal when it learned of the attack or what a forensic investigation revealed, nor did it specify the breach date.  Although the…

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Facebook’s European dating service held up over data protection, privacy concerns

After Facebook was stopped from launching a dating service in Europe on Feb. 13, infosec experts are left wondering if the social media network had learned anything from the Cambridge Analytica debacle in 2018 or the platform’s other data privacy transgressions. The EU found Facebook committed data protection violations within the forthcoming service, such as…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

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…

French plastic surgery image repository left vulnerable but since corrected: report

The before and after photos of thousands of plastic surgery patients in Europe were recently left vulnerable but since rectified, researchers at vpnMentor wrote in a blog post. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered on Jan. 24 that NextMotion did not secure or encrypt the body images and PII of people…

Facial recognition tech questioned, defended at House committee hearing

The controversy over usage of facial recognition technology took center stage last week in Washington, D.C., as the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee held a two-hour hearing, as opponents in the debate decry its racial bias and federal government’s quick rollout at U.S. airports without fully testing or acknowledging proven shortcomings. In his opening…

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Ashley Madison breach victims further embarrassed by ransom demands five years later

Five years after a high-profile data breach of an infidelity website where users could meet to start an extramarital affair, users of Ashley Madison are now increasingly finding themselves victimized by extortion plots to pay about $1,000 in bitcoins to save them further embarrassment. The current scheme, uncovered by Vade Secure threat analyst Damien Alexandre,…

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