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Russian social media influence ongoing, targeted African-Americans, reports say


Russia continues “active and ongoing interference operations” on multiple social media platforms and its influence campaign that marred the 2016 election was both broader and more targeted than previously known – aiming to suppress Democratic voters, particularly African-Americans, according to a report generated for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The “most prolific” efforts by the Internet…

Logitech fixes Options bug after delay


Logitech apparently has patched a vulnerability in its Options app found by a Google Project Zero researcher in September and which could have been exploited by hackers to orchestrate keystroke injection attacks. Researcher Tavis Ormandy first discovered the Options app, which lets users customize their keypads, mice and touchpads, opening a WebSocket server, which he…

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Charming Kitty targets U.S., Arab officials in wake of Iran sanctions


Hackers believed to be associated with Charming Kitty has ramped up their activities with a phishing campaign against American officials charged with enforcing economic sanctions imposed on Iran by President Trump. Citing research from Certfa, which discovered an open server listing Gmail and Yahoo email addresses in the hackers’ sights, AP said that the Iranian hacking group…


Google commits to not selling general-purpose facial recognition product


Google Thursday said it would not sell facial recognition surveillance products without first addressing the drawbacks and potential abuse of the technology. “Facial recognition technology has benefits in areas like new assistive technologies and tools to help find missing persons, with more promising applications on the horizon. However, like many technologies with multiple uses, facial…

North Texas hospital breach exposes payment info on $47,000


A breach discovered September 29 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco may have compromised the payment information of about 47,000 patients or guarantors. The hospital said the issue originated with a third party’s credit card processing system, prompting it to terminate credit card processing through that vendor. A follow-up investigation found that…

Second Google+ bug hastens shutdown


After a second, newly discovered, bug affected 52.5 million Google+ users, Google has decided to shutter the social network earlier than originally planned. “We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API,” David Thacker, vice president of product management for G…

Mueller sentencing memos on Cohen, Manafort point to coordination with Russian operatives during campaign


A trio of sentencing memos filed Friday in cases against President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort offer the strongest indication yet of repeated contact or coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives at a time when Russia was attempting to interfere in and exert influence…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

Huawei CFO, daughter of founder, arrested in Canada for extradition to U.S.


The CFO, and daughter of the founder, of Huawei Technologies, whose equipment has raised security concerns in the U.S. government, was arrested in Canada December 1 and is awaiting extradition to the United States. While the U.S. has not given a reason for Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, early reports speculate that it may have more to…

Don’t lock him up: Flynn’s aid in Russia probe, other investigations earns leniency plea from Mueller


Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended Tuesday night that former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn avoid prison time for lying to the FBI since he has offered “substantial assistance” on a number of ongoing investigations, including Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the presidential election and any potential coordination between the nation-state and members of…

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