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Facebook took action against 2.19B fake accounts in first three months of 2019

The newly released third edition of Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement report found that five percent of monthly active accounts registered on the social media website between October 2017 and March 2019 were fake. This represents a one-to-two percentage point increase in fake account “prevalence” since the second edition of the transparency report was published last…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Netanyahu among millions exposed on open travel company data base

A data base belonging to the Israeli online travel firm Amadeus was spotted open to the public exposing millions of Israeli travelers, including that nation’s prime minister. Amadeus is used as a booking service for several other popular Israeli travel companies including Inbal, which books flights for government workers. According to Calcalist.com, the open database…

Google adds to Baltimore’s ransomware woes

A recent attempt by Baltimore government officials to create a workaround that would allow them to email while the city recovers from a ransomware attack was temporarily stymied by Google. Baltimore staffers had started to create Google Gmail accounts as a temporary replacement communication system. However, Google’s automatic security apparatus shut down the accounts as…

More details emerge on extent of ticketing company breach

Shubert theater company organization shines spotlight on customer data breach

Theater company The Shubert Organization has reportedly disclosed a data breach that compromised the personal information of its theater customers. A May 16 notification letter sent to impacted individuals says that an authorized party had accessed certain Shubert employees’ email accounts, which contained customer information including names and credit card numbers and expiration dates. The…

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Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. The charges leveled against Assange, seen as courageous whistleblower by proponents and a criminal by critics, have raised concerns…

Unlucky 13: Mirai variant uses baker’s dozen of exploits to compromise IoT devices

Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered another new variant of Mirai botnet malware that uses a unique combination of 13 exploits designed to hijack IoT devices. With these 13 exploits, this “Backdoor.Linux.MIRAI.VWIPT” variant is capable of targeting Vacron network video recorders, Dasan GPON routers, D-Link devices, various CCTV-DVR vendors, devices using Realtek SDK with the…

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HCL employee, customer files found open to public

The digital solutions firm HCL left accessible information belonging to some of its employees and customers. The breach was first noticed by UpGuard when it came across personal information and plaintext passwords for new hires, reports on installations of customer infrastructure, and web applications for managing personnel. Using a keyword search technique that trolls for…

Great White North bombarded with malicious email campaigns, report

During the first four months of 2019 threat actors conducted thousands of malicious email campaigns, hundreds of which targeted Canadian organizations. Proofpoint researchers detected nearly 100 campaigns that specifically geo-targeted Canada or were customized for Canadian audiences in the first four months of 2019 mostly using the Emotet banking trojan, according to Proofpoint’s Beyond “North…

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