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Gates: Stone discussed WikiLeaks DNC email dump with Trump

A day before House impeachment hearings drew President Trump’s Ukraine policies into the spotlight, prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial ended their case with testimony from former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager and convicted felon Rick Gates, who said that Stone served as a liaison between WikiLeaks and the campaign regarding hacked DNC emails, with the…

Aventura Technologies sold Chinese-made security gear with bugs to gov’t, feds say

Commack, N.Y.-based Aventura Technologies and seven of its current and former employers – including founder Jack Cabasso were charged in Brooklyn federal court today for defrauding customers. Authorities claim the company, which counts the U.S. federal government among its customers, sold surveillance and security equipment manufactured in China even while claiming the devices were made…

Roger Stone lied to House Intel Committee, beseeched WikiLeaks for dirt on Clinton, prosecutor says

In the opening day of the trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone, prosecutors said texts, emails and phone calls will show that Stone was in touch with President Trump on the day the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked by Russian operatives. The prosecution also said Stone attempted to procure emails stolen from Democrats and…

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Former Twitter employees charged with using access to spy for Saudi Arabia

A pair of former Twitter employees – one an engineer and the other a media partnership manager – were busted for accessing users’ account and personal data on behalf of Saudi Arabia to ferret out opponents of the kingdom. Engineer Ali Alzabarah and manager Ahmad Abouammo were charged with operating within the U.S. as agents…

Chinese APT group Calypso hacked state institutions in six countries

A Chinese-speaking APT group, Calypso, has actively been targeting state institutions in six countries, hacking systems and injecting a program to gain access to internal networks, according to a report from researchers at Positive Technologies Expert Security Center. The researchers found the hackers either exploited a remote code execution vulnerability MS17-010 or used stolen credentials.…

We interviewed cyber experts on a Vegas ferris wheel. Then ride security showed up…

In the film “Ocean’s 11,” Danny Ocean and his team of expert cybercriminals execute a daring casino heist in glitzy Las Vegas. This past summer at the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences in Sin City, the editorial staff at SC Media attempted to pull off a less ambitious – and decidedly more legal –…

APT 41 using MessageTap malware to gather SMS traffic

A new malware that is being deployed by the Chinese hacking group APT 41 monitors SMS traffic and other mobile information en masse and is being used against a telecommunications firm to target specific customer phone numbers. The malware, called MessageTap, has been used in cyberespionage and financially motivated attacks, reported FireEye. MessageTap was first…

Officials preparing for cyber attacks, scams as Olympics nears

Microsoft: Russia again hacks anti-doping and sports agencies

Facing possible exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and other major athletic events, Russia once again has been attempting to hack anti-doping agencies and sports organizations, Microsoft reported yesterday. In attacks that started on Sept. 16, the reputed Russian APT Fancy Bear targeted at least 16 national and international sports organizations across three…

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