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European Commission: No evidence Kaspersky software is malicious

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The European Commission yesterday acknowledged in a public document that it possesses no evidence to support the notion that software from Russia-based Kaspersky Lab software is malicious. The admission comes about 10 months after the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the European Union to ban dangerous software, naming Kaspersky products as specific example.…

U.S. agencies issue report on Hidden Cobra threat group’s HOPLIGHT malware

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI have jointly released an official Malware Analysis Report detailing several variants of HOPLIGHT, a trojan malware program used by hackers from Hidden Cobra, an APT group that’s been widely linked to the North Korean government. Upon execution, HOPLIGHT allows attackers to collect victim machine information, connect to…

Assange arrested on hacking charge and removed from embassy, to be extradited to U.S.

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After seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on behalf of the U.S. on conspiracy to conduct computer intrusion on the United States, according to an indictment unsealed this morning. U.K. special police entered the embassy and forcibly removed a bedraggled Assange, who shouted and resisted…

Barr to probe origins of Russia counterintelligence investigation

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Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers he was putting together a team to look into how the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation Finto Presidential Donald Trump came to be. “I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer…

Warren bill would send execs to jail for data breaches

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Executives at companies like Equifax who “negligently permit or fail to prevent” an incident that affects personal data may have to spend time in the slammer if Congress passes the Corporate Executive Accountability Act. Under the bill, introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., CEOs could get as much as one year in prison…

Trump boots Secret Service chief in DHS shakeup

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A day after Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly dismissed as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, President Trump abruptly fired the director of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Randolph “Tex” Ailes and named USSS Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations James Murray to replace him. “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

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Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…

Motel 6 to pay $12M for sharing guest info with ICE

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Motel 6 will pay a $12 million settlement to Washington state after employees at several of the chain’s locations shared information – without a warrant – on 80,000 guests in the state with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a two-year period. “Motel 6’s actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens…

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VoterVoice database leaks email addresses, messages to elected officials

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An unsecured database at VoterVoice exposed a trove of personal information, including more than 300,000 unique email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers of people who have sent messages to legislators or participated in campaigns around hot political topics through “the grassroots advocacy system.”    “In a leak that has an eerie resemblance to the…

American hackers among Project Raven operatives spying on media, dissidents for UAE

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Project Raven hackers, formerly members of the U.S. intelligence community, spied on members of the Arab media, including a BBC host and the chairman of Al Jazeera, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the UAE squared off against Qatar in 2017. The UAE and its allies had pressed Qatar to shut down…

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