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Real-time phishing alerts and stolen password warnings added to Chrome

Google yesterday announced that its latest Chrome release adds real-time phishing alerts and password breach warning capabilities to the browser. The real-time anti-phishing capabilities represents an upgrade to Google’s Safe Browsing service, which compiles an ever-changing blacklist of dangerous websites that browsers can check against. Typically, when a Chrome user visits a website, the browser…

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…

Adobe releases patches for critical vulnerabilities in Flash, Shockwave and Photoshop

Patch Tuesday: Adobe announces 25 bug fixes, 21 in Acrobat products

On the last Patch Tuesday of 2019, Adobe today released security updates for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, Photoshop CC, Brackets and ColdFusion, fixing 25 critical and important vulnerabilities in the process. Twenty-one of the flaws were found in various Acrobat and Acrobat Reader products for the Windows and macOS platforms. Of these, 14 are critical,…

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Devin Nunes’ cow Twitter account owner should remain anonymous, ACLU says

The person behind the “Devin Nunes’ cow” Twitter account should remain anonymous, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asserted in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in response to a defamation lawsuit brought by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. While Nunes has offered no evidence that the parody account had posted false statements, the California lawmaker, who as…

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe; Barr disagrees

No sooner had Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report on the origins of the Russia probe, finding as expected that the FBI was justified in beginning an investigation of the Trump campaign, than Attorney General William Barr put out a statement publicly disagreeing with the findings. While Horowitz skewered the FBI…

Laptop hosting patient data stolen from surgeon on vacation

20 VPS providers shut down, leave customers scrambling, crying foul

Two days after alerting customers in the wake of what some believed might have been a cyberattack, at least 20 web hosting providers have shut their doors and plan to wipe their servers. The providers, which include ArkaHosting, Bigfoot Servers, DCNHost, n3Servers, StrongHosting and MegaZone Hosting, are all are low-end server operations that appear to…

Reputed Vietnamese APT group hacks BMW, Hyundai: report

The reputed Vietnamese APT group OceanLotus is believed responsible for recently hacking into the networks of German car manufacturer BMW, as well as South Korea’s Hyundai, presumably to spy on their automotive trade secrets. German broadcaster Bayerricscher Rundfunk, which broke the story, reported (in an article translated into English) that BMW caught the intrusion early…

Report: Dental practices feel the pain of ransomware attack on IT provider

More than 100 dentist offices have reportedly been affected by a recent Sodinokibi ransomware attack on a Colorado-based company that provides IT services to the oral-care practices. Security expert Brian Krebs reported this past weekend via his blog post that Englewood, Colo.-based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was attacked back on Nov. 25, apparently via a compromised remote…

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