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U.K. man arrested for allegedly hacking musicians, selling their songs

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. for allegedly hacking into musicians’ websites and cloud accounts, then stealing and selling their unreleased songs. The investigation actually commenced “across the pond,” in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which ultimately partnered with the City of London Police upon learning that a suspect was based in…

Instagram fixed after researcher finds way to link account info to PII

Facebook has repaired a vulnerability in its Instagram social media platform, after a researcher found that it could be exploited to link users’ phone numbers to their account numbers, usernames and actual names. With the help a brute-force algorithm and a network of bots, malicious actors could have leveraged the flaw to bypass data security…

Facebook, YouTube used in Brazilian phishing scheme

A cybercriminal gang has put together a phishing campaign that utilizes several trusted sources, along with insider help from a top tier security company service to convince its victims to open and download a malicious attachment. Cofense Intelligence found the malicious actors, who are only targeting Brazilians, are extensively using trusted names, legitimate Windows services…

Intel releases medium and low-rated security advisories

Intel posted two security advisories for its Easy Streaming Wizard (CVE-2019-11166) and Data Direct I/O Technology (DDIO) and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). A potential escalation of privileges vulnerability, rated as a medium threat, exists with Easy Streaming Wizard on versions before 2.1.0731 due to improper file permissions in the installer. Intel plans on issuing…

Researchers: Iranian phishing campaign targets universities with fake library emails

The Mabna Institute, an Iranian firm whose members were indicted last year for cyberattacks against U.S. universities and other organizations, appears to have launched a new global phishing operation targeting the education sector last July and August. This past’s summer campaign follows the same basic m.o. as previous attacks that the same threat group has…

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Israel reportedly behind spying devices found near White House, other sensitive areas

Israel likely planted StingRays found near the White House and other key locations in Washington to spy on President Trump and his advisers, the U.S. government reportedly determined, though the Trump administration took no apparent action to chastise its ally. “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a Politico report cited a former…

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