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Huawei given 90-day reprieve from Entity List

The U.S. Commerce Department has temporarily relieved Chinese manufacturer Huawei of its inclusion on the federal Entity List, allowing the company to continue to do operate with its business partners for 90 days. Huawei was added to the Entity List on May 16, effectively banning the company from doing business in the United States, but…

TeamViewer reportedly hit by Chinese hackers in 2016

TeamViewer announced it was the victim of a cyber attack which took place in 2016 although some sources claim that hackers were in the firm’s network as early as 2014. The data breach was reportedly the result of threat actors exploiting the recently patched Winnti backdoor trojan, a malware first seen used by a group…

MuddyWater-associated BlackWater malware campaign suggest anti-detection techniques

A MuddyWater-associated BlackWater malware campaign has displayed signs of anti-detection techniques and other modifications to avoid common host-based signatures and avoid Yara signatures. Cisco Talos researchers said that while the changes were superficial, they were significant enough to avoid some detection mechanisms, according to a May 20 blog post. Researchers said the group’s level of…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

Google, Huawei break will likely lead to security issues for users

President Trump’s executive order blocking Huawei’s products from accessing U.S. networks or technology has resulted in Google retracting its Android license from the company, possibly leading to cybersecurity issues for future owners of Huawei devices. Google has confirmed that currently available Huawei devices can still be used and services such as the Google Play Store,…

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Members of China-based hacking firms indicted for Anthem breach, among other breaches

Members of China-based hacking group were indicted for series of computer intrusions, including the 2015 Anthem data breach that affected over 78 million people. The four-count indictment alleges that Fujie Wang, 32, and other members of the hacking group, including another individual charged as John Doe, conducted a campaign of intrusions into U.S.-based computer systems…

Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks

Backdoors found in Huawei-supplied Vodafone equipment

Huawei Technologies is facing yet another controversy, this time after security documents from Europe’s Vodafone noted that the Chinese firm supplied the carrier with hardware laden with security issues. Vodafone said it found backdoors in the software contained in Huawei home routers and optical service nodes. Such backdoors could allow Huawei to gain access to…

Elfin, aka APT33, targets U.S., Saudi Arabian firms in cyberespionage campaign

The cyberespionage group Elfin, aka APT33, has launched a heavily targeted campaign against multiple organization in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Researchers said the most recent targets include major corporations and despite 42 percent of observed attacks focusing heavily on Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has also been an area of interest for the group…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

EU ignores US call to ban Huawei in 5G rollout

The European Union is ignoring the United States call to ban Huawei over cyber espionage fears and on Tuesday recommended a set of security guidelines for the rollout of its 5G networks. The tech giant will be supplying technology for the next-generation network despite the U.S. having long voiced concerns that Huawei technology, along with…

Redbanc cyberattack linked to Lazarus group

The recently disclosed cyber attack on the Chilean interbank network Redbanc which took place in December 2018, may have been carried out by North Korea-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) group Lazarus. The attack involved PowerRatankba, a malware toolkit with ties to APT group represents the latest known example of Lazarus-affiliated tools being deployed within financially…

Top FBI official calls Chinese cyberespionage ‘most severe’ threat to American security

FBI counterintelligence division head E.W. “Bill” Priestap Wednesday said Chinese cyberespionage poses the “most severe” threat to American security at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States.” Priestap said China’s Communist Party “dominates every facet of Chinese life,” from religion to freedom of expression and business and that “it is…

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