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May 21, 2019
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A leaked database has compromised the personal information of more than 49 million Instagram users, including celebrities and “influencers.”

The information was found on an unsecured database hosted on an Amazon cloud server and includes public-facing information from Instagram accounts as well as personal details, including email addresses and phone numbers. Techcrunch, the website that initially broke the story, traced the database back to Chtrbox, a social media marketing firm...

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May 17, 2019
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WhatsApp disclosed a major security vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on mobile devices.

The vulnerability, discovered earlier this month, allowed third parties to see and intercept encrypted communications. The spyware deployed has been traced back to NSO Group, an Israeli cyber company alleged to have ...

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May 15, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has arrested and charged members of a major cybercriminal ring in connection with $2.4 million worth of wire fraud and identity theft.

The hacking group, called “The Community” primarily used social engineering (trickery) and SIM card hijacking to steal funds and cryptocurrency from their victims.

SIM swapping or hijacking is an attack that often...

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May 10, 2019
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The source code and security keys associated with a number of Samsung apps and projects have been discovered on unprotected server. Samsung’s SmartThings home automation platform was among the projects exposed in the compromise.

The exposed server contained a code repository that was misconfigured and publicly available. In addition to the underlying code of several major Samsung apps was a security token that allowed unfettered access to 135 projects and applications.

“The...

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May 8, 2019
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An apparent denial of service attack caused a disruption in a segment of the U.S. energy grid affecting Utah, Wyoming, and Southern California.

Little is currently known about the incident. It occurred March 5th, disabling several security devices. An unnamed utility company reported the incident to the Department of Energy.

“There was a denial-of-service attack...and that basically led operators to not be able to see what was going on in the grid,”...

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May 6, 2019
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill to create a separate Russian national internet.

The legislation is primarily focused on establishing an autonomous national system, separate from the internet used globally, which would have its own DNS system and would require all traffic in the country to pass through online government monitoring. Putin has justified the move as being due to mitigating the threats of interference from foreign governments in Russian politics.

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April 30, 2019
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Matt Cullina, managing director of global markets at CyberScout, reveals the main cyber security threats facing companies today in Carrier Management, a trusted resource for critical information for P/C carrier executives:

Cyber threats continue to evolve rapidly in 2019, and that means the battle to stop and protect against them needs to adapt just as quickly, according to Matt Cullina, CyberScout’s...

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April 25, 2019
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Facebook announced that it was preparing for a massive fine from the Federal Trade Commission for its mishandling of user privacy. The fine could be as much as $5 billion.

The social media giant revealed the fine as a one-time expense in its annual earnings statement, explaining a 51% decline in income, “in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices.”

“We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0bn to $5.0bn,” the company’s...

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April 24, 2019
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A messaging app released by the French government to secure internal communications has gotten off to a troubled start.

Tchap was released in beta earlier this month as a secure messaging app exclusively for government officials. Its development and release was made to address security concerns and data vulnerabilities in more widely used apps including WhatsApp and Telegram (a ...

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April 22, 2019
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The European Union’s parliament voted to create a biometric database of over 350 million people.

The Common Identity Repository, or CIR, will consolidate the data from the EU’s border, migration, and law enforcement agencies into one system to be quickly accessible and searchable by any or all of them. Information will include names, birthdates, passport numbers as well as fingerprints and face scans.

While the CIR’s purpose is to eliminate several...

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