Month: November 2018

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In advance of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, a US government report made claims that China had increased hacking attempts in an effort to steal American technology and shows no sign of stopping or slowing its cyber-theft practices, according to the Associated Press. The report from the Office of
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by John E Dunn Are Ethereum’s new-fangled smart contracts the ultimate point of the blockchain or a risky experiment whose vulnerabilities presage trouble? Right now, few doubt that smart contracts – instruction workflows in a language called Solidity that automate complex, profitable processes on Ethereum – require close scrutiny. The latest security flaw was discovered by smart
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Emotet starts another massive spam campaign just as Black Friday begins to pick up steam ESET has detected another large Emotet campaign, probably connected with the increased online shopping and email correspondence around Black Friday. Compared to the previous attacks, the operators have slightly modified their modus operandi. Emotet is still being distributed via spam
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An unprecedented international grand committee comprised of 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis and the social network’s own string of data misuse scandals. But Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg won’t be providing any answers. The company has repeatedly refused requests
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Positive Technologies researchers found two serious vulnerabilities that affect ATMs made by NCR. Researchers were able to launch black box attacks that forced the machines to dispense cash without authorization. What are these ATM vulnerabilities, and how does a black box attack work? Researchers from Positive Technologies What are these ATM vulnerabilities— Vladimir Kononovich and
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Amazon is remaining tight-lipped after sending an email to an unknown number of customers revealing that a ‘technical error’ disclosed their email address. There has been no further information from the online giant about the incident except to confirm that it had been fixed and that all affected customers had been informed. The email itself,
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Only around a third of some of the UK’s top retailers have invested in the most secure web certificates, potentially exposing customers to phishing attacks and missing out on sales, according to Sectigo. Formerly known as Comodo CA, the world’s largest commercial certificate authority audited 25 major high street and online names to see what
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Looking back at the first spam messages sent in the 1800s, Virus Bulletin editor Martijn Grooten said that in the 1980s spam was impolite, 1990s it was a nuisance, 2000s it was a threat but in the 2010s spam was apparently ‘solved’. He said that statistics have proved that email spam was “something we could not keep
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by Mark Stockley On 20 November 2018, Microsoft announced that its 800 million Microsoft account holders could now log in to services like Outlook, Office, Skype and Xbox Live without using a password. The announcement is part of an apparent acceleration in the march towards a passwordless web, and comes at the end of a
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Wluper, the London-based tech startup building a conversational AI to power domain specific voice assistants, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding. Leading the round is “deep tech” VC IQ Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, Aster, and Magic Pony co-founder Dr Zehan Wang. Founded in 2016 and originally backed by Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures,