Month: January 2022

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against four current and former Ukrainian government officials for engaging in “Russian government-directed influence activities” in the country, including gathering sensitive information about its critical infrastructure. The agency said the four individuals were involved in different roles as part of a concerted influence campaign to destabilize the
United States President Joe Biden has signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) requiring national security systems to implement network cybersecurity measures that are at least as good as those required of federal civilian networks. The requirements for federal civilian networks were laid out in Biden’s Executive Order 14028 (EO 14028) issued May 12 2021. The
Not a single advanced driver assistance system offered in today’s new vehicles would meet pending safety criteria being developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, according to the organization. The nonprofit that is funded by auto insurance companies said Thursday that its new rating program will evaluate the safeguards that vehicles with “partial automation”
A coordinated law enforcement operation has resulted in the arrest of 11 members allegedly belonging to a Nigerian cybercrime gang notorious for perpetrating business email compromise (BEC) attacks targeting more than 50,000 victims in recent years. The disruption of the BEC network is the result of a ten-day investigation dubbed Operation Falcon II undertaken by
Wandercraft was founded in 2012, with the vision of improving mobility of wheelchair users. The company’s solution comes by way of exoskeletons, which can offer wearers the ability to walk with robotic assistance. In 2019, the Parisian firm launched Atalante, a self-balancing exoskeleton with 12 degrees of freedom that relies on walking on algorithms to
Cybersecurity researchers in Canada have found a “devastating flaw” in the MY2022 app, designed for use by attendees of this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. The vulnerability was discovered by the Citizen Lab – an academic research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. In findings published Tuesday, researchers said that the flaw
Disney announced today it plans on expanding its direct-to-consumer streaming business to more global markets and is creating a new International Content and Operations group to aid in this push. The group will be headed by nearly 25-year Disney veteran Rebecca Campbell, who will focus on local and regional content production for Disney’s streaming services,
An IRC (Internet Relay Chat) bot strain programmed in GoLang is being used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeting users in Korea. “The malware is being distributed under the guise of adult games,” researchers from AhnLab’s Security Emergency-response Center (ASEC) said in a new report published on Wednesday. “Additionally, the DDoS malware was installed
by Paul Ducklin Researchers at browser identification company FingerprintJS recently found and disclosed a fascinating data leakage bug in Apple’s web browser software. Technically, the bug exists in Apple’s open source WebKit browser engine, which means it affects any browser that relies on WebKit. As you might expect, this includes all versions of Apple’s own
ESET researchers take a deep look into recent attacks carried out by Donot Team throughout 2020 and 2021, targeting government and military entities in several South Asian countries Donot Team (also known as APT-C-35 and SectorE02) is a threat actor operating since at least 2016 and known for targeting organizations and individuals in South Asia
Florida cybersecurity company ReliaQuest has opened its first office in India. The new location for the Tampa-based company is in Pune, in the state of Maharashtra. ReliaQuest aims to have more than 50 employees on its India team by the end of the year. ReliaQuest, which reached a valuation of more than $1bn in its latest round
Dr. Jeff Wessler co-founded Heartbeat Health in 2016 to develop better heart care, and Kanyi Maqubela helped kickstart the company by writing the company’s pre-seed check. We’re excited to host both of them on the first 2022 episode of TechCrunch Live. After writing the company’s pre-seed check, Kanyi Maqubela joined Heartbeat Health’s founding team and
An elusive threat actor called Earth Lusca has been observed striking organizations across the world as part of what appears to be simultaneously an espionage campaign and an attempt to reap monetary profits. “The list of its victims includes high-value targets such as government and educational institutions, religious movements, pro-democracy and human rights organizations in
A Tennessee-based healthcare technology services company is facing legal action over a cyber-attack that occurred in August 2021. The class action lawsuit was filed against QRS Healthcare Solutions (QRS, Inc), an electric health record (EHR) vendor and provider of integrated practice management and clinical services, including electronic patient portals. On August 26 2021, QRS discovered
A Canadian startup working at the cutting edge of satellite imaging has raised $4.5 million across a combination of a $2.25 million seed round, and $2.25 million from a combined pre-seed and government funding. Wyvern, which is working specifically on hyperspectral imaging (imaging that captures light across many different wavelengths, including non-visible ones) is also
UniCC, the biggest dark web marketplace of stolen credit and debit cards, has announced that it’s shuttering its operations after earning $358 million in purchases since 2013 using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, and Dash. “Don’t build any conspiracy theories about us leaving,” the anonymous operators of UniCC said in a farewell posted on
A critical vulnerability has been discovered in more than ten devices that use biometric identification to control access to protected areas. The flaw can be exploited to unlock doors and open turnstiles, giving attackers a way to bypass biometric ID checks and physically enter controlled spaces. Acting remotely, threat actors could use the vulnerability to