Philip Choo

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A Chattanooga, Tennessee, information technology infrastructure and cybersecurity consulting firm has unveiled an $8m expansion plan that will see its workforce double by 2023. Currently, the Conversant Group operates with 46 employees from its headquarters on Cowart Street. On Monday, the company’s president and chief listening officer, John Anthony Smith, revealed plans to relocate the firm to a new site
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On May 31, 2019, the developers of the highly profitable GandCrab ‘ransomware-as-a-service’ announced that they were retiring after earning over $2 billion USD since January 2018. The news was met with interest and skepticism within the security community, as multiple affiliate groups regularly conducted extremely successful GandCrab campaigns since its inception. After analyzing the threat
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Threat actors exploiting public interest in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak have baited their phishing traps with a new lure—conspiracy theories about unreleased cures. The new tactic was noted by researchers at Proofpoint, who have been monitoring global malicious activity related to the life-threatening virus in the form of hundreds of thousands of messages.  Alongside a flurry
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Emotet, the notorious trojan behind a number of botnet-driven spam campaigns and ransomware attacks, has found a new attack vector: using already infected devices to identify new victims that are connected to nearby Wi-Fi networks. According to researchers at Binary Defense, the newly discovered Emotet sample leverages a “Wi-Fi spreader” module to scan Wi-Fi networks,
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A subsidiary of American insurance giant Aflac is to open a global IT and cybersecurity center in the Northern Irish capital city of Belfast.  Aflac Northern Ireland signed a 10-year lease with Belfast Harbor on 11,000 sq ft of office space within the ongoing multi-million-dollar waterfront development City Quays. With the opening of the new center on regenerated dockland, Aflac Northern Ireland will
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SCVX is on a mission to consolidate the vast cybersecurity vendor ecosystem overwhelming today’s CISOs. Last month, Strategic Cyber Ventures, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm, launched the initial public offering (IPO) of SCVX, raising $230 million. SCVX is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that was formed with the goal of acquiring cybersecurity vendors to
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by Paul Ducklin No matter how safe and secure you feel when you use your computer, there’s always room for improvement. Why not make Safer Internet Day the excuse you need to do all those cybersecurity tweaks you’ve been putting off… …such as picking proper passwords, turning on two-factor authentication, downloading the latest security updates,
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The US has indicted Chinese military personnel today on charges of hacking into Equifax’s computer systems and stealing valuable trade secrets and the personal data of nearly 150 million Americans. A federal grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, returned the indictment last week against four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Wu Zhiyong (吴志勇), Wang Qian (王乾), Xu
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New research has revealed that the threat group behind the cryptocurrency-stealing MasterMana botnet has grown increasingly sophisticated and is now trapping victims through spoofed login portals. Gorgon Group has been observed targeting the European Union as well as Dubai’s main electrical/water utility DEWA with fake login pages that are highly convincing. The illicit activity was
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Lawyers who secured a $117.5m deal to resolve litigation tied to multiple data breaches at Yahoo could get paid $30m for their efforts. Class counsel who secured the breach settlement are currently waiting for US District Judge Lucy Koh to give her final stamp of approval and to award them the fees, according to new documents filed in California federal court.