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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s noteworthy venture capital deals, funds and trends. Before I dive into this week’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the proliferation of billion-dollar companies. Before that, I noted the uptick in beverage startup
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In a new sextortion scam, cyber-criminals are posing as corrupt officials of the CIA and demanding $10,000 from their targets whose names they claim to have found in an investigation into online pedophiles, according to Kaspersky Lab. Victims reportedly receive an email authored by what appears to be a corrupt CIA agent involved in “a large
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Financial troubles have forced Maker Media, the company behind crafting publication MAKE: magazine as well as the science and art festival Maker Faire, to lay off its entire staff of 22 and pause all operations. TechCrunch was tipped off to Maker Media’s unfortunate situation which was then confirmed by the company’s founder and CEO Dale
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by John E Dunn Researchers have discovered another dangerous security hole hiding in recent, unpatched versions of the popular mail server, Exim. Uncovered in May 2019 by security company Qualys, the flaw (CVE-2019-10149) affects Exim versions 4.87 to 4.91 inclusive running on several Linux distros, the latter released as far back as 15 April 2018.
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If exploited, the security hole in Exim could allow attackers to run arbitrary commands on vulnerable mail servers Exim, the popular mail transfer agent (MTA) software, contains a critical-rated vulnerability that can, in some scenarios, enable remote attackers to run commands of their choice on unpatched mail servers, researchers from Qualys have found. Tracked under
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Increasingly, healthcare organizations are the target of cyber-criminals looking to profit from the treasure trove of personal data these companies possess, according to a new report from Carbon Black. The Healthcare Cyber Heist in 2019 report surveyed industry CISOs to understand the ways that threats to the industry have evolved. A vast majority (83%) of healthcare
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FoodShot Global, a prize platform devoted to transforming the world’s food and agriculture industries, has awarded the first round of prizes for its Innovating Soil 3.0 competition.  Trace Genomics, a startup developing an analytics service for soil health to optimize the use of farmland, has received an undisclosed investment from FoodShot’s investment partner, S2G Ventures. Additional
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Cyberwarfare is computer- or network-based conflict involving politically motivated attacks by a nation-state on another nation-state. In these types of attacks, nation-state actors attempt to disrupt the activities of organizations or nation-states, especially for strategic or military purposes and cyberespionage. Although cyberwarfare generally refers to cyberattacks perpetrated by one nation-state on another, it can also
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How a Montreal-made “social search engine” application has managed to become widely-spread adware, while escaping consequences Wajam Internet Technologies is a start-up founded in December 2008 by Martin-Luc Archambault (a famous entrepreneur in Quebec) and based in Montreal, Canada. The core product of the company is a social search engine application (i.e. it allows searching
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As promised, Mozilla has finally enabled “Enhanced Tracking Protection” feature on its Firefox browser by default, which from now onwards would automatically block all third-party tracking cookies that allow advertisers and websites to track you across the web. Tracking cookies, also known as third-party cookies, allows advertisers to monitor your online behavior and interests, using
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It is the second major breach that the Australian National University suffered in 2018 A premier Australian university has disclosed a cyberattack that compromised the personal information of its students and staff extending back nearly two decades. “We believe there was unauthorised access to significant amounts of personal staff, student and visitor data extending back 19 years,”
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A security researcher today revealed details of a newly unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Tracked as CVE-2019-9510, the reported vulnerability could allow client-side attackers to bypass the lock screen on remote desktop (RD) sessions. Discovered by Joe Tammariello of Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the flaw exists when Microsoft