Cybersecurity Enables New Business Opportunities

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In a study on the link between how cybersecurity is used and business success, a full 86% of respondents from high-growth companies said that they see information security as an enabler of new business opportunities, rather than simply a means of defense. Vodafone’s Cyber Security: The Innovation Accelerator report, which…


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Yes, your child could be a victim of identity theft

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Could your child have a credit report even if he or she has never used a credit card or borrowed money? It’s possible when identity theft is involved. Your child’s Social Security number (SSN) may be exposed in a number of ways — school records and medical records are just…


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GOOGLE ALERTS PRO-DEMOCRACY CANDIDATES OF HACKING ATTEMPTS

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Activist and pro-democrat Jason Chao said that he, along with other pro-democrat election candidates, received notifications from social media, email, and instant messaging service providers, including an alert from Google, about unauthorized login attempts. In a press conference Chao held yesterday, the activist lamented that Google warned them that “government…


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Man sentenced for role in Regina mail, identity theft scheme

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Less than a month after his associate was jailed for an identity theft scheme involving stolen mail and forged documents, the second man involved received his own prison term. This isn’t the first time James Donald Provost — who has a record of more than 200 convictions — has been…


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Colorado Springs police estimate more than 100 victims of alleged identity thief

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Police estimate that more than 100 people fell victim to a 32-year-old man’s alleged pattern of identity theft in Colorado Springs. Armando Gallegos allegedly manufactured checks using others’ account information and then used the checks at local businesses. He was arrested Aug. 23 in one of the five cases of…


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Hackers Could Use Light to Steal Information Via Security Cameras

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and hackers have plenty of will and countless ways to attack a secure network—even if it’s not connected to the internet. In the latest demonstration proving no network is safe, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev used security cameras equipped with night…


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“Dolphin Attack” – Hacking Phones Via Ultrasound

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Speech recognition systems like Siri or Google Now have become quite popular since they were first seen in the mid-2000s. These and others, such as Cortana and Alexa have made our phones, computers  and even our homes voice controllable, letting us dial phone numbers, play music, adjust thermostats, or even…


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THE CCLEANER MALWARE FIASCO TARGETED AT LEAST 18 SPECIFIC TECH FIRMS

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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well. But now it’s becoming clear exactly how bad the results of the recent CCleaner malware outbreak may be. Researchers now believe that the hackers behind it were…


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SEC Reveals Its EDGAR Database Was Hacked, Maybe Used For Illegal Trades

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Following months of public revelations about security breaches big and small, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that hackers had previously breached its own cache of files on publicly traded companies, possibly leading to their illegal profit. Late Wednesday, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton released an eight-page statement on…


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Hacking group APT33 are likely to have worked with the Iranian government: FireEye

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Revealing the operations of Iranian hacking group APT33, US-based cyber security firm FireEye said on Thursday the cybercriminals, who have targeted the energy and aviation sectors, are likely to have worked with the Iranian government. APT33 has carried out cyber espionage operations since at least 2013 and has targeted organisations…


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Hacking Incidents are Quickly Discovered, But Insiders Go Undetected

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A report on healthcare data breaches in July and August finds that while hacking incidents are quickly detected, insider breach incidents continue to go unnoticed, which can have a significant impact on healthcare organizations and patients. There were 33 breach incidents in August that we either disclosed to the U.S….


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Former NSA, CIA chief: I can’t support spy hacking if we can’t keep tools secret

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Michael Hayden, a former head of both the National Security Agency and CIA, said on Thursday that the U.S. should not deploy cyber espionage tools if it can’t keep them secure. “I cannot defend American espionage using incredibly powerful tools if we cannot keep them secret,” Hayden said during the…


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Hacking a pressure sensor to track gradual motion along marine faults

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Deep below the ocean’s surface, shielded from satellite signals, the gradual movement of the seafloor — including along faults that can unleash deadly earthquakes and tsunamis — goes largely undetected. As a result, we know distressingly little about motion along the fault that lies just off the Pacific Northwest coast….


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Scammers Stealing Down Payments By Hacking Real Estate Agents’ Email Accounts

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Buying a home is the biggest purchase most Americans will make during their lifetime. But now hackers have figured out how to steal the down payment, leaving the buyer without a new home and often wiping out their life savings. “The timing was impeccable, actually,” said Kristina Soloviena, a real…


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NEW GROUP OF IRANIAN HACKERS LINKED TO DESTRUCTIVE MALWARE

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FOR MORE THAN five years, Iran has maintained a reputation as one of the most aggressive nations in the global arena of state-sponsored hacking, stealing data from corporate and government networks around the world, bombarding US banks with cyberattacks, and most brazen of all, unleashing multiple waves of computer-crippling malware that hit tens of…


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Are Your Facebook Messages Really Private? Here’s the Truth

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Over a billion people communicate through Facebook Messenger every day. While Facebook says it takes measures to keep users’ information private, how secure are those billions of messages really? Here, Facebook shares information on how some of its security works, while Vyas Sekar, a faculty member of CyLab at Carnegie Melon University and a…


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How is Dubai strengthening its efforts on cyber security?

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As stated in the Internet Security Threat Report from security-giant Symantec, the UAE is the second most targeted country in the Middle East for cyber-attacks. This has placed the region on high alert as they attempt to work towards a smart and digital city. What initiatives have been taken? Cyber…


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How to protect yourself from identity theft

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Almost 143 million Americans had their personal information exposed after a data breach from Equifax. That’s almost half the population and the chances of those affected being in Iowa and Illinois are very likely. During a presentation on what to do if you’ve been hacked at the Davenport Library, many…


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New York Governor Wants Credit-Reporting Firms to Follow Cyber Rules

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state’s cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack. Also on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities have opened a…


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Hackers used Avast’s CCleaner breach to attack technology companies

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The hackers who broke into widely used computer utility software in August also tried to infect machines at Microsoft, Intel and other top technology companies, according to research by Cisco Systems released late on Wednesday. That suggests the breach, disclosed on Monday, was far more serious than initially described by…


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