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Facebook has filed a lawsuit in California against a data analytics company it claims has illegally accessed user data. New Jersey-based OneAnalytics allegedly paid app developers to install a malicious software development kit (SDK) in their apps. This was designed to harvest information including name, gender, email and username of users logging in to the apps with...
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A controversial facial recognition company has just informed its customers of a data breach in which its entire client list was stolen. Clearview AI leapt to fame in January when a New York Times report claimed that the start-up had scraped up to three billion images from social media sites to add to its database....
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Dell is said to be finalizing a $2bn deal to sell its RSA cybersecurity company to a private equity firm, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Citing sources “familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported Monday that a deal concerning the sale of RSA Security LLC could be finalized as early as today between Dell Technologies...
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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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A Swiss company thought to have sold among the most secure encryption products in the world was actually owned by US and German intelligence, allowing the CIA and BND to spy on allies and enemies around the world, it has emerged. A new report from The Washington Post and Germany’s ZDF claims that Crypto AG,...
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Cybersecurity firm Expel Inc. has announced a $1.4m investment to expand its operations in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The huge injection of cash will be used to increase the size of the company’s Herndon headquarters and to create 164 new jobs in the company’s engineering, customer experience, IT, marketing, and sales departments over the next three years. News...
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New York facial recognition startup Clearview AI – which has amassed a huge database of more than three billion images scraped from employment sites, news sites, educational sites, and social networks including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Venmo – is being sued in a potential class action lawsuit that claims the company gobbled up photos...
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The street outside ICANN’s offices in Playa Vista, California, may be a little more crowded than normal. People worried about the .org top-level domain will be there protesting its sale to a private equity firm. They’ll be handing over a petition signed by over 21,000 people to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...
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Security researchers have discovered a new cyber-espionage operation with links to Iranian state hacking groups targeting a major European energy organization. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group detected command-and-control (C&C) communications between a C&C server and the victim organization, from late November 2019 until at least January 5 2020. The C&C server is associated with PupyRAT, an open source,...
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An American businessman who co-founded a cybersecurity company has admitted to hiring criminals to carry out cyber-attacks against others. Tucker Preston, of Macon, Georgia, confessed to having paid threat actors to launch a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks between December 2015 and February 2016.  DDoS attacks prevent a website from functioning by bombarding it with so...
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Equifax could end up paying as much as $9.5bn following a data breach settlement branded one of the largest in history by its presiding judge. The credit reporting giant suffered a major cyber-attack in 2017 after hackers exploited an unpatched Apache Struts vulnerability, compromising highly sensitive personal and financial information on around 148 million customers....
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An infamous Kremlin-backed hacking group has launched a coordinated phishing campaign aimed at Ukrainian firm Burisma Holdings, in what looks like an attempt to find internal information which could benefit Donald Trump. Security vendor Area 1 claimed the attacks were carried out by the GRU-linked Fancy Bear (APT28) group responsible for stealing and releasing emails...
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