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America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that children who are spending more time online as a result of early school closures face an increased risk of being exploited. In a statement issued on March 23, the FBI wrote: “Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or...
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Cisco has patched a clutch of high-priority vulnerabilities in its SD-WAN routers and their management software that admins will want to apply as soon as possible. SD-WAN is a technology that allows large companies to manage different types of Wide Area Network (WAN) communications links such as carrier MPLS, conventional broadband, and mobile 4G as...
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UK supermarket giant Tesco is issuing 600,000 customers with new loyalty cards after some accounts were compromised by an unauthorized third party. Although Tesco’s own IT systems were not compromised, it’s believed the hackers used a combo list of breached usernames and passwords sourced from elsewhere and conducted a brute force attack. The supermarket also...
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Last week was a big one for non-profit digital certificate project Let’s Encrypt – it issued its billionth certificate. It’s a symbolic milestone that shows how important this free certificate service has become to web users. Publicly announced in November 2014, Let’s Encrypt offers TLS certificates for free. These certificates are integral to the encryption...
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A report looking into the US 2020 Decennial Census has flagged concerns over cybersecurity and questioned whether the personal data collected during the study can be kept private.  The US Census Bureau kicked off the 2020 Census count of the population with the enumeration of Alaska in January. However, a report into the ongoing operation...
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Sometime this March, the Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Edge browsers will start throwing up warnings when users visit websites that only support Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 or 1.1. Announced in October 2018 as part of a joint plan to phase out support, the implications for any holdout sites are stark – enable the...
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YouTube has issued a public reminder that deepfakes related to the 2020 US presidential election are banned from its video service.  The Google-owned company has said that it doesn’t want its platform to be exploited as part of any deliberate attempts to mislead viewers regarding voting procedures or influence their choice of candidate. A deepfake is...
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned Americans to be on the lookout for cyber-based romance scams. The Richmond, Virginia, branch of the FBI said criminals used the most romantic day of the year as an opportunity to con victims out of their hard-earned cash or personal data....
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Security researchers are warning that the technology underpinning many smart city deployments is susceptible to a range of cyber-attacks, enabling hackers to sabotage infrastructure in potentially life-threatening raids. IOActive’s latest research paper covers LoRaWAN, or the Long-Range Wide Area Network protocol which many low-powered IoT devices use to connect to the internet in scenarios such...
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Warnings have been issued in the United States after cybersecurity flaws were detected in medical monitoring devices manufactured by GE Healthcare Systems (GEHC).  Safety notices were published yesterday by both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems—Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) regarding vulnerabilities in certain...
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America’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a warning yesterday after observing an increase in the number of targeted cyber-attacks that utilize Emotet. Emotet functions as a modular botnet that can steal data, send malicious emails, and act as a dropper, downloading and installing a wide range of malware onto a victim’s computer. This sophisticated strain of...
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Oracle has hit an all-time record for number of security fixes issued in a critical patch update (CPU), providing sysadmins with over 330 in its first quarterly release of the decade. The enterprise software giant issued 334 patches in total across more than 90 products this week. As such, January 2020 easily beats the previous...
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When is a password breach not a password breach? When is a password warning a hoax? That’s the double-trouble situation that faced cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex this week, following a tweet at the end of last year in which, according to Poloniex: [S]omeone leaked a list of email addresses and passwords on Twitter, claiming the information...
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