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Eager to Host More Classified Data, Amazon Launches New ‘Secret’ Cloud Region for US Intelligence

Amid the unparalleled classified leaks, global acts of cyberwarfare, and colossal data breaches dominating the daily news cycle, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has debuted an entirely new cloud region designed specifically to host classified US government secrets. Read More >>

security
Iranian Man Charged in HBO Hack Allegedly Wanted £4.5 Million in Bitcoin to Stop Leaks

The US Justice Department on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with hacking into HBO, as well as attempting to extort the television network for $6 million (£4.5 million) worth of bitcoin, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in the US District Court in Manhattan. Read More >>

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Flashlight Apps Snuck Malware Into Google’s Play Store, Targeting Bank Accounts

Active on Google Play Store as recently as last Friday, a mobile banking trojan infected thousands of users who thought they were downloading games or innocent-looking apps, according to research published by a trio of cybersecurity firms. Read More >>

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Equifax Seized 138 Scammy Lookalike Domains Instead of Just Changing Its Dumb ‘Security’ Site

Late last month, Equifax secured control over 138 domains mimicking a website that the company launched in September in the wake of its massive data breach. Read More >>

privacy
German Regulators Ban Smartwatches for Kids, Urge Parents to Destroy Them 

Saying the technology more closely resembles a “spying device” than a toy, German regulators have banned the sale of smartwatches designed for kids, urging the parents who were dumb enough to buy them in the first place to destroy them. Read More >>

privacy
New DNS Service Launched by IBM Vows to Keep Your Browsing Habits Secret

A new online service was launched Thursday morning to keep your browsing habits out of the hands of marketers and help you automatically avoid millions of malicious websites. Read More >>

security
How Black Market Criminals Are Duping Apple Users Into Surrendering Their iPhones

A security report out Tuesdays sheds new light on the lucrative business of unlocking and reselling stolen iPhones, a multi-million-pound criminal enterprise spanning the globe. The tools used by shadowy hackers involved in this black market trade were detailed in TrendMicro’s latest research. Read More >>

politics
Julian Assange’s Secret DMs to Donald Trump Jr. Are Somehow Dumber, Sadder Than You’d Think

Throughout the 2016 election and for the better part of this year, WikiLeaks sent private messages via Twitter to the president’s deadlifting adult son Donald Trump Jr., according to newly leaked correspondence first reported by The Atlantic. Trump Jr. only occasionally responded and apparently ceased all communication less than a month before the election. Read More >>

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Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks

Former and current Equifax and Yahoo executives appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the major consumer data breaches that occurred under their watch. An executive at Verizon, which acquired Yahoo this summer, was also called as a witness. Read More >>

twitter
No, Twitter Did Not Just Ban Porn, Sex Workers, or Pictures of Lingerie

Despite what you may have read, Twitter has not rolled out new rules banning porn or pictures of lingerie across its platform. Read More >>

security
Negligent Employees Are Stoked About Facial Recognition

A recent survey reveals why corporate password policies are doing very little to stop employees from mishandling their passwords. It also finds most employees favour biometric security and that Apple’s new Face ID feature is widely trusted—even though almost no one has actually used it yet. Read More >>

security
Britain Publicly Names North Korea as Source of WannaCry Attack

In a BBC radio interview on Friday, British Security Minister Ben Wallace attributed this year’s WannaCry outbreak to the government of North Korea. The ransomware attack crippled roughly a third of Britain’s National Health Care trusts, as well as nearly 300 local doctor’s offices, in May. Read More >>

security
Report: Equifax Warned of Vulnerability Six Months Before Attack, Took No Action

It didn’t seem possible, but Equifax may have screwed up even worse than previously thought. Read More >>

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Ransomware Markets Are Exploding, Study Finds

The black-market economy fuelling ransomware distribution is booming, according to new research. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Reveals New Ad Rules After Enabling Election Propaganda

In response to increased scrutiny over Russia-bought ads that targeted Americans during the 2016 election, Twitter has announced new measures to increase transparency around ads purchased through its service. Read More >>