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Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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National Crime Agency Denies Making Stupid Childhood Hacker Awareness Poster

A baffling hacking awareness poster that was allegedly being circulated around schools in the West Midlands has been disowned by one of the organisations supposedly behind it, although the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit is standing by the claim that Discord could be used for evil. Which it regularly is, but probably not in the way they think. Read More >>

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All These Extremely Powerful People May Want to Double Check They Weren’t Hacked by a Saudi Prince

In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernising force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan – hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite. The trip was so heavily promoted by the Saudis that 200,000 copies of a suspiciously pro-prince magazine hit U.S. newsstands. Read More >>

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Members of Cybercrime Group Evil Corp Indicted for £76 Million In Heists and No One Can Touch Them

The governments of the US and the UK on Thursday announced the unsealing of indictments against two Russian members of a major cybercriminal operation called Evil Corp. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Vulnerability Could Have Allowed Attackers to Hijack Phones Using Malicious GIFs

Fair warning: It’s time for users to update encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. Read More >>

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Fake Lightning Cables That Can Hijack Connected Devices Are Heading for Mass Production

Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers they’re plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Read More >>

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German Police Raid Data Centre and Alleged Cybercrime Hub Based Out of Former NATO Bunker

German authorities raided a data centre based out of “former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities", the Associated Press reported on Friday, resulting in seven arrests. Read More >>

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Windows Quietly Patches Bug That Could Reverse Meltdown, Spectre Fixes for Intel CPUs

Microsoft has fixed a “serious security flaw in Intel processors” that threatened to undo both companies’ work patching the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, Tom’s Guide reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Google’s Project Zero Finds Six ‘Interactionless’ iOS Vulnerabilities Using iMessage App

Apple released bug fixes for five major security issues in iOS that can be exploited via its iMessage client app last week after they were discovered by researchers for competitor Google’s exploit-hunting Project Zero, though an additional issue was reported and not totally resolved in the iOS 2.4 update, according to the BBC. Read More >>

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Hackers Reportedly Break Into SyTech, a Contractor for Russia’s Federal Security Service

Hackers breached servers at a contractor for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), SyTech, and stole about 7.5 terabytes of data after gaining access to the company’s entire network earlier this month, ZDnet reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Report: NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware Can Break Into Cloud Services, Transmit User Data to Server

Israeli spyware company NSO Group’s powerful Pegasus malware – the same spyware implicated in a breach of WhatsApp earlier this year – is capable of scraping a target’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, according to a report in the Financial Times on Friday. Read More >>

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Zoom Backtracks, Says It Will Actually Fix Major Flaw That Could Let Hackers Hijack Mac Webcams

After initially defending their decision to install insecure local web servers on Mac users’ machines that posed a major security risk and could be hijacked by attackers, teleconferencing app Zoom has backtracked and has said it will quickly remove the “feature.” Read More >>

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Serious Security Flaw With Teleconferencing App Could Allow Websites to Hijack Mac Webcams

On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh publicly disclosed a serious zero-day vulnerability in conferencing software Zoom – which apparently achieves its click-to-join feature, which allows users to go directly to a video meeting from a browser link, on Mac computers by installing a local web server running as a background process that “accepts requests regular browsers wouldn’t,” per the Verge. As a result, Zoom could be hijacked by any website to force a Mac user to join a call without their permission, and with webcams activated unless a specific setting was enabled. Read More >>

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One of the World’s Largest Crypto Exchanges, Binance, Hacked to the Tune of £31 Million

Cryptocurrency trading hub Binance, one of the world’s largest, has confirmed it lost about 7,000 Bitcoins (around $40 million/£31 million) to hackers after its so-called “hot wallet,” i.e. one connected to the internet and used to process transactions, was breached, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Amazon Says ‘Extensive’ Fraud Allowed Cybercriminals to Siphon Cash From Seller Accounts

UK legal documents obtained by Bloomberg show that e-commerce titan Amazon fell prey to “extensive” fraud that allowed cybercriminals to obtain access to around 100 seller accounts and transfer cash into their bank accounts, with the company confirming to the news agency that it had completed an investigation into the incident. Read More >>