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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light
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AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light

The NoTraffic autonomous traffic management company has deployed an artificial intelligence-driven traffic management system in Phoenix, AZ.

Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create
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Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create

A new report tells us which criminal applications of AI we should really worry about.

Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year
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Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year

Cybersecurity researchers found a new phishing group targeting large companies worldwide, which may have been operating undiscovered for over a year.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks
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Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks

Researchers have discovered a new strain of malware built to infect Linux-based servers and smart Internet of Things devices.

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers have compromised multiple supercomputers in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and possibly Spain with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why
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Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why

GDPR has been linked to quicker cyberattack discovery times in the European Union. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...
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