With ransomware whales becoming so dominant, would-be challengers ask 'what's the point?'

The Register - Tue, 21/05/2024 - 12:01
Fewer rivals on the scene as big-gang success soars

The number of new ransomware strains in circulation has more than halved over the past 12 months, suggesting there is little need for innovation given the success of the existing tools used by top gangs.…

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Big Tech is not much help when fighting a junta, and FOSS doesn't ride to the rescue

The Register - Tue, 21/05/2024 - 04:35
Opponents of Myanmar’s internet-nobbling military government don't like when Facebook asks for their real names

Big Tech isn't much help if you're an activist trying to work against a military junta, and FOSS tools aren't a great alternative either, according to opponents of Myanmar's military regime.…

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OpenSSF sings a Siren song to steer developers away from buggy FOSS

The Register - Tue, 21/05/2024 - 00:06
New infosec intelligence service aims to spread the word about recently discovered vulns in free code

Securing open source software may soon become a little bit easier thanks to a new vulnerability info-sharing effort initiated by the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF).…

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Julian Assange can appeal extradition to the US, London High Court rules

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 23:05
Let me go, Brandon

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the US from the UK, the High Court of England and Wales ruled Monday.…

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Google takes shots at Microsoft for shoddy security record with enterprise apps

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 18:47
Also, feds who switch to Google Workspace for 3 years get an extra year for free

Updated  Google has taken a victory lap in the wake of high-profile intrusions into Microsoft's systems, and says businesses should ditch Exchange and OneDrive for Gmail and Google Drive.…

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Can I phone a friend? How cops circumvent face recognition bans

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 17:13
Just ask a pal in a neighboring town with laxer restrictions

Police in multiple major US cities have figured out a trick to circumvent their cities' bans on facial recognition technology. Just ask a friend in a city without any such restrictions to do it for you.…

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Researchers call out QNAP for dragging its heels on patch development

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 15:00
WatchTowr publishes report claiming vendor failed to issue fixes after four months

Infosec boffins say they were forced to go public after QNAP failed to fix various vulnerabilities that were reported to it months ago.…

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DoJ, ByteDance ask court: Hurry up and rule on TikTok ban already

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 14:30
Forced selloff case will likely be appealed again ... see you in (Supreme) court

The Department of Justice and Bytedance spent a rare moment unified on Friday when the duo asked for a fast-tracked court schedule for the Chinese short video apps divest or ban case.…

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British Library's candid ransomware comms driven by 'emotional intelligence'

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 10:32
It quickly realized ‘dry’ progress updates weren’t cutting it

CyberUK  Emotional intelligence was at the heart of the British Library's widely hailed response to its October ransomware attack, according to CEO Roly Keating.…

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Chinese telco gear may become <i>verboten</i> on German networks

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 07:28
Industry reportedly pressuring digital ministry not to cut the cord

Germany may soon remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from its 5G networks, according to media reports.…

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Nissan infosec in the spotlight again after breach affecting more than 50K US employees

The Register - Mon, 20/05/2024 - 03:28
PLUS: Connected automakers put on notice; Cisco Talos develops macOS fuzzing technique; Last week's critical vulns

Infosec in brief  Nissan has admitted to another data loss – this time involving the theft of personal information belonging to more than 50,000 Nissan employees.…

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An attorney says she saw her library reading habits reflected in mobile ads. That's not supposed to happen

The Register - Sat, 18/05/2024 - 18:04
Follow us down this deep rabbit hole of privacy policy after privacy policy

Feature  In April, attorney Christine Dudley was listening to a book on her iPhone while playing a game on her Android tablet when she started to see in-game ads that reflected the audiobooks she recently checked out of the San Francisco Public Library.…

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Gawd, after that week, we wonder what's next for China and the Western world

The Register - Sat, 18/05/2024 - 13:35
For starters: Crypto, import tariffs, and Microsoft shipping out staff

Kettle  It's been a fairly troubling week in terms of the relationship between China and the Western world.…

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How two brothers allegedly swiped $25M in a 12-second Ethereum heist

The Register - Sat, 18/05/2024 - 07:29
Feds scoff at blockchain integrity while software bug said to have been at heart of the matter

The US Department of Justice has booked two brothers on allegations that they exploited open source software used in the Ethereum blockchain world to bag $25 million (£20 million).…

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Aussie cops probe MediSecure's 'large-scale ransomware data breach'

The Register - Sat, 18/05/2024 - 00:31
Throw another healthcare biz on the barby, mate

Australian prescriptions provider MediSecure is the latest healthcare org to fall victim to a ransomware attack, with crooks apparently stealing patients' personal and health data.…

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Three cuffed for 'helping North Koreans' secure remote IT jobs in US

The Register - Fri, 17/05/2024 - 19:34
Your local nail tech could be a secret agent for Kim’s cunning plan

Three individuals accused of facilitating North Korea's bid to fund its weapon program using US money are now in handcuffs.…

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First LockBit, now BreachForums: Are cops winning the war or just a few battles?

The Register - Fri, 17/05/2024 - 12:37
TLDR: Peace in our time is really really hard

Interview  On Wednesday the FBI and international cops celebrated yet another cybercrime takedown – of ransomware brokerage site BreachForums – just a week after doxing and imposing sanctions on the LockBit ransomware crew's kingpin, and two months after compromising the gang's website.…

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Crims abusing Microsoft Quick Assist to deploy Black Basta ransomware

The Register - Fri, 17/05/2024 - 00:30
Spoiler alert: it's not really IT support controlling your device

A cybercrime gang has been abusing Microsoft's Quick Assist application in social engineering attacks that ultimately allow the crew to infect victims with Black Basta ransomware.…

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EU probes Meta over its provisions for protecting children

The Register - Thu, 16/05/2024 - 16:45
Has social media biz done enough to comply with Digital Services Act? Maybe not

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to assess whether Meta, the provider of Facebook and Instagram, may have breached the Digital Services Act (DSA) in areas linked to the protection of minors.…

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Stifling Beijing in cyberspace is now British intelligence’s number-one mission

The Register - Thu, 16/05/2024 - 15:45
Annual conference of cyber intel unit shows UK's alarm over China blaring louder than ever

Regular attendees of CYBERUK, the annual conference hosted by British intelligence unit the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will know that in addition to the expected conference panels, there is usually an interwoven theme to proceedings.…

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