Google buys threat intel firm Mandiant for $5.4bn

The Register - Tue, 08/03/2022 - 14:30
Artist previously known as FireEye to boost security for Alphabet's cloudy arm

Google is buying pre-eminent threat intel firm Mandiant for $5.4bn, the two companies announced this morning.…

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China's annual parliament gives tech industry much to ponder

The Register - Tue, 08/03/2022 - 07:53
More digitization, more R&D, and more provocation of tech-producing neighbours

China is this week staging its annual "Two Sessions" meetings, which see its pair of top decision-making bodies meet to set the agenda for the coming year. As usual there is plenty of material that touches on tech.…

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Azure flaw allowed users to control others' accounts

The Register - Tue, 08/03/2022 - 06:01
AutoWarp security hole wasn't exploited – tho researchers saw a way in to a bank and a telco

Microsoft has acknowledged the existence of a flaw in its Azure cloud computing service that allowed users full access to other users' accounts.…

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Linux distros patch 'DirtyPipe' make-me-root kernel bug

The Register - Tue, 08/03/2022 - 04:26
Plus: Adafruit customer data leak fallout, infosec burnout, and more

In brief  A Linux local privilege escalation flaw dubbed Dirty Pipe has been discovered and disclosed along with proof-of-concept exploit code.…

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UN debates Russia's own pitch for new cybercrime treaty

The Register - Mon, 07/03/2022 - 19:20
US, EU, rights groups say proposal would allow more nation-state abuses

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine rolls through its second week, a United Nations committee has begun hearings on a proposed new cybercrime treaty Russia has been pushing. The proposal has been heavily criticized by the United States, the European Union and other Western countries.…

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Lapsus$ extortionists dump data online as Samsung admits breach

The Register - Mon, 07/03/2022 - 17:11
190GB worth of internal files, looks like source code for proprietary tech including Knox, Bootloader and more

Samsung has acknowledged its data was stolen after the Lapsus$ extortion gang deposited what appears to be 190GB of the company's stolen internal files online.…

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Stop hackers getting into your systems – by getting into their heads. Here’s how

The Register - Mon, 07/03/2022 - 07:30
Limber up for attack path modelling with this webinar

Webinar  If the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function, then how intelligent are your cyber defenses?…

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Global consultancies quit Russia

The Register - Mon, 07/03/2022 - 06:02
KPMG and PwC follow DXC and Accenture, leaving 14,500 staff – probably – without a gig

Four top global consultancies, all with big IT practices, have quit Russia.…

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Leaked stolen Nvidia cert can sign Windows malware

The Register - Sat, 05/03/2022 - 04:09
70k staff email addresses and NTLM password hashes also dumped online

An Nvidia code-signing certificate was among the mountain of files stolen and leaked online by criminals who ransacked the GPU giant's internal systems.…

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Russia’s invasion kicks Senate into cybersecurity law mode

The Register - Sat, 05/03/2022 - 00:40
Critical infrastructure, federal agencies must report intrusions, ransomware payments within hours, draft rules state

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the possibility that the Kremlin may escalate its cyberespionage against the West after being heavily sanctioned, has convinced the US Senate to unanimously pass a bipartisan cybersecurity bill.…

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BBC points Russians to the Tor version of itself

The Register - Fri, 04/03/2022 - 15:30
Back to the future with short wave radio, plus Russia drop internet Iron Curtain

Russia has reportedly blocked access to Western media outlets including the BBC to netizens within its borders, as suspicions rise that the country has begun implementing a "splinternet" plan to seal itself off from the wider internet.…

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NHS Digital's demise bad for 55 million patients' privacy – ex-chairman

The Register - Fri, 04/03/2022 - 11:53
IT and data arm now part of NHS England, which could be pressured into data sharing without proper oversight

Ten months after attempts first began to extract the medical information of 55 million citizens in England, NHS Digital's former chairman is warning the merger of the agency with NHS England threatens the privacy of people's personal data.…

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TikTok under investigation in US over harms to children

The Register - Fri, 04/03/2022 - 11:07
Probe builds on one already in process for Instagram

Reports that ByteDance-owned social media platform TikTok is harmful to children are under investigation by a number of US attorneys general.…

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Amazon Alexa can be hijacked via commands from own speaker

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 18:31
This isn't the artificial intelligence we were promised

Without a critical update, Amazon Alexa devices could wake themselves up and start executing audio commands issued by a remote attacker, according to infosec researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London.…

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Switzerland's SWIFT data centre under guard after Russian banks excluded

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 17:30
Local police want to head off any worries about possible sabotage

A Swiss data centre operated by financial messaging service SWIFT is under guard by police following the exclusion of key Russian banks from the system.…

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Zero trust? Not yet a must for most IT departments

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 11:26
One-in-ten respondents hadn't even heard of it

Reader survey results  When we published the questions for this survey, our view was that zero trust, or ZT, has finally begun to become a thing – as a real technology in real companies.…

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UK government starts public consultation on telco security

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 09:30
Potential mass internet surveillance idea dropped after ISP pushback, uncertainty about final measures linger

While the world watches Ukraine, the British government has quietly dropped a requirement for mass surveillance of UK internet users by their service providers.…

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How Attack Path Modelling can help prevent your next cyber-attack

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 07:30
Darktrace Prevent is the next phase of IT security. Find out why

Webinar  Your security teams have a tough job, overseeing a multitude of systems, controls and alerts to try to stop cyber attackers from penetrating corporate environments.…

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CrowdStrike offers fully managed identity-threat-detection-as-a-service

The Register - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 00:39
The further you move from the office, the more wild the product descriptions

CrowdStrike is bringing its identity threat prevention technology to its managed detection and response (MDR) service, giving enterprises a chance to blunt the growing threat of identity-based attacks that has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukraine

The Register - Wed, 02/03/2022 - 19:59
Verification sketchy so far

Ukrainian news agency Ukrainska Pravda has claimed the nation's Centre for Defence Strategies think tank has obtained the online personal details of 120,000 Russian servicemen fighting in Ukraine.…

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