China creates 'Information Support Force' to improve networked defence capabilities

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 04:15
A day after FBI boss warns Beijing is poised to strike against US infrastructure

China last week reorganized its military to create an Information Support Force aimed at ensuring it can fight and win networked wars.…

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MITRE admits 'nation state' attackers touched its NERVE R&D operation

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 02:57
PLUS: Akira ransomware resurgent; Telehealth outfit fined for data-sharing; This week's nastiest vulns

Infosec In Brief  In a cautionary tale that no one is immune from attack, the security org MITRE has admitted that it got pwned.…

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Sacramento airport goes no-fly after AT&T internet cable snipped

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 21:30
Police say this appears to be a 'deliberate act.'

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) suffered hours of flight delays yesterday after what appears to be an intentional cutting of an AT&T internet cable serving the facility.…

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WhatsApp, Threads, more banished from Apple App Store in China

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 15:30
Still available in Hong Kong and Macau, for now

Apple has removed four apps from its China-regional app store, including Meta's WhatsApp and Threads, after it was ordered to do so by Beijing for security reasons.…

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Cybercriminals threaten to leak all 5 million records from stolen database of high-risk individuals

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 12:28
It’s the second time the World-Check list has fallen into the wrong hands

The World-Check database used by businesses to verify the trustworthiness of users has fallen into the hands of cybercriminals.…

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Germany cuffs alleged Russian spies over plot to bomb industrial and military targets

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 11:15
Apparently an attempt to damage Ukraine's war effort

Bavarian state police have arrested two German-Russian citizens on suspicion of being Russian spies and planning to bomb industrial and military facilities that participate in efforts to assist Ukraine defend itself against Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.…

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Ransomware feared as IT 'issues' force Octapharma Plasma to close 150+ centers

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 23:27
Source blames BlackSuit infection – as separately ISP Frontier confirms cyberattack

Octapharma Plasma has blamed IT "network issues" for the ongoing closure of its 150-plus centers across the US. It's feared a ransomware infection may be the root cause of the medical firm's ailment.…

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Crooks exploit OpenMetadata holes to mine crypto – and leave a sob story for victims

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 22:53
'I want to buy a car. That's all'

Crooks are exploiting month-old OpenMetadata vulnerabilities in Kubernetes environments to mine cryptocurrency using victims' resources, according to Microsoft.…

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House passes bill banning Uncle Sam from snooping on citizens via data brokers

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 18:29
Vote met strong opposition from Biden's office

A draft law to restrict the US government's ability to procure data on citizens through data brokers will progress to the Senate after being passed in the House of Representatives.…

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Korean researcher details scheme abusing Apple's third-party pickup policy

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 17:00
Criminals make lucrative use of stolen credit cards

Speaking at Black Hat Asia on Thursday, a Korean researcher revealed how the discovery of one phishing website led to uncovering an operation whose activities leveraged second-hand shops and included using Apple’s "someone-else pickup" method to cash in.…

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185K people's sensitive data in the pits after ransomware raid on Cherry Health

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 15:00
Extent of information seized will be a concern for those affected

Ransomware strikes at yet another US healthcare organization led to the theft of sensitive data belonging to just shy of 185,000 people.…

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EU tells Meta it can't paywall privacy

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 13:19
Platforms should not confront users with 'binary choice' over personal data use

The EU's Data Protection Board (EDPB) has told large online platforms they should not offer users a binary choice between paying for a service and consenting to their personal data being used to provide targeted advertising.…

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Prolific phishing-made-easy emporium LabHost knocked offline in cyber-cop op

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 11:15
Police mimic Spotify Wrapped videos to let crims know they're being hunted

Feature  Cops have brought down a dark-web souk that provided cyber criminals with convincing copies of trusted brands' websites for use in phishing campaigns.…

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Cisco creates architecture to improve security and sell you new switches

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 08:01
Hypershield detects bad behavior and automagically reconfigures networks to snuff out threats

Cisco has developed a product called Hypershield that it thinks represents a new way to do network security.…

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Singapore infosec boss warns China/West tech split will be bad for interoperability

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 06:32
When you decide not to trust a big chunk of the supply chain, tech (and trade) get harder

One of the biggest challenges Singapore faces is the potential for a split between tech stacks developed and used by China and the West, according to the island nation's Cyber Security Administration (CSA) chief executive David Koh.…

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Taiwanese film studio snaps up Chinese surveillance camera specialist Dahua

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 04:30
Stymied by sanctions, it had to go … but where?

Chinese surveillance camera manufacturer Zhejiang Dahua Technology, which has found itself on the USA’s entity list of banned orgs, has fully sold off its stateside subsidiary for $15 million to Taiwan's Central Motion Picture Corporation, according to the firm's annual report released on Monday.…

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Hugely expanded Section 702 surveillance powers set for US Senate vote

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 00:44
Opponents warn almost anyone could be asked to share info with Uncle Sam

On Thursday the US Senate is expected to reauthorize the contentious warrantless surveillance powers conferred by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and may even strengthen them with language that, according to US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), "will force a huge range of companies and individuals to spy for the government."…

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Kremlin's Sandworm blamed for cyberattacks on US, European water utilities

The Register - Wed, 17/04/2024 - 20:56
Water tank overflowed during one system malfunction, says Mandiant

The Russian military's notorious Sandworm crew was likely behind cyberattacks on US and European water plants that, in at least one case, caused a tank to overflow.…

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Exploit code for Palo Alto Networks zero-day now public

The Register - Wed, 17/04/2024 - 14:30
Race on to patch as researchers warn of mass exploitation of directory traversal bug

Various infosec researchers have released proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits for the maximum-severity vulnerability in Palo Alto Networks' PAN-OS used in GlobalProtect gateways.…

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OpenAI's GPT-4 can exploit real vulnerabilities by reading security advisories

The Register - Wed, 17/04/2024 - 11:15
While some other LLMs appear to flat-out suck

AI agents, which combine large language models with automation software, can successfully exploit real world security vulnerabilities by reading security advisories, academics have claimed.…

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