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tripwire.com

Unsecured databases found leaking half a billion resumes onto the net, no password required

A staggering 590 million resumes have leaked from poorly-secured Chinese companies in just the last three months.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

FBI boss warns businesses of Chinese hackers stealing their intellectual property

What’s the biggest cybersecurity threat for US businesses?

If FBI chief Christopher Wray is to be believed, it’s China.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Smashing Security #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


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Supermicro says independent investigation found no spy chips on its motherboards

An independent audit has found no evidence that malicious chips were planted on Supermicro’s motherboards, debunking Bloomberg claims that servers at Amazon and Apple were being spied upon by China.


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Bad news for scammers. Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail

Scammers want you to send $2000 to help Huawei’s CFO bribe her way out of jail.


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bitdefender.com

Chinese headmaster fired after setting up his own secret cryptomining rig at school

A Chinese headmaster has lost his job after it was discovered he was stealing the school’s electricity to power a secret cryptocurrency-mining rig.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Department of Homeland Security and GCHQ back Apple and Amazon’s denials they were hacked by China

The US Department of Homeland Security and UK’s GCHQ have rallied behind the vigorous denials issued by Amazon and Apple, after Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported China had planted malicious computer chips on systems used by the tech giants.


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China accused of sabotaging thousands of servers at major US companies with tiny microchips hidden on motherboards

An extraordinary report released by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which claims that China has been exploiting the supply-chain, planting a tiny microchip on servers which ended up in the server rooms of almost 30 companies, including the likes of Apple and Amazon.


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Amazon staff said to be taking bribes to leak data

Often the biggest problem is not the threat of external hackers, but rather internal staff to whom you have granted access to sensitive data and who might be tempted to exploit it for financial gain.


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bitdefender.com

China forces spyware onto Muslim’s Android phones, complete with security holes

Eight million Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group, have been ordered by the Chinese authorities to install a spyware app onto their Android smartphones. And it’s insecure…

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #069: Cryptomining, China, and Bob Ross

How come Apple’s Mac App Store authorised a buggy app that mined for cryptocurrency in the background? How can a Mosquito attack steal data from an air-gapped computer? And is China keeping score on its social media-loving citizens?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest John Hawes.


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Chi*a ce*sors the letter ‘N’ from the i*ter*et for a day

China issued a temporary ban on some words and phrases being posted to the popular Sina Weibo microblogging site. Amongst them? The letter “N”.


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bitdefender.com

DJI drones likely spying for China, claims leaked intelligence bulletin

A leaked memo from the US Department of Homeland Security has potentially drawn a cloud over the excitement of unwrapping a DJI drone this Christmas.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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bitdefender.com

How to better protect your data when you’re on a business trip overseas

What should you be doing to protect yourself better digitally if you’re travelling to a high-risk country?

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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welivesecurity.com

iOS VPN apps removed from Apple’s Chinese App Store

Apple has bowed to pressure from the regime in Beijing, and removed some VPN apps from the Chinese version of its iOS App Store.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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11 arrested in Chinese Fireball malware investigation

Beijing police officers have arrested 11 individuals in connection with the Fireball malware that has infected hundreds of millions of computers.

David Bisson reports.


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