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On eve of US elections, Facebook blocked 115 accounts engaged in ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Just hours before the US mid-term elections opened, Facebook responded to a tip from law enforcement agencies and shut down 115 accounts that were behaving suspiciously, and potentially linked to a foreign entity.


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US Government warns of more North Korean malware attacks

Just days after the two countries signed a joint agreement at their unprecedented talks, the US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about more malware being used by the North Korean government against US organisations.

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


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US, UK, and Australian governments accuse Russia of targeting networking infrastructure

An alert warns that since 2015 large numbers of enterprise-class and consumer routers, switches, firewalls, and Network-based Intrusion Detection Systems have been compromised to further the national security and economic goals of Russia.

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


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How Dutch intelligence spied on the Russian hackers attacking the DNC

Media reports from The Netherlands claim that hackers embedded within the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD watched Russian hackers attack the United States… for years.


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Fighting cyber attacks with nuclear weapons

The Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, which is being considered by the White House, proposes the option of deploying nuclear weapons in the event of an enemy launching a crippling cyber attack against key infrastructure.


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Washington Post backtracks on frenzied reporting of Russian hack attack against power grid

In the current climate of claims that Russian-backed hackers may have meddled with the US election by leaking hacked documents and emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, an attack on the electric grid is likely to get a lot of interest.

Shame then that it wasn’t true.


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Who helped Russia “hack” the US election? It might have been you…

As the United States kicks out 35 Russian intelligence officers after alleged election-related hacks, there are clear lessons that businesses and internet users can learn to make life harder for the attackers next time.


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Russia blamed for hacking Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff email system

Could this latest attack be another salvo in Operation Pawn Storm?

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


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IRS hacker attack puts US tax payers at risk

The IRS has admitted that for more than two months malicious hackers targeted its systems, and managed to gain access to information about more than 100,000 tax payers.

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


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Russian government hacked the White House, claims report

CNN is claiming that hackers, backed by the Russian government, have hacked into parts of the White House computer system.


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US levies sanctions against North Korea because of umm.. the Sony hack

Of all the reasons to have sanctions against North Korea, the one they gave special attention to was the Sony hack.

And, as we all now know, there is a lot of skepticism as to whether North Korea was really responsible for that…


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North Korea falls off the internet – is the United States to blame?

Barack Obama promises that the United States will respond to the Sony hack, and North Korea drops off the internet. Could there be a connection?

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


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Kudos to Microsoft: Fighting US attempt to access emails at Dublin data centre

Microsoft deserves our support and whole-hearted thanks for playing hard ball with the US authorities on this important privacy issue.


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Are Americans less intelligent than Russians? Trend Micro security chief says yes

Are Americans dumber than Russians?

Wait. You don’t have to rush to answer that, because a computer security company has done the hard work for you, and come to a definitive conclusion.


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US accuses China of spying on companies, names PLA officers it says are responsible

The United States has aggressively named five Chinese military officers that it says hacked into American firms in an eight-year hacking campaign, with the intention of stealing commercially sensitive secrets.

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


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Over 4 million infected PCs in 100 countries, but guilt of DNS Changer gang not proven says court

An Estonian court has found the case against four suspected members of the DNS Changer malware gang, arrested under “Operation Ghost Click”, not proven.


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