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Oct 20, 2020

Top tip, everyone: Chinese hackers are hitting these 25 vulns, so make sure you patch them ASAP, says NSA

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Plus this Chrome one being exploited in the wild, we note.

Oct 20, 2020

Google Says Biggest DDoS Attack on Record Hit the Company in 2017

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The largest DDoS attack in history was done against Google on 2017. It was done by a state-backed group.

Read article for more details.

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Oct 18, 2020

Software spots and fixes hang bugs in seconds, rather than weeks

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Hang bugs—when software gets stuck, but doesn’t crash—can frustrate both users and programmers, taking weeks for companies to identify and fix. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that can spot and fix the problems in seconds.

“Many of us have experience with hang bugs—think of a time when you were on website and the wheel just kept spinning and spinning,” says Helen Gu, co-author of a paper on the work and a professor of computer science at NC State. “Because these bugs don’t crash the program, they’re hard to detect. But they can frustrate or drive away customers and hurt a company’s bottom line.”

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Oct 17, 2020

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption

In the race to launch smallsats into low earth orbit quickly and cost-effectively, operators and manufacturers have compromised on security and left themselves vulnerable to cyber attacks. Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers.

Smallsat operators and manufacturers need to consider why their smallsats are so vulnerable to cyber attacks, the harm attacks can cause, cyber security weaknesses, why basic encryption is not enough and what can be done about it now. These are the issues that this article addresses.

Oct 16, 2020

Norway blames Russia for cyber-attack on parliament

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Moscow said there was no evidence for the accusation, calling it a “serious and wilful provocation”.

Oct 16, 2020

Microsoft takes down hacking network with potential to disrupt election

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The Russian hacking network was behind a ransomware attack that ensnared hundreds of hospitals. Its next target could’ve been elections.

Oct 16, 2020

Fancy Bear Imposters Are on a Hacking Extortion Spree

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Nice looking website you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if someone DDoS’d it.

Oct 16, 2020

Are hackers holding the data of Ontario’s 200,000 nurses hostage on the dark web?

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Ten days after it learned it was targeted by a ransomware attack, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is still trying to figure out if the personal information of its 300 employees and 195,500 members has been compromised, officials tell CBC News.

“We are aware of a claim on the dark web regarding data theft from CNO,” the nursing regulatory body told CBC News in a statement.

Oct 16, 2020

Iranian state hacker group linked to ransomware deployments

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Amidst rising tensions between Israel and Iran, security researchers fear new escalation.

Oct 16, 2020

A patient has died after ransomware hackers hit a German hospital

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For the first time ever, a patient’s death has been linked directly to a cyberattack. Police have launched a “negligent homicide” investigation after ransomware disrupted emergency care at Düsseldorf University Hospital in Germany.

The victim: Prosecutors in Cologne say a female patient from Düsseldorf was scheduled to undergo critical care at the hospital when the September 9 attack disabled systems. When Düsseldorf could no longer provide care, she was transferred 19 miles (30 kilometers) away to another hospital. The hackers could be held responsible by German police, the BBC reports.

A tragic first: “If confirmed, this tragedy would be the first known case of a death directly linked to a cyberattack,” Ciaran Martin, formerly the chief executive of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute. “Although the purpose of ransomware is to make money, it stops systems working. So if you attack a hospital, then things like this are likely to happen. There were a few near misses across Europe earlier in the year, and this looks, sadly, like the worst might have come to pass.”

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