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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

Roundup After we encountered a libssh security blunder, a leaky Tea Party, and a dodgy Redmond sports marketer, another week is in the book. Here are a few more bits of infosec news to occupy the weekend. The way the Cook, he grumbles Apple boss Tim Cook is still not over the Bloomberg hit piece on Super Micro that named the iGiant …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2018

Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

A California man who provided bank accounts to Russian online trolls seeking to monkey with America's 2016 elections will spend the next six months or so behind bars. Richard Pinedo was sentenced on Wednesday in a Washington DC district court some eight months after admitting to one count of identity fraud in a plea deal with …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2018

Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

Russian media is reporting that someone has tried to torch the notorious St Petersberg “troll factory,” linked with trolling Western social media sites, sparking a police investigation. The Internet Research Agency became famous as a “fake news” operation spreading misinformation by way of Facebook ads, and stealing Americans …
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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

roundup This week we all worried about bugged servers, North Korean APTs, and GRU hacking groups. But those were far from the only security stories to hit the wires. Here are a handful of other pieces that may have slipped under the radar. Marketing firm parts with massive trove of customer data The last time an Apollo effort went …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2018
Spy pointing gun at himself

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

It has been a busy week for Russian military intelligence – and it's about to get busier. A database search of car registrations appears to have outed more than 300 GRU agents. Following Thursday's report from Dutch and British authorities of a thwarted hacking attack involving four Russian nationals alleged to be officers in …
The GRU seven - from the FBI's "wanted" poster

The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

In what's turning into International Cyber-Attribution Week, a US federal grand jury has indicted seven alleged Russian military intelligence officers – and accused them of hacking anti-doping watchdogs, sports officials, and others. Four of the men are said to be part of a hacking operation, run by Kremlin spy agency GRU, …

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

Four alleged Russian agents have been expelled from the Netherlands after they attempted to hack the chemical weapons watchdog probing the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, England, and the chemical attack case in Douma, Syria. According to the Dutch Ministry of Defence on Thursday, the four Russians arrived at Schiphol …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2018
A troll emerging from a nesting doll

UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

The UK government this morning pointed the finger at Russian military intelligence for a litany of cyber nasties. In the bulletin, the UK government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) declared that a range of attacks blamed on the Kremlin are actually the work of Russian military intelligence, GRU. This comes in the wake …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2018
NSA

NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

The now-former NSA employee at the heart of the Kaspersky Lab exploit siphoning scandal has been thrown behind bars for five and a half years. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, was sent down on Tuesday in the same Baltimore US district court where last year he pleaded guilty to one felony count of willful retention of national defense …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2018
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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

Video A fossil of the earliest known animal on Earth has been discovered in cliffs along the White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia. The creature, known as Dickinsonia (yes, really), is believed to have been alive around 558 million years ago and could be found bimbling around on the bottom of the sea during the Ediacaran era. …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Sep 2018
Swiss cheese

Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc

Roundup This was the week of ice cold exploits, re-appearing JavaScript nasties, and of course Patch Tuesday. A few other things happened too… Android gets its monthly patch-up Microsoft and Adobe weren't the only ones to kick out monthly updates recently. Google also issued the September update for Android. This month, fixes …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2018
Woman looks sceptical at laptop

Email security crisis... What email security crisis?

In late August, Microsoft announced a free service that arguably reveals more about the future of the email business and its struggles with security than several years' worth of earnest press releases. Called AccountGuard, it's Microsoft's answer to the phenomenon of Russian phishing meddling with the US elections and the …
John E Dunn, 11 Sep 2018
Pinky and the Brain

Silence! Cybercrime's Pinky and the Brain have nicked $800k off banks

A pair of cybercrooks who may have started out as legit infosec pros have expanded their operations outside Russia and begun attacking banks across the world. "Silence is an example of a mobile, small, and young group that has been progressing rapidly," Group-IB said, adding that the cybercrime group has shown signs of …
John Leyden, 5 Sep 2018
Mobile phones on Iran flag

Facebook brings banhammer down on over 650 pro-Iranian 'fake news' accounts

Tipped off by researchers from infosec outfit FireEye, Facebook has gone on another "fake news" killing spree, pulling more than 650 "inauthentic" pages pushing Iranian interests. The social network's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, blogged that Facebook got the tip in July that a network called "Liberty …
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

Facebook has deleted dozens of pages and accounts that were apparently coordinating to push divisive messages to the American public in the lead-up to this year's US midterm elections. We're told 17 profiles and eight pages in all were chopped from Facebook along with seven Instagram profiles. The social media giant said the …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2018
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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

The US military is drawing up a list of overseas organizations – primarily in Russia and China, funnily enough – that the Pentagon and its contractors shouldn't buy software from, citing security concerns. In a briefing with journalists on Friday, Ellen Lord, US defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2018

No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

The US Department of Homeland Security is once again accusing Russian government hackers of penetrating America's critical infrastructure. Uncle Sam's finest reckon Moscow's agents managed to infiltrate computers networks within US electric utilities – to the point where the miscreants could have virtually pressed the off …

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

Microsoft says it has already uncovered evidence of Russian government-backed hacking gangs attempting to interfere in the 2018 US mid-term elections. Speaking at an event in Aspen, Colorado, earlier this week, Microsoft vice president of security and trust Tom Burt revealed that the FancyBear hacking group has already begun …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2018

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