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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

So long and thanks for all the fixes: ERPScan left out of credits on Oracle bug-bash list

Oracle fixed 17 flaws in its products found by ERPScan researchers without acknowledging the application security firm, which was recently and controversially sanctioned in the US. hole US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row READ MORE ERPScan said vulnerabilities it uncovered affect six different business …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2018
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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

Updated A US voting machine manufacturer has admitted some of its systems sold in the early 2000s had a remote access tool installed. In a letter (PDF) sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April, and revealed today, voting systems vender ES&S said that, from 2000-2006, a handful of machines it sold to local governments in Wyden's home …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018

Russia's national vulnerability database is a bit like the Soviet Union – sparse and slow

Russia's vulnerability database is much thinner than its US or Chinese counterparts – but it does contain a surprisingly high percentage of security bugs exploited by its cyber-spies. Recorded Future's Priscilla Moriuchi and Dr Bill Ladd found the database is highly focused yet incomplete, slow to update, and "likely intended …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2018
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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

Security experts have poured scorn on plans by US president Donald Trump to work more closely with Russia on cybersecurity. After the summit in Helsinki on Monday, both Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin deflected questions related to the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia attempted to interfer in the …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2018

Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there's another Russian hacking scandal, and more

Roundup This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges. But there's always more in the security world. Here are a few other bits of security news from recent days. Russians could be behind 'cyber caliphate …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2018
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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

American prosecutors have accused 12 suspected Russian spies of hacking Democrat and Hillary Clinton campaign officials to publicly leak their sensitive emails and potentially influence the 2016 US Presidential Election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today announced criminal conspiracy charges against a dozen people …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2018
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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

The Kaspersky bad news train just keeps rolling on with Strasbourg Eurocrats having adopted a motion today (A8-0189/2018, en français) that could ban its wares from European Union institutions. The wide-ranging non-binding motion is primarily concerned with cyber defence, stating that "the EU and the Member States face an …
Richard Speed, 13 Jun 2018
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US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

Updated An expansion of sanctions on companies connected with Russian government cyberattacks has pulled in two US tech companies. Smart devices security specialist Embedi, based in Berkeley, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) cyber security firm ERPScan, based in Palo Alto – both in California – were added to the official …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jun 2018
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In World Cup Russia, our Wi-Fi networks will log on to you!

The upcoming soccer World Cup will present no shortage of security dangers for travelers looking to get online in the host cities. Security house Kaspersky Lab said its researchers looked at 32,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in the 11 Russian cities hosting the World Cup this year and found that one in five are using no protection …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jun 2018
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Telegram users get their stickers back as Apple passes update

Under attack from Russian regulators, embattled encrypted chat app Telegram has apparently resolved a side-spat with Apple. For around six weeks, Telegram's developers had tried to ship an update to its app, but on May 31, founder Pavel Durov complained that iOS 11.4 blocked updates. Rightly or wrongly, Pavel associated the …
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From Russia with(out) Zuck: Popular Facebook boss gets another invite to turn down

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing calls to appear in front of Russian lawmakers, who – clearly aware that the chances of him accepting are almost zero – insist the invitation alone is noteworthy. The Facebook boss is the political witness du jour, with parliamentarians across the world clamouring for him to appear before …
Rebecca Hill, 31 May 2018
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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has written to Apple with a request to remove messaging app Telegram from its App Store. Or else. The regulator’s notice about the letter also requests that Apple cease “sending its service push notifications to Russian users.” The notice says the letter also includes the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2018
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Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

Already under attack by Russia's telecommunications regulator, a new source of woe has emerged for crypto-chat app Telegram: malware. In news that won't surprise anybody at all, researchers from Cisco Talos say the malware attacking Telegram's desktop app was written by a Russian speaker. Vitor Ventura and Azim Khodjibaev …

Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

It has been a busy few days for beleaguered antivirus-flinger Kaspersky Lab. Today's confirmation of an infrastructure move to Switzerland comes hot on the heels of a comment from the Netherlands government that use of the Russian firm's software is a bit risky. Kaspersky is moving a number of its core processes from Russia to …
Richard Speed, 15 May 2018
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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

Pics US Congress has released more than 3,000 Facebook ads purchased and created by the Internet Research Agency, a pro-Kremlin so-called troll factory. Previously the House Intelligence Committee had only released about 50. Usefully, the panel includes information on who the advert was targeted at, and how much engagement it …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 May 2018
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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has strangely compared previous attempts to return to the Moon to an old Peanuts cartoon. The new Administrator yesterday told companies keen to cash in provide lunar payload services that while attempts to return to the Moon over the last 40 years or so may have ended in failure, President Donald …
Richard Speed, 9 May 2018

Kremlin's war on Telegram sees 50 VPNs stopped at the border

Russia's telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has taken a more granular approach to its battle with Telegram: instead of deep-sixing IP addresses by the millions, it says it's blocked 50 VPN providers from landing traffic in the country. At the end of last week, the regulator's deputy head Vadim Subbotin told state newsagency TASS …

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