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Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

Apple is closing a technological loophole that let authorities hack into locked iPhones, infuriating law enforcement officials and reigniting a debate over security versus privacy.

Source: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices – The New York Times

White House says its federal agencies can’t keep track of their own data

Most federal agencies have no way of effectively detecting when data is stolen, found a new, 22-page report published by the White House Office of Management and Budget last week. 73 percent of federal agency programs simply can’t detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.

The report says there were more than 30,000 cyber attacks on the federal government in 2016 that resulted in lost information and compromised systems, but in 38 percent of those attacks (nearly 12,000 of the incidents), the government had no idea where the attacks came from or how they got into the systems.

Source: White House says its federal agencies can’t keep track of their own data

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

Hackers have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command.

Source: Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware | Ars Technica

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.

Source: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US – Motherboard

Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade’s worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere.

The hackers have struck as recently as March in a campaign that used phishing emails in an attempt to access corporate-sensitive Office 365 and Gmail accounts. In the process, they made serious operational security errors that revealed key information about their targets and possible location.

Source: Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies | Ars Technica

Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

An advanced type of malware can spy on nearly every Android smartphone function and steal passwords, photos, video, screenshots and data from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps. “ZooPark” targets subjects in the Middle East and was likely developed by a state actor, according to Kaspersky Lab, which first spotted and identified it.

Source: Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

Criminals use GDPR to scam Airbnb customers

Innocent people are being targeted with convincing phishing emails as company’s check they’re complying with privacy laws.

According to security firm Redscan the criminals are taking advantage of the new privacy laws across the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25 May.

Source: Airbnb customers being scammed by criminals

The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back

American companies that fall victim to data breaches want to retaliate against the culprits. But can they do so without breaking the law?

Any form of hacking is a federal crime. In 1986, Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibits anyone from “knowingly” accessing a computer “without authorization.”

Source: The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back | The New Yorker

Yahoo Fined $35 Million By SEC For Failing To Disclose Data Breach

Yahoo has agreed to pay $35 million to settle charges that it misled investors by waiting nearly two years to disclose that hackers stole data relating to 500 million users, the SEC said Tuesday.

The fine is the latest development stemming from data breach occurring in December of 2014, when Russian hackers obtained email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Yahoo failed to disclose the breach until September 2016, when it was about to be acquired by Verizon.

Source: Yahoo Fined $35 Million By SEC For Failing To Disclose Data Breach 04/25/2018

Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact 

Theresa May will strengthen the UK’s digital defences through a £15m online security pact with Commonwealth allies amid warnings over the growing threat of cyber warfare from Russia.

Leaders from the 53-nation bloc are expected to sign the world’s largest cyber declaration, pledging to join forces to combat criminals and hostile actors engaged in potentially devastating cyber attacks, and to support smaller nations to raise their security standards by 2020.

Source: Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact | The Independent

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