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Microsoft: Now PowerShell's secrets tool preview supports Linux and macOS

Microsoft has released the SecretManagement Preview 3 module for its PowerShell scripting language and command-line shell to help developers manage secrets with a set of cmdlets.   The SecretManagement Preview 3 release follows a second preview Microsoft released in March and a first preview in February. The tool is designed to help users securely manage

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US Commerce Department to ban TikTok and WeChat downloads starting Sept. 20

The US Commerce Department announced Friday that it will ban downloads of Chinese-owned social media apps WeChat and TikTok beginning Sunday.  With this announcement, the Commerce Department is enforcing the two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump in early August, which addressed what he labelled as the national security threat posed by the pair of Chinese

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Iranian hacker group developed Android malware to steal 2FA SMS codes

Security firm Check Point said it uncovered an Iranian hacking group that has developed special Android malware capable of intercepting and stealing two-factor authentication (2FA) codes sent via SMS. The malware was part of an arsenal of hacking tools developed by a hacker group the company has nicknamed Rampant Kitten. Check Point says the group has

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'We built two data centers in the middle of the pandemic'

At the end of July this year, after nearly five months of pandemic-induced restrictions, the team building two new data centers to underpin public services in the state of Guernsey finished the project. And, despite the additional complications caused by COVID-19, the team was only two weeks behind the original schedule – that is, the

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US sanctions Iranian government front company hiding major hacking operations

The US government has imposed sanctions today on a front company that hid a massive hacking operation perpetrated by the Iranian government against its own citizens, foreign companies, and governments abroad. Sanctions were imposed on the “Rana Intelligence Computing Company,” also known as the Rana Institute, or Rana, as well as 45 current and former employees,

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Twitter imposes new security rules for US political accounts ahead of the 2020 election

Twitter on Thursday announced new security measures it’s implementing to protect high-profile, election-related accounts on its platform during the 2020 election season. In addition to requiring certain accounts to adhere to more stringent security standards, Twitter will also be adopting enhanced internal security safeguards, such as using more sophisticated detection and alert systems to spot

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US charges Iranian hackers for breaching US satellite companies

Image: NASA Three Iranian nationals have been indicted on charges of hacking US aerospace and satellite companies, the US Department of Justice announced today. Federal prosecutors accused Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati of orchestrating a years-long hacking campaign on behalf of the Iranian government. The hacking spree started in July 2015

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Mozilla shuts down Firefox Send and Firefox Notes services

Mozilla is shutting down two of its legacy products, Firefox Send and Firefox Notes, the company announced today. “Both services are being decommissioned and will no longer be a part of our product family,” a Mozilla spokesperson told ZDNet this week. Firefox Send Of the two, the most beloved was Firefox Send, a free file-sharing service, and one

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First death reported following a ransomware attack on a German hospital

Image: Camilo Jimenez German authorities are investigating the death of a patient following a ransomware attack on a hospital in Duesseldorf. The patient, identified only as a woman who needed urgent medical care, died after being re-routed to a hospital in the city of Wuppertal, more than 30 km away from her initial intended destination,

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