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Facebook sues two Chrome extension makers for scraping user data

Image via Alex Haney Facebook has filed a lawsuit today against two companies for creating and distributing malicious browser extensions that scraped user data without authorization from the Facebook and Instagram websites. Named in the lawsuit are BrandTotal Ltd., an Israeli-based company with a Delaware subsidiary, and Unimania Inc., incorporated in Delaware. The two companies are behind UpVoice and Ads

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US Treasury says some ransomware payments may need its express approval

The US Treasury Department has published guidelines today to be used in special circumstances where a ransomware payment may break US sanctions. The guidelines apply to situations where an individual or company has had its data encrypted by a ransomware gang that is either sanctioned or has affiliations with a cybercrime group sanctioned by the US Treasury

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How a Chinese malware gang defrauded Facebook users of $4 million

Image: Kon Karampelas At the Virus Bulletin 2020 security conference today, members of the Facebook security team have disclosed more details about one of the most sophisticated malware operations that has ever targeted Facebook users. Known internally at Facebook as SilentFade, this malware gang was active between late 2018 and February 2019, when Facebook’s security team detected their

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Microsoft's Azure AD authentication outage: What went wrong

Credit: Microsoft On September 28 and September 29 this week, a number of Microsoft customers worldwide were impacted by a cascading series of problems resulting in many being unable to access their Microsoft apps and services. On October 1, Microsoft posted its post-mortem about the outages, outlining what happened and next steps it plans to

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UK found flaw of 'national significance' in Huawei tech, says report

UK security experts found a flaw of “national significance” while analysing technology from Chinese networking company Huawei, according to a government report. Huawei’s software engineering and cybersecurity practices have been criticised in the annual report (PDF) from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which was set up by the UK government and the networking

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With API attacks rising, Cloudflare launches a free API security tool

Image: Cloudflare After attacks against API servers have constantly risen over the past few years, Cloudflare has launched today a new security tool to secure these systems against automated exploitation attempts. Named the Cloudflare API Shield, this new service will be available for free for all Cloudflare account holders, regardless of pricing plan. APIs, or Application

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Imperva acquires database security startup jSonar

Imperva has announced the acquisition of database security startup jSonar for an undisclosed amount.  The deal was made public on Thursday. Imperva said the acquisition “will pioneer a bold new approach to securing data through all paths, including on-premises, cloud, multi-cloud and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS).”  Financial details were not disclosed.  Founded in 2013, jSonar is a

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IPStorm botnet expands from Windows to Android, Mac, and Linux

Image: Clinton Naik IPStorm, a malware botnet that was first spotted last year targeting Windows systems, has evolved to infect other types of platforms, such as Android, Linux, and Mac devices. Furthermore, the botnet has also quadrupled in size, growing from around 3,000 infected systems in May 2019 to more than 13,500 devices this month.

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