Friday, 17 May 2019

Ten indicted in the US over alleged $100m GozNym malware cyber crime spree.

The alleged criminals include five Russians who remain at large.

Ten European cybercriminal have been indicted in a Pittsburgh federal court in connection with the GozNym malware campaign  in 2015 and 2016.

The alleged fraud raised $100 million in revenues for the attackers, according to the indictments.

The defendents are from six countries, with a number of them currently awaiting trial in Europe. Five are Russians who remain at large in their country, and who are unlikely to either face justice in their own country, or be extradited to face justice in either the US or Europe. 

The charges framed against these people include conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud and money laundering.

By Dev Kundaliya.
Full story at Computing.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Blacklist mess: Huawei's $105 billion business at stake after U.S. broadside.

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - The latest U.S. broadside against Huawei that puts the Chinese firm on an exports blacklist threatens to rattle the global tech supply chain, linked closely to the $105 billion business of the world’s top supplier of telecoms network equipment.

The Trump administration has said it would add Huawei Technologies and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List” - a move that will likely ban the firm from acquiring U.S. components and technology without government approval, adding another incendiary element to the U.S.-China trade war.

The ban is not yet effective.

A similar U.S. ban on China’s ZTE Corp had almost crippled business for the smaller Huawei rival early last year before the curb was lifted.

Such sanctions on Huawei are, however, likely to have ramifications beyond the company itself, analysts said.

Full story at Reuters.
By Sijia Jiang, Michael Martina.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

San Francisco Bans Police Use of Face Recognition Technology.

This photo taken Tuesday, May 7, 2019, shows a security camera
in the Financial District of San Francisco.


San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates.

The ban is part of broader legislation that requires city departments to establish use policies and obtain board approval for surveillance technology they want to purchase or are using at present. Several other local governments require departments to disclose and seek approval for surveillance technology.

"This is really about saying: 'We can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state.' And part of that is building trust with the community based on good community information, not on Big Brother technology,'' said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who championed the legislation.

The ban applies to San Francisco police and other municipal departments. It does not affect use of the technology by the federal government at airports and ports, nor does it limit personal or business use.

Full story at Voice of America.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Vodafone sets U.K. 5G launch for July 3, plans 19-city network in 2019.

Image Credit: Vodafone

British carrier Vodafone confirmed today that it’s almost ready to begin offering commercial 5G services across the United Kingdom — first in a handful of cities, with a wider rollout later this year. The company said that its FutureNet 5G network will launch in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, and Glasgow on July 3, a slightly different lineup from what was originally planned for this year.

Last September, Vodafone used a 5G demo event to announce that it would soon be commencing 5G tests across seven cities, with plans to launch live networks in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cornwall, and the Lake District in 2019, then expand to 1,000 sites by 2020. Now the company says that it will launch its first seven sites in July, followed by Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington, and Wolverhampton before the end of 2019.

By Jeremy Horwitz
Full story at Venture Beat.

Monday, 13 May 2019

US court throws out lawyer's FaceTime eavesdropping lawsuit against Apple.

He should have seen that coming

A US JUDGE has sided with Apple and dismissed a lawsuit over the high-profile Group FaceTime bug in iOS 12.1.

The glitch (below), first outed in January, allowed anyone to call an iPhone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up by exploiting a bug Apple's Group FaceTime feature.

While Apple promptly disabled the video-calling feature, Larry Williams II, a Houston-based lawyer, filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the bug exposed "one's most intimate conversations without consent". 

The disgruntled lawyer argued that Apple "failed to exercise reasonable care" and claims the company "knew, or should have known, that its Product would cause unsolicited privacy breaches and eavesdropping."

Carly Page.
Full story at The Inquirer.

Friday, 10 May 2019

How many daily cups of coffee are safe? Study offers surprising answer.

Coffee is often touted for its energizing effects, and it is widely consumed in some countries starting at relatively young ages. The array of polyphenols and other beneficial compounds found in coffee beans are the basis for many health claims associated with the beverage, but questions remain over how much is too much. Researchers with the University of South Australia have found that you’re most likely drinking a safe amount of coffee daily, but a small number of people may need to cut back.

If you drink fewer than half a dozen cups of coffee per day, you’re most likely not jeopardizing your health with the habit, according to a new study. However, people who drink six or more coffee beverages every day were found to have up to a 22-percent increased risk of heart disease.

The findings are concerning given the huge number of heart disease cases around the world — it continues to be the leading cause of death globally, and many things may contribute to its development.

The issue isn’t the coffee product itself, but rather the element that makes it so popular: caffeine. As with other stimulants, caffeine can cause an increase in blood pressure, and consuming too much caffeine on a regular basis may push it above safe limits. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for developing heart disease.

By Brittany A. Roston.
Full story at Slash Gear.

Zuckerberg Likes Proposed French Rules for Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called France's proposed regulations against Facebook a good thing.

Zuckerberg visited France to show that Facebook is working hard to limit violent extremism and hate speech shared online. Zuckerberg’s visit came amid concerns about hate speech and disinformation around this month’s May 23-26 European Parliament elections.

But a group of French regulators and experts say the company still isn’t working hard enough on that front and governments need to step in. The French officials released a report on Friday calling for laws allowing the French government to investigate and fine social networks that don’t take responsibility for the content that makes them money. 

The regulators recommended legally requiring a “duty of care” for big social networks, meaning they should moderate hate speech published on their platforms. The regulators say any new law should respect freedom of expression, but did not explain how Facebook should balance those responsibilities in practice.

The French government wants the legislation to serve as a model for a Europe-wide management of social networks.

By Enterprise & IT.
Full story at CDR Info.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

US indicts operators of 'dark web' drug referral service.

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US prosecutors have filed money laundering charges against two Israelis who allegedly made millions of dollars operating a website connecting customers to sellers of fentanyl, heroin, guns and other illegal goods, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

It said Tal Prihar, an Israeli living in Brazil, and Michael Phan, an Israeli living in Israel, owned and operated a website known as "DeepDotWeb," or DDW.

Robert Johnson, an assistant director of the FBI, said DDW operated for years as a "key gateway to the criminal underbelly" of the so-called dark web, or Darknet, economy.

By Mark Hosenball.
Full story at IT News.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Chinese hackers were using NSA malware a year before Shadow Brokers leak.

Image: Symantec

Hacker group used a unique version of the DoublePulsar backdoor, not the one released by the Shadow Brokers.

A Chinese cyber-espionage group had used NSA malware more than a year before the Shadow Brokers leaked the same exploits online, exposing them to the whole world, according to US cyber-security firm Symantec.

The group --tracked by cyber-security vendors under names such as Buckeye, APT3, Gothic Panda, TG-011, and UPS-- is infamous after US authorities charged three hackers in late 2017.

The US alleged that the three men were behind a cyber-security company named Boyusec that was acting as a front for the Chinese Ministry of State Security and had hacked western companies such as Moody's Analytics, Siemens, and Trimble.

The group was considered advanced among the spectrum of Chinese-based and government-backed APTs (advanced persistent threats), having access to its own custom tools and zero-days.

By Catalin Cimpanu.
Full story at ZDNET.