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Drone Maker Accuses Bug Bounty Seeker of Unauthorized Hacking

Drone Maker Accuses Bug Bounty Seeker of Unauthorized Hacking

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has recently accused a security researcher of breaking into its servers and refusing to agree with the terms and conditions of its bug bounty program. Independent researcher Kevin Finisterre initially approached the company to collect the reward for the security flaws he had found on their systems. However, DJI said that he had accessed their servers and saw confidential info without authorization. Finisterre argued that the issue with the servers were part of the program, and that the full terms were only sent to him a month after he sent a report to the company. He […]

Bitcoin Breaks $8000 Mark

Bitcoin Breaks $8000 Mark

Bitcoin has once again disappointed naysayers and hit another record high of $8,197.81 on Luxembourg’s Bitstamp exchange over the weekend. The popular cryptocurrency climbed as much as 50% in a span of eight days after a temporary dip at $5,555 last November 12. It is said that the announcement of Square’s support for Bitcoin trading on its Cash app had significantly contributed to the currency’s momentum. Source: Reuters

UK Chief Says Almost Everybody in the UK Has Been Hacked

UK Chief Says Almost Everybody in the UK Has Been Hacked

At a recent media briefing, UK Chief Constable Peter Goodman revealed that almost everybody in the UK has already been hacked. He added that the personal information of such hacking victims would’ve already been traded in the dark web. He also likened the response of the police to such cybercrimes to a “patchwork quilt” and a “postcode lottery”. Goodman, however, noted that the authorities have already detained a few Russian suspects connected to such activities.    Source: Tech Republic

Navotas Teachers Receive Cyber Bullying Training

Navotas Teachers Receive Cyber Bullying Training

Around 150 teachers from 21 public schools in Navotas City, Philippines, recently underwent training on how to deal with cyberbullying and child abuse. In a message for the program, Mayor John Rey Tiangco said that cyberbullying may even be more dangerous since it is not restricted by distance and can creep into homes to target even little children. He therefore stressed the need to train educators on the issue. In addition to the “Capability-Building Seminar on Child Safeguarding and Online Safety” course, the Navotas City Schools Division Office (SDO) and the Navotas City Council for the Protection of Children (NCCPC) […]

Bipartisan Harvard Panel Releases Election Anti-Hacking Recommendations

Bipartisan Harvard Panel Releases Election Anti-Hacking Recommendations

A bipartisan panel from Harvard University released yesterday a 27-page guidebook which details their recommendations on how authorities can protect elections from hacking attempts. Some of the recommendations include the use of two-factor authentication and encrypted messaging services such as Signal and Wickr. The set of guidelines, which were revealed ahead to Reuters, are said to include measures which cost little to nothing, but are expected to reduce risks in both local and Congressional contests next year. NSA vet Debora Plunkett who is involved in the project said that the “cyber playbook” is intended to be a realistic, helpful, and […]

Kaspersky Defends Against NSA Breach Accusations

Kaspersky Defends Against NSA Breach Accusations

Antivirus company Kaspersky recently responded to accusations regarding its role in the NSA breach involving the exposure of sensitive files from the computer of a worker from the agency. An article from WSJ alleged that Russian hackers used the Kaspersky software to steal files from the NSA employee’s computer. It was later on confirmed that the company did obtain a copy of the files in question. However, Kaspersky said that it did not steal the said files from the computer, but rather it was detected as a malware by their product and was sent back to them automatically. Furthermore, CEO […]

Spain Faces Security Problem with 60 Million ID Chips

Spain Faces Security Problem with 60 Million ID Chips

An issue with Infineon’s secure hardware discovered a month ago has now left Spain with some difficult implications to deal with.   The chips made by the German manufacturer were found to have a flaw that allows the discovery of a target’s private key using their public key. It has been revealed that around 60 million of Spain’s DNIe ID cards use such chips, and Enigma Bridge CEO Dan Cvrcek said that attackers could exploit the chip’s flaw to invalidate contracts. As reported by El Diario, authorities have already revoked all certificates issued since April 2015 as a response to […]

Unsecured Australian Broadcasting Corporation S3 Causes Data Leak

Unsecured Australian Broadcasting Corporation S3 Causes Data Leak

Kromtech Security Center recently disclosed a sensitive data leak at The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) involving two unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 repositories. The discovery was confirmed by the ABC who said that their IT teams acted immediately after being informed of the leak last November 16. According to Kromtech CIO Bob Diachenko, included in the leak were files which contained login credentials and access keys to a various ABC products, services, and other repositories. This is not the first time the organization had sensitive data exposed. The government-backed broadcaster already had an accidental leak in 2010, and was […]

Philippine Govt. Partners with Facebook for Internet Infra Development

Philippine Govt. Partners with Facebook for Internet Infra Development

The Bases Conversion and Development and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently entered into a landing party agreement with Facebook to establish a high speed internet infrastructure in the country. The project, called Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, should deliver a faster, more affordable, and more accessible internet across the Philippines, according to the BCDA and DICT. DICT OIC Eliseo Rio Jr. revealed that the agreement should give the country internet speeds of at least 2 terabits per second, which is almost equivalent to the combined capacity of telcos Globe and PLDT. The project is […]

Tech Giants and News Organizations Join in ‘Trust Project’

Tech Giants and News Organizations Join in ‘Trust Project’

Last Thursday, the biggest names in the tech industry pledged their participation in the “Trust Project”, an initiative that aims to counter online misinformation. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter has agreed to join with around 75 news organizations to label news stories which pass ethical and transparency standards, so that consumers can know at a glance if a news item comes from a credible source. Participants of the project have also agreed to uphold transparency on funding, disclosure of the organization’s mission, labeling of factual and opinion articles, and providing details on journalists and how they conduct their reporting. Source: […]