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Zero-day Flaws Used by North Korean “Reaper” Group to Spy on Governments

Zero-day Flaws Used by North Korean “Reaper” Group to Spy on Governments

Researchers from cybersecurity firm FireEye have warned that an APT (advanced persistent threat) group called Reaper is using various malware and zero-day vulnerabilities against countries within the interests of the North Korean government. The group, also known as APT37, is said to be primarily targeting South Korea, and may now be expanding its targets to include Japan, Vietnam, and the Middle East. However, the group has also been observed to strike industrial players in the chemical, military, electronics, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. Reaper has been active since 2012 and mainly conducts surveillance for North Korea. Source: ZDNet

Virtual Currencies to Stay Despite Deflation of Bubble: ECB

Virtual Currencies to Stay Despite Deflation of Bubble: ECB

European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch recently remarked that regulators and legislators should still keep watch over virtual currencies even after the bubble has burst as the innovation may remain even if market leaders die out. Mersch added that cryptocurrencies are not real money and will stay as such in the foreseeable future due to its small market share and limited ties to the real economy. He also revealed that the ECB will not be issuing digital money as it is unnecessary and may even have a negative impact on the financial system.   Source: Reuters

Australian Government Accidentally Leaks Data After Disposing of Filing Cabinets

Australian Government Accidentally Leaks Data After Disposing of Filing Cabinets

The Australian government was recently reported to have inadvertently leaked its own secrets when a cabinet full of sensitive and even classified documents were found to be for sale in a second-hand shop in Canberra. The shop had apparently been selling old furniture from the government, and the files were found after the cabinets had been bought and the loks had been drilled off. The found files was said to have revealed that the Australian Federal Police had lost hundreds of national security documents over 5 years. The incident also revealed that the former Labor governments did not follow document […]

Camera Makers Still Refuse to Incorporate Encryption

Camera Makers Still Refuse to Incorporate Encryption

It was recently brought up that camera makers are still taking their time in implementing encryption on their devices. It has already been a year since a group composed of photojournalists and film makers had sent a letter urging manufacturers to add the feature to their cameras, but the call remain unheeded. According to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, there is a strong need for encryption to protect the user’s work from threats such as authorities, terrorists and criminals who wish to search or even tamper with their devices. The letter also pointed out that the lack of encryption […]

South Korea, Italy Complains Against iPhone Slowdown

South Korea, Italy Complains Against iPhone Slowdown

Complaints about Apple’s performance throttling of older iPhones continue to roll in, with the latest coming from South Korea and Italy. Reuters reported that a South Korean consumer group called Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty had filed a lawsuit against the phonemaker, while Italy’s antitrust body formally launched a probe into the performance capping of manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung. The watchdog said that the manufacturers may intentionally be curbing the performance of the devices to encourage consumers to upgrade to the newer versions. French authorities say that they will be investigating these actions to see if it constitutes […]

Facebook to Prioritize News from “Trustworthy” Sources on Feed

Facebook to Prioritize News from “Trustworthy” Sources on Feed

Last Friday, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that news from “trustworthy” outlets will be shown first in the platform’s social media posts. The Facebook chief executive also revealed that Facebook will be using surveys to determine the trustworthiness of a particular news source.    The move is in line with the company’s recent efforts against sensationalism and misinformation. Facebook, along with Google, Twitter and other tech giants, had been receiving pressure from  governments around the world to take greater steps in addressing the problem of fake news and extremism on their platforms.   Source: Reuters

Chatham House Warns Cyberattack Could Lead to Nuclear Strike

Chatham House Warns Cyberattack Could Lead to Nuclear Strike

A London-based think tank, Chatham House, recently warned that aging and unsophisticated technology such as nuclear weapons systems may be triggered by cyber attacks. The think tank added that cyberattacks on such systems could cause escalations during times of heightened tension. The comments were made in relation to the increasing US concern on North Korea’s use of cyber attacks alongside traditional weapons. The rogue regime is considered to be on of the world’s most dangerous cyber actors and is being suspected as the perpetrators behind the 2014 Sony hack.   Source: NBC News

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

The Iranian government has blocked Telegram and Instagram after a spate of anti-establishment protests in the country. The government says that the encrypted messaging app and the social media platform had been used to organize the protests and promote dissent in the country. President Hassan Rouhani said that “Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.” In a post, Telegram creator Pavel Durov revealed that they had to take down a public channel called @amadnews for encouraging its subscribers to use explosives and firearms against the police. The channel creators however, created a new channel for its subscribers […]

US, UK: NoKor Responsible for WannaCry

US, UK: NoKor Responsible for WannaCry

The US and UK have officially blamed North Korea for the WannaCry, a malware that caused billions of dollars in damage to businesses and institutions earlier this year. Thomas Bossert, aide to US President Donald Trump, made the accusation against the totalitarian state in a Wall Street Journal interview, and said that the US holds evidence supporting the claim. The UK also cast blame on North Korean actors which use their cyber programme to circumvent sanctions. According to National Cyber Security Centre, it is highly likely that the Lazarus hacking group was behind the attacks. Source: BBC