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Sen. Aquino Says LP Senators Target of Identity Theft, Hacking

Sen. Aquino Says LP Senators Target of Identity Theft, Hacking

The office of LP Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV recently reported incidents of identity theft and hacking to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The senator said in a press conference that the email accounts of some of his staff and the staff of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan had been hacked around March 21 to October 11, in an attempt to implicate the senators in a destabilization plot targeting President Duterte. He added that there were four incidents where suspicious emails and drafts were found in the accounts which prompted his office […]

Facebook Scrubs Data Key to Russian Meddling Investigation

Facebook Scrubs Data Key to Russian Meddling Investigation

A Washington Post report recently revealed that Facebook had deleted key information critical to the investigation on Russia’s involvement in last year’s US elections. The internet giant had apparently scrubbed all posts on the Internet related to the research of social media analyst Jonathan Albright, which showed there were at least twice as many people who saw the Russian political ads than what Facebook had claimed. Albright said that Facebook deleted public interest data that could have allowed them to make sense out of the matter. Facebook on the other hand, said that Albright only saw the information because of […]

New Cryptocurrency to “Tokenize” Influencer Market

Influencer platform IndaHash will soon roll out a cryptocurrency which can be used to pay social media movers instead of cash. With around 300,000 users around the world, the company’s co-founder Barbara Soltysinska said that they want to create a revolution by “tokenizing” the influencer marketing world. She added that the use of digital currency will solve a wide range of issues influencers, brands, and fan bases face, such as 30 to 60 day payment terms. IndaHash is set to launch the IndaHash Coin this week, and will be running a pre-ICO for a week starting on November 8. Source: […]

Bitcoin Hits Record High Once More at $5865

Bitcoin Hits Record High Once More at $5865

Popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin soared to a high of $5,856 last Thursday before settling at around $5600. It has now made an additional climb of approximately $1000 from the start of the week, and a fivefold increase from the start of the year. The 480% rise throughout 2017 emboldened investors despite warnings from analysts on the market’s impending collapse. Head of APAC Business Development for Gatecoin Thomas Gluckman said that they expected Bitcoin to hit $5000, and expect it to cross $6000 by year’s end. Along with Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies maintained strong performances, indicating that the market may have recovered from […]

Hundreds of Websites Now Use Visitor’s PC to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hundreds of Websites Now Use Visitor’s PC to Mine Cryptocurrency

A recent report from adblock company AdGuard says that around a hundred websites now use their visitor’s CPU to mine cryptocurrency, similar to what The Pirate Bay did around a month ago. The report estimates that the domains were able to make around $43,000 within 3 weeks using popular scripts like CoinHive or JSECoin. Most of these domains however, are considered to be “shady” websites that host porn or pirated content. Such websites have difficulty earning from advertising, which is why they find mining to be a better option. However, they rarely let their users know that their computer is […]

Over 100 Organizations Call on Apple to Take Down Duterte Apps

Over 100 Organizations Call on Apple to Take Down Duterte Apps

In a letter to Apple dated last October 10, 131 groups urged CEO Tim Cook to remove apps that “promote murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.” Signed by human rights groups, rehab centers and drug user organizations from around the world, the letter also urged Cook to have Apple conduct a formal review of the apps and issue an apology for allowing “insensitive content” on the App Store. The apps being referred to are shooting games that feature Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. The groups pointed out that the games were in violation of the […]

Scams on Social Media Double from Last Year, Now at 400,000

Scams on Social Media Double from Last Year, Now at 400,000

Last Thursday, researchers from cybersecurity firm ZeroFox reported that there are now 437,165 financial scams operating on various social media platforms at present.    They also revealed that only 18,175 operators are behind these campaigns which mostly use social engineering to hoodwink users. In one model, scammers pretend to be from a legitimate FinServ institution. They then target financially eligible customers who already follow the brand and engage them via direct message until the transaction is converted. In another model, the scammers target specific organizations, then pre-selects victims which they do reconnaissance on, before conning them for financial data. The […]

US Government Servers Used, SEC Spoofed in Malware Attack

Last Wednesday, Cisco Talos security researchers discovered a new DNS Messenger attack which hosts malware on government servers. The highly targeted attack is able to compromise systems by appearing as the SEC Electronic Data Gathering Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system in phishing emails. The malicious attachment in the emails, which are often Word documents, infect systems by using the Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) feature instead of macros or OLE objects, which is a more common route of attack. Microsoft had already been contacted before regarding this issue, but the company insists that the DDE is not a flaw, but a […]

Equifax Shuts Down Website After New Hack Alert

Equifax Shuts Down Website After New Hack Alert

Last Thursday, Equifax announced that it has taken down one of its customer help pages after reports of another cyberattack on its networks. The potential breach was reported by an independent security researcher who discovered that the said website was being used by hackers to trick visitors into installing a fake Adobe Flash update which downloads a malware into their computer. Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said that while their IT team is looking into the issue, they have decided to take the website offline out of caution. The beleaguered credit rating firm promised to provide more information as soon as […]

Coinbase Users Can Now Purchase Cryptocurrency Instantly

Coinbase Users Can Now Purchase Cryptocurrency Instantly

Virtual currency exchange Coinbase recently announced that its users can now purchase cryptocurrency without waiting time, and fund it using a US bank account. Prior to this, users had to wait 3-5 days for purchases to complete, to the frustration of users due to the volatility of cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin. Only credit card users were able to buy instantly, but at a 4% fee. Coinbase Head of Product Zach Abrams says that the company’s fraud prevention systems determine which customers get access to this feature. Customers with sufficient balance and a good purchase history will be able to do instant […]