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Hackers to Leak More Game of Thrones Episodes on August 6

Hackers to Leak More Game of Thrones Episodes on August 6

Variety.com received an email from HBO attackers who stated that they will gradually release stolen Game of Thrones episodes each week. The upcoming leak is scheduled today at 5pm IST, and 12pm GMT.    Employees are worried that their personal details were also hacked, but HBO CEO Richard Plepler stated they don’t believe their entire email system had breached. But Variety.com says, a security firm discovered thousands of internal files that had been stolen. Security company Kaspersky Lab commented that the incident is a new development in cybercrime, since hackers aimed to vandalize instead of monetize attacks back in the […]

Bitcoin Price Surges Over the $3,000 Record High, Hodlers Enjoy Gains

Bitcoin Price Surges Over the $3,000 Record High, Hodlers Enjoy Gains

Bitcoin just traded at $3,104 during press time last Saturday, which is the highest BTC price of all time. Many reluctant BTC hodlers were finally able to enjoy their gains despite the uncertainty that came in the last month. When the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fork was announced last month, many analysts changed their minds about the BTC’s strength. But others remained calm, encouraging investors to trust in the foundations of BTC while assuring them there is no real risk of loss. The BTC trade update proved them right, leading to significant gains. As for other cryptocurrencies, Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin […]

U.S. Military Bans Chinese DJI Drones Over Possible Cyber Intrusion

U.S. Military Bans Chinese DJI Drones Over Possible Cyber Intrusion

Earlier this week, the U.S. Military released an international memo to stop using drones made by Chinese company Da-Jiang Innovation Corporation (DJI). The memo, addressed to military stations worldwide, was penned by Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson. He stated concern over “cyber vulnerabilities” associated with DJI, pointing to possible intrusion. The memo also instructed soldiers to take out batteries and storage data from the units. DJI responded to the issue, stating that they were shocked to hear that the U.S. Military did not formally consult them on the decision. DJI said they would have worked with the U.S. Military to address […]

Kronos Trojan Suspect ‘Malwaretech’ Pleads Not Guilty, due for Release on Bail

Kronos Trojan Suspect ‘Malwaretech’ Pleads Not Guilty, due for Release on Bail

It was reported last Friday that Kryptos Logic researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty to charges pertaining to the creation and development of the Kronos banking Trojan. Also known as MalwareTech, Hutchins was defended in a Las Vegas court by attorney Adrian Marie Lobo, who informed reporters about Hutchins’ status. The court agreed to release him on a $30,000 bail. However, legal associates were unable to raise his bail on time, which meant he had to stay in the Las Vegas detention facility for the weekend. The ruling stipulated three orders once MalwareTech is released on bail. First, he has […]

Google Runs Trials on Tool Similar to Snapchat’s Discover Tab

Google Runs Trials on Tool Similar to Snapchat’s Discover Tab

Reports last Saturday said that a new digital platform much like Snapchat’s Discover feature is being designed by Google specifically for media firms. The new platform called Stamp is undergoing initial tests with publishing groups, claimed a source who disclosed the information under anonymous terms, saying that it is like a better version of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). A report on the Google Stamp project was first published by the Wall Street Journal last Friday. The tech giant is said to be meeting with different publishing groups, including Mic, CNN, Time Inc., Vox Media, and the Washington Post. Google […]

Politically Misaligned Chinese Chatbots Taken Offline for Adjustments

Politically Misaligned Chinese Chatbots Taken Offline for Adjustments

Shanghai — Wednesday tech news reported that Chinese technology firms have removed two chatbots with machine learning capability for not responding according to its script. The chatbots named XiaoBing and BabyQ were placed in the QQ messaging platform developed by Tencent company. A representative said they were outsourced from tech firm Turing Robot, and will undergo some adjustments. Similar to the Twitter and Facebook chatbot blunder where the AI’s used inappropriate words and developed its own language, China’s chatbots were taken offline for politically dissenting opinions. Chatbot BabyQ would respond “no” when asked if it loved the Communist Party. Other […]

WannaCry Hero Arrested for Involvement in Kronos Banking Malware

WannaCry Hero Arrested for Involvement in Kronos Banking Malware

Las Vegas, Nevada – 22-year-old British national Marcus Hutchins was seized and confined by U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas over involvement in the Kronos banking Trojan. Hutchins is a revered security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry outbreak last May. According to a Justice Department representative, Hutchins was indicted for allegedly developing and spreading the Kronos malware sometime between July 2014 to July 2015. The order was given on July 11, a few weeks before Hutchins came to the U.S. for the annual Def Con convention. Hutchins, known by many as @MalwareTechBlog, is the considered a hero in tech circles […]

Google Chrome Extension Hijacked to Deliver Malicious Ads to Users

Google Chrome Extension Hijacked to Deliver Malicious Ads to Users

Thursday reports reveal that attackers seized Chris Pederick’s developer account to serve malicious adware on a Google Chrome extension called the Web Developer. Pedrick, also Bleacher Report’s director of engineering, created the extension with debug apps and popup overlays to help developers build and edit their own web pages. However, he fell victim to a phishing email last August 2, enabling an unauthorized attacker to take over his Google developer account. The attacker embedded malicious code in the extension program to launch the v0.4.9 update to more than one million active users. The suspicious updates were on public for only […]

WikiLeaks Publishes Vault 7’s CIA ‘Dumbo’ for Destroying Webcam Footages

WikiLeaks Publishes Vault 7’s CIA ‘Dumbo’ for Destroying Webcam Footages

Reports last Thursday published that WikiLeaks has exposed another secret document under Vault 7, a series of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) malware tools used to infiltrate specific Windows programs, microphones, and webcams. In its latest post, WikiLeaks unveiled the Dumbo, a malware created to corrupt and destroy recorded videos and audio from webcams, covering up evidence that could compromise missions. According to the leaked file, Dumbo was designed to prevent home surveillance cams from thwarting operations and recognizing agents’ identities. Officers can stop the audio and video recording, delete parts, and even manipulate videos to create fabricated evidence. However, officers […]

Mexico’s Spyware Scandal Involves Lawyers in Controversial Murder Case

Mexico’s Spyware Scandal Involves Lawyers in Controversial Murder Case

Reports last Wednesday revealed esteemed human rights lawyers were being targeted with the Pegasus spyware in 2015 upon questioning investigations on the murder of activists in Mexico City. According to online protector Citizen Lab, attorneys David Pena and Karla Micheel Salas had cellphones that were infiltrated with Pegasus spyware, enabling intruders to steal information and conduct cyber espionage. Pegasus is a program developed by NSO Group Technologies in Israel exclusively to help governments combat terrorism. While Pena’s phone was not infected, Salas said her phone was compromised. She worries stolen data from her phone could put lives in danger. Sources […]