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Chinese Cyber Criminals Create 5 Million Strong Botnet

Chinese Cyber Criminals Create 5 Million Strong Botnet

Researchers from Check Point recently reported that a Chinese cyber criminal group is creating a botnet made up of almost 5 million Android smartphones powered by a malware named Rottensys. Rottensys was originally used only to aggressively show ads, but cyber crooks have reportedly deployed a Lua-written module to give the malware more capabilities including the silent installation of additional apps and UI automation. The malware is said to be active only in the Chinese market as of now and is being bundled in Chinese apps, infecting mostly popular local phones such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, LeEco, Coolpad, and […]

Facebook: No Evidence Pointing to Russian Brexit Interference

Facebook: No Evidence Pointing to Russian Brexit Interference

Last Wednesday, Facebook’s UK policy director Simon Milner told the House of Commons Committee on Digital, Culture Media and Sport that they have found no new evidence on Russia’s use of social media to disrupt Brexit. Milner said that they reviewed both Facebook accounts and activities of thousands of advertisers during the period leading up to the June referendum, which was the same methodology used in identifying the social media activity of the Russian propaganda group that disrupted the 2016 US presidential elections. However, in contrast with the results of the inquiries into Russia’s involvement in US politics, the investigation […]

Facebook, Telecom Infra Announce Series of Global Connectivity Projects

Facebook, Telecom Infra Announce Series of Global Connectivity Projects

Earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain, Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) announced that it is embarking on a number of new projects to bring connectivity to around 3.8 people without internet access in various parts of the globe. The partnership will be launching Terragraph, a millimeter-wave, multi-node wireless backhaul system with the help of industry partners including Deutsche Telekom, Magyar Telekom, and Telenor. This is expected to improve connectivity in urban locations where broadband and mobile solutions often get congested. Facebook will also be starting new trials for OpenCellular, a low-power base station […]

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