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Tech heavyweights Apple and SAP are being taken to task in Russia, with officials from the government demanding the two hand over their source code to allay fears they can be exploited for surveillance purposes.
Russian communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov insisted a thorough check is necessary to determine just how private the data of users is, in particular those in the government and figureheads of Russian industry.
Nikiforov made clear in his comments that the revelations exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden are a driving force behind the demands. "The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 and public statements of US intelligence to strengthen [the] surveillance of Russia in 2014 raised the question seriously [of] confidence [in] foreign software and hardware," he said, ZDNet reports. "It is obvious that those companies that disclose the source code of their programs, not hiding anything, but those who did not intend to cooperate with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products." The agency also asserted companies that do not agree to the tests could well find their products leaving the Russian market.
Russia has posted an official bounty that offers a 3.9 million ruble sum - almost 200,000 USD - to the first people who can identify and track users on Tor.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, which posted the bounty, requires applicants to pay a hefty application fee - and they must be either a Russian citizen or a Russian company to apply. The competition runs from August 13 to August 20, and the deadline for submission is November 30.
Tor has been a persistent thorn in the side of intelligence agencies around the world. Tor, or The Onion Router, has taken in a lot of cash from America's department for defense, as well as having been utilized by police and other authorities. But it is also used as a way to anonymize traffic among dissenting citizens and human rights activists. Vladimir Putin recently approved a law that would open up access to data within Russia to Russia's intelligence service - as well as his administration insisting high-circulation bloggers with over 3,000 visits a day formally register with the government.
The Microsoft One Xbox game console will be exclusively offered in China using the China Telecom network, both companies recently announced. This will be the first Xbox One to enter the Chinese market this Autumn, China Telecom said in a recent press statement.
The Xbox One has struggled throughout Asia, where the Sony PlayStation series of game consoles remain popular. However, lower pricing and a stronger marketing push has drawn attention from gamers - where Microsoft partnered with the BesTV New Media Internet TV set-top box.
The game consoles will be available starting in China Telecom stores starting this September, with an estimated $80 million investment from BesTV and Microsoft to help move the project along.
The Bay Area Pain Medical Associates company recently sent notices to patients informing them of a data breach on May 19, in which three desktop PCs were stolen following an office break-in. The Sausalito Police Department is currently investigating, as the company warns patients of what is at risk: There were around 2,780 patients affected due to the breach, with a spreadsheet including patient data available on one of the PCs taken from the office.
The medical records were encrypted, but a single Excel spreadsheet contained "approximately 2,780 patient names, including yours, and years of service may have been available," the company sent in a memo to patients.
These types of incidents seem to happen too frequently - even if PCs and laptops are safely secured in offices - security experts recommend ensuring devices are password-protected and utilize encryption. Selling medical records is big business to cybercriminals, more valuable than traditional stolen personal information.
A group compromised of U.S. and foreign citizens have been arrested and indicted for their alleged role of an international crime ring that ripped off StubHub. Two Americans, one Russian national, three people from London, and one Canadian were rounded up - the six conspired to use stolen debit and credit card information to purchase thousands of tickets to sports games, concerts, and other in-demand tickets.
The tickets would then be resold and the profits would be split amongst the group. They face a mix of charges related to money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and grand larceny, according to the court.
"You are no longer safe to travel and operate outside of your home country, without significant risk of arrest and prosecution," said Robert Capps, StubHub former security executive, in a statement. "Isolation is a powerful force in the effort to change behaviors. Confined within the borders of their home country, I suspect we'll see a change in behavior of some of these criminals."
The Wall street Journal operates a print publication and it has an online presence as well. Hackers recently attacked the WSJ computer network and forced the publication offline. Authorities say that the hackers were able to infiltrate WSJ computer systems used to host graphics.
As a result of the breach, systems were taken offline to isolate the attack. According to the WSJ, no damage, or altering of news graphics has been found, but a review of the systems is ongoing. A spokesman for the WSJ said, "We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com's graphics systems. At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data."
A user going by the name w0rm posted to Twitter an image of the hacked website with an offer to sell the user name and other info required to control the server for a bitcoin, worth about $620.
A person and mobile phone search database popular among law enforcement and federal agencies, LP Police, has now added advanced live data search capabilities so police can resolve cases faster.
A new social media search allows offers to enter a name and have immediate access to user profiles, profile photos, social influence, and other data, from more than 100 social media services. Searching for people through the work search feature will pull current and former employers, names, company names, position held, phone numbers and addresses.
"The LP Police team is pleased to introduce yet another round of significant search updates and user improvements," said Ron Lifton, LP Police CEO, in a press statement. "Police departments, government agencies and law enforcement across the country unanimously endorse our ongoing enhancements, best phone data in the industry, and bullet proof customer support."
The federal government might have disrupted Cryptolocker ransomware operations, but the Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. brokerage house recently suffered an attack by the CryptoWall, the DOJ.NH website recently reported. The incident took place in late May, with the unauthorized third party compromising their computer systems - informing customers of the data breach.
Many companies are rolling out new security and try to educate users about safely and properly interacting with emails, online accounts, and other cloud-based services proves to be difficult. As users are compromised, critical work documents become unusable until a payment has been made to operators of the ransomware - and educating users to spot these social engineering techniques should be a first great step.
"We are seeing a new wave of ransomware created by Russian cybercriminals, and our recent survey shows that IT pros expect it to get worse the rest of the year," said Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 CEO, in a press statement. "To add insult to injury, apart from the confidential files being encrypted and ransom extorted, the ransomware sends unidentified data out of the victim's network. That means the malware infection needs to be treated as a data breach with accompanying very high costs."
Cybercriminals trying to phish users typically rely on email to compromise unsuspecting victims, and remains the primary mechanism to launch malware attacks. There has been an uptick in activity that has led to more spam messages, along with coordinated spear phishing attacks targeting specific organizations.
The top brands suffering from phishing attacks and malicious spam: RingCentral, ADP, Her Magesty's Revenue Customs, HSBC, Bank of America, eFax, NatWest, RBS, IRS, Sage, "Court Notice," Lloyds Bank, Wells Fargo, and Broad Oak.
"Phishing and malicious spam continue to threaten networks and brands, and as a result, they key question a company needs to ask about the brands listed in this report is, 'Would any of my employees ever respond to an email from one of these brands?' If so, your business may already be infected with malware," said Greg Coticchia, Malcovery Security President and CEO, in a press statement.
Cybercriminals were able to gain access to at least 1,000 StubHub customer accounts in 2013, fraudulently purchasing tickets to concerns, sports games, and other live events. Using data breaches from other websites and relying on malware that compromised users, they were able to access account holder login and password data.
In a statement, StubHub said it applauded the efforts of New York City law enforcement to make arrests related to the case - including a case opened by the New York City District Attorney's Office. No internal technical or financial systems were breached by the hackers, and StubHub was quick to work with customers that were affected.
The large scale cyberattacks that lead to personal data and username/passwords being stole, and then used on different websites and services.