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  1. A vulnerability (CVE-2020-7982) discovered in the package manager of the OpenWRT open source operating system could allow attackers to compromise the embedded and networking devices running it. About OpenWRT OpenWRT is an open source, Linux-based operating system that can be run of various types of networking devices (home routers, gateways, repeaters, access points, single board computers, etc.) instead of the software/firmware that vendors usually ship with them. For example, it can be used on popular … More

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  2. Marriott International has suffered a new data breach in mid-January 2020, which affected approximately 5.2 million guests. What information was compromised? According to the incident notification published on Tuesday, the attackers got into an application that hotels operated and franchised under Marriott’s brands use to help provide services to guests at hotels, by compromising and using login credentials of two employees at a franchise property. The breach was identified at the end of February 2020, … More

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  3. It’s one thing to have your credit card stolen, but your identity is a whole other ball game. The worst thing is, it’s a lot more common than you’d think. Identity fraud affects around one in 15 people in the US and has never been higher in the UK. The fraudsters have built their own subculture as new tools and channels lower the bar for entry. It’s time to strap in, because the challenge will … More

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  4. With half of Americans lacking confidence in companies and government when it comes to protecting personal information, it’s no surprise three-quarters (74%) are more alarmed than ever about their privacy, according to a research from NortonLifeLock. More than 10,000 adults online were surveyed in Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States about their attitudes and behaviors when it comes to cyber safety. The individual consumer outranks … More

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  5. A new CyberEdge Group report uncovered two trends that are stimulating record-setting ransomware attacks: More ransom payers are successfully recovering their data. In 2018, only 49 percent of ransom payers successfully recovered their data. That number rose to 61 percent in 2019. Today, 67 percent of ransom payers have recovered their data. More payments are incentivizing the ransomware industry. In 2018, only 39 percent of ransomware victims actually paid the ransom. In 2019, that number … More

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  6. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Army Research Office have demonstrated a new model of how competing pieces of information spread in online social networks and the Internet of Things. The findings could be used to disseminate accurate information more quickly, displacing false information about anything from computer security to public health. “Whether in the IoT or on social networks, there are many circumstances where old information is circulating and could cause problems … More

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