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 •  September 23

The Ethereum ecosystem processes thousands of transactions every single hour. One would not necessarily think most of these transactions are “handled” by one centralized entity. New research by cyber•Fund reveals a very different reality, though. According to their findings, 65% of all ETH transactions are seemingly generated by temporary...

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 •  September 16

The German government takes cyber surveillance a lot more seriously than other European countries. It even opened a cyber surveillance agency earlier this week. The new Munich-based agency will focus on cyber crime and digital espionage. As is to be expected, this also means increased snooping on telecommunications, data encryption, and mass...

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 •  August 21

The United States and many other countries around the world often engage in cyber attacks against business entities and geopolitical rivals. These clandestine operations range from barely noticeable to wholly disruptive. The US has been the victim of many attacks in recent memory, but our responses to them have been somewhat locked up in...

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 •  August 12

Few people will be surprised to learn most of China’s instant messaging services are currently under investigation. The government is investigating these social media networks for potential violations of the country’s cyber security law. The platforms affected include Weibo, WeChat, and Baidu, all three of which serve millions of users every single...

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 •  August 9

Most people would not consider cyber attacks on solar panels to be capable of causing much damage. Researchers, however, have shown that such threats should not be taken lightly. There are multiple vulnerabilities found in products manufactured by the leading providers of photovoltaics. A serious cyber attack against solar panels could shut down an...

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 •  August 7

Steganography is one of the most powerful and underutilized technologies we know today. Embedding information within images anyone can see is a great way to distribute data to others without relying on third-party communication channels. A new report from Kaspersky Lab shows steganography use is on the rise among both cybercrime groups and...

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 •  August 5

Most people will remember the NotPetya ransomware outbreak from a few weeks ago. One of the things that became immediately obvious was that most of the victims of this ransomware were located in Ukraine. It now turns out that one local firm may face legal action as a result of damages caused by this malware. NotPetya Ransomware Causes a...

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 •  July 29

Making electronics “smarter” does not necessarily mean they are protected from external threats. In fact, smart devices are often even more prone to cyber attacks due to their constant connection to the Internet. A recent experiment involving smart car wash equipment revealed how several key flaws could be used to cause physical injuries to both...

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 •  July 23

New trends have emerged in the world of cybercrime. Criminals are no longer distributing one type of malware, but rather actively look for more potent combinations. One way to do so is to bundle multiple types of malware into one email attachment. Another option is doing what GhostCtrl does, and build a tool which serves as both a RAT and...

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 •  July 22

Credit card fraud has always been a problem for digital payments. It has become increasingly easy for criminals to obtain credit card information, either by keylogging user information or by hacking online retailers. It now appears Russian hackers have put together a compendium of sorts which allows anyone to abuse stolen credit card information...