Tag: social networking

Uber’s Endless Summer: FTC Settlement over Bogus Security, Privacy Claims

Uber’s Endless Summer: FTC Settlement over Bogus Security, Privacy Claims

In-brief:  Uber’s Endless Summer continued on Tuesday, when the ride sharing start-up settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the company failed to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data that it collected and stored.

Operation Lonely Guy: Iranians Use Cute Girl Profile to Cultivate, Compromise Targets in Middle East

Operation Lonely Guy: Iranians Use Cute Girl Profile to Cultivate, Compromise Targets in Middle East

Hackers working on behalf of the government of Iran are using alluring social media profiles featuring a young, English photographer to entice and then compromise the systems of high value targets in the oil and gas industry, according to a report by Dell Secureworks. In a report released on Thursday, Secureworks’ Counter Threat Unit (CTU) said that it observed an extensive phishing campaign beginning in January and February 2017 that used a polished social media profile of a young, English woman using the name “Mia Ash” to conduct highly targeted spear-phishing and social engineering attacks against employees of Middle Eastern and North Africa firms in industries like telecommunications, government, defense, oil and financial services.  The attacks are the work of an advanced persistent threat group dubbed COBALT GYPSY or “Oil Rig” that has been linked to other sophisticated attacks. The attacks, which spread across platforms including LinkedIn and Facebook, as […]

Tallinn, Estonia's Capital City

Estonia 10 Years Later: Lessons learned from the World’s First Internet War

In-brief: Gadi Evron recalls the denial of service attacks aimed at the government of Estonia in 2007 – one of the first recognized acts of ‘cyber war’ and a template for incidents that followed. Evron says there were many lessons in that incident – some of which the U.S. and its allies are still struggling to learn. 

Twitter accounts belonging to media organizations and prominent personalities (like tennis great Boris Becker) were hacked and hijacked, displaying pro Turkish messages accusing Dutch and German officials of Nazi sympathies. (Image courtesy of Twitter.)

Twitter Hack is latest to underscore Third Party App Risk

In-brief: security experts are warning about the threat posed by third-party applications that tap into prominent social media platforms like Twitter after accounts belonging to media organizations and prominent personalities were hacked and hijacked to display messages accusing Dutch and German officials of Nazi sympathies. 

U.S. intelligence agencies  believe that the Russian government actively worked to influence the election on behalf of President Elect Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported. (Image courtesy of CrowdStrike.)

Trump Dump: Russian Hackers Infiltrate DNC, Steal Research on GOP Candidate

In-brief: sophisticated hacking crews with ties to the Russian government compromised computer networks run by the Democratic National Committee and absconded with oppositional research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.