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Using SS7 flaws to hack into bank accounts

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Signaling System No 7, or SS7 for short, is a set of telephony signaling protocols created by telecom companies in the 1980s to allow cellular and landline networks to interconnect and exchange data. Due to longstanding problems, researchers have been voicing concerns over security flaws in this protocol for many… Read more »

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Malvertising attack on German Parliament thwarted

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The German parliament is the latest political institution to suffer a cyber attack. Using malvertising, which involves injecting malicious or malware-laden advertisements into legitimate online advertising networks and webpages, attackers commandeered the Jerusalem Post website in an attempt to steer users to a malicious site. This type of spear-phishing attack,… Read more »

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Cyber attacks on German state

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Recent attacks on the German parliament’s computer system have been attributed to a hacking collective ostensibly working for the Russian state. Though Russia has not responded to this allegation, German authorities believe the group to be Sofacy/APT 28, a collective closely allied with the Russian state. There has been a… Read more »

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Bundestag malware infection deep-rooted

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A reported malware infestation at the German national parliament, the Bundestag, is much more serious and invasive than first thought. It is suspected that the attack last month originated from Russian hackers who gained access via a sophisticated trojan; similarities between this malware and others emanating from Russia have led… Read more »

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Two million customers affected in Vodafone Germany hack attack

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Two million customers of Vodafone Germany have had some of their personal details compromised in a sophisticated server hack at the company. Having taken place deep within the IT infrastructure of the company, Vodafone has said that the attack could have only been “carried out with high criminal intent and… Read more »

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Drug data company accused of selling raw information to pharma firms

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Drug research company Pharmafakt GFD has been accused of selling raw data on drug prescription habits to pharmaceutical companies. Although selling the information is legal if made anonymous, this information was not coded in any way, which would allow pharma companies to see which doctors are prescribing which drugs and… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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