Hitting the Books: The latest ‘Little Brother’ is a stark cybersecurity thriller

By attack surface, binary transparency, cory doctorow, cybersecurity, engadget, entertainment, feature, fiction, hitting the books, hittingthebooks, macmillan

Back in 2008, New York Times best-selling author and Boing Boing alum, Cory Doctorow introduced Markus “w1n5t0n” Yallow to the world in the original Little Brother (which you can still read for free right here). The story follows the talented …

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How it feels to survive Silicon Valley and a pandemic

By airbnb, bad password, badpassword, big tech, coronavirus, cybersecurity, elon musk, engadget, facebook, feature, gear, hacking team, infosec, LGBTQ, palmer-luckey, pandemic, qanon, rsa conference, rudy giuliani, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, tomorrow, Twitter, violet blue

It shouldn’t feel like it took a pandemic to get Twitter to boot 7,000 QAnon accounts (and crack down on 150,000 more related to the violent conspiracy group), but it does. At least Twitter is doing harm mitigation around its role in this inte…

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A security breach opened up access to a genealogy site’s DNA profiles

By cyberattack, cybersecurity, dna, engadget, exposed, gear, gedmatch, genealogy, hackers, law enforcement, myheritage, News, police, Profiles, Security, verogen

Over the weekend, a security breach changed the permission settings on millions of profiles in GEDmatch, a DNA database used by genealogists. For three hours, DNA profiles were visible to all members, including law enforcement agencies, which …

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US charges two Chinese hackers with trying to steal COVID-19 research

By charges, China, chinese, coronavirus, covid-19, cyberattacks, cybersecurity, department of justice, DoJ, engadget, gear, hackers, indictment, News, Research, Security, US

Today, the US Justice Department charged two Chinese hackers with targeting US COVID-19 research. The charges were part of an 11-count indictment that alleges the two individuals conducted a global hacking campaign that went on for more than 1…

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NSA says Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

By apt29, Canada, cisa, communications security establishment, coronavirus, covid-19, cozy bear, cozybear, cybersecurity, cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency, engadget, gear, hackers, Hacking, health, medicine, national cyber security centre, national security agency, nationalsecurityagency, ncsc, News, NSA, Research, russia, Security, the dukes, thedukes, UK, US, vaccine

Russian hackers are trying to steal research on COVID-19 vaccines, according to intelligence services in the US, UK and Canada, The National Security Agency (NSA) said a group that has been linked to Russian intelligence has targeted health ca…

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FBI accuses China of attempting to steal US COVID-19 research

By China, cisa, coronavirus, covid-19, cyberattacks, cybersecurity, data, engadget, FBI, gear, hackers, health, Intellectual Property, News, public health, Research, tomorrow, vaccines

Today, the FBI warned that China-backed hackers are attempting to steal COVID-19 research from organizations in the US. In a joint statement, the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that they have observed…

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Microsoft makes its advanced account protection free for healthcare workers

By accountguard, coronavirus, covid-19, cybercrime, cybersecurity, engadget, gear, Healthcare, Human Rights, humanitarian, Microsoft, News, Notifications

As if fighting the coronavirus pandemic weren’t challenging enough, cybercriminals are making things more difficult for healthcare providers and humanitarian groups. Attacks have already delayed COVID-19 testing and limited access to related h…

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