Chinese hackers impersonated McAfee to attack election campaign staffers

By antivirus, apt31, China, DDOS, election, election 2020, engadget, gear, hacks, Internet, malware, mcafee, News, north korea, Phishing, Security, youtube

Google warned in June that state-sponsored hackers were targeting 2020 US election campaigns, and now it’s outlining some of the methods those perpetrators used. APT31, a group linked to China, impersonated McAfee (the antivirus software, not …

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Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages

By Donald Trump, engadget, gear, hack, Hacking, hacks, Internet, News, politics, reddit, social media, Social network, social networking, trump

If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits lik…

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Malware writer pleads guilty to helping $568 million cybercrime ring

By crime, cybercrime, engadget, fastpos, gear, hack, Hacking, hacks, identity theft, infraud organization, malware, News, valerian chiochiu

Another key member of the massive Infraud cybercrime ring is likely heading to prison. Software writer Valerian Chiochiu has pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy for helping Infraud Organization develop and use FastPOS malware that helped the gro…

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DOJ accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of recruiting hackers

By anonymous, crime, department of justice, engadget, gear, hack, Hacking, hacks, Internet, Julian Assange, justice department, law, lulzsec, News, Security, Wikileaks

The Justice Department is levelling more accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — though not new charges. Officials have filed a superseding indictment against Assange that maintains the earlier 18 counts of computer intrusion an…

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US blames China for hacks allegedly targeting COVID-19 research

By cdc, China, coronavirus, covid-19, department of health and human services, engadget, gear, hack, hacks, health, health and human services, hhs, Internet, medicine, News, Security

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that state-backed hacking is still going on during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the US is reportedly convinced that one country is mounting a large campaign. Officials speaking to CNN claim they’ve seen a s…

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Phishing scams leveled up, and we didn’t

By bad password, badpassword, Business, data breach, engadget, facebook, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, hacks, infosec, Internet, jamal khashoggi, Jeff Bezos, Mobile, Opinion, Phishing, phishing scams, proofpoint, ransomware, Security, services, Whatsapp, wordpress

More than a bit of “I’m smarter than you” politics creates the divide between hacking headlines and what we actually need to worry about. On one side, researchers present findings at conferences hoping someone will raise the alarm and practical thing…

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