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Jan 15 2020
The National Security Agency recently alerted Microsoft to a major flaw in its Windows operating system that could let hackers pose as legitimate software companies, agency officials said on Tuesday.
Microsoft (MSFT) issued a software update on Tuesday to fix the vulnerability, as part of its normal schedule for releasing software patches.
News of the vulnerability and patch wereCNN (Online News)
Jul 05 2021
The gang behind a "colossal" ransomware attack has demanded $70m (£50.5m) paid in Bitcoin in return for a "universal decryptor" that it says will unlock the files of all victims.
The REvil group claims its malware, which initially targeted US IT firm Kaseya, has hit one million "systems".
This number has not been verified and the exact total of victims is unknown.
Nov 19 2020
The 2016 U.S. presidential election propelled the threat of disinformation to the forefront of public debate. Americans were shocked by Russian attempts to influence voters by spreading misleading narratives. They had never imagined that a foreign power might use social media and other modern technologies to interfere in their elections.
Four years later, it seems that foreignForeign Affairs
Dec 30 2016
Obama sanctioned two Russian intelligence services, the GRU and the FSB, plus companies which the U.S. claimed supported the GRU. The cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate theft of its emails determined earlier this year the hacking came from the Fancy Bear group, believed to be affiliated with the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency. The FSB isFox News (Online News)
Nov 23 2022
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Since billionaire Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter last month, big changes have already come to the company. Here's a look at some of the major developments: Firings and Hirings: Soon after taking the helm, MuskAllSides Staff
Dec 20 2020
In the wake of a massive, potentially catastrophic hack that is reportedly affecting numerous federal agencies and large US corporations (the scope of the intrusion is not yet fully known), a growing number of government officials, including President-Elect Joe Biden, are calling for an aggressive response.
But what that should be is up for debate. Experts in the information securityMother Jones
Jun 10 2015
When a leading cybersecurity firm discovered it had been hacked last year by a virus widely believed to be used by Israeli spies, it wanted to know who else was on the hit list. It checked millions of computers world-wide and three luxury European hotels popped up. The other hotels the firm tested—thousands in all—were clean.Wall Street Journal (News)
Mar 05 2021
In the weeks before and after the 2020 US election, Facebook content from far-right sources of news and misinformation received more engagement than other sources elsewhere on the political spectrum, a new study from New York University has revealed.
The findings suggest that far-right pages have an advantage energizing followers on the world’s biggest social network. “My takeaway isThe Verge
Nov 16 2020
The internet was flooded with false claims about voter fraud in the days following the 2020 U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020. Many of these rumors centered around a piece of software from Dominion Voting Systems. We’ve addressed a few of these rumors in a previous article, but the most prevalent claim, and one that was spread by U.S. President Donald Trump himself on Nov. 12, 2020,Snopes
Nov 13 2020
YouTube has allowed users to share videos pushing false conspiracy theories alleging interference with voting machines and election computer systems. The videos have racked up millions of views, and the platform has profited from some of them.
Numerous false voter fraud conspiracy theories have circulated on social media since Election Day, including a couple claiming that the election’Media Matters