Old Windows print spooler bug is latest target of Russia's Fancy Bear gang

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Putin's pals use 'GooseEgg' malware to launch attacks you can defeat with patches or deletion

Russian spies are exploiting a years-old Windows print spooler vulnerability and using a custom tool called GooseEgg to elevate privileges and steal credentials across compromised networks, according to Microsoft Threat Intelligence.…

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FBI and friends get two more years of warrantless FISA Section 702 snooping

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 22:09
US Senate kills reform amendment, Biden swiftly signs bill into law

US lawmakers on Saturday reauthorized a contentious warrantless surveillance tool for another two years — and added a whole bunch of people and organizations to the list of those who can be compelled to spy for Uncle Sam.…

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Europol becomes latest law enforcement group to plead with big tech to ditch E2EE

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 17:30
Don't bore us, get to the chorus: You need less privacy so we can protect the children

Yet another international cop shop has come out swinging against end-to-end encryption - this time it's Europol which is urging an end to implementation of the tech for fear police investigations will be hampered by protected DMs.…

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Germany arrests trio accused of trying to smuggle naval military tech to China

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 16:30
Prosecutors believe one frikkin' laser did make its way to Beijing

Germany has arrested three citizens who allegedly tried to transfer military technology to China, a violation of the country's export rules.…

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Watchdog tells Dutch govt: 'Do not use Facebook if there is uncertainty about privacy'

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 15:00
Meta insists it's just misunderstood and it's safe to talk to citizens over FB

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) has warned that government organizations should not use Facebook to communicate with the country's citizens unless they can guarantee the privacy of data.…

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US House of Representatives passes new TikTok ban bill to Senate

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 14:00
Sadly no push to ban stupid TikTok dances, but ByteDance would have year to offload app Stateside

Fresh US legislation to force the sale of TikTok locally was passed in Washington over the weekend after an earlier version stalled in the Senate.…

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UK data watchdog questions how private Google's Privacy Sandbox is

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 12:13
Leaked draft report says stated goals still come up short

Google's Privacy Sandbox, which aspires to provide privacy-preserving ad targeting and analytics, still isn't sufficiently private.…

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Has the ever-present cyber danger just got worse?

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 11:59
Facing down the triple threat of ransomware, data breaches and criminal extortion

Sponsored  On the face of it, there really isn't much of an upside for the current UK government after MPs described its response to attacks by cyber-espionage group APT31 as 'feeble, derisory and sadly insufficient.'…

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Google all at sea over rising tide of robo-spam

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 09:30
What if it's not AI but the algorithm to blame?

Opinion  It was a bold claim by the richest and most famous tech founder: bold, precise and wrong. Laughably so. Twenty years ago, Bill Gates promised to rid the world of spam by 2006. How's that worked out for you?…

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Rarest, strangest, form of Windows saved techie from moment of security madness

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 08:29
For once, Redmond's finest saved the day - by being rubbish in unexpectedly useful ways

Who, Me?  It's Monday once again, dear reader, and you know what that means: another dive into the Who, Me? confessional, to share stories of IT gone wrong that Reg readers managed to pretend had gone right.…

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Researchers claim Windows Defender can be fooled into deleting databases

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 05:29
Two rounds of reports and patches may not have completely closed this hole

BLACK HAT ASIA  Researchers at US/Israeli infosec outfit SafeBreach last Friday discussed flaws in Microsoft and Kaspersky security products that can potentially allow the remote deletion of files. And, they asserted, the hole could remain exploitable – even after both vendors claim to have patched the problem.…

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China creates 'Information Support Force' to improve networked defence capabilities

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 04:15
A day after FBI boss warns Beijing is poised to strike against US infrastructure

China last week reorganized its military to create an Information Support Force aimed at ensuring it can fight and win networked wars.…

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MITRE admits 'nation state' attackers touched its NERVE R&D operation

The Register - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 02:57
PLUS: Akira ransomware resurgent; Telehealth outfit fined for data-sharing; This week's nastiest vulns

Infosec In Brief  In a cautionary tale that no one is immune from attack, the security org MITRE has admitted that it got pwned.…

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Sacramento airport goes no-fly after AT&T internet cable snipped

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 21:30
Police say this appears to be a 'deliberate act.'

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) suffered hours of flight delays yesterday after what appears to be an intentional cutting of an AT&T internet cable serving the facility.…

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WhatsApp, Threads, more banished from Apple App Store in China

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 15:30
Still available in Hong Kong and Macau, for now

Apple has removed four apps from its China-regional app store, including Meta's WhatsApp and Threads, after it was ordered to do so by Beijing for security reasons.…

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Cybercriminals threaten to leak all 5 million records from stolen database of high-risk individuals

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 12:28
It’s the second time the World-Check list has fallen into the wrong hands

The World-Check database used by businesses to verify the trustworthiness of users has fallen into the hands of cybercriminals.…

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Germany cuffs alleged Russian spies over plot to bomb industrial and military targets

The Register - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 11:15
Apparently an attempt to damage Ukraine's war effort

Bavarian state police have arrested two German-Russian citizens on suspicion of being Russian spies and planning to bomb industrial and military facilities that participate in efforts to assist Ukraine defend itself against Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.…

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Ransomware feared as IT 'issues' force Octapharma Plasma to close 150+ centers

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 23:27
Source blames BlackSuit infection – as separately ISP Frontier confirms cyberattack

Octapharma Plasma has blamed IT "network issues" for the ongoing closure of its 150-plus centers across the US. It's feared a ransomware infection may be the root cause of the medical firm's ailment.…

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Crooks exploit OpenMetadata holes to mine crypto – and leave a sob story for victims

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 22:53
'I want to buy a car. That's all'

Crooks are exploiting month-old OpenMetadata vulnerabilities in Kubernetes environments to mine cryptocurrency using victims' resources, according to Microsoft.…

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House passes bill banning Uncle Sam from snooping on citizens via data brokers

The Register - Thu, 18/04/2024 - 18:29
Vote met strong opposition from Biden's office

A draft law to restrict the US government's ability to procure data on citizens through data brokers will progress to the Senate after being passed in the House of Representatives.…

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