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Iranian Hackers Exploit VPNs Worldwide

Iranian Hackers Exploit VPNs Worldwide Last year major companies that make VPN servers were found to have security holes in them and now it appears according to a recent report that government cyber hackers from Iran have been exploiting these publicly announced security holes so they could gain e...
Tags: Security, Updates, Business, Technology, Networking, Privacy, Internet, Iran, Sem, Cybersecurity, Exploit, Anonymity, Vpn, Backdoor, Iranian Hackers, Threats


Iran Has Been Targeting VPN Servers to Plant Backdoors

"A new report published today reveals that Iran's government-backed hacking units have made a top priority last year to exploit VPN bugs as soon as they became public in order to infiltrate and plant backdoors in companies all over the world," writes ZDNet: According to a report from Israeli cyber-security firm ClearSky, Iranian hackers have targeted companies "from the IT, Telecommunication, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Government, and Security sectors." The report comes to dispel the notion that Ir...
Tags: Tech, Iran, Vpn, Zdnet, ClearSky


Google Redraws the Borders On Maps Depending On Who's Looking

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: For more than 70 years, India and Pakistan have waged sporadic and deadly skirmishes over control of the mountainous region of Kashmir. Tens of thousands have died in the conflict, including three just this month. Both sides claim the Himalayan outpost as their own, but web surfers in India could be forgiven for thinking the dispute is all but settled: The borders on Google's online maps there display Kashmir as fully under Indian con...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, India, Africa, Tech, Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, Argentina, Google Maps, Kashmir, The Washington Post


Facebook removes 'foreign interference' operations from Iran and Russia

The Russian operation focused on Ukraine and the Iranian network posted about the US 2020 presidential election.
Tags: Facebook, Russia, US, Tech, Iran, Ukraine


US government files racketeering charges against Huawei and its CFO, accusing the Chinese telecom giant of conspiring to steal trade secrets from 6 tech companies

The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Chinese telecom company Huawei with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The Trump administration has pursued charges against Huawei for close to a year now, as geopolitical tensions between the US and Huawei's home country China continue to rise. The latest indictment includes information alleging Huawei tried to steal trade secrets from six different US technology companies and "made repeated misstatement...
Tags: Apple, North Korea, China, US, Trends, Iran, Fbi, Canada, Un, Department Of Justice, Huawei, Doj, Trump, Rico, US EU, Department of Justice DOJ


DOJ charges Huawei and CFO Meng Wanzhou with racketeering, conspiracy to steal IP

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced a 16-count superseding indictment against the Chinese technology company Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou. Among the charges: racketeering and conspiracy to steal intellectual property. Here is the full text of the DoJ announcement: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 13, 2020 Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to S...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, Crime, News, Justice, North Korea, China, Tech, World news, US news, Iran, Fbi, Tech News, United States, Dallas


Huawei faces new US charges alleging decades-long effort to steal technology

Superseding indictment likely to deepen US-UK tensionsTelecoms giant accused of violating Iran and Korea sanctionsHuawei has been accused of stealing trade secrets and lying to US federal investigators in a new indictment that is likely to deepen US-UK tensions over a recent move by the British government to allow the Chinese company to supply 5G equipment for a new network.The superseding indictment makes new allegations against the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, including claims tha...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, Iran, Korea, US crime, Huawei, US UK


The US is charging Huawei with racketeering

Ratcheting up its pressure campaign against Huawei and its affiliates, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced today that it has brought 16 charges against Huawei in a sprawling case with major geopolitical implications (you can read the full 56-page indictment here). Huawei is being charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute. The DoJ alleges that Huawei and a number of its affiliates used confidential agreements with American...
Tags: Asia, North Korea, Government, China, Germany, US, America, Tech, Cisco, Iran, Fbi, Policy, Chicago, Canada, United Kingdom, Department Of Justice


The CIA Secretly Bought a Company That Sold Encryption Devices Across the World. Then, Its Spies Read Everything.

Greg Miller, reporting for Washington Post: For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, ...
Tags: Washington Post, India, Tech, Iran, United States, Pakistan, Cia, The Washington Post, Latin America, Rubicon, ZDF, Greg Miller, Crypto AG


North Korea's Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a "maximum pressure" American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. From a report: The study concludes that since 2017 -- the year President Trump threatened "fire and fury like the world has never seen" against the country -- the North's use of the internet has surged about 300 percent. Nearly half of that traffic now...
Tags: North Korea, China, Russia, Tech, Iran, United States, National Security Agency, Trump, Kim Jong, Cambridge Mass, Priscilla Moriuchi


Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

Four senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the country. “The Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,” he wrote in a letter to the company. Although the move comes as relations between Iran and the U.S. grow ever more strained following a series of violent incidents connected with the country, it is also attempt...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Obama, Government, White House, Tech, Iran, Policy, United States, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Ayatollah Khamenei, Trump, Northern California, Javad Zarif, Khamenei


PayPal Holds Payments to Magazine's Staff After Publisher Mentioned Article on Iran in Notes

What happens when PayPal, the Treasury Department, and a New York magazine walk into a bar together? Nothing good!Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, North Korea, Iran, Paypal, Mobile Payments, Payments, Cuba, Sanctions, Stripe, Venmo, Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, PayPal the Treasury Department


In this email scam, Iran-linked hackers pose as journalists

Reuters today published a report about an email hacking operation targeting journalists and their connected sources, and the scam appears to be associated with Iran. The scam is this: send cleverly disguised emails that impersonate prominent journalists, in an effort to get the recipient to give up valuable data and access. Here is an example. IMAGE: Screenshot by researchers at the London-based Certfa Lab shows a bogus, Farsi-language interview request that appears to have been sent by jour...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Technology, London, News, Email, Privacy, Tech, Atlanta, Iran, Cnn, Hack, Prague, Hacked, United Nations


Twitter suspends ‘large network’ of fake accounts used to match phone numbers to users

Twitter announced today that over the holidays it identified and shut down “a large network of fake accounts,” as well as many others “located in a wide range of countries,” collectively abusing a feature that let them match phone numbers to user accounts. TechCrunch previously reported this same issue on December 24, which is also the day Twitter says that it “became aware” that the abuse was taking place. Security researcher Ibrahim Balic found that a bug in Twitter’s Android app let him su...
Tags: Security, Social, Twitter, Tech, Iran, Malaysia, TechCrunch, Iran Israel, Belic, Balic, Ibrahim Balic


Stocks sink on fears coronavirus outbreak will dent the economy

By ALEX VEIGA The stock market got off to roaring start in January, until a virus outbreak that started in China wiped out its gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded more than 600 points Friday as the outbreak continued to widen, stoking fears that the travel restrictions and other uncertainties caused by the health emergency in the world’s second-largest economy could dent global growth. Technology companies, which do a lot of business with China, led the losses. Airlines fell after De...
Tags: Apple, Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Sport, European Union, Iran, Soccer, United Kingdom, Delta, Nvidia, Treasury, World Health Organization, Airlines


Akira Kurosawa’s List of His 100 Favorite Movies

In movies like Seven Samurai and High and Low, director Akira Kurosawa took the cinematic language of Hollywood and improved on it, creating a vigorous, muscular method of visual storytelling that became a stylistic playbook for the likes of Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. In movies like Ikiru, The Bad Sleep Well and The Lower Depths, Kurosawa relentlessly struggled to find the rays of light among the shadows of the human soul. This philosophical urgency combined ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Greece, Yahoo, Film, College, France, Life, Germany, Los Angeles, Spain, Iran, Earth, Taiwan


Apple bans radio app that is front for Iranian taxi service

Users of RadickRadio app with Iranian IP address got access to ride-hailing service SnappA digital radio app has been removed from Apple’s App Store after it was discovered to be a front for an Iranian cab-hailing firm attempting to sneak past US sanctions.RadickRadio first appeared on the App Store in early July offering a selection of radio stations playing genres including classic rock, folk and pop hits. The app’s thousands of reviews added to the impression that it was a simple music player...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Technology, US, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, App Store


AS HEARD ON NH Today with Jack Heath WGIR-AM 610: The Technology and Spread of the Coronavirus and More

Welcome, Good Monday morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I was on with Jack Heath this morning. We discussed Iran, The Broadcom chipset in cable modems that makes them vulnerable to attack, How Amazon is changing it’s delivery model and most importantly if you use Firefox, the Patch that is available. Here we go with Jack. These and more tech tips, news, and updates visit – CraigPeterson.com —  Automated Machine Transcript: Craig We are going to have to be prepared for and expect this as...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, Podcast, China, Massachusetts, Toronto, Iran, Sem, Karen, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Jack, Bangkok, Broadcom, Craig


The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online

There are times when vitally important stories lurk behind the headlines. Yes, impeachment is historic and worth significant coverage, but it’s not the only important story. The recent threat of war with Iran merited every second of intense world interest. But what if I told you that as we lurch from crisis to crisis there is a slow-building, bipartisan movement to engage in one of most significant acts of censorship in modern American history? What if I told you that our contemporary hosti...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, News, Congress, Uncategorized, America, Joe Biden, Iran, Snapchat, Ideas, Missouri, Sacha Baron Cohen, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, Cohen


US case against Huawei's Meng Wanzhou is 'fiction', say lawyers

Extradition hearing begins in Canada as defence team rejects allegations that executive tried to get around Iran sanctionsThe accusations of sanctions busting against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have been dismissed by her lawyers as “fiction” at the start of a legal hearing in Canada in which she is fighting extradition to the United States.Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the technology conglomerate, and eldest daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, is wanted by US authorities for ...
Tags: Technology, Washington, China, Americas, US, US news, Iran, Canada, Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, United States Meng Wanzhou


Cyber War isn’t Coming It is already Here!

Cyber War isn’t Coming It is already Here! Wars today are less likely to be kinetic, and it is safe to assume that the primary mode of retaliation from Iran will be a cyber attack. Iran wants to bring down the U.S., and the fastest way to do that is to damage us economically. They are consisten...
Tags: Security, Updates, Cloud, Business, Technology, Safety, Internet, Passwords, Government, Iran, Sem, Cybersecurity, Spying, Cybercrime, Bankruptcy, Computers


Weekend reading: Pre-apocalyptic budgeting blues

What caught my eye this week. U nlike every other personal finance blogger around, I’ve started 2020 wondering whether it’s time I spent more money. Definitely not going bananas – financial independence is too precious a salve for that! But making little effort to further grow my wealth. This is a novel thing for me to consider. Saving comes naturally (genetically?) to me. I’ve mostly left The Accumulator to write posts about mental fortitude and so on, because I’ve no great insights in this a...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, London, China, Russia, Africa, Marketing, US, Eu, Bloomberg, Iran, Bbc, Atlantic, Britain, Egypt


Only Known Full-Time Cybersecurity Director Working for Any Democratic Presidential Campaign Resigns

Democratic candidate for president and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign cybersecurity official has resigned, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, China, Russia, Iran, Cybersecurity, South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Election, Election Security, Election Interference


Buttigieg’s CISO resigns, leaving no known cybersecurity chiefs among the 2020 candidates

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has lost his campaign’s chief information security officer, who cited “differences” with the campaign over its security practices. Mick Baccio, who served under the former South Bend mayor’s campaign for the White House, left his position earlier this month. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. TechCrunch also confirmed Baccio’s resignation, who left less than a year after joining the Buttigieg campaign. It remains unclear exactly what specific i...
Tags: Security, Government, White House, Lgbt, Tech, Spokesperson, Iran, United States, Homeland Security, Christians, Mayor, Wall Street Journal, Presidential Election, Trump, Chris Meagher, Buttigieg


Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Last week, the internet went dark for Yemen and its 28 million citizens. It's still not fully back today. In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday. Wired reports: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Ethiopia all felt major effects from last week's cut of the so-called Falcon cable, which even impacted countries as far away as Comoros and Tanzania. Most of them weren't totally knocked offline, though...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Tech, Iran, Oman, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen, Kashmir, Kuwait, Falcon, Comoros, Red Sea, Aden, Kuwait Saudi Arabia Sudan


How Digital Sleuths Unravelled the Mystery of Iran's Plane Crash

Open-source intelligence proved vital in the investigation into Ukraine Airlines flight PS752. Then Iranian officials had to admit the truth. From a report: [...] In the days after the Ukraine Airlines plane crashed into the ground outside Tehran, Bellingcat and The New York Times have blown a hole in the supposition that the downing of the aircraft was an engine failure. The pressure -- and the weight of public evidence -- compelled Iranian officials to admit overnight on January 10 that the co...
Tags: Tech, Iran, New York Times, Middle East, Exif, Swansea University, Higgins, Bellingcat, Eliot Higgins, Ukraine Airlines, Tehran Bellingcat, Lorand Bodo, Yvonne McDermott Rees, Bellingcat Because Bellingcat


Anger in Iran over jet’s downing; gunfire disperses protests

By JON GAMBRELL DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government’s attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy, as online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets. Iranians, already suffering under crippling U.S. sanctions, expressed shock and outrage over the plane crash that killed scores of young people. They also decried the misleadi...
Tags: New York, Technology, London, News, Protest, Iraq, Berlin, Uncategorized, US, America, Sport, World news, Iran, Ukraine, Britain, Soccer


Jeff Bezos just turned 56. Here's how he built Amazon into a nearly $1 trillion company and became the world's richest man. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos turned 56 on Sunday.  Bezos founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Here's how Bezos got his start and grew Amazon into what it is today. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos turned 56 on Sunday.  The founder and CEO of Amazon, who incorporated the company in 1994, has had a tumultuous year — this time in 2019, he was in the process of a divorce and had just had his pers...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Texas, Microsoft, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, New York City, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Intel, Star Trek, Cnn


The gift of silence in a very loud world

Whew! It looks like we dodged a war with Iran. At least for now. But Australia is still burning. Puerto Rico is shaking. Congress is impeaching. Prince Harry and Megan are quitting. The homeless are multiplying and Sacramento wants to turn your neighborhood into midtown Manhattan. Bad news is coming at us like ants at a picnic and we need two Valiums and a puppy before we can even look at our phones. Everything is presented to us as: Urgent! Dire! Unprecedented! Or: Catastrophic! Heat in the sum...
Tags: Google, Congress, Australia, California, Opinion, US, Sacramento, Sport, Iran, Soccer, Middle East, Manhattan, Harry, John Adams, Donald Trump, AAA


Bomb’s will not be Iran’s retaliation – Technological hacks are more likely

Bomb’s will not be Iran’s retaliation – Technological hacks are more likely Microsoft said on Friday that Iranian hackers, with apparent backing from the government, had made more than 2,700 attempts to identify the email accounts of current and former United States gover...
Tags: Security, Updates, Business, Technology, Networking, Email, Microsoft, Privacy, Internet, Government, US, Iran, Data, Sem, Cybersecurity, Cybercrime



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