The servers of Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), the activist group behind the BlueLeaks data breach of records belonging to more than 200 US law enforcement entities, have been seized by German police. Emma Best of DDoSecrets defended the breach and subsequent release of data as "journalistic publishing."
The US will not tolerate cyberattacks by China and the theft of intellectual property that costs US companies billions, FBI Director Christopher Wray said this week, adding that such actions constitute "one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history." Wray's comments come as the US evaluates potential national security concerns related to Chinese social media app TikTok, as well as the targeting of US entities conducting coronavirus research.
Microsoft has unveiled significant new features for its Teams platform, including a Together Mode that digitally places participants in a shared background and a dynamic view that lets users share content side by side with other participants. Other new features include video filters, live reactions, chat bubbles, translation for transcripts and captions, and support for more participants.
A popular WordPress advertising plug-in, Adning Advertising, contains a bug that could allow remote code execution attacks and complete site takeovers, as well as a vulnerability that could allow file deletion. Users of the plug-in, which has more than 8,000 customers, are urged to update it to patch the problems.
A free decryptor app developed by SentinelOne is available to victims of the ThiefQuest ransomware. ThiefQuest, formerly known as EvilQuest, targets MacOS with what researchers describe as an unsophisticated collection of malicious code.
Kazakh national Andrey Turchin, aka "fxmsp," has been charged by the US with conspiracy to commit computer hacking and other crimes related to data breaches at up to 300 companies, including as many as 30 in the US. Turchin's location is unknown.
About three-quarters of cybersecurity companies have yet to take a stand on Black Lives Matter, which sends the wrong signal to Black employees and customers, writes software engineer and entrepreneur Tiffany Ricks. She notes that the industry also needs to alert the public about hackers who are exploiting BLM and other social justice campaigns to launch ransomware attacks and phishing campaigns.
Google has released Android 11 Beta 2, its platform stability release, meaning developers can focus on app testing and their final Android 11 compatibility updates. Google is aiming to launch Android 11 in early September.
Microsoft is continuing to expand its stable of artificial intelligence services by adding more Cognitive Services APIs to its Azure Cloud Platform, including the new Text Analytics for Health API, which can be used to manage unstructured medical data. The company has also announced the general availability of APIs that help developers add voice commands to their apps and quickly extract data from large volumes of unstructured documents.
SUSE intends to boost its Kubernetes management offerings with the acquisition of Rancher Labs. SUSE calls the deal "a huge win for SUSE's global partner ecosystem," saying customers will now have access to a broader range of services.
- Page 1