The campaigns of President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden are being targeted by hackers working for Iran and China, respectively, Google security executive Shane Huntley tweeted Thursday in an unusually public attribution. Charming Kitten, the group said to be targeting the Trump campaign, has also recently attempted cyberattacks on pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences.
More than 29,000 malicious Android apps were in use in the first quarter, mobile security company Upstream reports -- double the number found a year earlier. Nine of the 10 most malicious apps still appeared in the Google Play Store, indicating that bad actors are finding ways to slip dangerous apps through the vetting process.
A cyberattack on the online test platforms at a major university in the Northeast was traced to another university, and its timing suggested "typical student cyber activities," security company Netscout Systems reports. Schools have been told to expect an increase in cyberattacks as remote learning expands, and Netscout executive Carlos Morales notes that student-instigated attacks often involve "internet-based botnets for the purpose of test cancellation/delay."
Slack is teaming up with Amazon Web Services in a multiyear product integration agreement as it seeks to appeal more to enterprise customers. The expanded partnership aligns the companies against Microsoft, whose Azure cloud platform and Teams collaboration tool compete with AWS and Slack.
Law firm Polsinelli and alternative legal services provider UnitedLex are courting the medical devices, tech and auto industries with an effort to develop and manage intellectual property. UnitedLex's Joe Dearing, executive vice president of global IP solutions, says the first step is often helping clients rediscover long-forgotten contents in patent portfolios.
A tip for would-be innovators at law firms: Don't lean too heavily on the term "innovation," says Bobbi Basile of HBR Consulting. Others in the field, such as CEO David Holme of legaltech provider Exigent Group, point out that finance and fintech generally lead the way in innovation, with legal "swept along."
Ransomware group Maze posted what appear to be data taken from a cyberattack on Conduent, an IT services company serving Fortune 100 companies and more than 500 governments. The May 29 attack was quickly identified by Conduent, and systems were mostly restored within eight hours, the company said.
BlackBerry and KPMG's UK Cyber Response Services have uncovered a new ransomware strain they call Tycoon, which uses a Java image file, or JIMAGE, to deploy malware on networks from educational facilities, software companies, and small and midsized enterprises. Anti-malware programs rarely scan JIMAGE files, which in this case carry code that enables the hacker to attack Windows and Linux systems.
Encrypted messaging app Signal has introduced a feature in Android and iOS that blurs faces in pictures, a process that happens on the device rather than in the cloud. The feature comes as the protests over the killing of George Floyd have driven record downloads of the app.
VMware is acquiring anti-malware research provider Lastline to add expertise and capabilities to the VMware Carbon Black Threat Analysis Unit. The deal will enable the combined entities to provide a wider range of tools for networking and security, and it complements other VMware products in cloud, data center, end user and workload protection.
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