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An Attack on Albanian Government Suggests New Iranian Aggression

An Attack on Albanian Government Suggests New Iranian Aggression

In mid-July, a cyberattack on the Albanian government knocked out state websites and public services for hours. With Russia’s war raging in Ukraine, the Kremlin might seem like the likeliest suspect. But research published on Thursday by the threat intelligence firm Mandiant attributes the attack to Iran. And while Tehran’s espionage operations and digital meddling …

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The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

As the United States near midterm elections, lawmakers and law enforcement officials are on high alert about violent threats targeted at election officials across the country—domestic threats that have taken the first billing over foreign influence operations and meddling as the primary concern for the 2022 elections. In another arena, though, Congress is making progress …

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Apple's Lockdown Mode Aims to Counter Spyware Threats

Apple’s Lockdown Mode Aims to Counter Spyware Threats

The surveillance-for-hire Industry has emerged in recent years as a very real threat to activists, dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders around the world, as vendors offer increasingly invasive and effective spyware to governments. The most sophisticated of these tools, like NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware, target victims’ smartphones using rare and sophisticated exploits to …

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The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2022 So Far

The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2022 So Far

Whether the first six months of 2022 have felt interminable or fleeting—or both—massive hacks, data breaches, digital scams, and ransomware attacks continued apace throughout the first half of this complicated year. With the Covid-19 pandemic, economic instability, geopolitical unrest, and bitter human rights disputes grinding on around the world, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and digital attacks have …

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A New, Remarkably Sophisticated Malware Is Attacking Routers

A New, Remarkably Sophisticated Malware Is Attacking Routers

An unusually advanced hacking group has spent almost two years infecting a wide range of routers in North America and Europe with malware that takes full control of connected devices running Windows, macOS, and Linux, researchers reported on June 28. So far, researchers from Lumen Technologies’ Black Lotus Labs say they’ve identified at least 80 …

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