What is Log4j? A cybersecurity expert explains the latest internet vulnerability, how bad it is and what’s at stake | #computerhacking | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Log4Shell, an internet vulnerability that affects millions of computers, involves an obscure but nearly ubiquitous piece of software, Log4j. The software is used to record all manner of activities that go on under the hood in a wide range of computer systems. Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity &……

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AvosLocker ransomware exploits AnyDesk and Safe Mode: Sophos | #linux | #linuxsecurity | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Security vendor Sophos says the attackers behind the AvosLocker ransomware are using the combination of Windows Safe Mode and the AnyDesk remote administration tool to bypass security controls and plant their malware. AvosLocker is a fairly recent ransomware-as-a service that has already been used to attack Windows and Linux systems……

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Did China fake the coverage of tennis star Peng Shuai? | #socialmedia | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Analysis of footage of tennis star Peng Shuai released by Chinese state media indicates that government officials may have orchestrated the coverage. On 2 November, Peng used Chinese social-media site Weibo to accuse former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct. The post was removed from the platform within 20……

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Hillicon Valley — Five Eyes nations warn of cyber threats | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Today is Wednesday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup. Follow The Hill’s cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@millsrodrigo) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage. Top……

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Posts share misleadingly edited video of Trudeau’s year-end interview | #socialmedia | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Copyright AFP 2017-2021. All rights reserved. Social media posts feature a clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking about “attacking fundamental rights,” with some suggesting he was referencing his government’s response to Covid-19. But the clip has been misleadingly edited, and the Liberal leader was answering a question about……

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Finalists to Anchor City’s Climate Solutions Center on Governors Island | #education | #technology | #training | #cybersecurity | #hacker

December 22, 2021 Four teams led by top universities move to next phase of competition dedicated to advancing New York City as a leader in the development of urban climate solutions NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and The Trust for Governors Island (the Trust) today announced the next steps in……

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Reducing opinion polarization: Effects of exposure to similar people with differing political views | #socialmedia | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Significance Informal political discussions with peers can increase trust in democracy and improve understanding of self and others. However, these benefits do not often materialize because people tend to shy away from political discussions and because friendship networks rarely expose highly divergent political views. In a large-scale experiment, we overcome……

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Alibaba Researcher Spotted Global Software Flaw, but Beijing Complains of Reporting Delay | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack | #cybersecurity | #hacker

SINGAPORE—In late November, an Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. researcher found and alerted an open-source software foundation about a global software vulnerability that is now troubling governments and companies world-wide. This week, the company found itself in hot water in China for what officials said was its failure to report the……

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Is the US crackdown on spyware firms just getting started? | Cybersecurity News | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Washington, DC – In the increasingly infamous surveillance software industry, the Israeli firm NSO Group emerged this year as the undisputed poster child of digital spyware landing in the wrong hands. In July, the Pegasus Project – a collaboration by Amnesty International and a coalition of media outlets – revealed……

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Norton Names Tech Support Phishing Scams Top Threat | #phishing | #scams | #cybersecurity | #hacker

Got a pop-up message from tech support? It’s probably not the real thing. Tech support scams were the top phishing threat for organizations in the third quarter of 2021, reported NortonLifeLock. Tech Support Scam Takeaways The consumer antivirus company reported that it blocked over 12.3 million tech support URLs connected……

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