News – April 2019


  • Mystery of the Chinese woman who allegedly tried to sneak into Trump’s Mar-a-Lago with a USB stick of malware

    April 2, 2019

    A Chinese woman was caught sneaking into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club with a thumb drive of malware, it was claimed yesterday. Yujing Zhang, 32, was collared after possibly trying to slip into a bash at the swanky resort promoted by Li “Cindy” Yang, the former massage parlor boss who denies allegations she sold access to the president and his ...

  • Google Warns of Growing Android Attack Vector: Backdoored SDKs and Pre-Installed Apps

    April 1, 2019

    Google is reporting an uptick in efforts by bad actors to plant potentially harmful applications (PHAs) on Android devices via pre-installed apps and by bundling them with system updates delivered over the air. The technique is especially troubling, Google said, because PHAs are often malicious and users have no control over what comes pre-installed on their ...

  • AI infosec biz Darktrace boasts near-doubled revenues as firm alumni battle HPE in civil case

    April 1, 2019

    Darktrace, the security startup backed in part by Mike Lynch, the exec currently involved in a big civil fraud case being heard at the UK’s High Court, has nearly doubled turnover and reported deeper losses. The firm, started by Cambridge Uni maths boffins and folk with infosec experience gained at intelligence agencies, said in its latest results (PDF)that revenue ...

  • U.S. hackers helped UAE spy on Al Jazeera chairman, BBC host

    April 1, 2019

    A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar. The American operatives worked for Project ...

  • Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in H2 2018

    March 27, 2019

    All statistical data used in this report was collected using the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), a distributed antivirus network. The data was received from those KSN users who gave their consent to have data anonymously transferred from their computers. We do not identify the specific companies/organizations sending statistics to KSN, due to the product limitations and regulatory ...