Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

April 18, 2019

Facebook has confirmed it “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts belonging to 1.5 million new users without their knowledge since May 2016. It is now deleting the information. This discovery, first reported by Business Insider, began when a security researcher realized Facebook was requesting email passwords to verify some users’ identities during the account creation process. If the password was entered, users saw an alert informing them Facebook was importing their contacts – even though the site hadn’t requested permission to do so.

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Car2go’s mobile application appears to have been central to a fraudulent scheme used to steal as many as 100 high-end vehicles. As reported by CBS Chicago, the short-term rental car service has temporarily revoked its services in Chicago where the alleged scheme took place.

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Cisco has disclosed 29 new vulnerabilities and is warning customers using its ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to install an update to address a critical flaw that can be exploited remotely without user credentials. The ASR flaw with the identifier CVE-2019-1710 is the most severe of dozens of vulnerabilities Cisco has disclosed. The bug has a severity rating of 9.8 out of a possible 10.

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A former student at the College of St. Rose pleaded guilty this week to a February computer attack that destroyed $51,109 worth of computer and peripheral equipment and cost the New York college $7,362 in employee time spent in investigation and remediation. The attack vector was the USB port found in all of the computers, monitors, and computer-enhanced podiums hit in the attack.

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Strong similarities exist between the precarious plight of Daenerys Targaryen and that of modern security leaders. First off, both are outnumbered by their rivals — on paper, at least. North of the Wall, an army of undead warriors led by something akin to an icy necromancer has amassed to epic proportions. Even if it wasn’t the largest army in Westeros, it may well become so due to the Night King’s ability to turn the dead into undead loyal soldiers. As the forthcoming war rages through the North, this army will swell with fresh recruits.

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