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

April 25, 2019

A peer-to-peer (P2P) communications technology built into millions of security cameras and other consumer electronics includes several critical security flaws that expose the devices to eavesdropping, credential theft and remote compromise, new research has found. The security flaws involve iLnkP2P, software developed by China-based Shenzhen Yunni Technology. iLnkP2p is bundled with millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including security cameras and Webcams, baby monitors, smart doorbells, and digital video recorders.

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A group of attackers are actively exploiting a critical vulnerability in Atlassian’s Confluence collaboration software to infect servers with the GandCrab ransomware. Confluence is a Java-based web application that provides a shared wiki-type workspace for enterprise employees and is used by tens of thousands of companies worldwide. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-3396, is in the software’s Widget Connector that allows users to embed content from YouTube, Twitter and other websites into web pages.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has asked to end its mass phone surveillance program because the work involved outweighs its intelligence value, according to reports this week. The NSA’s clandestine phone records gathering program dates back to the introduction of the Patriot Act in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the US. Section 215 of the Act enabled the US intelligence community to collect extensive information.

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Microsoft revealed double-digit growth in its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday (April 24). Revenues grew by 14 percent to $30.6 billion, with profits climbing 19 percent to $8.8 billion. What really excited the stock market, however, was the 73 percent increase in revenues from Azure cloud services. This helped drive a five percent rise in Microsoft’s share price to $131.37, finally elevating it into the 13-digit club.

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You put out your own personal data every day, sometimes without even knowing it. And if you’re not prepared for a mobile security attack, it’s too easy for a hacker to target you.As technology continues to develop for people worldwide, we will, unfortunately, see more naive people fall victim to a hack. But if you study closely on how you can protect yourself from savvy hackers, you won’t become just another statistic.

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