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

August 21, 2019

Quantum computing: The new moonshot in the cyber space race. In 2016, China launched Micius, the world’s first quantum communications enabled satellite. For some, that launch eerily echoed the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite in 1957, which caught the United States off guard and spurred a decades-long contest to regain and maintain global technological and military supremacy.

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PEpper is an open source tool to perform malware static analysis on Portable Executable. Following are some of the features supported by the tool

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Traditional computers process information as bits, with all computation carried out in a binary language of 1s and 0s. Electronical current is either flowing through a transistor, or it isn’t. However, at the quantum level, these binary states no longer hold. Quantum superposition means a subatomic particle can exist in two states at once, so a qubit – a unit of quantum information – could run certain computations on numerous possibilities simultaneously. Binary bits scale computation in powers of two, but qubits can theoretically outmatch this complexity by orders of magnitude.

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The threat actor behind the coordinated ransomware attack against multiple Texas local governments may have gained access to its computer systems via a third-party software provider. According to NPR, which first reported the development, the attackers want a collective ransom of $2.5 million. So far, there are no indications the amount has been paid.

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If you’re a frequent moviegoer, there’s a chance you may have used or are still using movie ticket subscription service and mobile app MoviePass. The service is designed to let film fanatics attend a variety of movies for a convenient price, however, it has now made data convenient for cybercriminals to potentially get ahold of. According to TechCrunch, the exposed database contained 161 million records, with many of those records including sensitive user information.

So, what exactly do these records include? The exposed user data includes 58,000 personal credit cards and customer card numbers, which are similar to normal debit cards. They are issued by Mastercard and store a cash balance that users can use to pay so they can watch a catalogue of movies. In addition to the MoviePass customer cards and financial information numbers, other exposed data includes billing addresses, names, and email addresses. TechCrunch reported that a combination of this data could very well be enough information to make fraudulent purchases.

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