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

November 28, 2019

Cybercriminals are tapping in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers with an array of scams and malware – including domain impersonation, social media giveaway scams, and a malicious Chrome extension.

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Google has directly warned more than 12,000 users across 149 countries that they have been targeted by government-backed hackers. Google says the attack attempts occurred in the third quarter of this year.

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Kali Linux 2019.4 includes new undercover mode for pentesters doing work in public places
Offensive Security, maintainers of the popular Kali Linux open source project, released Kali Linux 2019.4, the latest iteration of the Kali Linux penetration testing platform. The new release includes several new features, including a new default desktop environment, a new theme and a new undercover mode for pentesters doing assessment work in public places.

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The personal details of some past and present employees – their names, dates of birth and social security numbers – have been exposed online. According to the report, Palo Alto Networks confirmed to Business Insider that the personal details of seven current and former employees had been “inadvertently” published online by a “third-party vendor” in February. etails have only now become public due to a tip off to the press by a former employee who wished to remain anonymous. ow, let’s take a moment to keep things in perspective. In a week when the security news is writing about the private details of 1.2 billion people being found on servers left wide open to anyone on the internet, a breach involving the details of seven workers cannot be considered comparable.

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Hackers have exploited Netflix’s data retention policies to reactivate cancelled customer subscriptions and steal their accounts. Former subscribers say they noticed their accounts had been reinstated when they were charged a monthly fee, months after cancellation.

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