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Ukrainian state security accuses Russia of preparing huge attack as Cisco details VPNFilter threat
Russia is preparing a large-scale cyber attack on Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev, according to Ukrainian state security.

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) accused the Russian government of “cyber aggression”, with the aim of infecting hardware and “destabilising” Ukraine’s hosting of the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

The statement came just hours after networking giant Cisco’s cybersecurity division, Talos, warned that hackers had infected some 500,000 internet routers and storage devices, mainly focusing on Ukraine, with state-developed malware called VPNFilter.

Talos said it was releasing the information before fully completing its investigation because of the urgent need to prevent the potential attack.

“Both the scale and the capability of this operation are concerning,” Talos said. “The malware has a destructive capability that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse, and has the potential of cutting off internet access for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide.”

VPNFilter is a multi-stage, modular platform, the first stage of which can survive a device reboot, which sets it apart from other malware, Talos said. Once it gains a foothold in a device, it deploys other stages of the malware, which can steal website credentials and even cause infected devices to self-destruct.

While Talos didn’t say who was behind VPNFilter, it did say the malware shared similarities with BlackEnergy, which destroyed a huge part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, an attack Ukraine linked to Russia at the time.

“The type of devices targeted by this actor are difficult to defend,” Talos added, saying VPNFilter had grown quietly since 2016. “They are frequently on the perimeter of the network, with no intrusion protection system (IPS) in place, and typically do not have an available host-based protection system such as an anti-virus (AV) package.”

As yet, no details have been released as to how the attack would affect the final.

Earlier in the year, Russian spies were accused of hacking South Korea’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The attack caused large disruption to the opening ceremony, affecting TV and web broadcasting, knocked out display monitors, Wi-Fi networks and the Winter Olympics official website.

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Anthem faces new privacy breach of 18,580 Medicare beneficiaries

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Anthem is facing a privacy breach involving 18,580 Medicare beneficiaries after a vendor employee copied company files to his personal email last summer. About 60 of the affected Medicare enrollees live in Florida, according to an Anthem spokesman. The employee who emailed Anthem records to his personal email worked for…

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Malcolm Turnbull faces Silicon Valley fight on encryption

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

If Malcolm Turnbull presses forward on threats to force technology companies to better cooperate on countering terrorism — by unlocking secret encrypted messages and data belonging to suspected violent plotters — the Prime Minister can expect a heated tussle with America’s powerful Silicon Valley. Turnbull intends to nudge world leaders…

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Ex-employee faces 7 years in prison after hacking into security firm and deleting client data

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A US man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison after being found guilty of an audacious hacking scheme in which he used a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to covertly delete a slew of sensitive computer files belonging to his former security company employer. After resigning from Florida-based…

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Chesterfield restaurant worker faces 17 counts of credit card theft

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Chesterfield restaurant worker faces 17 counts of credit card theft

Chesterfield Police say a woman who worked at a restaurant stole credit card information from several customers. Jaquade Carty faces 17 counts of credit card theft. Investigators say she allegedly took numbers from cards while working at a restaurant, and those numbers were used again at different places. Chesterfield Police say it happened while Carty was working at Kick Back …

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IT security faces huge challenge, says hacker ‘Mafiaboy’

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Michael Calce’s parents knew there was “something rather unique” about him when he was five years old, he says. Handed a computer with unlimited internet access as a child, the Montreal-raised Calce is the infamous as “Mafiaboy”, who in February … The post IT security faces […]

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Commonwealth gymnast faces string of child abuse claims

A gymnastics coach who has represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games has been charged with a string of sex offences against three teenage girls.

Ryan McKee, 25, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the girls over a five-year period between March 2010 and August 2015.

McKee, from Kinning Park, Glasgow, represented Scotland in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

He denies the charges and is due to stand trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court in August.

Court papers claim in each of the charges that he was in the course of his employment as a gymnastics coach.

It is alleged he repeatedly kissed each of the girls, who cannot be identified.

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Dutch suspect in Amanda Todd cyber-bullying case faces Canada extradition

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a man suspected of involvement in the cyber-bullying case of Amanda Todd may be extradited to Canada.

Aydin Coban, 38, denies involvement in Todd’s case. Todd sparked an international debate over cyber-bullying when she posted a YouTube video detailing her online harassment by an unknown tormenter. She committed suicide in 2012 at age 15.

In a written ruling published on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected arguments by Coban’s Dutch lawyer that Canada’s extradition request was flawed. The way is now cleared for his extradition, though under Dutch law the country’s Justice Minister must personally approve the request before it can be carried out.

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Lexington woman faces child abuse charges

A woman in Davidson County was arrested Monday after she was accused of child abuse.

Rita Adams, 43, of Lexington, is charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a child under 12 and misdemeanor child abuse.

Detectives from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received a referral from Child Protective Services.

Adams is being held on a $25,000 bond

Source:http://www.wxii12.com/article/lexington-woman-faces-child-abuse-charges/9225362

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LONG ISLAND FOSTER FATHER FACES TRIAL IN SEX ABUSE CASE

A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years is set to go on trial on charges he sexually abused eight of the children. In addition to the alleged abuse of the boys, prosecutors also said the man sexually abused a dog in front of a child.

The case against Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu sparked an investigation into New York’s foster care system that found “abysmal” communication among the child welfare agencies involved. The suspect’s lawyer disputes that any abuse took place at his client’s suburban Long Island home. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Gonzales-Mugaburu, 60, of Ridge, New York, was arrested in January 2016, after authorities said two boys in his care reported alleged abuse to a caseworker.

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