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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Brazilian Hackers Described as Adaptable Pirates

Brazil does not have a highly organized hacker underground in the same way as Russia and eastern Europe. Most of the malicious activity by Brazilian actors is within Brazil against Brazilians. The primary reasons are geography and language, and very strict money moving laws. But this does not mean that Brazil lacks hacking capabilities, nor that the rest of the world can ignore Brazilian hackers.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Blue Cross of Idaho Hacked, Some Member Information Accessed

One of Idaho’s largest insurance companies said Friday that someone hacked its website and obtained access to the personal information of about 5,600 customers, including their names, claim payment information and codes indicating medical procedures they may have undergone.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Norsk Hydro Delays Financial Report Due to Cyberattack

Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro last week announced that its financial report for the first quarter of 2019 will be delayed by over one month due to the recent cyberattack that caused significant disruptions to the company’s operations.

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Attorney: Mar-a-Lago Infiltrator Had Hidden-Camera Detector

A Chinese woman recently arrested at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club lied repeatedly to Secret Service agents while carrying computer malware unlike anything a government analyst had ever seen and had more than $8,000 in cash at her hotel room, along with an electronic device that detects hidden cameras, federal authorities told a judge Monday.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Attorney: Mar-a-Lago Infiltrator Had Hidden-Camera Detector

A Chinese woman recently arrested at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club lied repeatedly to Secret Service agents while carrying computer malware unlike anything a government analyst had ever seen and had more than $8,000 in cash at her hotel room, along with an electronic device that detects hidden cameras, federal authorities told a judge Monday.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Payment Card Data Stolen From AeroGrow Website

AeroGrow International, the company that makes the popular AeroGarden smart countertop gardens, recently informed customers that their payment card information may have been compromised as a result of a cybersecurity incident impacting its website.

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Foreign Interference in Canadian Election ‘Very Likely’, Says Minister

Canada's foreign minister warned Friday that outside interference in the country's upcoming parliamentary election was "very likely".

"We are very concerned. Our judgement is that interference is very likely and we think there have probably already been efforts by malign foreign actors to disrupt our democracy," Chrystia Freeland said.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Foreign Interference in Canadian Election ‘Very Likely’, Says Minister

Canada's foreign minister warned Friday that outside interference in the country's upcoming parliamentary election was "very likely".

"We are very concerned. Our judgement is that interference is very likely and we think there have probably already been efforts by malign foreign actors to disrupt our democracy," Chrystia Freeland said.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: US Colleges Halt Work With Huawei Following Federal Charges

Some of the nation’s top research universities are cutting ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei as the company faces allegations of bank fraud and trade theft.

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Bayer Confirms Cyber Attack But Says No Data Stolen

German chemicals giant Bayer confirmed Thursday reports it had suffered a hacking attack, but insisted that so far no data appeared to have been stolen.

The Leverkusen-based group "detected indications of (hacker group) Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018," a spokesman told AFP, confirming reports by German public broadcasters BR and NDR.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Bayer Confirms Cyber Attack But Says No Data Stolen

German chemicals giant Bayer confirmed Thursday reports it had suffered a hacking attack, but insisted that so far no data appeared to have been stolen.

The Leverkusen-based group "detected indications of (hacker group) Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018," a spokesman told AFP, confirming reports by German public broadcasters BR and NDR.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Chinese Woman Carrying Malware Allegedly Got Into Mar-a-Lago

A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents.

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UK Identifies Fresh Huawei Risks to Telecom Networks

Britain has identified "significant" issues in Huawei's engineering processes that pose "new risks" for the nation's telecommunications, a government report found Thursday amid lingering global suspicion over the Chinese technology giant.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: UK Identifies Fresh Huawei Risks to Telecom Networks

Britain has identified "significant" issues in Huawei's engineering processes that pose "new risks" for the nation's telecommunications, a government report found Thursday amid lingering global suspicion over the Chinese technology giant.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: LockerGoga Ransomware Neutralized by Shortcut Files

At least some variants of the LockerGoga ransomware, a piece of malware involved in several recent high profile attacks, do not encrypt files on a compromised device if a certain type of shortcut file is found in a specific Windows folder, researchers discovered.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Major U.S. Chemical Firms Hit by Cyberattack

Operations at two major US-based chemical companies, Hexion and Momentive, were disrupted recently by a cyberattack reportedly involving LockerGoga, the ransomware that recently hit Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Norsk Hydro Restoring Systems, But Not Paying Ransom

Norwegian metals and energy giant Norsk Hydro is working on restoring systems after being hit by ransomware, but the company says it does not plan on paying the hackers.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Aluminum Giant Norsk Hydro Hit by Ransomware

Norwegian metals and energy giant Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s biggest aluminum producers, has been hit by a ransomware attack that has impacted operations, forcing the company to resort to manual processes.

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SecurityWeek RSS Feed: Norway’s Norsk Hydro Hit by ‘Extensive’ Cyberattack

One of the world's biggest aluminium producers, Norway's Norsk Hydro, said Tuesday it had been hit by a cyber-attack of unknown origin.

"Hydro became victim of an extensive cyberattack in the early hours of Tuesday, impacting operations in several of the company's business areas," the energy group said in a statement.

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Norway’s Norsk Hydro Hit by ‘Extensive’ Cyberattack

One of the world's biggest aluminium producers, Norway's Norsk Hydro, said Tuesday it had been hit by a cyber-attack of unknown origin.

"Hydro became victim of an extensive cyberattack in the early hours of Tuesday, impacting operations in several of the company's business areas," the energy group said in a statement.

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NATO Takes Huawei Security Concerns Seriously: Stoltenberg

Security concerns about the role of Huawei in Western 5G telecom infrastructure are to be taken seriously, the head of NATO said Thursday, as Washington steps up pressure on Europe not to use the Chinese firm.

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