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Cops prevented crims from bilking victims out of more than €10m - but couldn't stop crime against art A Europol-led operation dubbed “Pandora” has shut down a dozen phone scam centers, and arrested 21 suspects. The cops reckon the action prevented criminals from bilking victims out of more than €10 million (£8.6 million, $11 million).…
Congress to hear how Citrix MFA snafu led to massive data theft, $870M+ loss Updated UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty will tell US lawmakers Wednesday the cybercriminals who hit Change Healthcare with ransomware used stolen credentials to remotely access a Citrix portal that didn't have multi-factor authentication enabled.…
Warning comes exactly a year after the vulnerability was introduced The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is forcing all federal agencies to patch a critical vulnerability in GitLab's Community and Enterprise editions, confirming it is very much under "active exploit."…

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A 'murky' web sees many purchases run through Singapore in a way that hides potential users Indonesia has acquired spyware and surveillance technologies through a "murky network" that extends into Israel, Greece, Singapore and Malaysia for equipment sourcing, according to Amnesty International.…
Bad configurations, insecure versions of jQuery, and crummy cookies are some of myriad problems Exclusive Five Chinese researchers examined the configurations of nearly 14,000 government websites across the country and found worrying lapses that could lead to malicious attacks, according to a not-yet-peer-reviewed study released last week.…
Windows giant extends passwordless tech to everyone else Microsoft today said it will now let us common folk — not just commercial subscribers — sign into their Microsoft accounts and apps using passkeys with their face, fingerprint, or device PIN.…
Operation busted after dodgy devices ended up at Air Force Miami resident Onur Aksoy has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for running a multi-million-dollar operation selling fake Cisco equipment that ended up in the US military.…

MAY 1, 2024

Taking down TikTok won't stop the CCP's attempt to control global narratives Chinese tech companies that serve as important links in the world's digital supply chains are helping Beijing to execute and refine its propaganda strategy, according to an Australian think tank.…
Developer of Square and Cash App reportedly has big back-end problems it was slow to fix Fintech biz Block is reportedly under investigation by US prosecutors over claims by a former employee that lax compliance checks mean its Square and Cash App services may have been used by terrorists – or in countries that US orgs are not permitted to do business.…
Vulnerable elderly people tricked into paying tens of thousands over fake car accidents Sixteen people are facing charges from US prosecutors for allegedly preying on the elderly and scamming them out of millions of dollars.…
Issue now resolved and isn't thought to be the work of criminals Aussie airline Qantas says its app is now stable following a data breach that saw boarding passes take off from passengers' accounts.…

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