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FBI hacks vulnerable US computers to fix malicious malware

Guardian Security - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 8:10am

US justice department says bureau hacked devices to remove malware from insecure software

The FBI has been hacking into the computers of US companies running insecure versions of Microsoft software in order to fix them, the US Department of Justice has announced.

The operation, approved by a federal court, involved the FBI hacking into “hundreds” of vulnerable computers to remove malware placed there by an earlier malicious hacking campaign, which Microsoft blamed on a Chinese hacking group known as Hafnium.

Related: Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before becoming fierce critic

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Cybersecurity firm Darktrace plans £3bn IPO on London Stock Exchange

Guardian Security - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 5:38am

Cambridge-based company claims to be first to use AI to detect cybersecurity threats on a large scale

The cybersecurity firm Darktrace has announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, in a move that will reportedly value the Cambridge-based company at £3bn.

It is the first big company to have chosen the City for its initial public offering (IPO) since Deliveroo’s disappointing stock market debut last month.

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Facebook data leak: Australians urged to check and secure social media accounts

Guardian Security - Mon, 04/05/2021 - 4:18am

Experts urge users to secure accounts and passwords after breach exposes personal details of more than 500 million people

Australians are being urged to secure their social media accounts after the details of more than 500 million global Facebook users were found online in a massive data breach.

The details published freely online included names, phone numbers, email addresses, account IDs and bios.

Related: Australia’s move to tame Facebook and Google is just the start of a global battle | Michelle Meagher

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