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A Saudi Cybersecurity Company Tried to Buy Zero Day Exploits from Me

“I know, because the company tried to buy zero days from me” reports vice.com. We recently got a rare look at how a company tried to source these exploits through private one-on-one deals.Two sources familiar with the cybersecurity industry in the region said Haboob is connected to DarkMatter, a cybersecurity firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Source: vice.com

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Power supply resumes in Venezuela post cyber attack

“CARACAS – Electricity supply is being rapid restored in Venezuela after three days of power failure in 70% of the country as a result of the sabotage of a vital hydro-electric facility” reports tehrantimes.com. However, we are striving to restore the power supply in a stable and definite manner in the next couple of hours.” The power outage resulted in great difficulty to the people, with daily life being affected in 18 states of Venezuela.President Maduro had also announced that Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP) would be deployed…

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Venezuela is blaming a crippling 5-day blackout on US cyber warfare — but experts say it’s probably the country’s neglected power network

“Iguanas” was a reference to a previous incident, where the Maudro government blamed iguanas for a blackout” writes Beatrice Christofaro for businessinsider.com. Venezuela is entering the fifth day of a nationwide blackout that has plunged even critical infrastructure like hospitals into darkness.Since then, power has returned intermittently in some states, but most of the country remains without electricity, the Associated Press reported.His government alleged that the US sabotaged the country’s main power plant, a hydroelectric facility, in Guri Dam. Source: businessinsider.com

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Citrix Systems says hackers gained access to its internal network

“(Reuters) – Networking software company Citrix Systems Inc said on Friday it has taken action to fix incident involving unauthorized access, possibly by international cyber criminals, to its internal network” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Shares of the company fell about 3 percent to $99.86 in noon trading.”We commenced a forensic investigation; engaged a leading cyber security firm to assist; took actions to secure our internal network; and continue to cooperate with the FBI,” the company said in a statement bit.ly/2NNgzO6. Source: reuters.com

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Computer security: In the cyber break-in stakes, the champion is Russia

“However, experts and officials caution that faster breakout times do not always reflect sharper skills” writes The Economist for economist.com. James Lewis, a bigwig at the also observes that different states go after different targets, which will affect their breakout times.In its previous report, covering 2017, CrowdStrike had found the average breakout time to be just under two hours.Yet there is at least some cheer for Russia’s cyber-spies: they have topped a rogue’s table of hacking prowess. Source: economist.com

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Italy rebuffs U.S.calls to bypass Chinese firms like ZTE, Huawei in ramp-up to 5G

“He made his remarks at a joint conference on cybersecurity between Italy and the United States” writes Lucas Robinson for marketwatch.com. Roberto Baldoni, director of the Italian Cybersecurity Management Board, said his country’s cybersecurity’s strategy will account for “monitoring of devices” that may be used by foreign governments to spy on European citizens. Source: marketwatch.com

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Czech regulator: watchdog’s Huawei warning no threat to 5G auction

“PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech telecom regulator CTU said on Thursday there was no threat to a planned auction of new-generation 5G frequencies from the country’s cyber watchdog’s December warning over possible dangers from technology of Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. It said in a statement it agreed with the cyber watchdog NUKIB and the industry and interior ministries the warning did not prevent the auction from taking place” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. CTU is aiming to start bidding in the auction in November and told Reuters last month…

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Cyber attacks rob future elections of their legitimacy, Jeremy Hunt warns

“Democratic elections will remain vulnerable to cyber attacks by hostile states, Jeremy Hunt will warn today” writes Asa Bennett for telegraph.co.uk. The Foreign Secretary will say that authoritarian regimes risk turning elections in the West into “tainted exercises”, although he will stress that there is no evidence of successful interference in UK polls. Mr Hunt will also say that as well as publicly shaming states involved in cyber attacks, economic and diplomatic sanctions should also be part of the response. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Czech Cyber Watchdog Says Its Huawei Warning Took U.S. by Surprise

“No Czech telecoms operator has so far barred Huawei from supplying 5G technology” writes Min Read for reuters.com. PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech cyber-security watchdog was not pressured by the United States or anyone else into issuing its warning about the possible security risks posed by Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei, Prague’s cyber attache to Washington told Reuters. Source: reuters.com

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Hack on British charity countering Russian disinformation probed by NCA

“A cyber attack on a charity that received Government funding for an initiative to tackle Russian disinformation is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA)” reports aol.co.uk. The UK-based Institute For Statecraft, which received £2 million this financial year, said there was an investigation into the “theft of data” from it’s Integrity initiative and it had removed all content from its website.A statement on the organisation’s website said it believed the attack was an attempt to “undermine” its attempts to counter the threat to European democracies. Source: aol.co.uk

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