Three FBI cybersecurity officials are stepping down from their roles, sources say. Scott Smith of the cyberdivision is to retire this month, while David Resch of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch and Carl Ghattas of the national security branch also will be leaving the bureau.
Dongguan Diqee 360 vacuums have security vulnerabilities that could be used to turn them into surveillance devices, warns Positive Technologies. The "dynamic monitoring" feature, which uses a 360-degree camera and Wi-Fi, could be used as a botnet for distributed-denial-of-service attacks or spying on vacuum owners, the company warns.
Mobile games including "Clash Royale" and "Clash of Clans" are being used to launder money through more than 20,000 stolen credit cards, security firm Kromtech reports. Thieves are using data taken from MongoDB databases to make purchases and sell accounts to third parties, the company's report states.
Cisco has released patches for four vulnerabilities announced this week. The vulnerabilities mostly affect pre-18.2.0 versions of Policy Suite and could leave users at risk for database tampering, compromised accounts and information leaks.
Hacking group Mealybug's operation is spreading beyond just targeting banking customers in Europe and is making its way to the US, per Symantec. Mealybug is profiting from the use of its Emotet trojan by malicious actors to deliver payloads such as Qakbot, Symantec reports.
The Department of Justice on Thursday released a report that focuses on the cyberthreats facing the nation and how the DOJ plans to address them. The report also addresses foreign influence operations and outlines a policy for disclosing foreign meddling investigations.
The personal information of more than 6,460 US military and security personnel was put at risk by fitness app Polar, per De Correspondent and Bellingcat. Names, activities and locations of personnel were easily accessible until recently, giving hackers access to activity maps that showed where users worked and lived.
Western Digital will reportedly close a disk drive factory in Malaysia next year to expand its presence in the solid-state drive sector. The factory closure would leave only six major drive facilities left, with half of them based in Thailand.
Connected vehicles are becoming more popular, and the growing number of them on the roads makes it more important than ever to be aware of the new technology's dangers, writes Eugene Bekker. He offers information on security risks and ways to mitigate these threats, including applying updates when needed and staying up-to-date on vehicle recalls.
Many airport public Wi-Fi networks aren't secure, are unencrypted and aren't configured properly, putting users at risk of being hacked. A recent study by Coronet ranks the top 10 airports that put travelers at risk, with San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Houston's William P. Hobby Airport topping the list.
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