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Aug 7, 2021

AI Wrote Better Phishing Emails Than Humans in a Recent Test

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Natural language processing continues to find its way into unexpected corners. This time, it’s phishing emails. In a small study, researchers found that they could use the deep learning language model GPT-3, along with other AI-as-a-service platforms, to significantly lower the barrier to entry for crafting spearphishing campaigns at a massive scale.

Researchers have long debated whether it would be worth the effort for scammers to train machine learning algorithms that could then generate compelling phishing messages. Mass phishing messages are simple and formulaic, after all, and are already highly effective. Highly targeted and tailored “spearphishing” messages are more labor intensive to compose, though. That’s where NLP may come in surprisingly handy.

At the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas this week, a team from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency presented a recent experiment in which they sent targeted phishing emails they crafted themselves and others generated by an AI-as-a-service platform to 200 of their colleagues. Both messages contained links that were not actually malicious but simply reported back clickthrough rates to the researchers. They were surprised to find that more people clicked the links in the AI-generated messages than the human-written ones—by a significant margin.

Aug 7, 2021

Israeli cyber company detects severe Amazon security breach

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Check Point, an Israeli cybersecurity provider, found that by clicking an e-book infected by malware, users could lose control of both their Kindle tablet and their Amazon accounts.

Aug 6, 2021

Ransomware Attack Forces Indiana Hospital to Turn Ambulances Away

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Hackers are targeting U.S. hospitals just as COVID-19 cases surge again.

Aug 5, 2021

Facebook users struggling to reactivate hacked accounts are buying $300 Oculus VR headsets just so they can talk to a customer service rep

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Hacked Facebook users buy a VR headset from Facebook-owned Oculus, contact customer service to unlock their account, and then returning the device.

Aug 5, 2021

WSJ News Exclusive

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The creation of a joint initiative under an agency of the Department of Homeland Security follows cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure.

Aug 2, 2021

Credit card-stealing malware found in official Python repository

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Security researchers blame the repository’s lack of moderation.


Packages tainted with malicious code once again find their way into PyPI.

Aug 2, 2021

New APT Hacking Group Targets Microsoft IIS Servers with ASP.NET Exploits

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A new APT hacker group, known as “Praying Mantis” is targeting high-profile public and private organizations in the United States.

Aug 1, 2021

Women allege that NSO spyware was used to steal and leak their private photos

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones, surveillance

“I am used to being harassed online. But this was different,” she added. “It was as if someone had entered my home, my bedroom, my bathroom. I felt so unsafe and traumatized.”

Oueiss is one of several high-profile female journalists and activists who have allegedly been targeted and harassed by authoritarian regimes in the Middle East through hack-and-leak attacks using the Pegasus spyware, created by Israeli surveillance technology company NSO Group. The spyware transforms a phone into a surveillance device, activating microphones and cameras and exporting files without a user knowing.

Jul 29, 2021

McAfee: Babuk ransomware decryptor causes encryption ‘beyond repair’

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Babuk announced earlier this year that it would be targeting Linux/UNIX and ESXi or VMware systems with ransomware.

Jul 28, 2021

Hiding malware inside AI neural networks

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A trio of researchers at Cornell University has found that it is possible to hide malware code inside of AI neural networks. Zhi Wang, Chaoge Liu and Xiang Cui have posted a paper describing their experiments with injecting code into neural networks on the arXiv preprint server.

As grows ever more complex, so do attempts by criminals to break into machines running new technology for their own purposes, such as destroying data or encrypting it and demanding payment from users for its return. In this new study, the team has found a new way to infect certain kinds of computer systems running artificial intelligence applications.

AI systems do their work by processing data in ways similar to the . But such networks, the research trio found, are vulnerable to infiltration by foreign code.

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