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Investors make an early-stage $6.5 million bet on BreachRx, a startup promising to shield cybersecurity executives from personal liability.

VulnCheck banks $8 million in early stage capital to build ‘exploit intelligence’ technologies and services.

Noteworthy stories that might have slipped under the radar: OpenSSF and OpenJS incidents similar to XZ backdoor, Moldovan botnet operator charged, US automotive company targeted by FIN7.

While over 400 AI-related bills are being debated this year in statehouses nationwide, most target one industry or just a piece of the technology — such as deepfakes used in elections.

New US guidance details foreign malign influence operations to help election infrastructure stakeholders increase resilience.

Akira ransomware has hit over 250 organizations worldwide and received over $42 million in ransom payments.

Telecom giant Frontier shuts down systems to contain a cyberattack that led to personal information compromise.

Microsoft warns that several OpenMetadata vulnerabilities are being exploited to deploy cryptomining malware to Kubernetes environments.

Malicious hackers are targeting SAP applications at an alarming pace, according to warnings from Onapsis and Flashpoint.

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Silicon Valley startup Anvilogic has raised $45 million in a Series C funding round led by Evolution Equity Partners.

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Bill Dunnion has joined telecommunications giant Mitel as Chief Information Security Officer.

MSSP Dataprise has appointed Nima Khamooshi as Vice President of Cybersecurity.

Backup and recovery firm Keepit has hired Kim Larsen as CISO.

Professional services company Slalom has appointed Christopher Burger as its first CISO.

Allied Universal announced that Deanna Steele has joined the company as CIO for North America.

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Telecom giant Frontier shuts down systems to contain a cyberattack that led to personal information compromise.

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Investors make an early-stage $6.5 million bet on BreachRx, a startup promising to shield cybersecurity executives from personal liability.

VulnCheck banks $8 million in early stage capital to build ‘exploit intelligence’ technologies and services.

Noteworthy stories that might have slipped under the radar: OpenSSF and OpenJS incidents similar to XZ backdoor, Moldovan botnet operator charged, US automotive company…

While over 400 AI-related bills are being debated this year in statehouses nationwide, most target one industry or just a piece of the technology…

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JERUSALEM - (AFP) - A reporter with Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Uri Blau, was sentenced to four months of community service under a plea bargain for possessing classified military documents, the court said on Monday. "I accept the the plea bargain reached by the parties, and sentence the accused to a single term of four months' jail which may be served by means of community service... starting from 11 September 2012," wrote the judge at Tel Aviv Magistrates Court.

Adobe has released a security update for Adobe Photoshop CS6 (13.0) for Windows and Mac OS X to address two security vulnerabilities that, if exploited, could let an attacker take over a system. Both flaws (CVE-2012-4170 and CVE-2012-0275) stem from buffer overflow vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution. At the time of publishing, Adobe said they have not seen any exploits in the wild related to the issues addressed in this security fix.

I made a mistake the other day, a horrible mistake. I let my kid use my computer.My once perfect computer now has a life of its own, a malware bot that nests firmly in a place that I not only can’t see, but never even suspected until it took up with a malware handler that taught it some very bad habits.

PHNOM PENH - (AFP) - A co-founder of top Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm's request, police said Sunday.Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Swedish court in 2009 for promoting copyright infringement but failed to show up to serve his term at the start of this year. He was detained in Phnom Penh on Thursday, Cambodia's national police spokesman...

Taipei - (AFP) - Taiwan plans to beef up its cyberwar capabilities to counter a perceived threat from Chinese hackers targeting government and security websites, local media reported Sunday. Taiwan will expand its cyberwar units next year while scaling back military spending due to budget constraints, the Taipei-based Liberty Times reported, citing a 2013 budget plan submitted by the National Security Bureau to parliament for approval.

SAN FRANCISCO - (AFP) - Facebook ramped up efforts Friday to get rid of "Likes" that aren't from people genuinely interested in giving a virtual thumbs up to pages at the world's leading social network. "We have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on pages that may have been gained by means that violate our Facebook terms" of service, the Facebook security team said in a blog post.

I was talking with a coworker a couple weeks back, and in the course of our conversation one of us mentioned the concept of perimeter security. That simple statement struck me then, and strikes me even more now: What is perimeter security?

It seems that Russia's defense ministry has little faith in Google's operating systems: it has just unveiled its own encrypted version that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android. Russia's very first smart prototype was presented on the sidelines of a Berlin electronics show this week to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin -- an avowed nationalist who oversees the military's technological innovation.

Earlier this month, the world’s largest oil production company, Aramco, was attacked by the Shamoon virus. On Monday, a second attack forced one of Qatar's two main LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) production and export companies offline as well. Speculation has it that Shamoon is responsible for this as well.

WASHINGTON - (AFP) - A former civilian guard at a US consulate in China pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he planned to sell secrets to Chinese security officials, the US Justice Department said. Bryan Underwood, a 32-year-old American who worked at the US consulate in the southeastern Chinese city of Guangzhou, pleaded guilty to "attempting to communicate national defense information to a foreign government."

It's almost as though the criminal hackers will be soon able to read your mind. And new research suggests that maybe they will be able to do so. Personal information, such as “bank cards, PIN numbers, area of living, the knowledge of the known persons,” might be inadvertently leaked through the use of brain-computer interface (BCI) devices used in high-end gaming consoles.

SolarWinds, an Austin, Texas-based software maker known for its cost effective IT management solutions, today launched SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM), a multi-vendor firewall management solution.

FORT MEADE, Maryland, Aug 30, 2012 (AFP) - US Army Private Bradley Manning will go on trial on February 4 next year over charges that he "aided the enemy" by passing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, a judge said Thursday.

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