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Theremin’s Bug: How The Soviet Union Spied On The US Embassy For 7 Years

The man leaned over his creation, carefully assembling the tiny pieces. This was the hardest part, placing a thin silver plated diaphragm over the internal chamber. The diaphragm had to be strong enough to support itself, yet flexible enough to be affected by the slightest sound. One false move, and the device would be ruined. To fail meant a [...]

2019-10-10T11:52:58+01:00October 9th, 2019|

Telecommunications Breakdown: How Russian Telco Infrastructure was Exposed

UpGuard can now disclose that a storage device containing 1.7 terabytes of information detailing telecommunications installations throughout the Russian Federation has been secured, preventing any future malicious use. This data includes schematics, administrative credentials, email archives, and other materials relating to telecom infrastructure projects. Until recently the files were hosted on a rsync server configured [...]

2019-09-19T14:18:21+01:00September 19th, 2019|

How Secure Is Your Cell Phone Provider?

It’s 2016 and you have a cell phone. You also probably pay your cell phone bill online or through an app. Telecom companies handle the world’s communication and part of what that entails is securing that communication to guarantee privacy and integrity to their customers. Here at UpGuard, we scanned ten of the major telecom [...]

2019-09-23T11:58:26+01:00September 13th, 2019|

Hackers Can Manipulate Media Files You Receive Via WhatsApp and Telegram

If you think that the media files you receive on your end-to-end encrypted secure messaging apps can not be tampered with, you need to think again. Security researchers at Symantec yesterday demonstrated multiple interesting attack scenarios against WhatsApp and Telegram Android apps, which could allow malicious actors to spread fake news or scam users into [...]

2019-07-16T15:08:04+01:00July 16th, 2019|

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist – source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to [...]

2019-06-04T09:44:31+01:00May 19th, 2019|

Hackers Used WhatsApp 0-Day Flaw to Secretly Install Spyware On Phones

Whatsapp has recently patched a severe vulnerability that was being exploited by attackers to remotely install surveillance malware on a few "selected" smartphones by simply calling the targeted phone numbers over Whatsapp audio call.

2019-05-15T17:20:17+01:00May 14th, 2019|

Facebook Mistakenly Stored Millions of Users’ Passwords in Plaintext

Holy moly, Facebook is again at the center of a new privacy controversy after revealing today that its platform mistakenly kept a copy of passwords for "hundreds of millions" users in plaintext. What's more? Not just Facebook, Instagram users are also affected by the latest security incident. So, if you are one of the affected [...]

2019-03-22T10:47:38+01:00March 21st, 2019|

NATO Selects BlackBerry’s Encrypted Voice Technology to Secure its Calls

WATERLOO, Ont. – March 12, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today that the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded a contract for BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE® for Government to encrypt the conversations of its technology and cyber leaders wherever they communicate – in the workplace, at home or travelling abroad. The [...]

2019-03-14T13:37:11+01:00March 12th, 2019|

Citrix Data Breach – Iranian Hackers Stole 6TB of Sensitive Data

Popular enterprise software company Citrix that provides services to the U.S. military, the FBI, many U.S. corporations, and various U.S. government agencies disclosed last weekend a massive data breach of its internal network by "international cyber criminals." Citrix said it was warned by the FBI on Wednesday of foreign hackers compromising its IT systems [...]

2019-03-11T15:35:16+01:00March 11th, 2019|

How to Hack Facebook Accounts? Just Ask Your Targets to Open a Link

It's 2019, and just clicking on a specially crafted URL would have allowed an attacker to hack your Facebook account without any further interaction. A security researcher discovered a critical cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the most popular social media platform that could have been allowed attackers to hijack Facebook accounts by simply tricking [...]

2019-02-18T16:54:42+01:00February 18th, 2019|