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Busted! Cops use fingerprint pulled from a WhatsApp photo to ID drug dealer

Police used a photo sent via WhatsApp and a “pioneering fingerprint technique” to ultimately secure drug convictions against 11 people.

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Ransomware, healthcare and incident response: Lessons from the Allscripts attack

The actors behind SamSam launched a devastating attack against Allscripts in January, 2018. As Allscripts worked its incident response plan, things started to unravel. Here are the lessons learned.

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The best cybersecurity analysts should play the part of detective

Today’s cybersecurity analysts need to be part detective, following their gut wherever it takes them and thinking like the very attackers.

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Keep those nuclear secrets secret. No problem, I'll hoard them in my attic

Weldon Marshall recently pled guilty to stealing U.S government secrets associated with the U.S. nuclear weapons systems and keeping them in his Texas home.

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North Korea hacking group is expanding operations, researchers say

A group of hackers from North Korea (DPRK), recently connected to the usage of an Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2018-4878), has expanded its operations in both scope and sophistication, FireEye says.

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4 reasons forensics will remain a pillar of cybersecurity

When protection fails, forensics can still prevail.

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Salted Hash Ep 15: The state of security now and the not too distant future

This week, Salted Hash is joined by Rob Lee, faculty fellow at the SANS Technology Institute, to talk about preventable IT security and the state of the industry as 2018 gets underway.

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Why incident response is the best cybersecurity ROI

Former White House CIO says unexpected breaches can wreak havoc on a company's bottom line. Proper incident response planning can mitigate damage costs.

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4 Applied Materials executives fleece company and get indicted

U.S. Attorney for Northern California indicted four former executives for stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from Applied Materials.

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Insider threat — Chemours employee steals trade secrets

Chemours' off-boarding process provided the evidence that Jerry Jindong Xu stole trade secrets and intellectual property and tried to monetize the information in China.

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Do you really know what happened during that data breach?

Endpoint tool providers are redefining “forensics” based upon their own product’s capabilities. Make sure you understand the deep-dive forensic capabilities—and more importantly, the limitations—of any vendor’s platform before you buy....

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Insider information leads to fraud scheme, arrests and conviction

Employees at HSBC Bank plc used insider information to their benefit, defrauding a client and generating millions of dollars for themselves.

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Policing in the future involves citizen detectives and a Pokémon Go-like app

Using the Automon app, a Dutch “police of the future” technology initiative, citizens can score points by finding stolen cars.

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Trusted insider at the federal level raises concerns

Charged with bank fraud, Imran Awan provided IT services to the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. Is he a white-collar criminal or something more sinister?

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From Equifax to Equi-'enterprise'

By now the Equifax debacle, disaster, ineptitude...has been wildly chastised and 1 in 2 Americans impacted by this have (or should have) taken corrective action. There is a lesson to be learned here not just by you and I as consumers,...

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Security firms team up to neutralize WireX botnet after multiple DDoS attacks

Researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint, Google, Oracle (Dyn), RiskIQ, Team Cymru, and others worked together to take down an Android-based botnet responsible for several DDoS attacks earlier this month.

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Can Shakespeare solve our messaging app crisis?

The messaging app Telegram announced earlier this week it was stepping up its efforts to thwart terrorism communication. A college literature professor may have the perfect solution for the problem.

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U.S. defense contractor arrested for giving U.S. secrets to Chinese operatives

Kevin Mallory, a U.S. defense contractor, was arrested for allegedly passing secret and top secret U.S. documents to Chinese intelligence.

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