Category: Ministry of Innovation

Jul 11 2017

Kaspersky under scrutiny after Bloomberg story claims close links to FSB

Enlarge / Kaspersky Lab CEO and Chairman Eugene Kaspersky speaks at a conference in Russia on July 10, 2017. (credit: Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

Shortly after Bloomberg Businessweek published an explosive story under the headline: "Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence," the security firm released a lengthy statement noting that the company does not have "inappropriate ties with any government."

The article, which was published in the early morning hours on Tuesday, says that the Moscow-based firm "has maintained a much closer working relationship with Russia's main intelligence agency, the FSB, than it has publicly admitted. It has developed security technology at the spy agency's behest and worked on joint projects the CEO knew would be embarrassing if made public." Media organization McClatchy made seemingly similar claims in a July 3 report.

In the same statement, Kaspersky responded further: "It's important to be clear: the company never received a request from the Russian government or any affiliated organization to create or participate in ANY secret projects, including one for anti-DDoS protection."

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Jun 01 2017

OneLogin suffers breach—customer data said to be exposed, decrypted

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OneLogin has admitted that the single sign-on (SSO) and identity management firm has suffered a data breach. However its public statement is vague about the nature of the attack.

An e-mail to customers provides a bit of detail—warning them that their data may have been exposed. And a support page that is only accessible to OneLogin account holders is even more worrying for customers. It apparently says that "customer data was compromised, including the ability to decrypt encrypted data."

OneLogin—which claims to offer a service that "secures connections across all users, all devices, and every application"—said on Thursday that it had "detected unauthorised access" in the company's US data region. It added in the post penned by OneLogin CISO Alvaro Hoyos:

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May 19 2017

BostonGlobe.com disables articles when your browser’s in private mode

BostonGlobe.com has a new message for visitors using private mode.

The Boston Globe website is closing off a hole in its paywall by preventing visitors who aren't logged in from reading articles in a browser's private mode.

"You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode" is the message given to BostonGlobe.com visitors who click on articles in private mode. "To continue reading articles in this mode, please log in to your Globe account." People who aren't already Globe subscribers are urged to subscribe.

Like other news sites, the Globe limits the number of articles people can read without a subscription. Until the recent change, Globe website visitors could read more articles for free by switching to private or incognito mode. (You can still get a new supply of free articles by clearing the Globe's cookies from your browser.)

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May 12 2017

Massive ransomware attack hits UK hospitals, Spanish banks

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A large number of hospitals, GPs, and walk-in clinics across England have been locked down by a ransomware attack, reports suggest. There are also some reports of a ransomware attack hitting institutions in Portugal and Spain, though it isn't known if the incidents are connected.

NHS England says it is aware of the issue, but hasn't yet issued an official statement. At this point it isn't clear whether a central NHS network has been knocked offline by the ransomware, or whether individual computers connected to the network are being locked out. In any case, some hospitals and clinics are reporting that their computer systems are inaccessible and some telephone services are down too.

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