Malware from North Korea Linked to Attacks on Cryptocurrency

A new hacking offensive against cryptocurrency investors uses malware similar to that deployed in North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and its WannaCry ransomware assault, cybersecurity researchers said, providing further evidence of Pyongyang’s involvement in crypto heists. U.S. cybersecurity firm Recorded Future in a report identified the Lazarus group -- a hacking operation with links to the North Korean regime -- as behind the malware campaign, which began targeting users of a South Korean exchange in the late fall and may still be active. 

'Skygofree' Allows Surveillance on Android Phones, Including WhatsApp

According to a report published by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, "Skygofree" is most likely an offensive Android security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares. Skygofree is capable of taking pictures, capturing video, and seizing call records, text messages, gelocation data, calendar events, and business-related information stored in device memory.

Lawmakers Urge AT&T to Cut Ties with Huawei, Citing National Security

U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc., the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd. to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder line on policies initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic industries.

U.S. Keeps China's Taobao on List of 'Notorious' Counterfeit Markets

Despite noting improvements on takedown efforts, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has again blacklisted Alibaba's eBay-like Taobao shopping site. In its annual report on the trade of illicit goods in online and physical marketplaces, the USTR said Taobao hasn't "objectively demonstrated that the volume or prevalence of counterfeit goods has decreased over the last year."

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Philippines Orders Critical Online News Site to Shut Down

The Philippines ordered the closing of an independent online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, prompting protests from industry groups who called the move an attack on press freedom. The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines said the news site, Rappler, had violated a constitutional rule that restricts ownership of media entities to Filipinos.

Chinese Court Rules for Huawei in Patent Case Against Samsung

Chinese tech giant Huawei won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea smartphone rival Samsung, according to information released by a Chinese court. The court ruled in the Chinese company's favor over two patents involving fourth generation phone technology, according to a notice released through the court's WeChat account and video of the trial.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Sales Taxes for Internet Purchases

The Supreme Court said it would consider whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state, taking a case that could have a major impact on online commerce. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by the state of South Dakota, which has been pushing a test case with the goal of overturning a high-court precedent that limits states’ sales tax collections.

Apple Warns Chinese Users About Losing Access to Data

Some Chinese users of Apple Inc.’s products who have created Apple IDs overseas to circumvent a new law that requires their personal data to be stored within China say they have been warned by the tech giant that they risk losing the data. China introduced a new cyber security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that companies store all data within China and pass security reviews.

FBI to Issue Alerts About Russian Social Media Use in Elections

The FBI plans to alert U.S. companies and the public about efforts by Russia or other nations to use disinformation and social media manipulation to interfere in upcoming elections, while being careful not to upset free speech and constitutional rights, a top law enforcement official said. The direction that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “foreign influence" task force is heading could dramatically reshape the relationship between government and social media companies in order to address vulnerabilities that enabled Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

Man Charged with Using 'Fruitfly' Malware to Spy on Thousands

An Ohio man was charged in a 16-count indictment for allegedly using malware known as “Fruitfly” to surreptitiously record people by secretly taking over their computer cameras and microphones, the U.S. Justice Department said. The indictment said that from 2003 through early 2017, Phillip Durachinsky, 28, collected data from thousands of computers belonging to individuals, companies, schools, a police department and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Researchers Find Encryption Vulnerability in WhatsApp's Security

Security researchers have revealed details of a vulnerability in WhatsApp’s security that could be used to compromise the secrecy of encrypted group chats on the messaging platform. The risk associated with the flaw is limited on account of attackers needing to have access to WhatsApp servers to be able to insert themselves into a group conversation.

Senator Questions Apple About Battery-Performance Issues

Apple Inc. is facing new questions from government officials in the U.S. and France about its handling of battery-related performance issues on iPhones, a sign that controversy over the problem continues despite the technology giant’s apology last month. Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, pressed Apple for answers to a series of questions about how the company decided to throttle back iPhone processing performance in phones with older batteries.

FBI Director Wants Tech Companies to Help with Encrypted Phones

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray renewed a call for tech companies to help law enforcement officials gain access to encrypted smartphones, describing it as a “major public safety issue.” Wray said the bureau was unable to gain access to the content of 7,775 devices in fiscal 2017 — more than half of all the smartphones it tried to crack in that time period — despite having a warrant from a judge.

Apple Working on New Parental Control Features After Concerns

Apple said it plans new features to help parents control how children use its smartphones, responding to criticism from two shareholders about the entrancing qualities and potential mental health impact of the company’s iPhone. “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Senate Democrats Want to Force Vote on FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal

U.S. Senate Democrats said they will force a vote later this year on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules and will try to make it a key issue in the 2018 congressional elections. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the issue will be a major motivating factor for young voters the party is courting.