SolarWinds products have been injected with malicious code by state-backed hackers

In a statement, SolarWinds, an IT company said, monitoring products that it had released earlier this year in March and in June may have been surreptitiously tampered with in a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state.” The statement by SolarWinds comes even as the U.S. intelligence community is investigating cyber…

Twitter and Facebook dismantle global disinformation networks spreading misleading, false information

In a statement, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said, they had taken down more than dozen disinformation networks used by state-backed groups and political entities in multiple countries to deceive users on their platforms. As part of that effort, they had identified and suspended more than 3,500 accounts between them, which used fake identities and…

Portland’s city council bans govt and corporate use of facial recognition technology

Portland has voted for the first ever ban on facial recognition in the United States in private entities, including restaurants and retail stores, as well as in public places in the city. Portland’s city council voted to ban local government bureaus from acquiring or using facial recognition surveillance technology. Other U.S. cities which have previously…

Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor halts production following cyber attack

On Sunday, Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor said, some of its systems have been hit by a cyber attack as a result of which it has placed on hold some of its manufacturing operations. “Tower has notified relevant authorities, and is working closely with law enforcement organizations and with a leading team of worldwide experts,…

FCC issues showcause notices to 3 state-controlled Chinese telecom firms

In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated, it is mulling options which include the shutting down the U.S. operations of three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, due to potential national security risks. To this end, the FCC has issued show cause orders to China Unicom Americas, China Telecom Americas, and Pacific Networks Corp along…

Multiple U.S. government agencies back revoking China Telecom’s ability to operate in U.S.

In a significant development, several agencies from the U.S. government including the Justice Department called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s ability to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States. China Telecom is the U.S. subsidiary of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned telecommunications company.…

SpaceX bans Zoom video conferencing app citing significant security threats

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, has banned its employees from using Zoom, a video conferencing app, following “significant privacy and security concerns”, according to an internal memo. The development comes days after U.S. law enforcement agencies warned users about security concerns regarding the popular app. With many Americans quarrantined in their homes because of the…

Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s encryption plans despite concerns on terrorism and child abuse

Clearly FB is eager to leave behind its scandalous past, especially its relation with Cambridge Analytica, and is eager to portray itself as a more secure platform for consumers. In a significant development, Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision to encrypt Facebook’s messaging services despite growing concerns on criminal activity and…