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  1. Britain's parliament shut down external access to e-mail accounts on Saturday following a cyberattack.

    Parliamentary authorities described the attack as "sustained and determined", in an email sent to lawmakers and published by the Daily Telegraph.

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  2. In newly observed attacks, the SamSam ransomware that has been active for more than a year is demanding a whopping $33,000 to decrypt all affected machines in a network.

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  3. The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday.

    The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure out how to react.

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  4. Belmont, Mass-based start-up GreatHorn announced Wednesday completion of a $6.3 million Series A funding round led by Techstars Venture Capital Fund and .406 Ventures. 

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  5. The Fireball malware detailed early this month might not have had as much impact as originally reported, Microsoft claims.

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  6. With less than one year before GDPR kicks in, the newswaves have been flooded in recent months with new surveys showing how ill-prepared business still remains. But while there is much news, there has been little in the way of practical technology solutions.

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  7. A newly discovered attack targeting Windows 10’s PatchGuard can bypass the protection and hook a malicious kernel code (rootkit) at the kernel level, CyberArk Labs security researchers warn.

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  8. Siemens and ICS-CERT published advisories this week to alert users of improper authentication and privilege escalation vulnerabilities affecting some SIMATIC and XHQ products.

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  9. WikiLeaks published several documents on Thursday detailing a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to hack air-gapped networks through USB drives.

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  10. The UK government's Cyber Essentials scheme has suffered an embarrassing incident; but one that can hardly be called a breach and certainly not a cyber-attack. A configuration error in the underlying software platform exposed the email addresses of consultancies registered with the scheme -- nothing more.

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  11. Microsoft this week announced that the Edge Web Platform bounty program launched for Windows Insider Preview (WIP) last year has been extended indefinitely.

    The program was launched on August 4, 2016, and Microsoft says that it has already paid over $200,000 in bounties over the ten-month period.

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  12. OpenVPN this week patched several vulnerabilities impacting various branches, including flaws that could be exploited remotely.

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  13. We live in a software-defined world.  Software touches just about everything we do. Any business trying to maintain their competitive advantages, or gain market momentum, has had to reintegrate their software somehow. This has resulted in fast-paced development methods, like Agile and DevOps, which facilitate continuous product improvements. On the downside, these new methods of development can minimize testing and, in turn, potentially compromise performance and security.

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  14. The Necurs spam botnet has switched back to distributing the Locky ransomware in a campaign featuring messages disguised as fake invoices, Cisco Talos security researchers reveal.

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  15. Under the aegis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 40 companies -- including some of America's largest banks and tech companies -- have signed up to a set of new guiding principles for fair and accurate security ratings.

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