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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the country is working with the UK to find a way for Julian Assange to leave its embassy. Espinosa is attending the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun and told reporters there that Ecuador and the UK are talking about doing something for Assange.

Ecuadorian outlet El Telegrafo, after being shoved through an online translate-o-tron, reports Espinosa as saying “At the moment there are diplomatic contacts with the United Kingdom” and that “the idea is to reach a solution that benefits the rights of the insured person. There is the best predisposition.”

Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum after he expressed fears that being returned to Sweden to assist a sexual assault inquiry would see him extradited to the USA.

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Homeland Security: Putin's hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials.
In a public hearing into election hacking held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the DHS's acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles, claimed that the electoral systems of 21 as-yet-unnamed states were tested by hackers from the Russian government in October last year.

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Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years

Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices.

That's according to secret documents posted Thursday by WikiLeaks.
An exploit code-named Tomato can extract their passwords as long as a default feature known as universal plug and play remains on.

The CIA implants full suite of features, include its user interface, command-server support, and a long list of mission tasks.

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Dangerous Malware Discovered that Can Take Down Electric Power Grids

Last last year, a cyber attack on Ukrainian Electric power grid caused the power outage in the northern part of Kiev 'the country's capital'€” and surrounding areas, causing a blackout for tens of thousands of citizens for an hour and fifteen minutes around midnight.

Now, security researchers have discovered the culprit behind those cyberattacks on the Ukrainian industrial control systems.

They discovered a new dangerous piece of malware in the wild that targets critical industrial control systems and is capable of causing blackouts.

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Silensec is live at #infosec17

Visit us this week at Infosec Europe Stand L30 and learn how we can help you fill the cyberssecurity skills gap.

If you didn't manage to attend the conference, fret not!

You can download a free copy of our White Paper in which we take a closer look at the Cybersecurity Skills Gap and what can be done at national level to try and fill it.

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With New Browser Tech, Apple Preserves Privacy and Google Preserves Trackers

Google & Apple recently announced plans to respond to complaints about online advertising.

Both companies will implement changes to their browsers to neutralize some of the most annoying ad formats, but only Apple has chosen to address concerns around user privacy.

Starting sometime in 2018, Google's Chrome browser will begin blocking all ads on websites that do not follow new recommendations laid down by the industry group the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA).

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