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773M email addresses, 21M passwords for sale on hacker forum

According to technology reporter, Jai Vijayan, a folder with over 12,000 files containing nearly 773M email addresses and over 21M unique passwords from numerous previous data breaches, has been posted online in another massive leak of credential data.

87 GB worth of data was discovered on cloud storage service Mega and has been uploaded on HIBP service, where individuals can verify if their email addresses are on the list.

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Mozilla to disable Adobe Flash by default: Looks like Firefox 69's first in line!

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox 69 will no longer support Adobe Flash due to a large number of serious flaws exploited by hackers in attacks across the years.

The decision was made public for the first time by Adobe in July 2018, the software giant declared it would stop using Flash Player and stop providing security updates by the end of 2020.

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Google Public DNS now supports DNS-over-TLS

Google Public DNS is the world'€™s largest public Domain Name Service (DNS) recursive resolver, allowing anyone to convert Internet domain names like www(dot)example(dot)com into Internet addresses needed by an email application or web browser.

Starting today, users can secure queries between their devices and Google Public DNS with DNS-over-TLS, preserving their privacy and integrity.

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Blacklisted Kaspersky Tips NSA on security breach

Computer security firm, Kaspersky Labs helped NSA spy agency to uncover one of its worst-ever security breaches: one year before the US banned the company's products for government use, US media has reported.

Reports say the Moscow-based maker of anti-malware products told the NSA that one of its contractors, Harold Martin, had contacted it via cryptic messages on Twitter.

This came shortly before unknown hackers made available on the internet an assembly of advanced hacking tools used.

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Russian Social Media Interference Continues

The battle against Russian disinformation is far from over. Two in-depth reports released have revealed a disturbing trend: Such campaigns are continuing, despite efforts by social media companies to cleanse their platforms.

The reports analyze a large batch of social media content turned over to Congress by Twitter, Facebook and Google as part of the committee's investigation into online disinformation campaigns that targeted the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Both reports are critical of the technology firms, contending that the data they shared with researchers was hard to work with or incomplete, making it more difficult to assess the scale and reach of Russia's efforts.

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US indicts two Chinese government hackers over global hacking campaign

The US Department of Justice recently charged 2 Chinese hackers associated with the Chinese government for hacking numerous companies and government agencies in a dozen countries.

The Chinese nationals, are believed to be members of a state-sponsored hacking group known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10 (APT 10) or Cloudhopper that has been working from over a decade to steal business and technology secretsfrom companies and government agencies around the world.

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