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Weekly Cybersecurity Review - Google AI Used for Blocking Out Gmail Spam

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Weekly Cybersecurity Review - Google AI Used for Blocking Out Gmail Spam

Romanian Scam Group Dismantled by International Authorities

darkreading.com- Author: Jai Vijayan - Date: February 8th, 2019 

Earlier this week US and International law enforcement have dismantled a scam group operating mostly out of Romania who over the past five years allegedly stole millions of US dollars from American Citizens using false online advertisements. Twenty people, including 15 Romanians, have been indicted for their involvement in the operation. The most common scam that was enacted by the group was to place fake advertisements for automobiles and other items on auction sites such as eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon oftentimes with accounts created with stolen personal information.


Lifesize Video Conferencing Bug Allows for Spying on Targeted Organizations

darkreading.com- Author: Kelly Sheridan - Date: February 7th, 2019 

Some new bugs have been discovered in ‘Lifesize’ video conferencing products that can exploited and allow for attackers to spy on target organizations. Security researcher, Simon Kenin, from Trustwave SpiderLabs found the remote OS command injection vulnerabilities which affect the following Lifesize products: Lifesize Team, Lifesize Room, Lifesize Passport, and Lifesize Networker. Some major Lifesize clients include eBay, PayPal, and Netflix among others. The bug is a difficult to replicate as it requires remote hackers to have the firmware code for the targeted device, which can only be downloaded from the Lifesize website with a valid serial number for the specific product in mind.


Flight Passenger Booking Details at Risk for Being Exposed via Unencrypted Check-in Email Links

darkreading.com- Author: Jai Vijayan - Date: February 6th, 2019 

Earlier this week security Vendor Wandera noticed several major airlines putting passenger data at risk by sending unencrypted links for performing online check-ins to their flights. Attacks can intercept these links to view and change passenger flight booking details and print their boarding passes. Passenger data that is at risk from this exploit includes passenger lanes, boarding pass and flight details, passport data, email addresses, phone numbers, and other information. Users should be ensure that they are opening these links on a secure private network to mitigate the risk of revealing their flight booking details.


Google Implements Tensorflow to Block Out An Extra 100 Million Spam Emails From Reaching Gmail Users

darkreading.com - Author: Kelly Sheridan - Date: February 6th, 2019 

As we enter the age where neural network tools become more integrated into some of our daily processes we can thank Google for using their Tensorflow technology to filter out spam from our Gmail inboxes. Google has recently reported that Gmail is blocking an extra 100 million spam emails per day following their implementation of Tensorflow in Gmail. While using machine learning tools to filter out spam is not a new practice for Google, Tensorflow contributes to allowing Google to block out more spam from Google’s already existing machine learning and rule-based protections. It does so by finding image-based messages, emails with hidden embedded content, and messages from newly created domains.


Aquafina Burglar Caught on Camera at a Georgia GameStop


Screencapture of Security Camera Footage of GameStop Burglar


upi.com- Author: Ben Hooper - Date: April 17th, 2018 

This weeks’ security treat of the week features a resourcefully disguised burglar GameStop burglar caught in a security footage video. This just goes to show far someone would be willing to go to get the latest video game releases. Police in Georgia shared the security camera footage of the GameStop store burglar on their Facebook page which can be seen by clicking on the link below.


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