Cyberattackers Kick Down a Few Parliament Email Doors

The United Kingdom’s Parliament on Monday reported a cyberattack on its email system over the weekend, when hackers attempted to access user accounts without authorization. Due to the “robust measures” in place to protect the legislative body’s accounts and networks, fewer than 1 percent of the 9,000 accounts on the network were compromised, officials said in a statement. Accounts that were compromised had weak passwords that did not conform to guidance on creating strong passwords from the Parliamentary Digital Service, according to the statement. Individuals with compromised accounts have been…

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Spam Czar Nabbed in Spain May Have Link to Election Tampering 2017

An alleged spam kingpin with possible ties to election meddling in the United States was arrested in Spain last week under a U.S. international warrant. The alleged spam czar, Pyotr Levashov, was taken into custody in Barcelona while vacationing with his family, according to news reports. Levashov was arrested for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the Russian news outlet RT reported, but a U.S. Justice Department official told Reuters the arrest was a criminal matter without any national security connections. On its list of the world’s top 10…

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Surviving the Security ‘Skills Desert’ 2017

If you’ve ever spent time in a desert, it may seem inconceivable to you that creatures actually can live there. The fact that animals not only survive, but also thrive in those conditions seems counterintuitive. In fact, a number of animals do so — in many cases, they are aided by an array of specialized adaptations that allow them to leverage the environment to their advantage. For example, the thorny dragon lizard (Moloch horridus) literally absorbs water through its skin, and the fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) has oversized ears that…

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