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  1. Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms.

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  2. Software updates released by Kubernetes this week address HTTP/2 implementation vulnerabilities that were disclosed earlier this month. 

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  3. A woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk, a threat and should be kept locked up until her trial, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents filed ahead of a Friday detention hearing in Seattle.

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  4. A recently observed variant of the Asruex backdoor acts as an infector by targeting old vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x, Trend Micro reports. 

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  5. Cisco has released a new hardware tool designed to help researchers, developers and automakers discover vulnerabilities in automobile computers. 

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  6. The United States Department of Justice this week unsealed an indictment that charges 80 defendants, most of them Nigerians, for their roles in a massive fraud and money laundering scheme. 

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  7. Black Hat 2019 recently wrapped in Las Vegas, where somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 experts descended to experience the latest developments in the world of cybersecurity. While we saw the expected releases of new threat research, vulnerabilities and breakdowns on nation-state level attacks, the reason I, and many others, attend this annual conference is to see what trends are emerging, and be surprised by the unexpected.

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  8. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) annual report to Congress for full year 2018 indicates considerable success in improving the cybersecurity of federal agencies.

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  9. Virtualization and cloud infrastructure giant VMWare (NYSE: VMW) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire endpoint security firm Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) in a deal representing an enterprise value of $2.1 billion.

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  10. Sensitive information from a nuclear power plant in Ukraine was exposed due to an illegal cryptocurrency mining operation run by workers, according to several media reports.

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  11. Microsoft is offering up to $30,000 for vulnerabilities found in the new version of its Edge browser.

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  12. Industrial cybersecurity firm Claroty this week released a free and open source tool designed to help organizations check whether their operational technology (OT) devices are vulnerable to Urgent/11 attacks.

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  13. Recently disclosed vulnerabilities affecting enterprise virtual private network (VPN) products from Fortinet and Pulse Secure have been exploited in the wild, a researcher reported on Thursday.

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  14. Vietnam emerges as the country affected the most by Microsoft SQL Server attacks that leverage malicious jobs, a new report from Kaspersky reveals.

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  15. Vulnerabilities that Cisco Talos security researchers have discovered in various Aspose APIs could allow a remote attacker to execute code on affected machines.

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  16. A DLL hijacking vulnerability affecting Bitdefender Antivirus Free 2020 could have been exploited for privilege escalation and other malicious purposes, SafeBreach researchers revealed on Wednesday.

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  17. San Francisco, CA-based privileged access management (PAM) solution provider Remediant has closed a $15 million Series A funding round co-led by Dell Technologies Capital and ForgePoint Capital. The money will be used to expand Remediant's marketing and field operations, product engineering, channel and customer success programs, following quintupled sales revenue between 2017 and 2018.

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  18. The cybercriminals behind the recent ransomware incident that impacted over 20 local governments in Texas are apparently demanding $2.5 million in exchange for access to encrypted data.

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  19. The Linux Foundation this week announced an industry-wide effort aimed at accelerating the adoption of confidential computing.

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  20. Cisco informed customers on Wednesday that it has released patches for 17 critical and high-severity vulnerabilities affecting some of its Unified Computing products.

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