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New #algorithm may help locate fake #Facebook, #Twitter accounts:

Scientists have developed a new generic algorithm based on machine-learning to detect fake accounts on #social_network platforms including Facebook and Twitter, an advance with considerable potential for applications in the #cyber_security arena.

"With recent disturbing news about failures to safeguard user privacy, and targeted use of social media to influence elections, rooting out fake users has never been of greater importance," said lead researcher Dima Kagan from the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel.

Based on machine-learning algorithms, the new method, detailed in the journal Social Network Analysis and Mining, works on the assumption that fake accounts tend to establish improbable links to other users in the networks.
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#KasperskyLab detects #malware attacking #smartphones in @Asia

Kaspersky Lab's findings indicate that the #attackers behind the malware seek out vulnerable routers for compromise and distribute the malware through a simple yet very effective trick of hijacking the #DNS settings of those infected #routers.

#Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new #Android malware distributed through a domain name system (DNS) #hijacking technique and targeting smartphones, mostly in Asia. The campaign, dubbed Roaming Mantis, remains highly active and is designed to steal user information including credentials and to provide attackers with full control over the compromised #Androiddevice.

Between February and April 2018, researchers detected the malware in over 150 user networks, mainly in South Korea, Bangladesh, and Japan, but there are likely to be many more victims. Researchers believe a cybercriminal group looking for financial gain is behind the operation.

Protect your internet connection from this infection, Kaspersky Lab recommends the following:

- Refer to your router's user manual to verify that your DNS settings haven't been tampered with or contact your ISP for support.

- Change the default login and password for the admin web interface of the router.

- Never install router firmware from third-party sources. Avoid using third-party repositories for your Android devices.

- Regularly update your router's firmware from the official source.
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@US., @UK. Accuse #Russia-Backed Attackers of #Hacking #Routers in Espionage Campaign

The #hacks, which exploited a software #vulnerability found in routers, targeted government and businesses, critical infrastructure providers, and internet service providers.

The U.S. and the U.K. say that Russian state-sponsored hackers have been exploiting a software vulnerability found in thousands of routers around the world in order to break into networks and steal data.

The alert, issued jointly by the U.K.’s National #CyberSecurity Centre and the U.S. FBI and Department of Homeland Security, warns that “cyber actors supported by the Russian government” broke into large numbers of routers and switches and used “compromised routers to conduct spoofing ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations.” The hacks were reportedly intended to “enable espionage and intellectual property that supports the Russian Federation’s national security and economic goals.”
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