A classical literature graduate and prolific writer, Nikola contributes to publications on many topics. He finds pleasure in descending into unlikely rabbit holes as he explores different industries and technologies. He tells us he sees links between the anarchic thinkers of the 19th century and today’s privacy advocates and blockchain innovators. You may find Nikola’s fascination with the dark web and the internet’s criminal underbelly disturbing, but you can’t argue with the rigor of his research or the attention he pays to detail.
Beijing to dump foreign tech as trade war heats up
The trade war between economic powerhouses China and the US could soon spill into Chinese state offices where Beijing plans to ban foreign software and computers.  The Financial Times reported that the Chinese government ordered the removal of all foreign hardware within the next three years. Th
Class action suit accuses TikTok of transferring US user data to China
TikTok, one of the world’s most popular video-sharing apps, has been slapped with a class action lawsuit that claims the company transferred private user data to China without consent.  The complaint was filed by a California-based university student who alleges she downloaded TikTok but did n
South Korean crypto exchange loses $50 million in cyberattack
UPbit, the leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange, experienced a cyberattack causing it to lose nearly $50 million worth of Ether.  The exchange promised to cover the losses with its own assets. However, UPbit announced that it will take “at least two weeks” for services to get back to
Suspect in child-pornography case not compelled to disclose password, court rules   
A controversial court ruling recently shook the US state of Pennsylvania where a suspect in a child-pornography case was granted the right not to disclose a 64-character password to his computer.  The ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court order for the suspect, Joseph
Venezuela’s political crisis turns country into cybercrime safe haven 
Cybercrime is becoming an increasingly popular way to make a living in crisis-stricken Venezuela.  According to IntSights, a company specializing in detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks, a growing number of Venezuelans have been caught running large-scale and sophisticated cybercrime operatio
Beware of the Black Friday scammers
Black Friday is just around the corner and retailers expect the holiday weekend to drive sales through the roof. However, countless scammers are looking to grab a piece of the pie.  False coupons, promotions, discounts, and other disguised malware mechanisms are already circulating the web and l
Millions of healthcare records exposed through cyberattacks
More than 30 million Americans have had their medical records exposed due to cyberattacks on the healthcare industry throughout 2019.  According to research reported in HIPAA Journal, a periodical devoted to healthcare privacy, the number of exposed, lost, or stolen healthcare records hit the 38
French hospital targeted by ransomware returns to pen and paper
University Hospital Center of Rouen, France, suffered a ransomware attack in mid-November, rendering the hospital’s PCs unusable.  Although the cyberattack caused delays in care, representatives of the 1,300-bed hospital stated that no patients were put in danger. Thanks to the hospital staff
Treaty endorsing state internet control passes UN hurdle
The United Nations has taken the first step toward enacting a cybercrime treaty that could justify human rights violations where internet access is controlled by authoritarian regimes. In November, the UN voted to support the Russia-sponsored treaty. The resolution has been backed by countries li
Police arrest underage hacker suspected of cyberattack on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
A hacker who is believed to have helped hijack Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account has been arrested. Representatives of the Santa Clara County (California) district attorney’s office have confirmed that the hacker - whose identity has not been disclosed because he is a minor - was appr
FakeAdsBlock floods Android devices with fake ads
FakeAdsBlock is the ironic name of a Trojan spreading rapidly through the Android user community. Malwarebytes discovered the malware in October 2019, estimating that only about 500 mobile devices had been affected at that time. The Trojan is disguised as an ad-blocking app, but in fact its effec