Daily Digest (4/17)

4 US Agencies Warn Against North Korean Cyberthreats; Apple, Google in Standoff With UK Over COVID-19 App; Millions of Ad Dollars Stolen in Streaming TV Fraud. Click below to read.

4 US Agencies Warn Against North Korean Cyberthreats

Four U.S. agencies issued an advisory Thursday “to raise the awareness of the cyber threat posed by North Korea,” highlighting Pyongyang’s “malicious cyber activities around the world” and other actions.

The State Department, Homeland Security, Treasury Department and FBI said North Korea’s cyberattacks “threaten the United States and countries around the world and, in particular, pose a significant threat to the integrity and stability of the international financial system.”

In a statement, the agencies noted that Pyongyang used “cyber capabilities to steal from financial institutions” and had the “capability to conduct disruptive or destructive cyber activities affecting U.S. critical infrastructure.

“It is vital for foreign governments, network defenders, and the public to stay vigilant and to work together to mitigate the cyber threat posed by North Korea,” the agencies warned.

Source: CISA (gov) (link)

Apple, Google in Standoff With UK Over COVID-19 App

Apple Inc. and Google refused to support the UK’s plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been come in contact with someone with coronavirus, drawing the ire of the National Health Service, according to reports.

The tech giants want health agencies worldwide to build contact-tracing apps that allow individuals to know when they’ve been in contact with an infected person, while preventing governments from using the data calculate movements, The Guardian reports.

But Apple-Google’s rule for its app, announced last week, applies only to tools that would not create a centralized database of contacts. Their rule could severely limit the effectiveness of NHS’ planned app.

For instance, it would not work if the phone’s screen was turned off or if an app other than the contact tracer was being used at the same time, the Guardian reports. Users’ personal data also could be endangered if their device was lost or stolen while the app was being used.

But an NHS spokesperson retorted: “This suggestion is completely wrong. Everyone is in agreement that user privacy is paramount, and while our app is not dependent on the changes they are making, we believe they will be helpful and complementary.”

Source: The Guardian (link)

Millions of Ad Dollars Stolen in Streaming TV Fraud

Hackers manipulated connected TV (CTV) advertising platforms to create more than 2 million fictitious viewers around the globe, siphoning millions of dollars from unsuspecting companies.

The fraud, discovered by White Ops, a New York-based cybersecurity firm, found the scheme impersonated viewers in more than 30 countries and defraud more than 300 different brands out of their ad dollars.

The hackers tricked advertisers into thinking real people were watching TV, when they actually were bots pretending to be real people. The companies paid to advertise their products, but no humans saw the spots.

The fraud peaked in January, White Ops said, but “the fraudsters are still out there.”

Source: White Ops (link)

— By DPN Staff