KW 2: Parler has now been booted by Amazon, Apple and Google, Users rush Signal und Threema, Darknet marketplace DarkMarket taken offline


Parler has now been booted by Amazon, Apple and Google: Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by conservatives, now finds itself virtually homeless on the internet as Amazon, Apple and Google have all booted it from their platforms in a span of a little more than 24 hours. The sweep threatens to cut Parler off from its entire audience. Not only will new users be unable to find Parler on the internet’s two largest app stores, even those who’ve already downloaded the app will be unable to use it because it will be unable to communicate with Parler’s servers on AWS. Meanwhile, Parler has also been hit by a massive data scrape. Security researchers collected swaths of user data before the network went dark Monday morning.,

Users rush Signal und Threema: WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page to its website outlining its stances on user privacy in response to widespread backlash over an upcoming privacy policy update. The core issue relates to WhatsApp’s data-sharing procedures with Facebook, with many users concerned an updated privacy policy going into effect on February 8th will mandate sharing of sensitive profile information with WhatsApp’s parent company. Many users have already started looking for alternatives to WhatsApp: Instant message services such as Signal or Threema said they have seen an explosion in user numbers.

Darknet marketplace DarkMarket taken offline: German prosecutors in the cities of Koblenz and Oldenburg said on Tuesday that they had shut down what was probably the largest illegal marketplace on the Darknet called DarkMarket and arrested the man believed to operate it near Germany’s border with Denmark. The detained man, believed to be DarkMarket’s operator, is a 34-year-old Australian national. Authorities say drugs, counterfeit money, stolen credit card data, anonymous SIM cards and malware were all traded on the site. At the time of its closure, DarkMarket had more than 2,400 vendors.

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New Zealand central bank hit by cyberattack: On Sunday, New Zealand’s central bank reported that it was responding with urgency to a malicious breach of one of its data systems. A third-party file-sharing service used by the bank to share and store some sensitive information was illegally accessed. The bank’s governor Adrian Orr said the breach had been contained and the bank’s main functions remained sound and operational. „The nature and extent of information that has been potentially accessed is still being determined, but it may include some commercially and personally sensitive information,“ he said.

Global Threat Index Dezember 2020: Emotet returns as top malware threat: Check Point Research, the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies, a provider of cyber security solutions, has published its latest Global Threat Index for December 2020. Researchers reported that the Emotet trojan has returned to first place in the top malware list, impacting 7% of organizations globally, following a spam campaign which targeted over 100,000 users per day during the holiday season.

Solar winds attack affects Germany too: The attack on Solar Winds software affected German ministries, federal agencies and companies, according to a Deutschlandfunk report. 300,000 people and organizations worldwide use the software. In Germany, it is used by the ministries of transport and family, the federal offices for goods traffic, cartography and security in information technology, the German Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Motor Transport Authority – as well as the Robert Koch Institute, the German Foreign Office and Defense Technical Office 61, which tests the army’s flight infrastructure. According to the media, 16 ministries and offices use Solarwinds software. Experts therefore speak of the “most dangerous hack of the century”. According to Deutschlandfunk, IT security researcher Professor Hartmut Pohl assumes that a lot of data is already in the hands of the attackers and that they are planning further attacks.,

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Only 24 percent of cybersecurity professionals are female.


Attack on US Capitol could pose threat to cybersecurity: The attack on the Capitol by Trump and QAnon supporters last week not only poses a risk to democracy, but to IT security as well. At least one laptop was stolen by the rioters. In theory, people could also have got into otherwise inaccessible offices, placed bugs or put malware on computers.

Human weakness: Inexperienced, untrained or careless employees are still responsible for a large number of cyber attacks, according to an analysis by Bitdefender telemetry. Whether imprecise specifications, incorrect configurations or simple misconduct: The human factor is a security risk. One example: 93 percent of employees keep using old passwords.


„We live in the information age and everyone is talking about the value of data. Most of them are unaware of what is happening to it. Many of us are content with simply being consumers or end users of a product or service. In many cases, we blindly consent to pay for seemingly free services with our data and privacy. If our data is hacked, it is a crime for us; at the same time, we voluntarily leave our data to billions of companies. It is hackers who show us what that means.“
Israeli cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari sees hackers as a regulatory constant to create awareness for cybersecurity.

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