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WhatsApp, Facebook Malware Suit to Continue After 9th Circuit Denies Foreign Sovereign Immunity Claims

A federal appellate panel sided with the WhatsApp messaging app and its parent company Facebook on Monday after denying a private, Israeli corporation’s claims of foreign sovereign immunity to dismiss a suit alleging it sent malware through WhatsApp’s server to mobile devices.

WhatsApp Inc. and Facebook Inc. filed a suit against the NSO Group Technologies Ltd. and its parent company, Q Cyber Technologies Ltd., in October 2019. NSO that designs and licenses surveillance technology to governments and government agencies for national security and law enforcement purposes.


Arizona audit: Maricopa County denies claims staff deleted data

Ben Cotton, founder of the firm CyFIR, alleged there is evidence of general election results getting purged in February before the Senate GOP’s audit started.

PHOENIX — The founder of a digital forensics firm accused Maricopa County of intentionally deleting data during a presentation Friday on the results of a partisan, GOP-led audit into the county’s 2.1 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.

Ben Cotton is the founder of the firm CyFIR. He alleged there is evidence of general election results getting purged in February before the Senate GOP’s audit started. 

The county, however, repudiated those claims in a tweet: 

Cotton, a member of Senate President Karen Fann’s audit team, is best known for having driven copies of the county’s voting system data to a lab at his home in Montana.

Fann authorized the unprecedented election review without a vote of the full Senate after unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona’s largest county – the first in more than 70 years by a Democrat – delivered the state to the now president.

The vote was certified in late November by Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey. Nothing that is presented Friday will change the outcome of the vote, although there is a movement among Trump…


Kia denies ransomware attack after days-long network outages

Kia Motors America has denied reports that it was a victim of a recent ransomware attack. This after online services suffered across the United States, affecting the work processes used by dealers to order for vehicles and parts while also adversely affecting the UVO app that owners use to remotely start the vehicle and use its air conditioning feature.

According to reports in the US media, Kia released a statement which highlighted that as per all the information available, there is no evidence to suggest that either the company or its data has been a victim to a ransomware attack. While apologizing to customers for the inconvenience caused, Kia also said that efforts are on to address the issue of outage and that most of the repair processes are now in place and active. “We apologize for the inconvenience to affected customers, especially those impacted by winter storms, who felt the outage of our remote start and heating feature most acutely,” the statement read.

Cybersecurity news outlet BleepingComputer earlier this week had reported that as per a note it had received, ransomware gang Doppelpaymer had demanded $20 million from Hyundai to decode scrambled data. Both Hyundai and Kia systems had faced outage this week which had resulted in many car owners taking to social media to raise complaints. One buyer said she was unable to lease a Kia vehicle, most others said they were unable to turn on the car warming function remotely. Several others complained they were not able to start their vehicle through the app.

Associated Press reports that Kia has not yet confirmed if it has suffered delays in delivering vehicles to dealerships because of the outage woes even as several other reports mention dealers having suffered a push back in timelines.

At a time when cars around the world are coming packed with high-end features, such outages do pose a risk to ownership experience and may also be susceptible to online attacks from those with nefarious inten


Instacart denies widespread data breach affecting hundreds of thousands of customers – USA TODAY

  1. Instacart denies widespread data breach affecting hundreds of thousands of customers  USA TODAY
  2. Instacart data breach denied as information sold on dark web  Business Insider
  3. Instacart users’ personal data, including order history, is reportedly being sold online  The Verge
  4. Instacart denies security breach of customer data  Grocery Dive
  5. Report: Instacart Customer Data Is Being Sold on the Dark Web  PCMag
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