Oct 4, 2018

Critical infrastructure hit in active espionage, IP theft hack globally

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Hackers linked with foreign governments, known as advanced persistent threats (APT) actors, are using stolen administrative credentials and inject malware into critical systems around the world, including in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday.

Why it matters: The attackers are still active, per DHS, and have affected information technology, energy, healthcare, communications, and critical manufacturing sectors. These threat actors are particularly difficult to detect since their use of stolen credentials can make them appear to be authorized users and their movement between service providers and customers’ shared networks can conceal some of their activity, per DHS.

Between the lines: DHS said today’s threat alert builds on a previous threat that has been linked with the Chinese APT group, APT10, so these hacks are likely linked with China.

What they’re saying: "DHS is not aware of any entities experiencing significant disruptions to operations and there is no significant threat to public health or safety," per a press release.

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  4. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
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  6. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.