Hackers use Pakistani passport website to spy on visitors

In this illustration, a 90s computer is cut in half as strings of code float by.
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Hackers modified a Pakistani government website where citizens can request passports to spy on its visitors, according to researchers at Trustwave. The infection is still active.

The big picture: The code added to the website, known as Scanbox, performs reconnaissance on visitors and has been associated with espionage attacks in the past. Other actors use it too, and Trustwave is not attributing the attack to any government or criminal groups.

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Dozens of countries are in talks to regulate cross-border e-commerce

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Seventy-five nations have agreed to participate in World Trade Organization talks, beginning in March, on cross-border e-commerce, one of the fastest-growing and thorniest areas of global trade.

The big picture: Consumer-facing e-commerce has become a $3.5 trillion global market, and some $700 billion of those purchases occur across borders, but there are almost no existing international rules in place for it.

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