The Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) has issued a warning of a new type of cyber attack, using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to impersonate senior company executives. In this method, instructions are given to the companies staff members to perform transactions such as money transfers, as well as malicious activity on the company's network. Recently, reports on cyber attacks of this kind were received at the operations centre of the INCD, Xinhua news agency reported. The new offensive is of the business email compromise (BEC) type -- frauds by email against commercial and government organizations to motivate employees using social engineering methods to act for the attacker"s benefit. The most common types are phishing messages and an invoicing fraud in which the attacker impersonates the vendor, submits an invoice to the company and tries to motivate an employee under time pressure to make a bank transfer, provide information or allow access to the company"s network.
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The developers of the Monero anonymous cryptocurrency have rolled out a patch today that addresses a bug that could have been used by hackers to obtain funds from exchanges illegally. Described by the Monero team as a "burning" bug, the issue is in how Monero exchange platforms handle incoming transactions. The issue came to light after a user posted a theoretical question on the Monero subreddit. The user asked what would happen if someone would send multiple transactions to a stealth address. For ZDNet readers that are unfamiliar with the term of a stealth address, this is a concept in the world of cryptocurrencies.
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For years, banks have watched as their youngest customers split restaurant checks, shared utility bills, and pitched in for parties using third-party payment apps such as Venmo. Now, they're trying to take back the person-to-person payments business by launching an app of their own. Nineteen banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, are teaming up to start Zelle, a web site and app that will let users send and request money much like Venmo does. Bank of America says it is the first to incorporate all of Zelle's capabilities--including the ability to split bills between users--into its own mobile app, starting today. A standalone Zelle payment app should be available to anyone with a debit card, regardless of where they bank, by the middle of the year.