U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars. Computer hackers, many of them believed to be state-sponsored groups, last year disrupted multinational firms, ports and public services on an unprecedented scale around the world, raising awareness of the issue.

FedEx Corp said on Thursday that it has secured many of customer identification records that were involuntarily exposed earlier this month by an unsecured server.

According to the Global package delivery company, so far no evidence that private data was “misappropriated” was discovered.

A report from security research firm Kromtech, revealed that the server stored more than 119,000 scanned documents from U.S. and international citizens, such as passports, driving licenses and security identification.

Two Republican senators have introduced a bill on Wednesday (7 February) that would ban the US government from buying or leasing products made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE.

Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marco Rubio introduced the legislation citing concerns over the Chinese government using hypothetical backdoors in their devices to spy on American government officials.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), private sector and the public to be vigilant and proactive ahead of possible cyber-attacks in 2018. The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Isa Pantami, made the call in a statement he issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol.

The agency's director Rob Wainwright told the BBC's Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem.

The warning comes after Bitcoin's value fell by half from record highs in December.

Google’s numerous safeguards designed to prevent malicious apps from reaching Android users led to the removal of over 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017, the company said yesterday. That’s a 70 percent increase over the total removals in 2016. “Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier,” Google Play product manager Andrew Ahn wrote in a blog post. “99 percent of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them.”

United Arab Emirates (UAE) security experts have circulated a warning to particularly WhatsApp and smartphone users to remain vigilant, owing to rapid spread of a spy software that is capable of clandestinely recording audio and video, take selfies and read users chats.

Skygofree Spyware which can enable hackers to spy into a user’s internet activity, track location and steal critical information like passwords and card numbers is described as one of the “most advanced” and highly sophisticated malware that has already infected a number of smart phones.

Cybersecurity firm Kapersky, in a report mentioned that the spy tool collects messages from WhatsApp and could secretly turn on the front-facing camera of a Smartphone and take photos when the user unlocks the device, "one could only guess how the criminals will use these photos.”

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