26 Nov 2019

Most Organizations Have Incomplete Vulnerability Information

A new report by Risk Based Security shows that organizations need to get their vulnerability information from more sources than just the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and National Vulnerability Database (NVD) systems if they want to identify all flaws in their environment. This year alone, researchers with the firm

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26 Nov 2019

Over 38 Million Healthcare Records Exposed in Breaches Over 2019

From January through October of this year, more than 38 million health records were exposed, lost or stolen, compared to just over 12 million throughout 2018, new research published in HIPAA Journal shows. The number of exposed records still falls short of the 2015 record of 114 million, which was largely

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26 Nov 2019

They See You When You’re Shopping: Holiday Cybercrime Starts Early

This year, cybercriminal activity related to the holiday season has started earlier than was the case in previous years, researchers with Avira Protection Lab warn. In 2018, phishing rose by 61% during the September-December holiday shopping season. This year, phishing activity has been rising since July and in September the

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26 Nov 2019

Merchants must find ways to balance security with a seamless customer experience

77% of US merchants have suffered some kind of fraud since they started doing business, and more than two in three (69%) are spending significant resources on addressing payment fraud, a recent American Express study indicates. The merchants in the survey estimate that about 27% of their yearly ecommerce sales

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26 Nov 2019

Scam Browser Notification Prompts Increased by 69% in 2019

In the first nine months of this year, the number of ad and scam browser notifications surged by 69%, a new report by Kaspersky shows. If users allow browser notifications for a certain website, these can be sent even when users are not visiting that website. Malicious websites increasingly try

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26 Nov 2019

NYPD Fingerprint Database Taken Offline to Thwart Ransomware

The LiveScan fingerprint-tracking system used by the New York Police Department was infected with ransomware last week, prompting the NYPD to take the database offline on Friday night. The department managed to get the systems back up and running by Saturday morning. Fortunately the impact of the attack was limited

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26 Nov 2019

Cheap kids smartwatch exposes the location of 5,000+ children

Security researchers with AV-TEST have discovered several major security vulnerabilities in a cheap smart watch for children made in China.The flaws in the watch and the accompanying mobile app exposed the location information of 5,000 children as well as the personal data of 10,000 parents. According to AV-TEST CEO Maik

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26 Nov 2019

PoS Malware Exposes Customer Data of Catch Restaurants

Catch Hospitality Group announced over the weekend that three of its restaurants in New York City had their point-of-sale (PoS) systems infected malware earlier this year. The malware was capable of obtaining payment card information including the name of the card holder as well as the card number, expiration date

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25 Nov 2019

‘Time to take out our swords’ – Inside Iran’s plot to attack Saudi Arabia

A new Reuters report based on testimonies by Iranian officials reveals how the Iranian government orchestrated the September 14 drone strikes that targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, disrupting about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity. While the attack was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Saudi

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25 Nov 2019

Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work

A collection of recently leaked highly classified Chinese government documents referred to as the China cables sheds light on what goes on inside Chinese mass detention camps for Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities. While the Chinese government claims that people receive voluntary job training at the facilities, the China

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