14 May 2021

Colonial Pipeline Shells Out $5M in Extortion Payout, Report

Colonial Pipeline has disclosed that it resorted to paying the DarkSide ransomware gang the ransom demanded in return for a decryption key. The total transaction amounted to $5 million. Colonial Pipeline is one of the largest US fuel pipelines, and the attack caused a subsequent spike in fuel prices up

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14 May 2021

Cyber-attacks Cost Small US Businesses $25k Annually

Although most of the attacks that make headlines pertain to large companies and organizations, a new report found that cyberattacks are costing small businesses in the US an average of $25,000 annually. The report was published by an international insurance company called Hiscox and it surveyed 6,000 cybersecurity professionals in

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14 May 2021

Toshiba unit struck by DarkSide ransomware group

On Friday, Toshiba Tec Corp announced that one of its units was targeted by a ransomware attack likely perpetrated by the DarkSide hacking group. Toshiba is well known for its production of barcode scanners, Point-of-Sale systems, printers, and other electrical equipment. The company stated that the unit targeted was located

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14 May 2021

‘Significant’ ransomware attack forces Ireland’s health service to shut down IT systems

Ireland’s health service has become one of the most recent victims of ransomware, forced to take its systems offline due to the attack. The Health Service Executive is responsible for healthcare and social services throughout Ireland. The attack was described by the entity as “significant,” prompting them to shut down

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13 May 2021

Telegram Fraudsters Ramp Up Forged COVID-19 Vaccine Card Sales

A new type of fraud has been circulating on the dark web, with vendors selling fake vaccination records to people who want the social benefits of gaining access to places where proof of vaccine is required, but don’t want to get the shot. Telegram groups are currently being abused by

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13 May 2021

‘FragAttacks’: Wi-Fi Bugs Affect Millions of Devices

A security researcher who specializes in uncovering Wi-Fi bugs has found a series of new ones he dubbed “FragAttacks.” The bugs affect the Wi-Fi standard itself, with some dating back as late as 1997. Through this type of attack, a malicious actor could intercept a target’s information, trigger malicious code,

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12 May 2021

Hackers Stole Data On Nearly 200,000 Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits

An unprotected database containing private information on hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans was found by Jeremiah Fowler last month. The security researcher discovered evidence that hackers may have stolen the data during a cyberattack. The database belonged to United Valor Solutions, based in North Carolina. The company provides disability

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12 May 2021

Fake Chrome App Anchors Rapidly Worming ‘Smish’ Cyberattack

A new malware on Android impersonating the Google Chrome App has spread to hundreds of thousands of people. The app is a part of a hybrid cyberattack that also uses mobile phishing to steal credentials. Targets first receive an SMS text asking for custom fees to be paid to release

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12 May 2021

Adobe Issues Patch for Acrobat Zero-Day

Adobe released several patches, including one for Acrobat. The vulnerability with Acrobat is being exploited in limited attacks on Adobe Readers users with Windows. The CVE-2021-28550 zero-day vulnerability affects Windows and macOS systems. The exploitation of the flaw could allow arbitrary code execution.  43 patches for 12 of its products were

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12 May 2021

A Startup With NSA Roots Wants Silently Disarming Cyberattacks on the Wire to Become the Norm

Trinity Cyber acts as a security service that sits on Layer 2 at the gates of the enterprise network. The security service inspects and scrubs incoming and outgoing malicious traffic, and can also lead attackers to believe their exploits are working. Many experts from the NSA were brought into the

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