20 Jun 2019

Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom to Save Computer Records

In an incident that should serve as a warning for government entities and corporations alike, Riviera Beach, Florida this week decided to pay $600,000 in ransom to threat actors that infected the city network with ransomware three weeks ago. All the city’s records were encrypted as a result of the

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20 Jun 2019

CISOs Struggling With 50+ Separate Security Tools

A new study by Panaseer found that 87% of enterprise CISOs are having a hard time keeping track of sensitive data, with 31% of respondents worrying that this complicates their firm’s compliance efforts. A common problem seems to be reliance on a great number of different security tools. The average

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20 Jun 2019

Mozilla Patches Firefox Critical Flaw Under Active Attack

Mozilla has issued a patch for a critical security flaw affecting Windows, macOS and Linux versions of the popular Firefox browser. Threat actors have already begun exploiting the vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-11707, in targeted campaigns in order to take over machines running the vulnerable browser. The flaw was found on

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20 Jun 2019

Insecure Home IoT Devices a Clear and Present Danger to Corporate Security

A massive analysis of 83 million devices that are part of the Internet-of-things (IoT) indicates that more and more homes contain smart devices, while also providing further evidence of the notorious lack of security in many IoT devices. The study, carried out by Avast and various academic researchers, found that

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20 Jun 2019

Botnets shift from Windows towards Linux and IoT platforms

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks carried out by botnets continue to be a major threat to websites, although attacks on Windows systems are declining in favor of campaigns targeting Linux machines and Internet-of-things (IoT) devices, new NSFOCUS research shows. The number of botnet attack instructions received by targets rose by 66.4%

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20 Jun 2019

Millions Fall Victim to System Cleaner Hoaxes

New Kaspersky research shows that more and more people are falling for system cleaner hoaxes, which refers to computer programs that claim improve the speed and performance of your computer by fixing issues and/or removing malware, but that actually don’t perform this service at all. In the first half of

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20 Jun 2019

76% of mobile apps have flaws allowing hackers to steal passwords, money, and texts

A new report by Positive Technologies underscores the prevalence of serious security flaws in mobile applications. The most common type of vulnerability is insecure data storage, which affects 76% of all mobile apps. Insecure data storage may under certain conditions be exploited by threat actors in order to obtain unauthorized

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20 Jun 2019

Phishing Attack Exposes Data of 645,000 Oregon DHS Clients

The Department of Human Services (DHS) in Oregon suffered a data breach earlier this year in which a threat actor obtained unauthorized access to the personal data of around 645,000 of the agency’s clients. The agency is notifying those impacted by the breach. On January 8, a cybercriminal was able

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19 Jun 2019

Security breaches: 4 business impacts

The average cyberattack results in damages of $4.6 million, and organizations can expect losses of $10 million as a result of cyberattacks each year, new research by Radware shows. The four major business impacts of cyberattacks are customer loss (45%), brand reputation loss (44%), revenue loss (32%) and operational loss

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19 Jun 2019

How organizations can better defend against DNS attacks

New research by EfficientIP highlights the growing threat of DNS attacks to organizations. In the past year, 82% of firms suffered a DNS attack and the average business was targeted more than nine times, which represents a 34% increase compared to last year’s report. The attacks are also getting more

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