23 Apr 2019

Hackers are targeting these employees the most (hint: it’s not the C-suite)

A new proofpoint report shows that phishing campaigns are increasingly targeting generic email accounts within companies (e.g. sales@company.com). Almost 30% of targeted phishing attacks in Q4 of 2018 were directed at such email addresses, which are usually shared between multiple employees, up from 13% in the previous quarter. The report

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22 Apr 2019

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

A new survey by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that 42% of UK citizens expect that they will lose money as the result of a cyber scam, and a whopping 85% of people do not believe that they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves against cybercrime. This

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22 Apr 2019

Hacker Breaks Into French Government’s New Secure Messaging App

Last week, an independent security researcher managed to get access to a brand new encrypted messaging application used by French government officials. The application is available for download on the Google Play Store, but normally only people with an official government email address can use it. Despite reports claiming that

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22 Apr 2019

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty To Creating Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, a British security researcher who helped to stop the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack by triggering the malware’s kill switch, has pleaded guilty to entering a conspiracy to create and distribute malware, and to aiding and abetting the distribution of malware. A further eight charges have been dropped

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22 Apr 2019

Three-Fourths of Consumers Don’t Trust Facebook, Threatpost Poll Finds

A recent Threatpost survey suggest that people have lost trust in Facebook as a result of the social media giant’s many privacy snafu’s over the past few years, with three out of four respondents stating that Facebook is lying about how it handles consumer data. In addition, a whopping 95%

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22 Apr 2019

Easter Attack Affects Half a Billion Apple iOS Users via Chrome Bug

A malvertising campaign launched last week takes advantage of an unpatched software vulnerability in the iOS version of Google Chrome, putting about half a billion users at risk. The threat actor behind the attack has been identified as the eGobbler gang, a cybercriminal group known for launching malvertising campaigns around

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22 Apr 2019

Hacker dumps thousands of sensitive Mexican embassy documents online

Last week, a hacker using the moniker @0x55Taylor published over 4,800 documents that were obtained from a server of the Mexican embassy in Guatemala. According to the hacker, he had informed Mexican authorities about the vulnerable server, but they had not replied, prompting him to go public. The published records

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22 Apr 2019

Phone Scams Cause Americans to Lose $10.5 Billion in 2018

According to a new report by Truecaller, as many as 43 million Americans may have been scammed in the past 12 months, for a total of $10.5 billion in losses. Contrary to stereotypes about gullible old people, young adults (aged 18-34) are actually more likely to fall victim to phone

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19 Apr 2019

FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election states that the FBI believes the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) “gained access to the network of at least one Florida country government” in November of 2016. The GRU allegedly managed this feat by

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19 Apr 2019

Report: Under-Resourced People Face Higher-Than-Average Cyber Risks

A new University of California study[pdf] shows that underserved people face higher cybersecurity risks than other citizens. The study defines underserved people as “residents from low-income households, foreign-born and foreign-language speakers, and seniors.” The survey found that underserved people are more likely to fall victim to cyber scams, to experience

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