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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19 Apr 2019

Hacker Group Exposes Iranian APT Operations and Members

Since the end of last month, a mysterious actor using the moniker Lab Dookhtegan has been leaking information on the state-backed Iranian hacking group APT34 (aka OilRig, HelixKitten) through a Telegram channel. The leaked information provides insights into the infrastructure of APT34, its members, the tools they use and the

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19 Apr 2019

6 Takeaways from Ransomware Attacks in Q1

A new Coveware report based on data from the first quarter of 2019 highlights six interesting ransomware trends: Threat actors are demanding higher ransoms – the average ransom amount asked in incidents handled by Coveware was %12,762, a 89% increase over the last quarter of 2018, when the amount was $6,733.

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19 Apr 2019

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

A security researcher with GDI foundation has found eight unprotected databases exposing 60 million records of LinkedIn user data. In addition to LinkedIn profile information, the data includes the email address of users, even of those who have configured their LinkedIn privacy settings so that only their direct connections can

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19 Apr 2019

Facebook admits to storing plaintext passwords for millions of Instagram user

For the second time this week, and the umpteenth time in the past 12 months, Facebook has made the news due to a massive privacy blunder. In an unwelcome sequel to a March statement by the company that it had stored between 200 million and 600 million plain text user

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19 Apr 2019

Weather Channel Knocked Off-Air in Dangerous Precedent

On Thursday morning, a “malicious software attack” on the network of US pay television channel The Weather Channel (TWC) forced the station to air 90 minutes of canned content instead of live footage, after which it restored its live broadcast “through backup mechanisms.” While the incident may not strike most

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19 Apr 2019

OODA Releases a Traveling Executive’s Guide to Cybersecurity

This report provides detailed guidance for global executives and their security teams on how to protect their information and technology systems while traveling abroad.

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19 Apr 2019

India expected to surpass the UK for second place in payment card fraud

India is an increasingly popular target for cybercriminals, a new report by Gemini Advisory shows. In fact, India is projected to overtake the UK on the payment card fraud list this year, meaning that it will become the most targeted country after the US. In 2018, threat actors put 3.2

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18 Apr 2019

A Government Hacks The Web’s Phone Book—And Erodes Trust In The Internet

Researchers with Cisco Talos are tracking a highly disturbing state-sponsored Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking campaign dubbed ‘Sea Turtle’ that has already targeted around 40 organizations across 13 countries, including government agencies and energy companies. Most targets are located in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The attack has the

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