24 Apr 2019

How businesses plan to protect themselves against cyberattacks

A new report[pdf] by Hiscox looks at the cyber readiness of organizations in the US and various European countries. The study found that 61% of firms experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months, which represents a serious increase over last year, when the number was 45%. According to the

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24 Apr 2019

City of Stuart Still Recovering from Ryuk Ransomware Attack

Once again a local US government has suffered a cyberattack involving the notorious Ryuk ransomware. The City of Stuart, Florida was hit on April 13 when Ryuk infected its computers and servers, probably after a city employee fell for a phishing email. While Stuart has managed to restore various services

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24 Apr 2019

Nearly half of firms suffer data breaches at hands of vendors

Almost one in two (44%) companies has experienced a disruptive data breach as the result of a third-party vendor getting compromised, recent research by eSentire and Spiceworks shows. 26% of the breaches were the result of human error and stolen passwords, while about half involved malware. Even though third-party agreements

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24 Apr 2019

Academics hide humans from surveillance cameras with 2D prints

Surveillance systems that use machine learning (ML) algorithms to identify people and objects are becoming increasingly widespread across the glober. However, new research by a group of Belgium academics highlights the significant shortcomings that still affect these systems, as the researchers were able to avoid detection by surveillance algorithms simply

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24 Apr 2019

Another dark web marketplace bites the dust –Wall Street Market

Dark web marketplace Wall Street Market (WSM) has shut down in typical underground fashion by pulling an exit scam on its users. The website’s admins have disappeared, taking $14.2 million in user funds with them. The shutdown happened about a week before Dream Market, the largest marketplace on the dark

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24 Apr 2019

1 in 4 Workers Are Aware Of Security Guidelines – but Ignore Them

New research by Symphony Communication Services shows that employee awareness of security guidelines does not automatically translate to prudent behavior. In fact, nearly a quarter of employees (24%) do not abide by security guidelines even though they are aware of them. For instance, 27% of staff members connect to networks

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23 Apr 2019

Russian hackers are targeting European embassies, according to new report

Check Point researchers have uncovered a recent campaign in which Russian threat actors targeted European embassies in various countries including Nepal, Guyana, Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Bermuda, and Lebanon. The hackers targeted embassy officials with emails containing sophisticated malicious files that were presented as official US State Department documents. Opening the

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23 Apr 2019

A hotspot finder app exposed 2 million Wi-Fi network passwords

A security researcher with the GDI Foundation has found an unsecured database that exposed over 2 million Wi-Fi network passwords. The database has now been taken down by the host upon request of the researcher, who initially reached out to the app’s developer, but received no response. The leaky server

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23 Apr 2019

Attackers are weaponizing more vulnerabilities than ever before

Threat actors are stepping up their efforts to weaponize vulnerabilities affecting Adobe products, new data by RiskSense shows. In 2018, a record-breaking 177 flaws were weaponized, which is 139% higher than in 2017. The study also found that last year almost three times more vulnerabilities were exploited in the wild before

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23 Apr 2019

US could regard cyberattack on Japan as ‘armed attack,’ Pompeo says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US and Japan agree that Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty, which obliges the countries to come to each other’s defense in case of an armed attack, could also be activated by a cyberattack because “international law applies in cyberspace

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