20 May 2019

After breach, Stack Overflow says some user data exposed

Stack Overflow has admitted that “a very small number” of users had their data compromised when the company suffered a cyberattack earlier this month. The firm behind the world’s largest question and answer site for programmers initially claimed that it had not found evidence of costumer or user data being

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20 May 2019

Chinese cyberspies breached TeamViewer in 2016

According to German newspaper Der Spiegel, German software manufacturer TeamViewer suffered a breach at the hands of Chinese state-backed hackers, as a result of which the attackers have had access to TeamViewer’s internal network since 2014. The attackers allegedly used Winnti, a notorious backdoor Trojan. While TeamViewer acknowledged that it was

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20 May 2019

Q1 2019 Smashes Record For Most Reported Vulnerabilities in a Quarter

The first quarter of this year broke the record for reported security vulnerabilities, a new report by Risk Based Security shows. A total of 5,501 new flaws were disclosed during this period, most of which were web-based (56.8%). Two additional findings from the report are especially worrisome. The first is

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20 May 2019

Ransomware and malware attacks decline, attackers adopting covert tactics

New figures released by Microsoft indicate that global ransomware attacks fell by 60% between March and December of last year, while malware attacks declined in general. Instead, threat actors are launching campaigns that rely on more covert attack techniques such as phishing and social engineering in general. Cyber criminals also

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20 May 2019

Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

In response to US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order enabling the US government to ban the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment by US firms, Google has made certain updates for its Android operating system unavailable to the Chinese tech giant, which is the world’s second largest producer of smartphones.

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20 May 2019

Top Cybersecurity Challenges in the Healthcare Industry

New research by Infoblox sheds light on the state of cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. According to the report, a whopping 92% of healthcare organizations believe they can adequately respond to cyber threats. A majority (56%) of companies in the sector uses automated solutions for detecting malicious activity on their

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20 May 2019

Phishing targeting SaaS and webmail services increased to 36% of all phishing attacks

A new APWG report shows that a growing number of phishing attacks (36% in Q1 of 2019) target Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and webmail solutions. Just over a quarter (27%) of phishing campaigns went after payment services, while 16% targeted financial institutions. Greg Aaron of APWG explains that “phishers are interested in

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20 May 2019

More Orgs Use Booby Traps for Counterintelligence

Neustar recently released a new report showing that one out of five organizations use forensic investigations and other techniques in order to identify attackers. Other possible methods include the use of honeypots and collections of fake data to lure threat actors. If a threat actor falls for the trap and

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17 May 2019

The largest breaches over the past three years have caused massive and irreparable damage

A new report by Bitglass highlights how costly large data breaches tend to be for targeted firms. The research found that publicly traded companies that were hit by a massive breach in the last three years saw their stock price drop by 7.5% on average. The research analyzes the three

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17 May 2019

Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015

A new report by IBM X-Force sheds light on the dramatic decline of hacktivism over the last few years. Since 2015, the number of hacktivism-related security breaches has dropped by a whopping 95%. In 2017 there were only five such incidents, down from 35 in 2015. The number dropped further

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