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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19 Jun 2019

FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors

In April of this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned government contractors that their employees are being targeted on social media by foreign intelligence services, with the aim of recruiting individuals with US government security clearances. The alert outlined four recent, real world examples of campaigns that

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19 Jun 2019

Insecure password memory aids: A passwordless future could be the solution

A new survey by Okta shows that many employees are open to passwordless authentication. For example, 70% of employees think that the adoption of biometrics would benefit their organization. According to Dr. Maria Bada of Cambridge University, the research indicates that many employees dislike passwords because they “can experience negative emotions

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19 Jun 2019

Cyber Weaknesses That Led to Breaches at NASA’s JPL Persist, Says IG

A new report[pdf] by the NASA inspector general exposes major shortcomings in the cybersecurity posture of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a result of which the research center “has experienced several notable cybersecurity incidents that have compromised major segments of its IT network,” over the past decade. Glaring security weaknesses

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19 Jun 2019

Hacker Steals Customer Payment Info in EatStreet Data Breach

On May 3, a threat actor gained unauthorized access to the payment card information of an unknown number of customers of Eatstreet, a popular online food ordering service. The company discovered the incident on May 17 and swiftly locked the hacker out of their database. For customers who have used

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19 Jun 2019

Only Quarter of IaaS Users Can Audit Config Settings

A new McAfee report shows that moving to the cloud often has security benefits for organizations, but there are some major drawbacks as well. According to the survey, 87% of organizations “experience business acceleration” due to their adoption of cloud services and a majority (52%) also saw their security improve

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