19 Sep 2019

Windows Defender malware scans are failing after a few seconds

The latest version of Windows Defender, the built-in anti-malware solution of Windows 10, is affected by a bug that causes Quick or Full scans to stop running after inspecting only a few files. The flaw is the result of a recent patch issued by Microsoft to solve another issue. It

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19 Sep 2019

New Attack Group Targets Saudi IT Providers

Security researchers with Symantec have been tracking a cyber campaign targeting IT providers in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. The firm attributes the campaign to Tortoiseshell Group, a previously undocumented threat actor that has been active since at least July of 2018. Tortoiseshell Group has infiltrated

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19 Sep 2019

Small businesses underestimate financial damage of cyberattacks

70% of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that losses from a successful cyberattack on their firm would not exceed $25,000, while over half think total damages would remain under $10,000, a new AppRiver survey shows. This implies that small business owners are grossly underestimating the amount of money they

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19 Sep 2019

Businesses need to treat cybersecurity as something that crosses organizational boundaries

An new CompTIA survey reveals stark differences between how company executives, business employees and technology professionals view their organization’s cyber-readiness. While the majority of respondents in the first two categories were fully satisfied with their company’s cybersecurity efforts (55% of executives and 61% of business staff stated this), a mere

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19 Sep 2019

Smominru Mining Botnet In Cyber Turf War With Rival Malware

New research by Guardicore sheds light on the evolution of the Smominru mining botnet that infected over 500,000 devices last year. Last month, the botnet added 90,000 new victims to its tally and currently continues to grow at around 4.7 infections per day. It mostly targets Windows 7 and Windows

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19 Sep 2019

Massive Gaming DDoS Exploits Widespread Technology

Akamai recently registered the fourth-largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever detected by the firm. The attackers used a UDP amplification technique known as WS-Discovery (WSD) to target an organization in the gaming industry with up to 35/Gbps of malicious traffic. Security researchers identify two main reasons for why threat actors have

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18 Sep 2019

Australia concluded China was behind hack on parliament, political parties – sources  

In March of this year, Australia’s cyber intelligence agency – the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – concluded that China was behind a February cyberattack targeting the computer network of the Australian parliament, insiders have told Reuters. However, a secret report by the ASD and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs

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18 Sep 2019

US Justice Department Sues Snowden Over New Book

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden over his new book, Permanent Record, because Snowden allegedly violated non-disclose agreements he signed with the two intelligence agencies that employed him in the past. The DOJ aims to ensure that Snowden will not earn

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18 Sep 2019

Businesses facing post breach financial fallout by losing customer trust

A new survey by PCI Pal found that 44% of Americans have been affected by a data breach, which is higher than the numbers for citizens of the UK (38%), Canada (37%) and Australia (33%). The report also confirms that data breaches can hurt businesses by destroying customer trust, with

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18 Sep 2019

Ransomware: Cyber-insurance payouts are adding to the problem, warn security experts

Cybersecurity experts are warning that cyber insurance payouts to ransomware victims will exacerbate the ransomware threat in the log run. After several reports in 2018 predicted the demise of file-encrypting malware, the threat made a staggering comeback this year with targeted attacks on businesses and dozens of local governments, especially

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