17 Dec 2020

This ‘off the shelf’ Tor backdoor malware is now a firm favorite with ransomware operators

On Thursday, Sophos Labs’ Sivagnanm Gn and Sean Gallagher, two cybersecurity researchers, revealed detailed information on malware that has become increasingly popular over the past several months, called SystemBC. SystemBC is a remote access trojan (RAT) that is advertised across dark web forums and has the capability to abuse Tor

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17 Dec 2020

Guess which states saw the most election disinformation in 2020

The 2020 election was riddled with misinformation floating around the web and spreading rapidly through social media platforms as companies like Twitter and Facebook scrambled to add warnings to misleading posts. Although their efforts were not unfounded, there is still evidence of disinformation campaigns targeting certain groups and states. Zignal

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16 Dec 2020

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

The SolarWinds Russia espionage campaign is not limited to the Treasury and Commerce departments, the first two agencies to concede that they were victimized by the incident. The Department of Justice has also announced its involvement in the campaign, however, the list of government agencies that operated on the impacted

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16 Dec 2020

Apple’s App ‘Privacy Labels’ Are Here—and They’re a Big Step Forward

As of today, apps up for purchase in the Mac and iOS app stores will feature mandatory security labels that offer users a rundown of privacy policies. It’s Apple’s most bold and visible move yet to offer consumers more transparency and warn them about what data every app collects, and

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16 Dec 2020

California Hospital Notifies 67k Patients of Data Breach

The Sonoma Valley Hospital in California has notified 67,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed in a cyberattack on the facility. In the letter, the hospital states that it was one of several American healthcare providers targeted two months ago as part of a sweeping ransomware campaign

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16 Dec 2020

Hack May Have Exposed Deep US Secrets; Damage Yet Unknown

Authorities say that some of America’s deepest secrets may have been stolen in a months-long espionage campaign that just came to light. The operation has been blamed on Russian government hackers and occurred when threat actors were able to slip malicious code into a software update issued by popular provider

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15 Dec 2020

DHS Among Those Hit in Sophisticated Cyberattack by Foreign Adversaries

The US Department of Homeland Security has admitted to being hacked in relation to the recently exposed Russian espionage campaign against US agencies utilizing vulnerabilities in SolarWinds services, specifically a network-management platform widely used across the government. defense contractors and enterprises were also involved in the attack, such as FireEye,

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15 Dec 2020

Ex-Cisco Employee Convicted for Deleting 16K Webex Accounts

Sudhish Kasaba Ramesh, 31, has pleaded guilty to breaking into Cisco’s cloud infrastructure in 2018 and hacking the Webex collaboration platform to delete Webex accounts. The insider threat case has landed Ramesh at least two years in jail for the hack, which occurred roughly four months from his resignation from

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15 Dec 2020

U.S. Homeland Security, thousands of businesses scramble after suspected Russian hack

The US Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating a Russian state-sponsored espionage campaign that allowed the Russian intelligence force to monitor sensitive government information. Businesses have been scrambling to mitigate the risks posed by the sweeping hacks. Email communication at the DHS was under surveillance by Russia for an

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15 Dec 2020

China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks

China has allegedly utilized mobile phone networks in the Caribbean to surveil US mobile phone subscribers. This is part of an extensive espionage campaign against the US, according to mobile network security experts. China has exploited old vulnerabilities in the global telecommunications network to conduct active surveillance attacks through telecoms

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