19 Aug 2019

‘Coordinated Ransomware Attack’ in Texas Hits 23 Local Governments

Since last Friday, an unidentified threat actor has launched a wave of ransomware attacks against government entities in Texas. The state’s Department of Information Resources (DIR) said that at least 23 entities were “actually or potentially impacted” by the “coordinated ransomware attack.” The affected organizations have not been identified. The

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19 Aug 2019

Hackers Stole Over $4 Billion From Crypto Crimes In 2019 So Far, Up From $1.7 Billion In All Of 2018

In the first half of this year, cyber criminals stole around $4.26 billion through cryptocurrency theft, scams, and fraud campaigns, a recent CipherTrace report shows. This indicates a recent surge in criminal activity because the number is far higher than the yearly total for 2018, which was $1.7 billion. The

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19 Aug 2019

Feds never faced a ‘major’ cybersecurity attack in 2018

In fiscal year 2018, US federal government departments experienced a total of 31,000 cybersecurity incidents, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the state of cybersecurity in the government. The number represents a 12% decrease from the 35,000 incidents reported in the previous fiscal year. In

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16 Aug 2019

3,813 breaches were reported through June 30, exposing over 4.1 billion records

In the first half of this year 3,813 data breaches were reported, which is 54% more than in the same period last year, a new report by Risk Based Security shows. The number of exposed records rose by 52%. The eight biggest breaches in the first six months of 2019

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16 Aug 2019

Network Deception Techniques Cut Dwell Times, Says Report

A new survey by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and Attivo Networks looks at how deception technology can improve the cyber defenses of organizations. It found that the majority of firms (55%) are using this technology. Around half of these firms rely on commercial solutions, 30% have developed their own solutions

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16 Aug 2019

Red/Blue team exercises show defensive shortfalls: Survey

A new Exabeam survey indicates that according to 35% of organizations, their blue teams hardly ever or never succeed in mitigating simulated attacks by red teams. A mere 2% of firms indicated that red teams were caught every time, with the rest reporting occasional blue team success. 60% of firms

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16 Aug 2019

ECB Says One of Its Websites Was Hacked, Data Possibly Captured

Earlier this year, a threat actor hacked the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website of the European Central Bank and installed malware designed for phishing campaigns on the server of the third-party hosting provider. The ECB said the hackers may have obtained the names and email addresses of 481 subscribers

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15 Aug 2019

The changing face of DDoS attacks: Degraded performance instead of total takedown

Research by Neustar looks at the growing threat of small-scale DDoS attacks that are increasing in frequency and sophistication. 75% of the attacks that Neustar mitigated in Q2 of this year involved malicious traffic that reached no more than 5Gbps, and the number of attacks involving over 100 Gbps dropped

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15 Aug 2019

Five Factors Influencing the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape

New research by Accenture outlines the following five key factors that are driving the evolution of the cyberthreat landscape: Geopolitical tensions are driving disinformation and other threat campaigns that increasingly impact businesses. Cybercriminal networks continue to mature and adapt, which enables them to continue operations despite efforts by law enforcement

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15 Aug 2019

Financial Phishing Grows in Volume and Sophistication in First Half of 2019

In the first half of this year, the number of potential phishing domains increased by 14%, while phishing domains with valid certificates doubled to 1,900, a new study[pdf] by Normshield found. Last year, 8.5% of phishing domains used a valid certificate and this number is expected to grow to 15% this

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