27 Nov 2019

Black Friday Cyberattacks Just Soared 275%: Here’s What You Do Now

A new Check Point report warns that retail phishing URLs have surged by 275% this month. Last year the researchers also noted a rise in phishing attacks in the period leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this seasonal spike is far bigger this year. Cybercriminals use a

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27 Nov 2019

US, Russia And Israel Show Little Appetite For Cyber Destruction

The Atlantic Council recently conducted a study in order to assess the extent to which fears about the possible escalation of cyber conflicts between countries into physical confrontations are justified. The research involved “cross-national simulation and survey experiments” and focused on the United States, Russia and Israel. The conclusion of

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26 Nov 2019

Over 38 Million Healthcare Records Exposed in Breaches Over 2019

From January through October of this year, more than 38 million health records were exposed, lost or stolen, compared to just over 12 million throughout 2018, new research published in HIPAA Journal shows. The number of exposed records still falls short of the 2015 record of 114 million, which was largely

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26 Nov 2019

NYPD Fingerprint Database Taken Offline to Thwart Ransomware

The LiveScan fingerprint-tracking system used by the New York Police Department was infected with ransomware last week, prompting the NYPD to take the database offline on Friday night. The department managed to get the systems back up and running by Saturday morning. Fortunately the impact of the attack was limited

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26 Nov 2019

PoS Malware Exposes Customer Data of Catch Restaurants

Catch Hospitality Group announced over the weekend that three of its restaurants in New York City had their point-of-sale (PoS) systems infected malware earlier this year. The malware was capable of obtaining payment card information including the name of the card holder as well as the card number, expiration date

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25 Nov 2019

Geopolitical Tensions Fuel Worsening Cyberattack Scenario

An extensive industry study[pdf] carried out by VMware Carbon Black indicates that nearly half (47%) of all cyberattacks that took place this year originated in either China or Russia. While attribution in the cyber domain is notoriously difficult, the company says the data is likely to be “quite accurate” because

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25 Nov 2019

More than 1 million T-Mobile customers exposed by breach

An unknown actor has obtained unauthorized access to T-Mobile systems containing the private data of over 1 million customers, the company has announced, adding that it quickly shut down the access and subsequently informed all affected customers. The breach occurred earlier this month and exposed the full names, billing addresses,

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25 Nov 2019

Extensive hacking operation discovered in Kazakhstan

Security researchers with Qihoo 360 have uncovered a large cyber campaign targeting Kazakhstan. According to the report, a threat actor with considerable financial and technical resources is targeting government agencies, businesses, educational institutions as well as numerous individuals including members of the military, foreign diplomats, researchers, journalists religious figures and

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21 Nov 2019

Infection Hits French Hospital Like It’s 2017 As Ransomware Cripples 6,000 Computers

The Rouen University Hospital-Charles Nicolle in northern France has been targeted to a ransomware attack with consequences similar to that of the infamous WannaCry attack of 2017. IT staff discovered the attack late on the evening of November 15th, and Rouen University Hospital claims that it impacted all five sites

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21 Nov 2019

Fake Windows Update Delivers Cyborg Ransomware

A fake Windows Update spam campaign drops Cyborg ransomware when the recipient opens an attachment titled “the latest critical update.” Trustwave discovered the campaign and said that although the file has a .jpg file extension, it is an executable with a file size around 28KB that delivered malware to the

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