19 Nov 2019

Ransomware hits Louisiana state government systems

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards revealed a ransomware attack yesterday took down websites and the Louisiana state government network. Edwards stated that the Office of Technology Services recognized the threat and took the servers down, affecting employee e-mails, websites, and other applications controlled by the government. The extent of the

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14 Nov 2019

Secret Iranian Network Behind ‘Aggressive’ U.S. Cyberattacks Exposed In New Report

Iranian hacking group APT33, well known for the Shamoon attack on Saudi Aramco, has made headlines again for aggressive attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure. Trend Micro recently reported that APT33 has developed its methods to attack the oil and gas industry, creating more a higher risk to companies in

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13 Nov 2019

Mexican Oil Company Pemex Hit by Ransomware

Parts of the Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) oil company network were taken down after they suffered from a ransomware attack on Sunday. Although the attack was quickly neutralized and had a low quantitative impact on computers within the network, the attackers reportedly demanded a 565 BTC ($4.9 million) ransom, claiming they

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13 Nov 2019

Exclusive: U.S. manufacturing group hacked by China as trade talks intensified

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) was hacked over the summer following intensified trade talks between the U.S. and Beijing. A cybersecurity firm hired by NAM confirmed that the attack came from China through analyzing techniques that have previously been identified as associated with Chinese hackers. It remains unclear if

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12 Nov 2019

Large-scale cyberattack hits Labour Party systems

A month out from UK’s General Election, the Labour Party reported they had been hit with a cyberattack. The Labour Party stated that the attack was sophisticated and affected the party website, which was down yesterday while security experts worked on responding to the attack. The Labour Party stated that

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11 Nov 2019

Understanding the Ripple Effect: Large Enterprise Data Breaches Threaten Everyone

With the value of data skyrocketing, there has been an increase in cyberattacks against larger enterprises. These organizations often host data for thousands of customers, and the risk from these breaches don’t end after the attack. Spearphishing, extortion attempts, and account takeover attempts often follow. Last year Risk Based Security

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08 Nov 2019

New Study: Hospital Breaches Could Be Killing Patients

Research by Vanderbilt University and the University of Central Florida implies that data breaches affecting hospitals could have deadly consequences, as mortality rates at hospitals that suffered a breach significantly increased in the three years following a breach. Among the most dangerous observed effects of data breaches was an increase

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08 Nov 2019

Only 47% of cybersecurity pros are prepared to deal with attacks on their IoT devices

A recent Neustar survey reveals that while 48% pf organizations suffered a cyberattack targeting their Internet-of-things (IoT) devices last year and nine in ten are worried about future threats of this kind, only 47% have implemented a plan for responding to such attacks. 38% of firms are developing a plan

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08 Nov 2019

Microsoft Warns of More Harmful Windows BlueKeep Attacks, Patch Now

Research by Microsoft shows that the new campaign in which attackers exploit RDP instances vulnerable to the BlueKeep vulnerability in order to install cryptojacking malware, is likely tied to a cryptojacking campaign observed in September of this year. BlueKeep is a critical remote code execution flaw affecting RDP services on

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08 Nov 2019

PayPal Upsets Microsoft as Phishers’ Favorite Brand

A new report by Vade Secure indicates that PayPal was the most impersonated brand in phishing attacks last quarter, which is rather surprising since Microsoft usually dominates these campaigns. PayPal-themed phishing URLs have been on the rise in the past year and in Q3 they surged by 69.6%. By contrast,

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