08 Nov 2019

You’ve got malware: Malicious actors are waiting in your inbox

A new report by Proofpoint looks at the email threat landscape in Q3 of this year. It shows that message containing malicious URLs now make up 88% of email-based threats. The overall volume of messages designed to get users to interact with nefarious URLs or attachments fell by 40% compared

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07 Nov 2019

Phishing attacks at highest level in three years

In the third quarter of this year, phishing campaigns were more prevalent than in any other quarter since Q4 of 2016, according to a new report by APWG. The number of phishing domains surged by 46% compared to last quarter. Threat actors not only launched more phishing campaigns, but they also

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07 Nov 2019

Tech Support Scammers Are Abusing a New Firefox Browser Lock Bug

Threat actors are taking advantage of a vulnerability in the Firefox browser as part of a new tech support scam, a security researcher with Malwarebytes discovered. The flaw, dubbed browlock, makes it possible for code running on a website to lock up a browser tab by displaying numerous login popups.

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06 Nov 2019

Kaspersky identifies mysterious APT mentioned in 2017 Shadow Brokers leak

Kaspersky has identified one of the advanced persistent threat (APT) groups mentioned in a leaked US National Security Agency (NSA) scanning tool. The python script was made public as part of the ‘Lost in Translation’ leak by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group in 2017. That leak also exposed other NSA

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06 Nov 2019

New Megacortex Ransomware Changes Windows Passwords, Threatens to Publish Data

MalwareHunterTeam has detected a new sample of the MegaCortex ransomware strain that is typically distributed via Trojans like Emotet in targeted campaigns. In addition to encrypting files on infected machines, the new version of the malware changes the password of the active user and warns the user that their personal

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06 Nov 2019

Online Election Interference Widespread, Report Reveals

A new report by Freedom House shows that digital election interference by domestic or foreign actors occurred in 26 of the 30 countries that held national elections or referendums in the past year. When it comes to foreign threat actors, the major culprits seem to be Russia and China. The

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06 Nov 2019

Ransomware attack delays government services in Nunavut, Canada

Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory, suffered a ransomware attack on Saturday, which impacted most of the local government’s network and Internet-based services. The government believes it will eventually be able to recover all systems from backup, and is currently prioritizing the restoration of systems used for health, education, justice, finance and

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06 Nov 2019

Brooklyn Hospital Loses Patient Data In Ransomware Attack

In July of this year, the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York suffered a ransomware attack that has resulted in the permanent loss of certain patient data. After the malware encrypted the hospital’s patient files, the hospital launched an investigation into the incident and tried to recover the data, which

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05 Nov 2019

Using Light Beams to Control Google, Apple, Amazon Assistants

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Electro-Communications in Japan has developed a method for remotely sending rogue voice commands to voice-controlled (VC) devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo using laser beams. The researchers discovered that because the microphones in certain VC devices

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05 Nov 2019

Ransomware hits Spanish companies sparking WannaCry panic

On Tuesday, two Spanish companies suffered ransomware attacks forcing them to shut down their networks. IT consultancy firm Everis was hit by the BitPaymer ransomware strain, which infected multiple branches because it was able to spread via the company’s internal network. The other victim was Cadena SER, Spain’s largest radio

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