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

700,000 Choice Hotels records leaked in data breach, ransom demanded

Threat actors claim to have stolen 700,000 records containing personal information of Choice Hotels guests and want the hotel chain to pay 0.4 Bitcoin (over $4,000) for the data that had been stored in an unsecured MongoDB database. The exposed data includes guest names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Last

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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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15 Aug 2019

Why adware and Trojans plague the education industry

In 2018, the education sector was the number one target in cyber campaigns involving adware and Trojans, and the second-most targeted industry when it comes to ransomware campaigns, a report by Malwarebytes shows. In the first half of 2019, this trend more or less continued, with the top threats for

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15 Aug 2019

Capital One hacker took data from more than 30 companies, new court docs reveal

New court documents relating to the massive Capital One data breach that impacts 106 million people in the US and Canada show that Paige A. Thompson, who is suspected of carrying out the hack, may have also stolen information from over 30 other organizations. US officials stated on Wednesday that

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15 Aug 2019

Lateral Phishing Attacks: A Growing Threat to the Enterprise

A new study by Barracuda sheds light on the rise of lateral phishing campaigns in which one or more compromised employee accounts in an organization are used to target other employees in the same organization. Lateral phishing is similar to business email compromise (BEC), but while the latter is usually

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15 Aug 2019

Norman Cryptominer Employs Sophisticated Obfuscation Tactics

Security researchers with Varonis have spotted a sophisticated new strain of cryptomining malware that uses various obfuscation tactics in order to avoid detection. The researchers describe the cryptominer, dubbed “Norman,”  as “a high-performance miner for Monero cryptocurrency,” that distinguishes itself from other miners in the way it “employs evasion techniques

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