06 Jan 2020

First Suleimani Attack By ‘Iranian’ Hackers Hits U.S., Exposing ‘Noisy’ New Threat

Over the weekend, threat actors defaced the website of the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), in what could be the first Iranian state-sponsored cyberattack in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. In the wake of

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06 Jan 2020

DHS: Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber-attacks against the US

The US Department of Home Security (DHS) on Saturday issued a rare National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert warning about possible Iranian terror and cyber campaigns in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. Suleimani was the

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06 Jan 2020

Travelex Site Still Down After New Year’s Eve Attack

On New Year’s Eve, global currency exchange giant Travelex experienced a “software virus” infection that “compromised some of its services”, as a result of which the company’s websites have been unavailable for almost a week now. The company says it has taken down all of its systems “as a precautionary

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06 Jan 2020

Alert overload is burning out security analysts

A recent CriticalStart study sheds light on the impact of alert overload on security operations centers (SOCs) and their staff. The survey found that only 41% of SOC employees still consider their main task to be analyzing and remediating security threats, compared to 70% last year. The majority of security

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06 Jan 2020

Austria’s Foreign Ministry says it’s facing ‘serious’ cyberattack

The Austrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced that it is the target of what it described as a “serious cyberattack” that could be “a targeted attack by a state actor.” The ministry said the cyber campaign against its systems is still ongoing, and estimated that it may continue for several

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06 Jan 2020

Automotive cybersecurity incidents doubled in 2019, up 605% since 2016

The number of automotive cyber incidents has surged by 605% since 2016 and doubled between 2018 and 2019, a new report by Upstream Security shows. The majority of incidents (57%) were the work of cybercriminals, while security researchers accounted for 38%. In 2019, the vast majority (82%) of attacks were

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06 Jan 2020

Ransomware Attack Topples Telemarketing Firm, Leaving Hundreds Jobless

Arkansas-based telemarketing firm The Heritage Company suffered a ransomware attack two months ago, which may mean the end of the 61-year-old business. Even though the company paid the ransom, it was forced to suspend operations indefinitely on December 23. On January 2, the over 300 employees of the firm were

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17 Dec 2019

Ransomware ‘Crisis’ in US Schools: More Than 1,000 Hit So Far in 2019

Ransomware attacks have been targeting US school systems with 226 schools hit since October, compromising 11 different school districts in major cities such as New Orleans and Pensacola hit earlier this month. Data published by security firm Armor shows that a total of 72 US school districts have suffered from

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06 Dec 2019

VPN Flaw Allows Criminal Access to Everything on Victims’ Computers

A VPN vulnerability in the Aviatrix VPN client has been patched, but previously gave an attacker unlimited access to the targeted device. Aviatrix VPN client is used by large US organizations, notably NASA and Shell. All versions of the VPN have been patched and are now available for download without

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05 Dec 2019

‘Ultimate’ MiTM Attack Steals $1M from Israeli Startup

Researchers at Check Point Software uncovered an attack that used a sophisticated spoofing campaign to trick a Chinese VC firm and steal money from an emerging Israeli business. The man-in-the-middle campaign effectively intercepted a $1 million wire transfer from a Chinese venture capital firm that was intended for the Israeli

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