17 Sep 2020

US charges five hackers part of Chinese state-sponsored group APT41

Yesterday, the US government filed charges against Chinese nationals with known connections to the notorious hacking group known as APT41. Five Chinese nationals will face charges relating to hacking more than 100 international companies on behalf of the Chinese government. The court documents unsealed yesterday state that the group has

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16 Sep 2020

More Cyberattacks in the First Half of 2020 Than in All of 2019

According to a recent study conducted by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, recent threat activity throughout its customers’ networks has shown more intrusion attempts within the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019. This may be due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures forcing employees to mass shift to

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11 Sep 2020

Microsoft confirms Chinese, Iranian, and Russian cyber-attacks on Biden and Trump campaigns

Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Chinese, Iranian, and Russian hackers attempted to breach email accounts associated with both the Biden and Trump election campaigns, confirming former suspicions over foreign interference in the US 2020 presidential elections. According to Microsoft, the majority of the attacks were immediately detected and blocked by security

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11 Aug 2020

DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic

The latest Kaspersky quarterly DDoS attacks report highlights a huge spike in denial-of-service attacks in the second quarter of 2020. As people continued to work from home amid the pandemic, DDoS attacks became even more popular and were up by 30% compared to the first quarter of 2020. When compared

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23 Jul 2020

Leak Exposes Private Data of Genealogy Service Users

Researchers at WizCase discovered a misconfigured ElasticSearch server that held the personal information of 60,000 Ancestry.com users. The data contained files belonging to Software MacKiev and was accidentally left open and unencrypted. The leak puts the customers at risk for cyberattack attempts, including fraud and phishing. The data set included

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21 Jul 2020

ISC Attributes Cyber-Attacks and Election Interference to Russia

The UK government’s Intelligence and Security Committee has ascertained that Russia is a highly capable cyber-actor who likely interfered in UK elections. The ISC also determined that the UK is one of Russia’s top Western intelligence targets, especially after tensions escalated over Russian aggression. The ISC also warned that Russia

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05 Jun 2020

DDoS-ers Target Black Lives Matter Groups

The US Black Live Matter protests that have sparked over the past week have also drawn the attention of malicious threat actors, who attempted attacks on several right groups over the past week. According to web security firm Cloudflare, the analysis of malicious HTTP requests month to month showed an

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04 Jun 2020

Netwalker ransomware continues assault on US colleges, hits UCSF

Netwalker Ransomware operators have claimed to have carried out a successful cyberattack on the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The group allegedly stole unencrypted data, as well as encrypted their systems. UCSF, a health sciences research university, ranks highly among medical schools for research and primary care. Netwalker has

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14 May 2020

COVID-19 blamed for 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks

On Thursday, a new report attributed a 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The report is the third edition of VMware Carbon Black’s Modern Bank Heists report, which claims that financial institutions have been increasingly targeted over the first quarter of 2020. The report notes

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13 May 2020

Chinese, Iranian Hacking May Be Hampering Search for Coronavirus Vaccine, Officials Say

According to US officials, Chinese and Iranian hackers are targeting American universities and health-care firms, allegedly aiming to hinder their efforts to uncover a COVID-19 vaccine. Since early January, hackers from the countries have waged cyberattacks against institutions, aggressively attacking US public health. These acts, according to officials, may be

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