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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08 Apr 2020

NASA under ‘significantly increasing’ hacking, phishing attacks

NASA reported that they have been observing increasing malicious activity originating from both cybercriminals and nation-state hackers targeting their personnel and systems while their employees telecommute during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency stated that they had successfully blocked a wave of malicious cyberattacks with pre-existing mitigation tools and measures. However,

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25 Feb 2020

FBI Arrests Man on Political Cyber-attack Charges

On Friday, the FBI arrested 32-year-old Arthur Dam on charges of masterminding a series of DDoS attacks that targeted an opponent of former congresswoman Katie Hill. Dam was arrested over suspicion of cyber attacking the websites of Hill’s rival in April and May of 2018, causing the website to be

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07 Feb 2020

U.S. Finance Sector Hit with Targeted Backdoor Campaign

The United States’s financial sector experienced an increase in cyberattacks last month, the majority of which delivered a powerful backdoor named Minebridge. Minebridge gives cyberattackers advantage over a victim’s machine, allowing them to have full access to all functions. The attack chain employed in the US financial services sector included

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