07 Jun 2021

There’s been another spike in attacks on schools and universities

In the UK and US, ransomware attacks targeting schools, colleges, universities, and other academic institutions are on the rise again. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently released an advisory that comes amid the aftermath of significant ransomware attacks across the world last month, including those targeting the US’s

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04 Jun 2021

Junaid Islam on Zero Trust Architecture

In this OODAcast we provide insights into Zero Trust architectures from an experienced practitioner, Junaid Islam. Junaid is a senior partner at OODA. He has over 30 years of experience in secure communications and the design and operations of highly functional enterprise architectures. He founded Bivio Networks, maker of the first gigabyte speed general purpose networking device in history, and Vidder, a pioneer in the concept of Software Defined Networking. Vidder was acquired by Verizon to provide Zero Trust capability for their 5G network. Junaid has supported many US national security missions from Operation Desert Shield to investigating state-sponsored cyberattacks. He has also led the development of many network protocols including Multi-Level Precedence and Preemption (MLPP), MPLS priority queuing, Mobile IPv6 for Network Centric Warfare and Software Defined Perimeter for Zero Trust. Recently Junaid developed the first interference-aware routing algorithm for NASA’s upcoming Lunar mission.

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04 Jun 2021

‘Battle for the Galaxy’ Mobile Game Leaks 6M Gamer Profiles

An unprotected server hosting AMT Games user data has been discovered by security researchers at WizCase. The researchers found that the Elasticsearch server contained the personal data of 6 million players of AMT’s popular game Battle for the Galaxy. The server contained over 1 terabyte of unencrypted data, meaning that

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04 Jun 2021

Fujifilm Shuts Down Servers to Investigate Possible Ransomware Attack

Fujifilm shut down its servers to investigate a potential ransomware attack, according to a statement. The company first detected some suspicious activity on June 1, taking quick action to discontinue all compromised systems. On Fujifilm’s website, they state that they are working to determine the extent and scale of the

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04 Jun 2021

Hackers use Colonial pipeline ransomware news for phishing attack

Cyberattackers are using the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack to their advantage by leveraging further phishing attacks. Cybersecurity firm INKY reported that it recently received multiple helpdesk emails about the campaign, which follows a typical phishing trend of using widely-covered news events to lure victims into clicking malicious emails and links.

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03 Jun 2021

Ransomware Disrupts Largest Ferry Service in Massachusetts

Ransomware actors have launched an attack on the largest ferry service in Massachusetts, disrupting traffic and passengers. The Steamship Authority, which transports passengers to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, announced on Twitter that they were targeted by a cyberattack early on Wednesday morning. The attack resulted in customers being unable to

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03 Jun 2021

Scripps Notifying 147K People of Data Breach

California healthcare provider Scripps is currently informing more than 147,000 individuals that their personal data may have been exposed in a recent cyber-attack against the organizations. Scripps operates five hospitals in San Diego, along with other facilities. The organization took most of its network offline after discovering suspicious activity such

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03 Jun 2021

Teen Crashes Florida School District’s Network

An unnamed teenage boy from Florida is currently facing felony charges after conducting a cyberattack that crashed the networks of 145 schools last spring. The teen was a student at one of the affected schools. The cyberattack was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused all of the

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02 Jun 2021

Amazon Sidewalk Poised to Sweep You Into Its Mesh

Amazon has announced a new initiative set to be released on June 8. The program, called Amazon Sidewalk, introduces a new long-term effort to extend the working range of low bandwidth, low-power, smart lights, sensors, and other low-cost devices customers install at the edge of their home network. Amazon Sidewalk

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02 Jun 2021

Critical Zero-Day in WordPress Plugin Under Active Attack

Security researchers have warned that a new critical zero-day vulnerability in a WordPress plugin has been found to be actively exploited in the wild. The plugin, called the Fancy Product Designer, is installed on roughly 17,000 sites, according to Wordfence security experts. The tool allows users to upload images and

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