11 Sep 2019

FBI: BEC now a $26 billion fraud, as HR payroll diversion attacks linked to same scammers

Business email compromise (BEC) scams have resulted in over $26 billion in global ‘exposed dollar losses’ over the past three years, the The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) estimates. The figure includes actual costs from successful scam campaigns and hypothetical costs from failed attacks. For

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26 Aug 2019

Here is How the FBI Wants You to Protect Your Audio/Visual Devices from Cyberattack

An FBI bulletin provides an overview and detailed recommendations on how cyberattackers are targeting audio/visual systems to compromise corporate networks along with recommendations on how to prevent such attacks.

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13 Aug 2019

FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

A new report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that plans by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to increase its monitoring of social media platforms in order to better anticipate and detect threats, may conflict with the privacy policies of Facebook and “possibly its attempts to comply with

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30 Jul 2019

Capital One Data Breach Affects 106 Million People, Suspect Arrested

Capital One, the 10th largest bank in the United States, has suffered a massive data breach impacting 100 million people in the US and another 6 million in Canada. The exposed data includes sensitive financial information such as transaction data, credit scores, payment history and balances. In addition, the social

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25 Jul 2019

FBI Director Names China the Nation’s Most ‘Severe Counterintelligence Threat’

In a Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China.” Wray also warned that Russia is still “absolutely intent” on interfering in the 2020 US presidential election.

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17 Jul 2019

FBI Releases Master Decryption Keys for GandCrab Ransomware

The FBI has released the master decryption tools for the Gandcrab Ransomware versions 4, 5, 5.0.4, 5.1, and 5.2 “in order to facilitate the development of additional decryption tools,” the agency stated. Last month, a collaborative effort by Bitdefender, the FBI and law enforcement agencies from various European countries lead

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05 Jul 2019

FBI Releases Warning on Sextortion Scams Targeting Teenagers

Cyber scammers are increasingly targeting teenagers in sextortion campaigns, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned earlier this week. The agency is urging people not to send explicit pictures to strangers and not to be afraid “to ask for help” if they fall victim to a sextortion scam. The

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02 Jul 2019

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

The Administrative Office of the Georgia Courts has become the latest government entity to suffer a ransomware attack. The attack was discovered on Saturday, prompting the office to shut down its network. A spokesperson said that the infected systems do not contain personal information of residents, adding that the office

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19 Jun 2019

FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors

In April of this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned government contractors that their employees are being targeted on social media by foreign intelligence services, with the aim of recruiting individuals with US government security clearances. The alert outlined four recent, real world examples of campaigns that

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11 Jun 2019

FBI Issues Warning on ‘Secure’ Websites Used For Phishing

The FBI has issued a warning about the use of TLS-secured websites in phishing campaigns. In the context of phishing awareness training, users are usually told to avoid websites that do not use HTTPS and/or lack a valid TLS certificate, which means that there is no “padlock” next to the

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