08 Jul 2019

Over $800,000 Stolen by Scammers in Atlanta Area City BEC Fraud

Last month, cybercriminals managed to steal over $800,000 from the City of Griffin, Georgia by targeting the city’s finance department with a textbook Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam. The threat actors sent a fraudulent email to a city employee in which they posed as a city vendor and requested 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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01 Jul 2019

Key Biscayne recovering from cyberattack after hackers hit a third city in Florida

On June 23, the village of Key Biscayne became the third Florida city this month to be at the receiving end of a cyberattack. Earlier this month, Riviera Beach paid $600,000 in ransom after it was targeted in a ransomware attack, while Lake City paid threat actors around $500,000 in

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26 Jun 2019

Senate Report Shows Decade-Long Failure of Gov Agencies to Protect Personal Data

The US Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has released a damning report[pdf] exposing structural shortcomings in the cybersecurity and data protection practices of various government agencies over the last decade. The investigation covered eight agencies, namely the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State, the

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26 Jun 2019

Second US town pays up to ransomware hackers

For the second time in a week, a Florida city has paid a massive ransom to threat actors that infected the city’s systems with file-encrypting malware. While Riviera Beach recently paid $600,000 in ransom, Lake City got a slightly better deal this week. The city transferred $500,000 in bitcoin to

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20 Jun 2019

Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom to Save Computer Records

In an incident that should serve as a warning for government entities and corporations alike, Riviera Beach, Florida this week decided to pay $600,000 in ransom to threat actors that infected the city network with ransomware three weeks ago. All the city’s records were encrypted as a result of the

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18 Jun 2019

Equifax breach impacted the online ID verification process at many US govt agencies

A recent report[pdf] by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights a relatively unknown dimension of the impact of the massive 2017 Equifax data breach. The standard method used by many government agencies for identifying US citizens that want to apply for benefits through digital portals, was rendered unsafe by

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12 Jun 2019

More than 3B fake emails sent daily as phishing attacks persist

A new Valimail report shows that threat actors are distributing a staggering 3.4 billion inauthentic emails every single day, representing 1.2% of all email. This is happening even though 80% of all inboxes across the globe use the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) open standard in order to

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11 Jun 2019

CBP Says Thousands of Traveler Photos Stolen in ‘Malicious Cyber-Attack

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was the targeted of a “a malicious cyber-attack” resulting in the theft of data belonging to thousands of travelers entering and exiting the US. The attackers obtained the data by breaching a CBP subcontractor that had put the data at risk by failing

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16 Apr 2019

Government websites top the charts for online trust

According to a new report based on 2018 figures from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), US Federal government websites ranked higher than any other sector in terms of security and privacy, with 91% of websites qualifying for the ‘ Honor Roll,’ OTA’s top rating. This is a vast

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