09 Sep 2020

City of Hartford postpones first day of school after ransomware attack

A ransomware attack has forced the city of Hartford, Connecticut, to postpone the first day of the new school year as scheduled. The cyberattack impacted the city’s IT network, including several of the school’s internal IT systems, resulting in a prolonged outage. Although security teams had already begun the restoration

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08 Sep 2020

Belarus Opposition Leader Has Been Abducted, Colleagues Say

According to Belarus’s opposition party, a prominent leader named Maria Kalesnikava has been abducted. This has caused fears that government authorities are going to drastic measures to ensure the ongoing protests cease. The protests have lasted just shy of a month, and are aiming to demand re-election. Lukashenko was named

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08 Sep 2020

Ransomware Could Be Major Threat to 2020 Election

According to expert analysis and NTT Ltd.’s recently published September global threat report, ransomware could pose a significant threat to US election infrastructure as the US presidential elections are upcoming. NTT Ltd. stated that the voting machines used by several states across the country are vulnerable to attacks and could

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08 Sep 2020

France, Japan, New Zealand warn of sudden spike in Emotet attacks

Over the past week, agencies in France, Japan, and New Zealand have produced independent security alerts due to a dramatic spike in Emotet malware attacks. The publications warn citizens that the attacks are targeting companies and government agencies through email spam campaigns. When the target receives the email and opens

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07 Sep 2020

100,000 march in Minsk to demand Belarus leader resigns

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Belarusians gathered in the capital city of Minsk to protest the results of a recent election that kept President Alexander Lukashenko in power. The protests have been ongoing for roughly five weeks, as demonstrators call for the authoritarian leader to resign. Belarus’s opposition party

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07 Sep 2020

Service NSW reveals 738GB of customer data was stolen during email breach

After a four-month investigation into a data breach affecting Service NSW, investigators have concluded that the personal information of 186,000 customers was compromised as a result of a previous cyberattack. The cyberattack consisted of threat actors gaining access to 47 staff email accounts. The investigation, which began in April, also

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04 Sep 2020

Northumbria Uni Campus Closed After Serious Cyber-Attack

Northumbria University in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has been forced to close its entire campus and reschedule exams following a severe cyberattack. According to the school’s deputy vice-chancellor, the incident caused significant operational disruption. The vice-chancellor also stated that IT teams were working to restore systems and the attacks were still under investigation.

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04 Sep 2020

Warner Music discloses months-long web skimming incident

Warner Music Group, a well-known record producer disclosed yesterday that they had been targeted by a cyberattack in which customers’ payment card information may have been exposed. The attack was a web skimming or magecart style hack in which cybercriminals compromise a website and insert malicious code. This code collects

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03 Sep 2020

A Critical Flaw Is Affecting Thousands of WordPress Sites

Hackers are currently actively exploiting a vulnerability in WordPress which the threat actors can manipulate to execute malicious commands and scripts on Websites running File Manager. File Manager is a WordPress plugin that has over 700,000 active installations, according to researchers. The security flaw has been patched, however, the first

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03 Sep 2020

Organizations facing nearly 1,200 phishing attacks each month

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, phishing attacks have become more successful and more common, according to data gathered by researchers at GreatHorn, a security company. GreatHorn recently published the 2020 Phishing Attack survey in which they highlighted the newest trends in phishing attacks, as well as their success

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