28 Jan 2020

Average Cost To Recover From Ransomware Skyrockets To Over $84,000

A new report from Coveware claims that the average cost to recover from ransomware now stands at just over $84,000, over double the previous figure of $41,000. Coveware’s report stated that the sharp increase isn’t just a result of cybercriminals demanding higher ransoms, but that hardware replacement and repair costs,

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28 Jan 2020

FBI Releases Alert on Iranian Hackers’ Defacement Techniques

A flash security alert was issued by the FBI’s Cyber Division earlier this month, including an indication of compromise from recent defacement attacks perpetrated by Iranian threat actors. The Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA) also published an alert on the same day to provide information on safeguarding websites from

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27 Jan 2020

Privacy Firm Finds Unsecured Cannabis Patient Information

An internet privacy firm, vpnMentor, claims it was able to access private personal information of more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients, recreational pot customers and dispensary employees spanning several states. The company stated that they were searching for unsecured data online. The database has since been secured. VpnMentor published a

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27 Jan 2020

The Chrome Web Store is currently facing a wave of fraudulent transactions

The Google security team has indefinitely blocked the publishing of any commercial Chrome extensions due to a recent surge in the number of paid extensions engaging in fraudulent transactions through the Chrome Web Store. The transactions began to spike earlier this month, and Google engineers described the influx as happening

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27 Jan 2020

New Social Engineering Event to Train Business Pros on Human Hacking

Chris Hadnagy, the founder and chief human hacker for the firm behind the Social Engineering Capture the Flag contest at DEF CON, has announced that he is launching the first social engineering event geared towards professionals in the business, technology, security, and psychology industries. Hadnagy stated that the Human Hacking

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23 Jan 2020

Microsoft Exposes 250M Customer Support Records on Leaky Servers

Microsoft recently publicly disclosed a security breach that was a result of a misconfigured internal customer support database. The breach caused the exposure of approximately 250 million customer support and service records, many of which contained personally identifiable information. Microsoft stated that their investigation concluded that a change made to

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22 Jan 2020

Data-driven vehicles: The next security challenge

As manufacturers increase their efforts to get autonomous vehicles on the road, experts are concerned that the radical shift in security needed to ensure safety will not be reached. As more smart technologies are implemented into cars, more security threats are posed. The addition of a tablet-based control console creates

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15 Jan 2020

2017 Data Breach Will Cost Equifax at Least $1.38 Billion

Equifax has agreed to set aside a minimum of $380.5 million for breach compensation and promises to spend another $1 billion on elevating its information security over the next five years. Customers affected by the breach, almost 147 million US consumers, have one week from today to file a claim.

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14 Jan 2020

‘Cable Haunt’ Bug Plagues Millions of Home Modems

Multiple cable modems used to provide broadband into homes have been compromised due to a critical vulnerability in their makeup that allows an attacker full remote control of the device in question. The vulnerability, named “Cable Haunt” by researchers, has been found in vendors including COMPAL, Netgear, Arris, Technicolor, and

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09 Jan 2020

TrickBot Adds Custom, Stealthy Backdoor to its Arsenal

TrickBot is evolving to avoid detection by adding a new backdoor to its arsenal. Russian cybercriminals behind the malware have developed “PowerTrick” to infiltrate high-value targets and give TrickBot new capabilities. SentinelLabs stated that PowerTrick was released on Thursday and is designed to execute commands and return results in Base64

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