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Category: Attacks & Breaches


Attacks & Breaches, Security

100,000-strong botnet built on router 0-day could strike at any time

December 5, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Attackers have used an advanced new strain of the Mirai Internet-of-things malware to quietly amass an army of 100,000 home routers that could be used at any moment to wage Internet-paralyzing attacks, a researcher warned Monday. Botnet operators have been […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Will new breach reporting rules make defense firms more secure?

November 30, 2017

Via: FCW

New information security rules governing defense industrial base firms take effect on Dec. 31. The rules require compliance with the new standard for protecting “controlled unclassified information” from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and set time limits on […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Windows security: New BSOD scam emerges from fake tech-support swamp

November 30, 2017

Via: ZDnet

The scams tricked people into thinking they had viruses and malware, and charged them for unnecessary repairs. Tech-support scammers are using fake blue screen of death (BSOD) messages and a bogus ‘Troubleshooter for Windows’ application to dupe victims into paying […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Hacker pleads guilty to huge Yahoo hack, admits helping Russia’s FSB

November 29, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to hacking charges related to a 2014 spear-phishing operation of Yahoo employees. The hack ultimately compromised 500 million Yahoo accounts. The operative, Karim Baratov, appeared in a San Francisco federal court on Tuesday afternoon. […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

New NSA leak exposes Red Disk, the Army’s failed intelligence system

November 28, 2017

Via: ZDnet

The contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to a division of the National Security Agency have been left online, ZDNet has learned. The virtual disk image contains over 100 gigabytes of data from an Army intelligence project, codenamed […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

New threats from North Korean malware

November 16, 2017

Via: FCW

Two joint technical alerts issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI through the U.S. Cybersecurity Emergency Readiness Team shine some light on tools and infrastructure used by North Korea to attack U.S. media, aerospace, financial services, critical […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Fileless attacks surge in 2017, security solutions are not stopping them

November 15, 2017

Via: ZDnet

Fileless attacks are on the rise and are predicted to comprise 35 percent of all attacks next year, according to the Ponemon Institute. A new national survey conducted by Barkly and the Ponemon Institute titled “2017 State of Endpoint Security […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security, Uncategorized

This stealthy cat-and-mouse hacking campaign aims to steal diplomatic secrets

November 7, 2017

Via: ZDnet

A previously unknown hacking and espionage operation is using malware to infiltrate governments in an attempt to steal sensitive data in a series of highly targeted attacks. Dubbed Sowbug, the group behind the attacks is apparently focused on foreign policy […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Evasive code-signed malware flourished before Stuxnet (and still does)

November 3, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

One of the breakthroughs of the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear program was its use of legitimate digital certificates, which cryptographically vouched for the trustworthiness of the software’s publisher. Following its discovery in 2010, researchers went on to find […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

WannaCry ransomware: Hospitals were warned to patch system to protect against cyber attack – but didn’t

October 27, 2017

Via: ZDnet

The National Health Service (NHS) was left vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware attack because, despite local health trusts being warned to patch their systems, many had failed to do so. A National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into May’s global cyber-attack […]