Category: Attacks & Breaches

Attacks & Breaches, Security

What is malware? How to prevent, detect and recover from it

May 17, 2019

Via: CSO Online

Malware definition Malware, short for malicious software, is a blanket term for viruses, worms, trojans and other harmful computer programs hackers use to wreak destruction and gain access to sensitive information. As Microsoft puts it, “[malware] is a catch-all term […]

Attacks & Breaches, Mobile Security, Security

WhatsApp vulnerability exploited to infect phones with Israeli spyware

May 14, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Attackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in WhatsApp that allowed them to infect phones with advanced spyware made by Israeli developer NSO Group, the Financial Times reported on Monday, citing the company and a spyware technology dealer. A representative of […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal

May 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

In a report published today, researchers at the threat-research company Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) revealed that a collective of Russian and English-speaking hackers are actively marketing the spoils of data breaches at three US-based antivirus software vendors. The collective, calling itself […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Stolen NSA hacking tools were used in the wild 14 months before Shadow Brokers leak

May 7, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

One of the most significant events in computer security happened in April 2017, when a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers published a trove of the National Security Agency’s most coveted hacking tools. The leak and the subsequent repurposing […]

Attacks & Breaches, Networking Security, Security

Japanese government to create and maintain defensive malware

May 5, 2019

Via: ZDnet

The Japanese Defense Ministry will create and maintain cyber-weapons in the form of malware that it plans to use in a defensive capacity. Once created, these malware strains, consisting of viruses and backdoors, will become Japan’s first-ever cyber-weapon, Japanese media […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Ransomware: The key lesson Maersk learned from battling the NotPetya attack

April 29, 2019

Via: ZDnet

The extent of the cyberattack was so bad that it just didn’t seem possible that something so destructive could have happened so quickly. “I remember that morning – laptops were sporadically restarting and it didn’t appear to be a cyberattack […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Kamala Harris: Cyber Attacks Will Become a ‘War Without Blood’

April 23, 2019

Via: Fortune

California Senator Kamala Harris warned that cyber attacks are becoming a “new form of war” Monday night during CNN’s town hall, ominously stating that it will be “a war without blood”—one for which the United States is not prepared. “We […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Russian hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county prior to 2016 election

April 19, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Russian operatives successfully targeted and hacked “at least one” Florida county government in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to new findings by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The report, published Thursday by the Justice Department, […]

Attacks & Breaches, Federal, Policy, Security

Julian Assange arrested, charged with conspiracy to hack US computers

April 11, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

British police arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday. He had been hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 and was arrested after the Ecuadorian government invited the Metropolitan Police Service into the embassy to remove him. Assange […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

In Albany ransomware attack, officials say information was not compromised

April 11, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Officials in Albany, New York, said Wednesday that no city information was compromised in the ransomware attack that struck its municipal government late last month. Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Rachel McEneny, the city’s administrative services commissioner, said that the city […]