Category: Attacks & Breaches

Attacks & Breaches, Security

US claims cyber strike on Iran after attack on Saudi oil facility

October 16, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Reuters reports that the United States launched a “secret cyber operation” against Iran in September, following the alleged drone and missile attack by Iran on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Unnamed officials told Reuters that the late-September cyberattack targeted Iran’s “propaganda” […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

FBI warns of major ransomware attacks as criminals go “big-game hunting”

October 8, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The FBI has issued a public service announcement entitled “High Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Businesses and Organizations.” While the announcement doesn’t provide any details of specific attacks, the Bureau warns in the announcement: Ransomware attacks are becoming more targeted, […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Google’s New Password Security Tool Flags Compromised Websites

October 2, 2019

Via: Fortune

A big problem with passwords is that people use the same one over and over. This means that hackers who steal a password for one website—like for a hotel reward program—can often use it in many other places—such as to […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

September 30, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against two Russian nationals accused of working for a notorious disinformation unit. In a statement, the Treasury said Igor Nesterov, 34; and Denis Kuzmin, 28, worked for the so-called Internet Research Agency, a secretive […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

How Sparks, Nevada, is rethinking security after ransomware

September 27, 2019

Via: StateScoop

The ransomware epidemic isn’t going anywhere, and state, county and local governments are all in the crosshairs. There have been roughly 100 reported ransomware attacks against public sector institutions in the U.S. since the beginning of the year. Some pay […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Ransomware: New file-encrypting attack has links to GandCrab malware, say security researchers

September 24, 2019

Via: ZDnet

A new form of ransomware shares a number of links with the GandCrab malware according to security company researchers, even though the developers of that infamous piece of ransomware earlier this year claimed to have retired. GandCrab was one of […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Ransomware: Cyber-insurance payouts are adding to the problem, warn security experts

September 17, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Cyber-insurance companies that encourage ransomware victims to give into the demands of hackers and pay for decryption keys are making the problem of file-locking malware attacks much worse in the long run, cybersecurity experts have warned. This year has seen […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

6 biggest healthcare security threats for 2020

September 11, 2019

Via: CSO Online

Consumers are more worried now about their protected health information (PHI) being compromised, thanks to high-profile breaches like Anthem and Allscripts. The recent RSA Data Privacy Report surveyed 7,500 consumers in Europe and the US. It showed that 59 percent […]

Attacks & Breaches, Operations Security, Security

Cyber-security incident at US power grid entity linked to unpatched firewalls

September 9, 2019

Via: ZDnet

A cyber-security incident that impacted a US power grid entity earlier this year was not as dangerous as initially thought, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said last week. In a report highlighting the “lessons learned” from a past […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Taxpayers against cities paying up in ransomware attacks, says survey

September 5, 2019

Via: ZDnet

While paying ransom in cyberattacks may be a viable strategy, local governments are going to have to answer to taxpayers should the choose that option, according to an IBM Security and Morning Consult survey. The survey, which was based on […]