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Category: Attacks & Breaches


Attacks & Breaches, Mobile Security, Security

Unremovable malware found preinstalled on low-end smartphone sold in the US

January 9, 2020

Via: ZDnet

Low-end smartphones sold to Americans with low-income via a government-subsidized program contain unremovable malware, security firm Malware bytes said today in a report. The smartphone model is Unimax (UMX) U686CL, a low-end Android-based smartphone made in China and sold by […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Texas government website defaced with pro-Iran message

January 7, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The website of the Texas Department of Agriculture was briefly defaced Tuesday morning and replaced with an image of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike. A group of hackers referring to themselves […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Growth In Data Breaches Shows Need For Government Regulations

December 26, 2019

Via: Government Executive

Do you remember when 40 million was a large number? Forty million dollars in sales, 40 million customers, 40 million Twitter followers, 40 million protesters — all once conveyed something substantial. Were it only so for data breaches. As an […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

New Orleans latest apparent victim of Ryuk ransomware

December 16, 2019

Via: StateScoop

A cyberattack last week against the New Orleans city government likely involved the ransomware known as Ryuk, based on affected files shared on the malware-analysis website VirusTotal. Colin Cowie, the founder of cybersecurity research firm Red Flare Security, was first […]


Attacks & Breaches, Policy, Security, State & Local

Pensacola, Florida, cyberattack is ransomware, officials confirm

December 11, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Authorities in Pensacola, Florida, confirmed Tuesday that a cyberattack the city’s government experienced last weekend was the result of ransomware. Pensacola officials were slow to identify the incident, which began early Saturday morning, as ransomware, though many of the symptoms […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

States need better data recovery to forestall ransomware threats

December 9, 2019

Via: StateScoop

State agencies’ data is increasingly at risk to ransomware attack, in part due to poor backup and recovery practices, according to findings from a new survey. Among state IT and agency leaders polled, 69% said it would take their agency […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

HackerOne breach lets outside hacker read customers’ private bug reports

December 4, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

As a leading vulnerability reporting platform, HackerOne has paid hackers more than $23 million on behalf of more than 100 customers, including Twitter, Slack, and the US Pentagon. The company’s position also gives it access to unimaginable amounts of sensitive […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

A new era of cyber warfare: Russia’s Sandworm shows “we are all Ukraine” on the internet

November 25, 2019

Via: CSO Online

Speakers at this year’s CyberwarCon conference dissected a new era of cyber warfare, as nation-state actors turn to a host of new advanced persistent threat (APT) strategies, tools and tactics to attack adversaries and spy on domestic dissidents and rivals. […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

‘User education’ key to prevent ransomware, says state cyber commander

November 21, 2019

Via: StateScoop

The commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s cyber protection unit said Tuesday that the greatest threat to the state-government networks his team is tasked with protecting is that users still unknowingly clicking malicious links that activate attacks like ransomware. “There’s […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Researchers see spike in “out of season” IRS-impersonating phishing attacks

November 20, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Tax return scammers usually strike early in the year, when they can turn the personal information of victims into fraudulent tax refund claims. But members of Akamai’s threat research team found a recent surge in “off-season” phishing attacks masquerading as […]