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Category: Attacks & Breaches


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 […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Louisiana government hit with ransomware attack

November 19, 2019

Via: StateScoop

An attempted ransomware attack Monday prompted Louisiana officials to deactivate servers for numerous state agencies, including the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, the state legislature, the Office of Motor Vehicles and the office of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Windows security warning: Ransomware is growing fastest, and just got harder to tackle

November 18, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Ransomware is growing fast and could become more difficult to tackle as the criminal ecosystem shifts from a few dominant players to many smaller ones. Tech security company Bitdefender analysed Windows security threats including ransomware, coin miners, fileless malware, PUAs […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Election Commission Needs More Authority In Face of 2020 Threats, Report Finds

November 12, 2019

Via: Government Executive

With less than a year until the 2020 presidential election, a new report calls on Congress to bolster the authority of the agency that serves as the nation’s elections clearinghouse and devote more funding and resources to it. The Brennan […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

How EDR stops hackers in their tracks

November 11, 2019

Via: CSO Online

Endpoint detection and response (EDR) is a category of security tools that monitor end-user hardware devices across a network for a range of suspicious activities and behavior, reacting automatically to block perceived threats and saving forensics data for further investigation. […]