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Security Researchers Find Biometric Data on 28 Million Records Is Exposed

It was reported this week by The Guardian and Forbes that security researchers from Vpnmentor have discovered and published a report that Suprema, a company that collects and monitors biometric information such as fingerprints and facial recognition data, has left exposed the biometric information of 28 million records and 23 gigabytes of data insecure. Suprema … Continue Reading

New Threat to Companies: Warshipping

It is so hard to keep up with the latest ways the bad guys try to infiltrate company data. One new technique is called warshipping, and its implementation is pretty simple and a little old school. IBM X-Force Red investigated the technique to give its customers an idea of the newest threats to enterprise systems. … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Declares Statewide Emergency After Cyber-Attacks Against School Systems

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, for the first time in history, declared a statewide cybersecurity emergency last week, following cyber-attacks against several school systems in the state. By declaring a cybersecurity emergency, the state is able to garner needed resources, including cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana National Guard, State Police, the Office of Technology Services, … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve White Paper on Synthetic Identity Payments Fraud—A Growing Problem in the U.S. That Affects Consumers, Businesses, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies and the Health Care Industry

In the Federal Reserve’s July 11, 2019 White Paper, “Synthetic Identity Fraud in the U.S. Payment System, A Review of Causes and Contributing Factors,” the authors conclude that synthetic identity fraud is a serious and growing problem for the U.S. payments ecosystem that can only be addressed by a collaborative effort among all payments industry … Continue Reading

U.S. Cyber Command Issues Warning About Microsoft Outlook Vulnerability

Hackers are targeting U.S. government networks, according to U.S. Cyber Command, which says there is a vulnerability of CVE-2017-1174, which is a two year old flaw in Microsoft Outlook that is being used by attackers to install remote access Trojans and other malware. U.S. Cyber Command recommends that the vulnerability be patched to prevent exploitation. … Continue Reading

2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report “All Bad”

The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance just released its “2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report, which says “2018–Some Better, Some Worse, All Bad.” That’s our experience, too. Here are the highlights from the report, which can be accessed here. Although the number of data breaches and exposed records decreased, and ransomware and DDoS (distributed … Continue Reading

DHS Warns Businesses of Risk of Iranian-Backed Wiper Malware Attacks

The tension with Iran has generally increased, and it has been reported that the U.S. has launched a cyber-attack against Iran. In retaliation, the risk of Iranian-backed wiper malware attacks against U.S. businesses and government agencies has increased, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS recently issued a warning to U.S. businesses to … Continue Reading

Florida Municipalities Getting Hammered with Ransomware

Security researchers have warned municipalities repeatedly about how they are being targeted with ransomware, that they are at high risk, and the need to make data security a high priority. Municipalities are unfortunately only taking heed now that recent ransomware campaigns are in the news and bringing some municipalities to their knees [view related posts … Continue Reading

NCCoE Seeks Comment from Manufacturing Sector for Industrial Control Systems

Protection of industrial control systems is crucial to the security of our country. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has announced a project for which it is seeking comment: Detecting and Protecting Against Data Integrity Attacks in Industrial Control System (ICS) Environments. The project scope is to assist manufacturing organizations in taking a comprehensive … Continue Reading

Health Care and Manufacturing Industries Still Threatened by WannaCry

Although many thought that WannaCry was in the rear view mirror, a recent report by Artemis, based on client experience, found that health care organizations and manufacturing companies are still being hit with the ransomware that affected hundreds of thousands of machines in 2017. According to the report, 40 percent of Artemis’ health care clients … Continue Reading

Model Rule for Securities Administrators Approved by NASAA

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) this week approved an information security model rule package aimed at improving the cybersecurity posture of the 17,543 state-registered advisers. The proposed model would require state-registered investment advisers to establish written cybersecurity policies and procedures designed to safeguard clients’ records and information, and to deliver its privacy policy … Continue Reading

FBI Flash: Ryuk Ransomware Continues to Attack U.S. Businesses

According to a recent FBI Flash, Ryuk ransomware has hit more than 100 U.S. companies since August 2018, with a “disproportionate impact on logistics companies, technology companies, and small municipalities.” The Flash, “provided in order to help cyber security professionals and system administrators to guard against the persistent malicious actions of cyber criminals,” seeks information … Continue Reading

Hotel Chain Hit with Class Action Alleging “Misuse” of Biometric Data

Hotel chain Fillmore Hospitality, LLC is the latest target of a proposed class action complaint filed this week, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). We don’t usually discuss the specific allegations in BIPA cases, but since they continue to populate the litigation landscape, we thought it would be instructive to take … Continue Reading

City of Baltimore Shuts Down Servers Following Ransomware Attack

Another city, another ransomware attack. Cities and municipalities continue to be targeted with ransomware campaigns. Fortunately, in this case, essential services such as fire, police, Emergency Medical Services and 311 service were still operational despite the attack. According to a tweet by Mayor Bernard Young, Baltimore shut down its servers in response to the ransomware … Continue Reading

Phishing Continues to Be Seen as Biggest Cybersecurity Threat to Companies

According to a recent survey of cybersecurity professionals by AT&T Cybersecurity entitled “Confidence: the perception and reality of cybersecurity threats,” phishing and cloud security threats are keeping them up at night. The survey polled 733 cybersecurity professionals attending the RSA conference and asked the respondents about what they perceive to be the biggest internal and … Continue Reading

VPN Packages Store Cookies Insecurely

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning on April 15, 2019, entitled “VPN Applications Insecurely Store Session Cookies” (Vulnerability Note VU#192371) stating that “[M]ultiple Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications store the authentication and/or session cookies insecurely in memory and/or log files.” The affected products identified by DHS are: Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect Agent … Continue Reading

WIPRO Hacked

I have been alerting clients that I know use Wipro, but may have missed some of you. It is being reported that IT outsourcing company Wipro Ltd. has been hacked through several phishing campaigns from what is believed to be a state-sponsored attacker. According to recent reports, including KrebsonSecurity, sources have stated that “Wipro’s systems … Continue Reading

States Legislate Cybersecurity Requirements for Insurance Companies

Following in the footsteps of the New York Department of Financial Regulation (NYDFS) in enacting cybersecurity requirements for the financial services industry, and in response to massive data breaches in the insurance industry, a wave of states have either enacted or are pursuing legislation aimed at regulating the cybersecurity measures of insurance companies. In 2017, … Continue Reading
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