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Botnet Necurs Turns Its Focus On Banks

Just days after the FBI issued a private warning to the banking industry (read more here), the botnet network known as Necurs began a spamming campaign that targeted the banking industry. The activity was discovered by the security research firm Cofense. According to Cofense, the Necurs network started a concentrated spear phishing campaign against approximately … Continue Reading

Virginia Bank, Hacked Twice with Phishing Schemes, Losing $2.4 Million

In a lawsuit against its insurance company requesting reimbursement for close to $2.4 million from two different hacking incidents, National Bank of Blacksburg detailed the intrusions, which are instructive of a sophisticated scheme against the financial services industry. According to the lawsuit, the first theft took place on Memorial Day weekend of 2016. In that … Continue Reading

Ticketmaster Hit With Malware Compromising UK Customers’ Data

Ticketmaster has reported that it has “identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an external third-party supplier to Ticketmaster.” As a result, UK customers who bought theater, concert or sporting event tickets between February and June 23, 2018, may have been affected by the breach. The malware deployed was designed … Continue Reading

Chilean Bank Struck by “Virus” that Steals $10 Million

Just weeks after Mexico’s central bank was targeted by hackers who stole $15 million, Chile’s biggest bank, Banco de Chile, announced on May 28, 2018, that it had been struck by a “virus” that affected its workstations, including malware that contained disk-wiping capabilities. The malware sabotaged approximately 9,000 master boot records of the bank’s computers … Continue Reading

FBI and DHS Warn of Malicious Malware (HIDDEN COBRA) Attributed to North Korea

Just days after the summit between the U.S. and North Korea, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about a malicious malware, a Trojan malware variant known as “TYPEFRAME,” has been dubbed HIDDEN COBRA, which is believed to be backed by the North Korean government and is … Continue Reading

VPNFilter Worse Than Previously Reported

We previously reported that the FBI has warned consumers about a nasty malware, known as VPNFilter and believed to have been launched by a Russian government hacking group is infecting hundreds of thousands of small business and home router [view related post here]. Apparently the malware is much worse than anyone thought and Cisco’s Talo … Continue Reading

FBI Warning: Russian Hackers Attacking Routers

Late last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to U.S. consumers that Russian hackers (dubbed Sofacy and a/k/a Fancy Brear and APT28, and believed to be backed by the Russian government) had compromised “hundreds of thousands” of home and office routers through malware known as VPNFilter in order to collect information … Continue Reading

AICPA Survey Shows U.S. Adults Worried About Identity Theft and Financial Fraud and Concerned Businesses Can’t Protect Their Data

A new Harris Poll for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which called 1,006 U.S. adults for the report, shows interesting statistics regarding American adults’ attitudes and fears about identity theft and financial loss as a result of cyber intrusions. The poll’s conclusion is that 48 percent of U.S. adults believe that identity theft will … Continue Reading

“Orangeworm” Targeting Health Care Industry

In what is being called a systematic targeting of large health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and IT companies and equipment manufacturers that service the health care industry, Symantec has reported that a new hacking group, dubbed “Orangeworm,” is carefully selecting its targets and strategy prior to launching an attack. According to Symantec, the hackers have … Continue Reading

473,807 Patient Records Compromised in January, 2018—83 Percent Caused by Hacking Incidents

The recently released Protenus Healthcare Breach Barometer report notes that in January, 2018, at least 473,807 patient records were compromised in 37 breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights. Twelve of the reported breaches were attributable to insiders, which was 32 percent of the data breaches reported in January. Seven of those incidents were … Continue Reading

HaoBao Malware Hitting Banks Scans for Bitcoin Activity

Lazarus, the well-known hacking group responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack from last year, as well as the attack on the Bangladesh Central Bank and Sony, is now targeting global financial firms and Bitcoin adopters with a phishing campaign dubbed “HaoBao.” The phishing campaign was discovered by McAfee Labs in mid-January. The way it works … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #126 – Employee Training and Education Continues to be “Best” Cyberdefense

It is a myth that employees hate training and education. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is very exciting to watch an audience visibly cover their mouths when real life stories are told about cyber-attacks and phishing incidents that employees’ conduct cause because they are working too fast, not paying attention to … Continue Reading

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks

Just before the false alarm last weekend in Hawaii when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank Chatham House issued a report stating that it had identified vulnerabilities in nuclear weapons systems located throughout the world that made them susceptible to malware and ransomware attacks that could lead to inadvertent missile … Continue Reading

Hilton Settles Data Breach Investigations with NY and VT AGs

Hilton Domestic Operating Co., Inc. (Hilton) has agreed to pay the New York and Vermont Attorneys General $700,000 to settle allegations that they violated those state consumer protection and data breach notification laws when it failed to implement reasonable security measures to protect consumer data and for waiting nine months to notify consumers of a … Continue Reading

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20 warning of an increased danger of a malicious “multi-stage intrusion campaign” to critical infrastructure industries, including the energy sector. According to the warning, hackers are targeting company-controlled sites of different agencies to access information on equipment and designs, including “control-system capabilities” that … Continue Reading

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks

In its cyber security incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care sector as having suffered the most security incidents, which surpasses the public sector for the first time in six quarters. It confirmed that cyber-attacks against the health care sector continue to increase. Although that … Continue Reading

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit numerous nuclear power generation sites in the past few months. The attack has been named “Nuclear 17.” Although details of the … Continue Reading

“Fireball” Malware a Threat to Health Care Industry

A new report released by Check Point has security personnel working in the health care industry particularly concerned and they are warning their colleagues about the existence of “Fireball.” Fireball, released by a Chinese operation, has infected approximately 250 million computers worldwide. According to the report, the malware hijacks web browsers and turns computers into … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost. These days, there are charges for everything—including downloading music, videos and … Continue Reading
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