Tag Archives: malware

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

Experts Warning of New Google Chrome Malware Scam

Cybersecurity experts have been warning users about a Google Chrome scam that targets Windows users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The scam, which began in December, uses a pop-up stating “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t found” and tells users to download an update, which is actually malware. The malware campaign started on December 10, … Continue Reading

The Truth in Mac Security

For decades, it has been assumed that MacBook and iPhone devices are hack proof and virus free. Their advertisements and claims for being indestructible were never questioned. Yet, nothing is truly immune to intrusion. Consumers pay a high premium for the slick and glossy Apple devices. Their superior brand has continued to sell and grow … Continue Reading

Sony Cyber-Attackers Lurking at Financial Supervisor “Watering Hole” Target Banks and Others

Cybersecurity specialists at BAE Systems and Symantec announced last week new evidence suggesting that the criminals behind the notorious 2014 attack on Sony Corp. are also responsible for recent cyber-attacks involving 104 organizations in 31 countries. Researchers and investigators have long attributed the 2014 Sony attack, which crippled computer systems and revealed internal emails, to … Continue Reading

Arby’s Investigating Payment Card Breach

Arby’s has announced that it is investigating its payment card systems after Brian Krebs first reported the incident. According to reports, malware placed on Arby restaurants’ payment card systems allowed attackers to steal credit card data at the time it was swiped in the cash register. The breach is believed to have occurred between October … Continue Reading

November the Worst Month Yet for Healthcare Breaches

We have repeatedly reiterated numerous warnings to the healthcare industry about malware and ransomware [see related posts here and here]. Our predictions have unfortunately become true, as November was the worst month ever for healthcare data breaches, according to self-reports to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In the month of November 57 incidents of … Continue Reading

New IBM/Ponemon Study Shows Low Organizational Cyber Resilience

A new IBM/Ponemon Study released late last week, 2016 Cyber Resilient Organization, reveals that only 32 percent of IT and security professionals believe that their organization has a “high” level of cyber resilience. The study interviewed 2,400 IT and security personnel across the world. The study shows that 66 percent of those professionals believe that … Continue Reading

Malware Attacks Against Health Care Sector Rose 67 percent in Q3 of 2016

The NTT Security Q3 Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report states that the healthcare industry is the fifth most targeted industry for ransomware (behind financial services, retail, manufacturing and technology) for all cyber attacks. Malware increased in the health care sector by 67 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Viruses and worms account for 63 percent … Continue Reading
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