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The Internet is drowning in COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams

The Internet is drowning in COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams

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Emails and websites are promising vital information about keeping safe from the coronavirus pandemic that’s sweeping the globe and threatening millions. In fact, a flood of them are scams that push malware, ransomware, and disinformation; attempt to steal passwords and personal information; and conduct espionage operations by hackers working for nation-states. One of the most…
US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware

US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being...

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A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented personnel from receiving crucial real-time operational data from control and communication equipment, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Tuesday’s advisory from the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, didn’t identify the site except…
Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore

Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore

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Enlarge / The Credit Union National Association held a ransomware exercise for member institutions and then got hit itself. While CUNA quickly recovered, the assumption that ransomware attacks don't equal data breaches is changing what "recovery" actually means.Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Not every ransomware attack is an unmitigated disaster. But even the most prepared organizations, it…
Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads

Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA An ongoing attack has so far delivered a cocktail of malicious wares to more than 500,000 machines on the Internet by abusing Bitbucket, the source code management system operated by Atlassian, researchers reported on Wednesday. The attack, carried out by multiple holders of malicious Bitbucket accounts, distributes an array of malware that…
New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical infrastructure

New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical...

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Over the past five years, ransomware has emerged as a vexing menace that has shut down factories, hospitals, and local municipalities and school districts around the world. In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware doing something that's potentially more sinister: intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric grids, and gas refineries rely on…
As attacks begin, Citrix ships patch for VPN vulnerability

As attacks begin, Citrix ships patch for VPN vulnerability

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Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images On January 19, Citrix released some permanent fixes to a vulnerability on the company's Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Citrix Gateway virtual private network servers that allowed an attacker to remotely execute code on the gateway without needing a login. The vulnerability affects tens of thousands of known…
Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back...

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Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers. Toronto, Ontario-based LifeLabs Notified Canadian authorities of the attack on November 1. The company said a cyberattack struck computer systems that stored data for…
Louisiana was struck by Ryuk, activating another cyber-emergency

Louisiana was struck by Ryuk, activating another cyber-emergency

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Enlarge / Louisiana state agencies were taken offline during the response to a Ryuk ransomware attack but are now largely up and running again thanks to backups. In October, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning of increased targeting by ransomware operators of "big game"—targets with deep pockets and critical data that were more…
Johannesburg’s network closed down after 2nd attack in 3 months

Johannesburg’s network closed down after 2nd attack in 3 months

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Enlarge / Johannesburg City Hall Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa and the 26th largest city worldwide, has shut down its website, billing and electronic services after being hit by a serious network attack, the second one in three months, municipality officials said. A group calling itself Shadow Kill Hackers took to Twitter to…
Attackers make use of an iTunes zeroday to set up ransomware

Attackers make use of an iTunes zeroday to set up ransomware

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Attackers exploited a zeroday vulnerability in Apple's iTunes and iCloud programs to infect Windows computers with ransomware without triggering antivirus protections, researchers from Morphisec reported on Thursday. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this week. The vulnerability resided in the Bonjour component that both iTunes and iCloud for Windows relies on, according to a blog post.…

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