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SamSam ransomware an increasing threat

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Since its inception in late 2015, the SamSam hacking group has racked up $6 million from its ransomware activities. A new report from Sophos estimates that the threat actor’s profits are currently running at about $300,000 per month, paid into a variety of Bitcoin accounts. Its headcount of victims currently… Read more »

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Hacked Alaskan civil servants revert to old technology

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A local government department in the state of Alaska has been crippled by a ransomware infestation. The attack encrypted 500 desktop computers and 120 servers; encrypting internal systems, emails and back-up data, and also the door entry and telecoms systems. While the borough’s antivirus software succeeded in spotting one part… Read more »

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Data breach infects Singapore healthcare group

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Yet another healthcare provider has fallen victim to a major hack – this time in Singapore.  SingHealth, the island city-state’s largest healthcare group, has been hit by a data breach resulting in the theft of personal details from 1.5 million of its patients over the past three years. The hackers… Read more »

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The key to Google staff security

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The use of USB security keys by Google staff has been so successful – with no known breaches during the last twelve months – that the company has decided to produce one of its own. The small physical device adds a second line of defence, particularly against phishing and man-in-the-middle… Read more »

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Russians infiltrate US utility network

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The temperature in the cyberwar between the USA and Russia has ratcheted up another notch. It now appears that a state-sponsored Russian hacking team penetrated the US electricity network in 2017 – and may still be lurking inside it. This gives them the potential to inflict multiple power failures. The… Read more »

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Indian smart phone scammers pose as Russians

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A small number of smart phone users in India have fallen victim to a highly-targeted malware attack by being conned into downloading an open-source mobile device management (MDM) software package onto their iPhones. The attackers, who are based in India but are masquerading as Russians, have been operating since 2015… Read more »

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Investors back new medical cybersecurity outfit

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The healthcare sector has suffered more than its fair share of cyberattacks in recent times. In order to protect hard-pressed medical organisations from crippling incursions resulting from the growing connectedness of medical devices, several new specialist security firms are entering the market. The latest is a New-York based start-up called… Read more »

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US indicts twelve Russian spooks

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Despite President Trump’s assurances that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the US Justice Department has launched criminal proceedings against twelve Russian military intelligence officers – three days before the recent Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki. The Russian officers stand accused of hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s… Read more »

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US voter records laid bare

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A cybersecurity researcher has discovered that the personal records of many thousands of US voters have been exposed on the Internet, due to a security lapse by a political robocall company. RoboCent, a Virginia-based purveyor of computerised autodialers for delivering pre-recorded political messages, left a database of voters’ sensitive personal… Read more »

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12 Billion Dollar Scam

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A public service announcement has been released as an update on the Business E-mail Compromise 12 Billion Dollar Scam that has targeted both businesses and individuals using wire transfer payments. This announcement includes new Internet Crime Complaint information along with updated statistics from between October 2013 and May 2018. Using… Read more »

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