Month: November 2018

The majority of financial firms rank cyber-resilience as their top concern, with people, visibility and third-party risk key challenges, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The UK regulator’s latest report, Cyber and Technology Resilience: Themes from cross-sector survey 2017 – 2018, is based on interviews with nearly 300 firms over the past 24 months.
by Lisa Vaas A popular massage-booking app has spilled the beans on 309,000 customer profiles, including comments from their masseurs or masseuses on how creepy their customers are. The app’s wide-open, no-password-required database was discovered by researcher Oliver Hough, who tipped off TechCrunch. Hough said in a tweet on Tuesday that the breach was caused
Despite strong reviews and a fan petition, Netflix said today that it is cancelling “Daredevil” after three seasons. This is the latest Marvel series, after “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” that Netflix has cancelled recently, and is a sign that Marvel TV and Netflix’s multi-series agreement, signed in 2013, may be hitting some bumps. Centered
These predictions were written by Eoin Carroll, Taylor Dunton, John Fokker, German Lancioni, Lee Munson, Yukihiro Okutomi, Thomas Roccia, Raj Samani, Sekhar Sarukkai, Dan Sommer, and Carl Woodward. As 2018 draws to a close, we should perhaps be grateful that the year has not been entirely dominated by ransomware, although the rise of the GandCrab
The hacking and extortion scheme took place over a 34-month period with the SamSam ransomware affecting over 200 organizations in the US and Canada The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed indictments against two alleged Iranian hackers accused of being the miscreants behind the infamous SamSam ransomware attacks. The six-count indictment named Faramarz Shahi
Multinational computer technology company Dell disclosed Wednesday that its online electronics marketplace experienced a “cybersecurity incident” earlier this month when an unknown group of hackers infiltrated its internal network. On November 9, Dell detected and disrupted unauthorized activity on its network attempting to steal customer information, including their names, email addresses and hashed passwords. According
Using the timeworn and trusty narrative of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as its platform, MWM Immersive, a division of Madison Wells Media, is finally taking location-based virtual reality to its logical conclusion and merging it with an immersive theater experience. Called Chained: A Victorian Nightmare, the new production combines live actors and an immersive setting with
The Department of Justice Tuesday announced the indictments of eight people accused of running massive ad fraud schemes that were disrupted by an FBI-led botnet takedown. The 13-count indictment, which was unsealed in a federal court in Brooklyn, charged six Russian nationals and two Kazakhstan citizens with crimes including wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity
Dell has admitted suffering a potential breach after detecting suspicious activity on its network in early November. The computer giant claimed it “detected and disrupted” the attackers, who were trying to access customer data from the e-commerce platform. Affected information was apparently limited to the names, email addresses and hashed passwords of an undisclosed
The country’s first fine under GDPR is lower than might have been expected, however, as the company was acknowledged for its post-incident cooperation and enhanced security measures A German social media platform called has been fined with €20,000 following a breach that exposed the personal information of 330,000 users, including their passwords and e-mail
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday charges against two Iranian nationals for their involvement in creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware. The alleged hackers, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah, 27, have been charged on several counts of computer hacking and fraud charges, the indictment unsealed today at New Jersey court revealed.
Just what is going on over in Redmond? Just weeks after issuing a Windows 10 patch of doom that started deleting users’ precious files, Microsoft ‘fixed’ Outlook 2010 with a November Patch Tuesday update that promptly blocked it. On 13 November, Microsoft released a security update, KB4461529, which fixed four security vulnerabilities. These flaws could
International law enforcement swoops on fake ad viewing outfit. On Monday, October 22nd, a disruption action involving law enforcement bodies worldwide targeted “3ve”, a major online ad fraud operation. Today, on November 27, 2018, a 13-count indictment against eight defendants was unsealed. Out of these eight defendants, three are in custody and awaiting extradition. Ad fraud
A group of European consumer watchdogs has filed a privacy complaint against Google — arguing the company uses manipulative tactics in order to keep tracking web users’ location, for ad-targeting purposes. The consumer organizations are making the complaint under the EU’s new data protection framework, GDPR, which regulators can use to levy major fines for
Building on work that had sought to create fake partial fingerprints for fooling biometric scanners, researchers have used machine learning and artificial intelligence to construct full images of fake fingerprints. Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius and Nasir Memon, researchers at New York University Tandon, and Arun Ross, researcher at Michigan State University, developed DeepMasterPrints,
Police in Ukraine have arrested a man who allegedly used a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to target thousands of users around the world. A statement from the Ukrainian National Police on Friday said that cyber specialists on the force cuffed a 42-year-old man from Lviv on suspicion of using the DarkComet malware. He’s said
Security experts have lined up to warn consumers of a deluge of phishing and gift card scams as Cyber Monday kicks off today. The US online sales blitz has also become something of a staple across some European countries, especially in the UK where it’s predicted that sales today will take total online spending for
‘Tis the season for cyber-scams, according to the new Holiday Threat Report from Carbon Black. The report compared cyber-attack data over the last two years and found that once cyber-attacks spike on Cyber Monday, they will likely remain elevated throughout the holiday season. The holiday season of 2016 saw a 20.5% surge in attempted attacks, but