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The former systems administrator of an American department store has been arrested after allegedly hacking into his ex-employer’s private network to give his former colleagues paid holidays.  New Yorker Hector Navarro is accused of creating a “superuser” account that allowed him to access a computer system of Century 21 after he resigned from his position at the company. Navarro
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A malicious hacker has been blamed for a series of lewd messages that emanated from the social media account of a US military base on Wednesday. Followers of Fort Bragg’s official Twitter account were surprised by the sexual content of a number of tweets that began to appear at around 4:30pm ET.  The tweets were
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by Anthony Merry October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.We asked Anthony Merry, senior director, Product Management at Sophos, for his top mobile privacy tips. If you’ve updated your Apple phone or your Android to the latest version – iOS 14 and Android 11 respectively – you may have noticed that they come with enhanced privacy controls.
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Customers of an Oregon retailer have become victims of fraud after their financial information was exposed in a sustained data breach. Data belonging to thousands of customers of Made in Oregon was compromised in a breach that lasted six months. Made in Oregon is a regional vendor with five stores in the Portland area. According to the gift retailer,
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by Paul Ducklin Do you browse with Google Chrome or a related product such as Chromium? If so, please check that your auto-updater is working and that you have the latest version. A trip to the About Chrome or About Chromium dialog should give the version identifier 86.0.4240.111. That’s the version that was released yesterday
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Deep Instinct has appointed former managing director and partner at Goldman Sachs Heather Bellini as its new chief financial officer.  The deep learning cybersecurity company, which was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in New York, announced the appointment today.  While at Goldman Sachs, Bellini led the research diligence and investor education initial public offering (IPO) process
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Cyber-criminals have exfiltrated data from an Ohio school district and published personal information of faculty, staff, and students online. According to 13abc news, nearly 9GB of sensitive data belonging to Toledo Public Schools (TPS) has been exposed. Information leaked by attackers includes names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.  The data’s appearance online follows
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A Mississippi school district has voted to pay $300,000 to recover files that were encrypted during a suspected ransomware attack. A federal investigation was launched after threat actors accessed Yazoo County School District’s information technology system without authorization.  Superintendent Dr. Ken Barron told WLBT news that the school became aware of the cyber-attack on Monday, October 12.
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by Paul Ducklin The US Department of Justice (DOJ), together with government representatives from six other countries, has recently re-ignited the perennial Battle to Break Encryption. Last weekend, the DOJ put out a press release co-signed by the governments of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan, entitled International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and
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Iran has reported falling victim to two large-scale cyber-attacks, one of which was leveled at the country’s government institutions. The Iranian government’s Information Technology Organization on Thursday reported that two institutions had been compromised by attackers. No party has claimed responsibility for the attack, and Iranian government officials have not stated whether the attack was domestic or
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Students learning remotely in Massachusetts have had their lessons disrupted by distributed-denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks. Sandwich Public Schools suffered a week of connection issues after what was first identified as a firewall failure occurred on October 8. A new firewall put in place to resolve the issue subsequently crashed, prompting the technology department to source a firewall
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Twitter temporarily suspended the account of the president of the United States’ election campaign for “posting private information.” The account @TeamTrump was locked for attempting to tweet a video referencing a recent article by the New York Post along with text describing presidential candidate Joe Biden as “a liar who has been ripping off our country for years.” The New
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Carnival Corporation has disclosed that passenger and employee data from three different cruise lines was accessed in a ransomware attack that took place in August. On August 15, the British-American cruise operator discovered that an unauthorized third party had compromised its computer system and downloaded data files. An update issued by the corporation yesterday states that personal data
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North Carolina has opened a cybercrime hotline after state residents lost millions of dollars to COVID-19-related cyber-scams.  The free NC 2-1-1 phone line, one of the first to be launched in the United States, has been funded by state and federal grants.  Fraudulent schemes claiming victims in the Tarheel State include cell phone cloning, fake
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Ransomware was the most observed threat in 2020, according to a global corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York City. Kroll‘s proprietary data on cyber incident response cases shows that ransomware attacks accounted for over one-third of all cases as of September 1, 2020.  While this particular form of malware has struck
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The Pentagon is to significantly increase the size of the United States Space Force’s cybersecurity team. Plans to add over a thousand new personnel were revealed by the force’s chief technology and innovation officer, US Space Force Major General Kimberly Crider. Speaking at the CyberSatGov virtual event held yesterday, Crider said that 130 cybersecurity officers would be
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by Paul Ducklin “If you connect it, protect it” is a short and simple slogan that we’ve taken straight from this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM). We wrote about CSAM last week, on the first of the month, to explain why we think CSAM is still worth supporting, for two main reasons. The first reason
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A Tennessee firm that provides health data management services has agreed to pay the United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $2.3m to settle charges related to a data breach.  Charges were brought against Tennessee-based Community Health Systems (CHSPSC LLC) by 28 states after the personal health information (PHI) of millions of people ended up in the hands
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Cyber-attacks have been levied against journalists in Angola after they reported that the Angolan president’s chief of staff had embezzled public funds. Independent online news provider Correio Angolense published an article online covering the claims against Edeltrudes Costa that were first made by the Portuguese TV channel Televisão Independente (TVI). The broadcaster launched an investigation after companies