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by Paul Ducklin US hard liquor giant Brown-Forman is the latest high-profile victim of ransomware criminals. Even if the company’s name doesn’t ring a bell, some of its products are well-known to spirits drinkers world-wide: Brown-Forman is a multi-billion dollar business that owns Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Finlandia vodka and other global brands. It’s a multi-billion
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A Hawaii resident who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1980s has been charged with espionage. Alexander Yuk Ching Ma was arrested on August 14 for allegedly passing classified information to intelligence officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over a ten-year period in exchange for money and expensive gifts. The 67-year-old is accused of
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Supermarket shoppers in the UK have been targeted by a phishing scam run via the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.  Unscrupulous scammers ran sponsored adverts on the sites offering women who were born in October a free £1000 gift card to spend at Asda.  Victims who clicked on the advert’s link were led to a
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The US government has made its largest ever seizure of cryptocurrency associated with terrorism after three alleged cyber-enabled terrorist financing campaigns were dismantled.  The global disruption of campaigns involving Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) was announced yesterday by the Department of Justice.  Each group was
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The personal health information (PHI) of over 72,000 Walgreens customers has been exposed after looters broke into nearly 200 stores and stole prescriptions.  America’s second-largest pharmaceutical chain contacted impacted customers in July to disclose the data breach. Walgreens spokesperson Jim Cohn told the Philadelphia Inquirer that 180 Walgreens stores had been looted but declined to state which
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Security researcher Kristin Paget, known in the cybersecurity industry as Hacker Princess, has won the (ISC)² Diversity Award. US resident Paget was among the 2020 Global Achievement Awards honorees named today by the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals. The annual awards recognize and celebrate the most outstanding annual and lifetime achievements in the field of cybersecurity.  
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Virtually all security professionals believe that human error could put the security of cloud data at risk, according to new research published today. A survey commissioned by Tripwire and carried out last month by Dimensional Research found that 93% of security professionals were concerned that human error could result in the accidental exposure of their cloud data.  Despite their concern over
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An Australian woman has been jailed for her part in the theft of XRP cryptocurrency worth nearly $400,000.  Kathryn Nguyen was arrested in October 2018 for pulling off a crypto-heist with an associate. The 25-year-old was one of the first people in Australia to be charged with the theft of cryptocurrency. The theft of 100,000
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by Naked Security writer Read the latest articles: Business Email Compromise – fighting back with machine learning Porn blast disrupts bail hearing of alleged Twitter hacker GandCrab ransomware hacker arrested in Belarus Servers at risk from “BootHole” bug – what you need to know Watch the latest Naked Security Live video: (Watch directly on YouTube
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Illegal TV subscription services in the United States have grown into a billion-dollar industry, according to new research jointly released yesterday by Digital Citizens Alliance and NAGRA. The investigative report Money for Nothing reveals the existence of a sophisticated piracy ecosystem made up of thousands of retailers and wholesalers. This nefarious network steals from creators and circumvents legitimate TV operators
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The world’s largest online cybersecurity career development platform has released a second installment of free educational courses.  Cybrary made a clutch of courses free in July in a bid to support people who are considering a career in cybersecurity and those impacted professionally by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  A Cybrary spokesperson said: “These free courses aim to
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Britain’s National Trust has warned volunteers of a data breach linked to a cyber-attack on US cloud computing and software provider Blackbaud in May. The charity and membership organization for heritage conservation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has been contacting volunteers by email to notify them of the breach. National Trust data exposed as a result of the ransomware attack
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A judicial candidate in Louisiana has been charged with hacking into state computers and sharing confidential court documents with a friend. Attorney Trina Chu allegedly committed the offenses while working as a law clerk to now retired Chief Judge Henry Brown in 2018.  According to a statement released by Caddo Parish sheriff Steve Prator, Chu copied sensitive
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by Paul Ducklin Law enforcement in Belarus has announced the arrest of a 31-year-old man who is alleged to have extorted more than 1000 victims with the infamous GandCrab ransomware in 2017 and 2018. He apparently demanded payments ranging from $400 to $1500 in Bitcoin. Unlike more targeted attacks where crooks break into networks first
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Michigan’s largest healthcare provider has warned around 6,000 patients that their data may have been exposed following a cyber-attack. The cybersecurity incident is the second phishing-related data breach to befall Beaumont Health in recent months.  In April, the organization started notifying 112,211 individuals that some of their personal health information (PHI) had been exposed. The warning came after a data
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A malware author has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a transnational cybercrime organization responsible for stealing over $568m.  Valerian Chiochiu, a.k.a. “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” admitted being involved with one of the largest cyber-fraud enterprises ever created that victimized Americans in all 50 states and millions globally. The 30-year-old Moldovan national was living
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Researchers have discovered a digital propaganda campaign focused on spreading false information and inciting hatred against the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Dubbed Ghostwriter, the apparently well-resourced campaign has sought to portray the presence of American and NATO troops in Europe as aggressive and dangerous to local populations.  Tactics used to turn public opinion
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The University of Chicago has launched a new initiative that aims to increase the cybersecurity of America’s forthcoming presidential election. Election Cyber Surge will function as a matchmaker service, connecting US election officials concerned about cybersecurity with volunteers who are experts in the field. Officials will choose an area of particular weakness, and then choose from a