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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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German investigating authorities have raided the offices of Munich-based company FinFisher that sells the infamous commercial surveillance spyware dubbed ‘FinSpy,’ reportedly in suspicion of illegally exporting the software to abroad without the required authorization. Investigators from the German Customs Investigation Bureau (ZKA), ordered by the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office, searched a total of 15 properties
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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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The COVID-19 outreach is turning out to be not only health, social, and economic hazard but also a cybersecurity crisis. The pandemic has presented new challenges for businesses in the areas of remote collaboration and business continuity. With increased remote working for better business continuity, employees are using numerous Internet tools. As businesses and people
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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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Bad actors have accessed US elections support systems, although there’s no evidence to suggest that election data has been compromised, say FBI and CISA Threat actors have been chaining vulnerabilities in Windows and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to target various government agencies, critical infrastructure and election organizations, according to a warning by the United
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Days after the US Government took steps to disrupt the notorious TrickBot botnet, a group of cybersecurity and tech companies has detailed a separate coordinated effort to take down the malware’s back-end infrastructure. The joint collaboration, which involved Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, ESET, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC),
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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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Throughout its monitoring, ESET analyzed thousands of malicious samples every month to help this effort ESET has collaborated with partners Microsoft, Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, NTT Ltd. and others in an attempt to disrupt Trickbot botnets. ESET contributed to the project by providing technical analysis, statistical information, and known command and control server domain names
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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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Cybersecurity researchers today disclosed details of security vulnerabilities found in popular antivirus solutions that could enable attackers to elevate their privileges, thereby helping malware sustain its foothold on the compromised systems. According to a report published by CyberArk Labs today and shared with The Hacker News, the high privileges often associated with anti-malware products render
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It’s easy to reset your password or PIN after a data breach. But reset your face? Not so much. You can reset your PIN after a data breach, you can reset your password after a data breach, you can reset your security questions after a data breach – but can you reset your face? Sure,
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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