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Cybercrime, Phishing, Security News

Phishing campaign used Brazilian elections as a lure

The 2018 Brazilian general election provided the perfect backdrop for cybercriminals to create a phishing campaign designed to infect citizens of the South American country with the Astaroth WMIC Trojan. In the days leading up to the Oct. 7 vote, the malicious campaign used subject lines suggesting that then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, was embroiled in a scandal,…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Here are the hurdles that will face Biden’s new CISO

As the newly appointed CISO of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Chris DeRusha, former chief security officer with the State of Michigan, has fewer than four months to implement his cybersecurity vision before Election Day arrives — all in the midst of a pandemic that has altered the traditional way that campaigns traditionally operate. DeRusha will…
Features, Security News

2019’s weird and wonderful news

Dead Cows, HackerGiraffes, fast food-craving lemmings, foul-mouthed scooters and golf pranksters made SC Media’s rather eclectic list of the most bizarre cyber news from the last 12 months.  In 2016, hackers tried to influence who became president. This time, hackers are running for president!   Well, make that a former teenage hacker – and a fairly harmless one at…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Network Security, Security News

Microsoft demos vote verification tool, warns of ongoing foreign meddling

Microsoft Corporation yesterday began publicly demonstrating its free and open-source secure electronic voting solution, ElectionGuard, warning that such innovations are necessary as adversarial nations continue to target the American people and U.S. businesses. In a blog post announcing the demo, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said that in the…
USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Report: Russian-sponsored hackers could have modified U.S. voter data, but didn’t

Russian state-sponsored cyber actors “conducted an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections,” the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concludes in the first volume of its report on Russia’s efforts to interference in America’s most recent presidential election. Released yesterday, volume one focuses specifically on…
Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Security News

Email scam swindles $2.6M from Puerto Rican government corporation

The Puerto Rico government fell for a phishing scam that bilked the U.S. territory out of $2.6 million — an incident that sounds like a possible business email compromise. According to an Associated Press report, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government-run corporation created to promote the island as an investment destination, reportedly filed…
Israel comes under cyber attack
Cybercrime, Election Coverage, Government, Security News

Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Phishing, Retail, Security News

Bed Bath & Beyond declares data incident

Home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond yesterday disclosed in a Securities & Exchange Commission 8-K filing that an unauthorized third party illegally accessed one percent of its online customers’ accounts. The online intruder acquired the account emails and passwords from a “source outside the company’s systems,” the Union Township, N.J. retailer reported. Based on…
The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.
Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Oregon

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Interim Director of Elections Steve Trout The Pacific Northwest is big on preserving its forests, but if there were ever a good use of trees, it’s the millions of paper-based ballots that Oregon mails out before every election. Indeed, Oregon is a vote-by-mail state whose only electoral technology consists…
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