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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,…
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…
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Cybercrime

Erebus ransomware attack demanded $1.62 million from South Korean firm

South Korean firm NAYANA was hit with a Linux ransomware attack that demanded an unprecedented 550 Bitcoins (BTC) or $1.62 million ransom. The attack occurred on June 10, 2017, and on June 12, 2017, the company announced the attack. On June 14, 2017 the web hosting company was eventually able to negotiate down to the…
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…
Cybercrime

Tech companies offer cyberinsurance guarantees

While cyberinsurance grabs headlines and news coverage, quietly behind the scenes, security companies are starting to offer financial guarantees to their products. Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at Sentinel One, says security companies must do more to back up their products. “People don’t believe us anymore and the industry has to change,” Grossman says.…
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Cybercrime, Security News

Insurance Companies collaborate to offer cybersecurity ratings

In a collaborative effort, some of the world’s largest insurers have set out to create a consumer ratings service for the cybersecurity industry. The initiative, launched Tuesday and set to be led by Marsh & McLennan, will attempt to score best products to reduce hacking risks and will create an assessment of the best cybersecurity…
Cybercrime, IoT, Network Security, Security News

Fearing backlash, IoT hacker ‘TheHackerGiraffe’ no longer sticking neck out for PewDiePie

The hacker who’s taken credit for compromising connected devices such as printers and smart televisions in support of YouTube star PewDiePie has gone dark, apparently due to fears of prosecution as well as death threats. According to multiple reports, the individual known as TheHackerGiraffe deleted his (or her/their) accounts on Twitter, Cloudflare, Patreon and other…
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