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China targets networks with new Taidoor malware attacks

Wielding a new remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Taidoor, Chinese government-supported hackers are behind a series of cyberespionage campaigns. Although it offered no details on the possible targets, CISA warned of the malware variants, noting that “the FBI has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using [them] in conjunction with proxy servers to maintain…
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Resilience improved, but response dragged down by too many tools, too few playbooks, report says

While cybersecurity resilience has largely improved over five years, most organizations – 74 percent – say their security response plans are ad-hoc, applied inconsistently or are non-existent even as 13 percent say their ability to contain an attack has declined, a report on resiliency found. Organizations have too many security tools and not enough specific…
InfoSec World 2020, Security News

Triage plan can fend off insider threats, Latson says

Insider attacks doubled last year from two years ago, according to recent Ponemon Institute research, and most likely most of those insiders’ network behavior could have foreshadowed a preventable attack only if their data access were properly monitored. That’s where a proactive strategy comes in, advised InfoSec World 2020 featured speaker Velma C. Latson, who…
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

BlueLeaks files expose data from law enforcement, fusion centers

As protesters continue to take to the streets to demand racial justice and police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the activist group DDoSecrets published data on a searchable portal that it says was nicked from  more than 200 law enforcement agencies and fusion centers in the U.S. The BlueLeaks files – more…
Data Breach, Malware, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Ransomware, Security News

UCSF paid $1.4 million ransom in NetWalker attack

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) ponied up $1.4 million to hackers to retrieve data encrypted during a NetWalker ransomware attack disclosed in early June.  “The data that was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good,” according to a  statement from UCSF, which said…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Ransomware, Security News

Nefilim gang leaks files stolen from Dussmann Group subsidiary

By now, it’s a familiar refrain, ransomware operators publishing documents after pinching them from a vulnerable company – this time the victim was a subsidiary of Germany’s Dussmann Group, a sprawling multiservice provider, and the attacker, Nefilim’s operators. The ransomware gang pinched files, including AutoCAD drawings, Word documents and accounting docs from refrigerator specialist  Dresdner…
Patch Management, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Zoom fixing zero-day vulnerability in Windows client

A little more than a week after its self-imposed feature freeze ended, Zoom is working on a patch for a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability in Zoom Client for Windows that could affect versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and earlier. In the mean time, researchers at ACROS Security developed and released a micropatch that “removes…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Covid-19 vaccines, economies in peril after Russian APT29 attacks

Warnings by officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, is actively trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine research by hacking vaccine trials and dropping WellMess and WellMail malware proves at least two things: Russia military intelligence is still going hard against U.S. targets, and the health care industry, particularly during the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Biden will punish foreign election interference, hacking

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would take harsh action against any nation-state that attempted to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, “whether by hacking voting systems and databases, laundering money into our political system, systematically spreading disinformation, or trying to sow doubt about the integrity of our elections.”…
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