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Execs, dignitaries call on nations to help end cyberattacks on health care orgs

The CyberPeace Institute and dozens of international leaders and dignitaries on Tuesday collectively urged the world’s governments in an open letter to help put an end to cyberattacks on hospitals and health care institutions that are already under the incredible strain of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that…
Coronavirus

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…
Coronavirus, Security News

Survey: COVID-19 has changed cyber pros’ roles, increased incident totals

In a new survey of 256 cybersecurity professionals responsible for securing their companies’ digital assets, 81 percent of respondents said their job function has changed in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey study, conducted this month by the international nonprofit membership association (ISC)², suggests that a large contingent of security…
Coronavirus, Government, Network Security, Ransomware, Security News

SMEs relearn security basics under COVID’s telework conditions

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Wednesday launched a free “Telework Essentials Toolkit” designed to help businesses to adjust to the realities of working from home during the COVID pandemic. DHS teamed up with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), Global Cyber Alliance and other partners to add these resources to the agency’s dedicated…
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Ex-CIA exec: Covid-19 has created ideal ‘crisis’ conditions for malicious hackers

Companies trying to stave off business disruption caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic may be ripe for compromise as they introduce new risks in the scramble to maintain business continuity, warned a retired senior CIA executive in a keynote presentation Wednesday at the InfoSec World 2020 digital conference. In essence, the coronavirus has created ideal…
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Coronavirus, Government, Network Security, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security, Website/Web Server Security

Arkansas, Illinois COVID-19 unemployment websites leak data

Arkansas and Illinois both reportedly exposed sensitive citizen data after failing to adequately secure web services that the states urgently propped up in order to process applications for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Experts say the hurried pace of setting up these digital services could very well have resulted in glitches and overlooked gaps…
Coronavirus, Security News

5 ways COVID-19 is reshaping the cybercrime economy

As the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the above-ground economy to the brink of a major recession, the cybercrime economy appears to still be hard-charging ahead. And yet, the virus has rapidly reshaped the way business is being done on the dark web, as buyers and sellers jump on the opportunity to capitalize on global fears, as…
Coronavirus, Network Security, Security News

Cybersecurity makes World Economic Forum’s top 10 Covid-19 global fallout list

The World Economic Forum mainly concerns itself with high-level macroeconomic issues such as global recessions and world economic development. That’s why it was significant this week when the WEF cited cybersecurity as one of its “Top 10 Fallout” issues from COVID-19 in its Global Risks report. Nearly 38 percent of those surveyed say changing work…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Ransomware

Mobile ransomware disguised as upcoming Canadian Covid-19 contact tracing app

Capitalizing on a Canadian government announcement pertaining to the development of a nationwide, voluntary Covid-19 contact tracing app, malicious actors this month created a fake version of such an app that in reality infects Android users with mobile ransomware. According to a new blog post from ESET, the ransomware, dubbed CryCryptor, was found being distributed…
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P2P payment apps, users urged to curb COVID-19 advance fee fraud

Fraudsters posing as celebrities, philanthropists and do-gooders offering financial aid to everyday people struggling due to the COVID-19 epidemic are running scams on users of peer-to-peer payment applications such as Cash App and Venmo, but financial service providers and consumers can reduce the risk of becoming victims by implementing a few security measures. Satnam Narang,…
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