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Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

In part one of a two-part series, SC Media examines how businesses and institutions in poorer or underserved regions may be less equipped to fight off cyberattacks than their well-funded counterparts in affluent cities.
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Finance, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

U.S. offers up to $5M for info on North Korean cyber activity

Four U.S. federal agencies on Wednesday jointly issued an advisory that warns of ongoing North Korea-sponsored cyberthreat operations, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information on such operations. The communication, issued by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department and the FBI, details the Democratic People’s Republic…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Phishing, Security News

Australia says state-based actor is behind surge of sophisticated cyberattacks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country’s government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity. Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Government, Health Care, Ransomware, Security News

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…
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…
Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News

Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Security News, Vulnerabilities

‘Sandworm Team’ hackers from Russia are exploiting Exim, warns NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday issued an advisory alleging that hackers from Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) have been actively exploiting a remote code execution vulnerability in Exim Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) software, found in Unix-based systems. Researchers and analysts reacting to the agency’s warning say the announcement is an important reminder that…
Cybercrime, Government, Legal, Security News

DEER.IO caught in FBI’s headlights; cybercrime platform gets shut down

The FBI on Tuesday seized the website for DEER.IO, a Russian online platform used to conduct millions of dollars worth of cybercriminal transactions. The crackdown followed the March 7 arrest of alleged hacker/DEER.IO administrator Kirill Victorovich, who was taken into custody while in New York City. Active since October 2013, DEER.IO allows users to purchase…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Events, Government, Government/Defense, InfoSec World 2020, Insider Threats, Network Security, Security News

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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U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…
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