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Accidental Airbnb account takeover linked to recycled phone numbers

As it turns out, websites and apps have experienced this commonplace problem for years, and companies could find themselves in violation of data security standards if users' information were to be exposed.
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Colleges reopen amid COVID-19 by bolstering security strategies

Colleges and universities around the country face a daunting conundrum as the pandemic continues to make planning an impossible task. There’s no consensus on how to reopen, and each school must create its own rules, all subject to change by the minute. The fall semester will start soon and decisions on how to return are…
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PonyFinal deployed in human-operated ransomware attacks

Microsoft told organizations Wednesday to focus less on the payload of Java-based ransomware PonyFinal and instead key “more on how it’s delivered” via human-operated ransomware attacks. “PonyFinal is at the tail end of protracted human-operated ransomware campaigns that are known to stay dormant and wait for the most opportune time to deploy the payload,” Microsoft…
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Shade ransomware gang gives up keys, apologizes to victims

The malicious actors behind Shade ransomware made an unusual announcement on GitHub, not only publishing all 750,000 decryptor keys for the malware but apologizing for their criminal actions. “We are the team which created a trojan-encryptor mostly known as Shade, Troldesh or Encoder.858. In fact, we stopped its distribution in the end of 2019.” the…
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