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Energy company hit with DoS attack last spring identified as sPower

Utah-based wind and solar energy developer sPower has been identified as the utilities company that suffered a previously reported denial of service attack that disrupted its normal business activity last March 5. The cyberattack briefly cut off communications between sPower’s control centers and a dozen remote wind and solar farms that served as its power…

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Two guilty pleas in Uber and Lynda.com hacking case

Two men reportedly face a up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to hacking into Uber’s and Lynda.com’s databases and holding their contents for ransom. According to reports, Brandon Glover of Winter Springs, Florida and Vasile Mereacre of Toronto, Canada, admitted to hacking into the GitHub accounts of Uber…

Ransomware attack on TrialWorks is one of 13 on MSPs and cloud-service providers in 2019

Law firms using case management software from TrialWorks found themselves unable to access their legal documents after the third-party service provider was hit with a ransomware attack earlier this month. The Coral Gables, Florida-based company, which serves roughly 2,500 clients, was attacked back on Oct. 13, but reports of the incident only began to surface…

We interviewed cyber experts on a Vegas ferris wheel. Then ride security showed up…

In the film “Ocean’s 11,” Danny Ocean and his team of expert cybercriminals execute a daring casino heist in glitzy Las Vegas. This past summer at the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences in Sin City, the editorial staff at SC Media attempted to pull off a less ambitious – and decidedly more legal –…

Gafgyt variant exploits 3 devices to target game servers with DDoS attacks

Researchers have uncovered a new variant of Gafgyt malware (aka BASHLITE) that infects home and small-office routers and networking equipment in order to recruit them into a botnet that bombards gaming servers with distributed denial of service attacks. One of its attacks involves a payload is specifically designed to attack servers running Valve Corporation’s Source…

Web.com discloses breach affecting customer account info

Domain name registration and web development services provider Web.com has disclosed a recent data breach that impacts users’ account information, and apparently also affects customers of its Network Solutions and Register.com brands. The breach took place in late August 2019 when an unauthorized third party illegally accessed “a limited number of our computer systems,” the company explained…

Facebook sues surveillance tool provider and hosts of hacking websites

Facebook this week filed a lawsuit against a reputed spyware provider that allegedly exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability to enable smartphone hacking, and also pursued legal action against the domain hosts of multiple websites that allegedly offer tools for hacking the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook and its encrypted messaging subsidiary WhatApp filed a complaint against…

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…

UniCredit data breach impacts 3 million Italians

Italian global banking and financial services company UniCredit S.p.A. yesterday disclosed a data breach incident involving a file containing roughly 3 million records. The file was generated in 2015, which suggests that customers who created accounts in 2016 and beyond are likely safe. Affected information consisted of customers’ names, cities, telephone numbers and emails. UniCredit…

Officials preparing for cyber attacks, scams as Olympics nears

Microsoft: Russia again hacks anti-doping and sports agencies

Facing possible exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and other major athletic events, Russia once again has been attempting to hack anti-doping agencies and sports organizations, Microsoft reported yesterday. In attacks that started on Sept. 16, the reputed Russian APT Fancy Bear targeted at least 16 national and international sports organizations across three…

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