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Experienced cybersecurity leaders are beginning to call for a move from reactive detection to proactive prevention. It’s clear that the need to get ahead of the cybersecurity curve is real. Over the past decade, experts talked about the number of days that malware is in your system, and now the discussion is fast becoming how…

Travelex recovering from ransomware, but more firms at risk of VPN exploit

Beleaguered foreign currency exchange company Travelex confirmed on Friday that the first of its U.K.-based customer-facing systems were back up and running after the New Year’s Eve discovery of Sodinokibi ransomware on its network prompted a shutdown of key systems. Meanwhile, a worrisome report revealed that dozens of major U.S. organizations and businesses have also failed…

FBI policy promises states timely notification of election-related attacks

A new internal policy at the FBI will ensure “timely federal notification” to state and local election officials when a cyber intrusion affect the election infrastructure, the bureau said. “Understanding that mitigation of such incidents often hinges on timely notification, the FBI has established a new internal policy outlining how the FBI will notify state…

Trump urges Apple to unlock Pensacola gunman’s iPhones

President Trump weighed in on Apple’s likely impending pitched battle with the government over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone, encouraging the tech company to  help the Justice Department access the contents of two phones associated with the Saudi airman who went on a shooting spree at the Pensacola Naval Station last fall. “We are helping Apple…

Report: FBI issues alert after two municipalities hacked via SharePoint

The FBI this month reportedly issued an alert to its private industry partners, warning that a probable nation-state hacking group had recently compromised the networks of two U.S. municipalities via unpatched, vulnerable Microsoft SharePoint servers. According to the report, from ZDNet, the flaw the hackers reportedly abused was CVE-2019-0604, a remote code execution bug caused by…

Senate bill aimed at creating cybersecurity coordinators in states

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Friday would create a federal program to bolster response to cyberattacks in states by installing cybersecurity coordinators. Under the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act, sponsored by Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Cornyn, R-Texas and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the program would fall under the umbrella of the Department…

Equifax class action suit settled

A Georgia court gave final approval for Equifax’s $380.5 settlement in response to a class action suit brought for the September 2017 data breach that exposed the PII of 148 million customers. Judge Thomas W. Thrash of the Northern District of Georgia ordered Equifax to place the money in a fund from which victims can…

The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

Aussie P&N bank suffers data breach

The Australian P&N Bank reported a data breach that exposed detailed and sensitive financial information on an unspecified number of customers. Access was gained on December 12 to the bank’s customer relationship management system, which is operated by a third-party hosting firm, was undergoing an upgrade. Details on how it was accessed were not revealed,…

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