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Microsoft web mail services breached after support agent’s credentials are compromised

Hackers reportedly compromised a Microsoft Corp. support agent’s credentials, allowing them to gain unauthorized access to the company’s various web-based email services, including Outlook, MSN and Hotmail, for at least three months in 2019. This breach exposed not only information pertaining to certain customers’ email accounts, but also in some cases the content of the…

Stolen email credentials being used to pry into cloud accounts

Malicious actors are using the massive supply of previously stolen login credentials to help brute force their way into high-profile cloud-based business systems that cannot easily use two-factor authentication for security. Proofpoint researchers found the availability of these tools has powered a massive increase in the number of cloud attacks taking place which in turn…

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Threat group Bitter expands target list

The Southeast Asian threat group Bitter that has been active since 2015 has expanded its activities and has now targeted Pakistani and Saudi Arabia with three variants of the AstraDownloader to inject the RAT BitterRAT into various organizations. The attacks on Saudi Arabia and Pakistan began in September and continued into early 2019, according to…

DePaul University group email exposes employees’ info

A group email recently sent by DePaul University reportedly exposed the names and email addresses of 656 employees who had completed the school’s wellness program. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago-based private university sent congratulatory emails to faculty members last Dec. 14, but neglected to use the “blind copy” feature. Consequently, recipients’ names and…

FBI looks into hoaxer texting GOP lawmakers

The FBI is reportedly investigating several incidents where someone impersonating Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary is sending text messages to Republican lawmakers. The Wall Street Journal reported the texts purportedly came from Press Secretary Alyssa Farah and asked the whereabouts of certain GOP members. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has received several of the messages…

Amnesty International phishing attack may have bypassed 2FA

Amnesty International reported on two phishing attacks it recently endured, possibly carried out by the same attacker (or attackers), on human rights defenders (HRD) like itself, and also journalists, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. “What makes these campaigns especially troubling is the lengths to which they go to subvert the digital security…

Vermont, Dallas medical facilities suffer email account breaches

In separate incidents, two U.S. health care facilities have publicly disclosed data breaches that resulted from the unauthorized access of an employee’s email. Yesterday, the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) acknowledged that an unauthorized individual remotely accessed an employee’s email account on Oct. 9. This account contained the personal information of…

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