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Fake U.S. State Dept. docs used in European embassy cyberattacks

Cyberattackers, possibly Russian, recently struck numerous embassies in Europe with a malicious email attachment that uses a weaponized version of the TeamViewer remote desktop tool to gain control of the target computer. Check Point researchers reported that the attack is well structured, yet somewhat sloppy, but in the end potentially quite dangerous. The attack begin…

Facebook says it ‘unintentionally’ harvested 1.5M users’ email contacts via verification feature

Facebook has once again stoked controversy after the social media giant reportedly owned up to “unintentionally” collecting the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent. Business Insider revealed the company’s latest data mismanagement gaffe in an April 17 news report, after its staff members created a fake account and entered an email password…

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…

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