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Microsoft phishing domains take down aimed at familiar criminals refocused on Covid-19

Microsoft has seized a number of phishing domains in an attempt to disrupt cybercriminals who recently switched targets to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to a civil suit brought by the tech giant, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order that let Microsoft take control of…

NetWalker ransomware group claims attack on Fort Worth transportation agency

Another Texas-based government institution may have fallen victim to ransomware actors. According to a reliable source, the cybercriminals behind the malicious encryptor NetWalker have published online evidence of an attack on Trinity Metro, a transit agency that operates bus and commuter rail transportation services in Fort Worth and its nearby Tarrant County suburbs. Trinity Metro…

OSX.EvilQuest ransomware targets Macs; Ransom X blamed for TxDOT attack

The crowded ransomware market is now home to three newly discovered players that recently gained the attention of security researchers and malware analysts — including one that targets Mac users and another blamed for a recent attack on the Texas Department of Transportation. Dubbed OSX.EvilQuest, the Mac ransomware was observed being distributed on a Russian…

Eight cities using Click2Gov targeted in Magecart skimming attacks

Since April 10, eight cities in three states using the Click2Gov web-based platform to collect payments for services have been hit with Magecart card-skimming attacks that still appear active. Credit card information including card number, expiration date and CVV, as well as personal information such as name and contact address, were being exfiltrated from the…

Dem bill would ban federal law enforcement from using facial recognition technology

Democrats in the House and Senate today introduced legislation banning federal law enforcement from using facial recognition technology. “Facial recognition technology doesn’t just pose a grave threat to our privacy, it physically endangers Black Americans and other minority populations in our country,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., who introduced the bill along with Sen.…

Ex-CIA exec: Covid-19 has created ideal ‘crisis’ conditions for malicious hackers

Companies trying to stave off business disruption caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic may be ripe for compromise as they introduce new risks in the scramble to maintain business continuity, warned a retired senior CIA executive in a keynote presentation Wednesday at the InfoSec World 2020 digital conference. In essence, the coronavirus has created ideal…

Australia says state-based actor is behind surge of sophisticated cyberattacks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country’s government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity. Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is…

Amnesty Int’l: Norway, Bahrain & Kuwait Covid-19 apps threaten privacy

An Amnesty International study of 11 Covid-19 contact tracing apps from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa found identified apps from Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway as the most dangerous to users’ privacy. In a news release published on Tuesday, the human rights organization’s Security Lab said Bahrain’s ‘BeAware Bahrain’, Kuwait’s ‘Shlonik’ and Norway’s ‘Smittestopp’…

Cyberattackers raising stakes in financial sector, security experts tell House subcommittee

Cyberattacks on the U.S. financial sector amid COVID-19 rose 238 percent over the first five months of 2020, VMware/Carbon Black told Congress during a House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy virtual hearing Tuesday. Four NGOs brought to the attention of the lawmakers of how attackers are raising the stakes with fraudulent…

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‘Woefully lax’ security led to WikiLeaks Vault 7 dump

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pressed new Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to detail security measures taken to safeguard sensitive intelligence after an internal CIA report said “woefully lax security” at the Center for Cyber Intelligence led to the “largest data loss in CIA history” – the leak of hacking tools to WikiLeaks. Wyden had…

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