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Ransomware attack hits mostly small, local Texas government orgs

A wide-ranging ransomware attack has hit 23 government entities in Texas, most of them “smaller, local governments,” the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) confirmed Saturday. While the government won’t reveal the names of the organizations affected by the attack, which began Friday morning, the DIR said that state of Texas networks and systems weren’t…

European Central Bank confirms BIRD site hacked, contact info stolen

Unauthorized third parties hacked European Central Bank (ECB) Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website, nicking email and other contact information on 481 subscribers and prompting the bank to shut down the website indefinitely. “The breach succeeded in injecting malware onto the external server to aid phishing activities,” the ECB said in a release, adding that…

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Threat hunting with next-generation tools

We’ve covered two AI-based next generation tools: deception networks and network monitoring.  This time we’re going to use next generation enterprise forensics to go on a threat hunt. If you recall, we deployed an Attivo BOTSink deception network in the lab and added, last time, the MixMode Packetsled network monitor.  Both of these use true…

SC Media opens nominations for the 2020 SC Awards

SC Media is announcing a call for nominations for the 2020 SC Awards, which will be bestowed to the winners during a gala dinner celebration, to be held in February 2020 in San Francisco. The cybersecurity community is encouraged to submit nominations for its best and brightest companies, technologies and individuals in the following categories:…

Hy-Vee supermarkets report POS cyber incident

The Mid-Western supermarket chain Hy-Vee has issued a warning that the payment card system was breached at several of its locations and services. The 245-store chain said in an August 14 statement that there was an undefined security incident with the payment processing systems that handled transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops,…

Court orders Georgia to replace DRE voting machines with paper ballot systems by 2020 presidential primary

While a U.S. District Court judge has rebuffed attempts to move Georgia’s fall municipal elections to paper ballots, she did order the state to replace its direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines with paper ballot systems by its March 24 presidential primary. “The court prohibits any use of the GEMS/DRE system after 2019,” Judge Amy…

The Freakonomics of malware: What security leaders can learn by studying incentives

In the best-selling series of pop-economic books Freakonomics, a ‘rogue’ economist Stephen Levitt partners with veteran journalist Stephen Dubner to uncover the hidden side of everything. Posing such provocative questions as ‘why do drug dealers still live with their moms?’ and ‘how are the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents?’ the…

Remcos RAT campaign delivers new variant using AutoIt wrapper

Researchers have discovered a new Remcos RAT campaign that uses an AutoIt wrapper to deliver a previously unknown variant featuring new obfuscation and anti-debugging techniques. Trend Micro uncovered the threat last July after encountering a phishing email that was disguised as an order notification, but actually contained an attachment that delivered the RAT. “The email…

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