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Indian gov’t confirms cyberattack on nuclear plant

Indian government officials last week confirmed that its Kudankulam nuclear power plant did come under cyberattack. The attack reported to Indian authorities on September 3 by threat analyst Pukhraj Singh on September, but the government did not confirm that the incident took place until last week. North Korea is the likely culprit, according to Avast,…

Avast’s network penetrated, CCleaner targeted again

The Czech-based security firm Avast reported its internal network had been accessed through a temporary and loosely protected VPN profile with compromised credentials . The incident began on September 23 when the company noted suspicious behavior taking place on its network and started an investigation that included Czech national intelligence and cybersecurity assets. It was…

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OpenDocument files now being used in attacks

In a case where a malicious actor may be throwing different attack vectors against a wall to see which sticks and works best, Cisco Talos has found one group using OpenDocument files to bypass a computer’s antivirus protection. Using Microsoft Office files as a launching point for an attack is old hat, but now Cisco…

Cyberattack causes $95 million loss for Demant

The Danish hearing aid manufacturer Demant has quickly piled up a $95 million bill associated with a cyber incident that struck the company in early September. In a September 26 financial statement, the company revealed how the cyber incident that began on September 3 has impacted the company’s financial situation. Demant executives credited the quick…

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Second phishing campaign featuring LookBack malware targets U.S. utilities

A malicious threat actor continued to target the U.S. utilities sector with LookBack malware last August, launching a new phishing campaign that targeted organizations with emails impersonating a certification test administrator. Discovered earlier this year by researchers at Proofpoint, LookBack includes a proxy mechanism and a remote access trojan module. In July, the attackers behind…

RCE bug found in platform that powers Wikipedia, other "Wiki" sites

Wikipedia knocked offline by DDoS attack

Wikipedia was hit late last week with a sustained DDoS attack knocking it offline in many parts of the world. Wikipedia’s parent organization Wikimedia posted a statement on Sept. 7 saying it was under attack and working to return to normal operations, but posted on Twitter on Sept. 6 that it was suffering intermittent outages.…

WordPress plugins vulnerable to redirects

A number of new and old WordPress plugin vulnerabilities are being targeted in an attempt to redirect traffic from victims’ sites to a number of potentially harmful locations. WordFence’s Threat Intelligence team said users of the plugins under attack are protected by individual firewall rules or generic protections built into the plugin, however, two of…

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Cyberattack strikes Watertown schools

The Watertown (New York) city school district is the latest to be hit with a cyberattack. School district Superintendent Patricia LaBarr did not specify the type of attack that took place, but said it happened on July 27 and an outside security firm and law enforcement have been brought in to help. “At this time,…

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