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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…

Cyber gangs battle to take down Xbox and PlayStation gaming networks for Christmas.

Roblox hacker enabled by insider threats; expert offers tips to curb rogue employees

A hacker reportedly used both bribery and social engineering to gain unauthorized access to a customer support system operated by the popular video game Roblox — illustrating why companies must be on the lookout for employees who fit the mold of an insider threat. The unnamed hacker told Motherboard that they paid one insider to…

Trend Micro hit with insider attack

Trend Micro was the target of an insider threat that saw about 100,000 of its consumer customers have their account information stolen, sold and used to make scam phone calls. Less than one percent of Trend Micro’s 12 million consumer customers were compromised when an employee improperly accessed their data and then sold it to…

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Former Twitter employees charged with using access to spy for Saudi Arabia

A pair of former Twitter employees – one an engineer and the other a media partnership manager – were busted for accessing users’ account and personal data on behalf of Saudi Arabia to ferret out opponents of the kingdom. Engineer Ali Alzabarah and manager Ahmad Abouammo were charged with operating within the U.S. as agents…

Steyer aide resigns after accessing volunteer data collected by Harris campaign

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign said it doesn’t possess the volunteer voter data collected by Sen. Kamala Harris’s campaign that was lifted by Steyer aide Dwane Sims, who accessed the information via an account he had while working with the South Carolina Democratic Party. “We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we…

Analyst says insider threat mainly down to lack of understanding

Former Yahoo! engineer pleads guilty to using access to nick pics of women

Reyes Daniel Ruiz, a former Yahoo! software engineer, has pleaded guilty to using his access privileges at the company to hack users’ accounts so that he could download private images and videos mostly belonging to young women. A 10-year veteran of Yahoo!, Ruiz admitted to accessing around 6,000 accounts and storing the pilfered files at…

U.S. IT security professionals face range of attacks from abroad, report finds

Defense Dept. unveils counter-insider threat program

In conjunction with National Insider Threat Awareness month, the Defense Department has launched a counter-insider threat program aimed at educating its analysts on how to spot potential threats and suspicious behavior. “What we are trying to do is tell people if you hear that, if you see that, if you sense that, pay attention to…

Inside-out analytics: Solving the enigmatic insider threat

At the risk of potentially alienating a high-demand workforce that potentially can jump to a new company for seemingly minor perks such as company-paid cafeterias or flex time with little oversight, CISOs today find themselves with a challenge. In order to protect their corporations against data breach from internal and external sources, CISOs have a…

Not every insider threat is malicious, but all are dangerous

As companies fall victim to increased insider threats, one of the greatest casualties has become trust in coworkers. Where one used to think primarily about threats to network security as coming from external intruders, today CISOs need to contend with the increasing likelihood that the threat actor might be a colleague — perhaps someone close…

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