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States’ lack of DMARC adoption ups risk of Covid-19 email spoofing scams

As phishing scammers actively impersonate institutions like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to capitalize on Covid-19 fears, government bodies and state-run health care organizations continue to make themselves vulnerable to email spoofing by failing to employ DMARC email validation protections, a new report states. An investigation by…

Kentucky is 6th state to disclose leak of unemployment claims amid Covid-19

Kentucky has become the sixth state to disclose a data leak related to unemployment-related forms that has taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) on Thursday acknowledged that a vulnerability in its Unemployment Insurance Portal caused a data leak that allowed insurance claimants to view the identity verification…

Test platform leaks Bank of America clients’ Covid-19 PPP loan applications

Bank of America has disclosed that it briefly exposed certain business clients’ Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications to outside parties after uploading the documents onto a test platform. The incident bears similarities to the recent news of at least states mistakenly exposing application information related to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Both the PPP…

Execs, dignitaries call on nations to help end cyberattacks on health care orgs

The CyberPeace Institute and dozens of international leaders and dignitaries on Tuesday collectively urged the world’s governments in an open letter to help put an end to cyberattacks on hospitals and health care institutions that are already under the incredible strain of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that…

Cybersecurity among six sectors booming during Covid-19, with Q1 funding exceeding $1.5B

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hobble economies around the world, cybersecurity is one of six sectors currently booming, with first quarter funding topping $1.5 billion. That figure is close to a record high, according to Crunchbase Data Evangelist Gené Teare, who told SC Media that instead of seeing cybersecurity companies and VCs putting the…

Phishing campaigns leverage Google Firebase storage

New phishing campaigns tracked by Trustwave deploy schemes that harvest credentials by taking advantage of “the reputation and services” of the Google Cloud’s Firebase mobile and web application development platform. The bogus emails cut across industries and tap Firebase’s data storage API in a Google Cloud Storage bucket, while hiding malicious URLs in phishing emails…

Nigerian ‘Scattered Canary’ gang exploits CARES Act with fraudulent unemployment claims

Adding COVID-19 exploitation to its nefarious arsenal targeting governments, the Nigerian Scattered Canary criminal gang most recently attempted to exploit the CARES Act on May 17, filing two fraudulent unemployment claims through Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website. The bogus claims were part of a larger criminal effort in the past month that…

Colorado, Florida & Ohio become latest states to disclose PUA program data leaks

Colorado, Ohio and Florida have become the latest states to disclose the accidental exposure of information belonging to citizens who applied to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program as a means of seeking some financial security during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In all cases, the states said a very limited number of people inadvertently gained…

Device owners demand opt-out power from COVID-19 contact tracing apps

To encourage widespread acceptance of Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contact tracing applications, developers should allow consumers to opt out of data sharing at any time, and they should also be more forthcoming about their security efforts and data usage, according to the results of a new survey. For the study, Checkmarx polled 1,500 Americans and found that…

Cybersecurity makes World Economic Forum’s top 10 Covid-19 global fallout list

The World Economic Forum mainly concerns itself with high-level macroeconomic issues such as global recessions and world economic development. That’s why it was significant this week when the WEF cited cybersecurity as one of its “Top 10 Fallout” issues from COVID-19 in its Global Risks report. Nearly 38 percent of those surveyed say changing work…

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