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Brute forcing RDP credentials on the rise

A huge uptick in brute force attacks designed to crack the login credentials of those using remote access tools has been detected by Kaspersky. This is particularly taking place against firms using Microsoft’s proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Staring in March the average daily number of attacks against RDP accounts skyrocketed in almost every country…

Survey: COVID-19 has changed cyber pros’ roles, increased incident totals

In a new survey of 256 cybersecurity professionals responsible for securing their companies’ digital assets, 81 percent of respondents said their job function has changed in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey study, conducted this month by the international nonprofit membership association (ISC)², suggests that a large contingent of security…

COVID-19’s impact on package deliveries creates golden opportunity for scammers

Cybercriminals are posing as delivery companies and pretending to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to trick potential victims into opening malicious emails attachments or revealing credentials on phishing websites. Spam and phishing schemes that use postal- and shipping-themed lures are nothing new, but the coronavirus outbreak allows attackers to put a…

Cybersecurity snubbed in stimulus package

Aid for states is not the only thing that didn’t make it into the $480 billion stimulus package President Trump signed today – funding for cybersecurity also was notably missing, something that security experts, policymakers and security experts hope Congress will rectify in future stimulus bills, particularly around election security. In a letter to House…

Connecticut town drops drone program to combat COVID-19 spread over privacy concerns

Drones chasing people around during a worldwide pandemic to determine if they’ve been infected with the coronavirus seemed too much like something out of a sci-fi movie, fraught with privacy and security concerns, for a Connecticut town that joined, then quickly ditched its plans to participate in, the Draganfly drone Flatten the Curve program. “In…

WHO confirms credentials leak included staff working on COVID-19 response

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the recent leak of 450 active WHO email addresses and passwords along with credentials of thousands working on the response to the coronavirus pandemic didn’t put the organization’s systems at risk. Explaining that its systems were largely spared because “the data was not recent,” WHO said in a release…

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