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P2P payment apps, users urged to curb COVID-19 advance fee fraud

Fraudsters posing as celebrities, philanthropists and do-gooders offering financial aid to everyday people struggling due to the COVID-19 epidemic are running scams on users of peer-to-peer payment applications such as Cash App and Venmo, but financial service providers and consumers can reduce the risk of becoming victims by implementing a few security measures. Satnam Narang,…

FBI, CISA warn China targeting orgs conducting Covid-19-related vaccine, treatment research

China is looking to lift American research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments through cyberattacks, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned health care, pharmaceutical, and research sectors working on COVID-19 response. “China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” the alert said.  The…

Tor network remains unsure how feds discovered and shut down Silk Road 2.0

COVID-19 inspires Nigerian scammers to launch waves of BEC campaigns

Nigerian cybercriminal actors are shamelessly exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to infect government health care agencies, academic medical programs, medical publishing firms and more with malware, largely for the purpose of conducting Business Email Compromise operations. In a company blog post, researchers with Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat intelligence team have reported observing three prominent…

New York City schools OK tailored Zoom platform for remote learning

After privacy issues prompted the New York City Department of Education to transition away from Zoom as a telelearning option, the department has reversed that decision, noting that the teleconferencing company has created a safer platform for the city’s students. “We’ve worked with Zoom to create a tailored platform that provides the safety and functionality…

The fairly convincing phishing scam is being hosted on a compromised EA Games server.

Notification emails impersonate Microsoft Teams to steal credentials

As the use of collaborative platforms continues to tick up as people work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, hackers are sending fake email notifications that appear to come from Microsoft Teams in an effort to steal employee credentials. “These attackers crafted convincing emails that impersonate automated notification emails from Microsoft Teams,” Abnormal Security researchers…

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…

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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…

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