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U.S. indicts three over alleged phishing campaign targeting universities, businesses

The Department of Justice has indicted two Americans and a Nigerian on multiple charges for their alleged roles in a phishing scheme that targeted college employees, banks and other businesses from May 2013 through June 2014. Filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the indictment identifies the defendants as Nigerian citizen Otuokere…

The company you keep

A new take on the old adage “you’re known by the company you keep,” might aptly apply to women in security who’ve found success, progress and opportunities in organizations that know their value. Take Emily Mossburg, who has been forging a path in cybersecurity for more than 20 years where she’s now a principal at…

Congratulations, cyber graduates!

This season millions of students will graduate from a college or university with a degree in their chosen field. This is a great milestone, and each and every one of them is to be congratulated for the fortitude and focus it took to earn their degrees. So, we congratulate the cyber graduates in finance and…

UChicago Medicine secures database after publicly exposing info on donors and patients

The University of Chicago Medicine scrambled to secure a database containing information on patients as well as existing and potential financial donors, after a researcher discovered that a misconfiguration left nearly 1.68 million records exposed to the public. Bob Diachenko, cyber threat intelligence director at Security Discovery, said in a June 3 company report that…

Using fitness tracking tech to fight cyberattacks

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Bath and Goldsmiths, the University of London are looking into the impact a fitness tracker-type device could have to make people aware of cybersecurity dangers. The logic the researchers are following is that if a wearable fitness tracker can remind a person through a buzz or vibration that it’s…

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Freshmen hack high school WiFi to avoid a test

Two Secaucus, N.J., high school freshmen have been accused of allegedly knocking their school’s WiFi system offline possibly using a malware as a service deal to create the situation. The two 14-year-old boys were arrested last week and charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity, according to CBS New York.…

Georgia Tech stung with 1.3 million-person data breach

Georgia Tech is reporting that it suffered a data breach when a Georgia Institute of Technology web app exposed the information on 1.3 million current and former students, student applicants along with staff members. The incident was discovered in late March, the school stated adding the breach is being investigated by the Georgia Tech cybersecurity…

Cybersecurity partnerships defend threats during NCAA college football playoff championship

In a first of its kind partnership and event,  cybersecurity students from Norwich University teamed up with Respond Software to monitor cyber attacks during the NCAA College Football Playoff Championship between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. Together with stadium security, the team analyzed and resolved over 243,000 monitored events and threats during game…

DePaul University group email exposes employees’ info

A group email recently sent by DePaul University reportedly exposed the names and email addresses of 656 employees who had completed the school’s wellness program. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago-based private university sent congratulatory emails to faculty members last Dec. 14, but neglected to use the “blind copy” feature. Consequently, recipients’ names and…

Expanding attack surfaces and difficulties obtaining the right people worry NCSA panelists

What keeps cybersecurity and business executives awake at night is the ever-increasing attack surface they must deal with every morning when they wake up. This factoid was revealed in a brief poll conducted during a panel session on cyber warfare at the “Securing Our Critical Infrastructure” conference, a National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and NASDAQ Cybersecurity…

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