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Unauthorized intruder preys on Bayside Covenant Church


The Bayside Covenant Church of Roseville, Calif. reported that for three months last year unauthorized personnel accessed some employee information. In a statement, the church said access was gained to certain email accounts through a still unknown means, from Aug. 3, 2018 to Oct. 20, 2018. The information exposed included names, addresses, Social Security Numbers,…


IcedID banking trojan now used against online retailers


The malicious actors behind the IcedID banking trojan have branched out and are now using the malware to steal payment card credentials from online retailers and may have even become malware-as-a-service dealers. The e-tailer attacks began in November 2018 and instead of grabbing customer banking information, IcedID is used to grab credentials and payment card…

Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski

AI use in ransomware attacks and sextortion schemes top Malwarebytes 2018 report


The Malwarebytes State of Malware 2018 report found an odd mix of attacks that took place last year with businesses bearing the brunt of cybercriminals’ efforts, while consumers were victimized in a new way using their previously hacked PII. Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski The amount of malware targeted at business increased 79 percent, compared to…

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…

Assurance on the shore: Brick Township Public Schools and SonicWALL

Bridgeport, Conn., schools hit with ransomware


The Bridgeport, Conn., school district was hit with a ransomware attack last weekend. The Connecticut Post reported the district’s IT department became aware of the problem and worked over the weekend to limit the damage caused and to begin recovery efforts. Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson told the Post no data was compromised and while it…

Forging an email security plan – The dark side of The Octopus’ garden

Before the phish gets its way, it is essential to have email security down pat. Lee Sustar looks at how tech and face-to-face education improve your defenses. Users in large organizations are firewalled, proxied, scanned, logged and analyzed, around the clock and worldwide. Companies find all kinds of ways to protect their email, but still,…

Vermont, Dallas medical facilities suffer email account breaches


In separate incidents, two U.S. health care facilities have publicly disclosed data breaches that resulted from the unauthorized access of an employee’s email. Yesterday, the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) acknowledged that an unauthorized individual remotely accessed an employee’s email account on Oct. 9. This account contained the personal information of…

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