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What can be done about the growing threat of spoofing?

Robocalls and “spoof” calls are much more than just annoyances. They’re also a lucrative underworld business that poses significant security and privacy threats to businesses and consumers. Between March 2017 and March 2018, nearly 25 million Americans lost almost $9 billion to scam phone calls. If any doubt remains how insidious the business is, just…

Lake City recovering from ransomware attack

Lake City, Fla. has started to recover from a June 10 ransomware attack that knocked out its email and online payment systems. Lake City was hit with TripleThreat ransomware, City Manager Joe Helfenberger said in a statement posted to Facebook. Cloud cybersecurity company AppRiver reported on TripleThreat last January, but at the time only mentioned it…

Google adds to Baltimore’s ransomware woes

A recent attempt by Baltimore government officials to create a workaround that would allow them to email while the city recovers from a ransomware attack was temporarily stymied by Google. Baltimore staffers had started to create Google Gmail accounts as a temporary replacement communication system. However, Google’s automatic security apparatus shut down the accounts as…

Going stealth: Bad guys embrace the power of branding

By Stu Sjouwerman Since the very dawn of organized phishing attacks, the bad guys have recognized the power of exploiting trusted brands and online services. Our original experience with phishing was defined by spoofed emails purporting to hail from popular banks. Their objective was simple: trick users into coughing up their online banking credentials with…

Baltimore city council forms committee to examine ransomware attack response

Ten days after Baltimore was hit with a ransomware attack that has effectively shut down large swathes of the city’s computer network the city council has created the Committee on Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness to examine how the municipality dealt with the situation. Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott announced the committee at a May…

Tweet may contain login credentials taken in Baltimore ransomware attack

Baltimore’s issues stemming from a May 7 Robbinhood ransomware attack are not only starting to impact some aspects of the city’s economy, but the security firm Armor came across a Tweet that may contain information gleaned from the Baltimore’s network. Eric Sifford, a security researcher with Armor’s Threat Resistance Unit, found a tweet dated May…

Buena Vista Horace Mann student data compromised

An unknown number of students at Buena Vista Horace Mann (BVHM) school in San Francisco had their information exposed when a district worker emailed their information to unauthorized individuals. The error occurred on April 10 when the email containing student identification numbers, student names, and student usernames and default passwords for San Francisco Unified School…

Further details on Wipro phishing attack revealed

The motivation behind phishing attack that struck the Indian IT consultancy firm Wipro in April may surprisingly be gift card fraud, according to a new Flashpoint report. Flashpoint researchers Jason Reaves, Joshua Platt and Allison Nixon said the far-ranging attack that hit dozens of Wipro employees gave the malicious actors access to more than 100…

FBI fielded roughly $2.7 billion worth of Internet crime complaints in 2018

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly 352,000 complaints related to cybercrime activity that collectively was responsible for $2.7 billion in losses, according to the agency’s 2018 Internet Crime Report. The three most commonly reported internet crimes last year were non-payment/non-delivery scams (i.e. the scammer never pays for or never ships ordered merchandise),…

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