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Idaho Central Credit Union reports two breaches

Idaho Central Credit Union has started informing some customers of two data breaches that impacted the financial institution The first instance cropped up on November 5, 2019 when some suspicious behavior was noted. A breach was confirmed three days later, reported BoiseDev. A data breach notice was sent on February 6, 2020 after a two-month…

Email scam swindles $2.6M from Puerto Rican government corporation

The Puerto Rico government fell for a phishing scam that bilked the U.S. territory out of $2.6 million — an incident that sounds like a possible business email compromise. According to an Associated Press report, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government-run corporation created to promote the island as an investment destination, reportedly filed…

FBI tallied 467K cybercrime complaints in 2019, totaling $3.5B in losses

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year fielded 467,361 complaints related to cybercrime activity that collectively cost victims $3.5 billion in losses, according the agency’s just released 2019 Internet Crime Report. The 2019 complaint count represents a nearly 33 percent increase from the 2018 total of 351,937, and the $3.5 billion figure also…

A tale of two ransomware attacks

Two schools, two ransomware attack and two different outcomes. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit school system was able to fend off a recent ransomware attack using back up files, meanwhile the University of Maastricht just disclosed it paid 30 bitcoins to regain control of its encrypted computer network. Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), a regional public education…

How to spot common business email compromise tax scams

There are many different types of Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks, but the smartest and most likely to succeed are often timed to coincide with something that can lend them legitimacy, such as tax season. By infiltrating an organization to find a few useful details, scammers can craft email messages that are perfectly timed and…

Critical flaw in OpenSMTPD found, patched

A critical vulnerability has been found in OpenSMTPD that if exploited could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. The flaw, CVE-20207247, was discovered by Qualys Research Labs and affects OpenSMTPD version 6.6, which does not properly sanitize user input which could lead to a local attacker being able to to escalate their privileges, and…

Ransomware knocks city of Racine offline

The city of Racine, Wis., was hit with a ransomware attack January 31 that knocked most of its non-emergency computer services offline. The Wisconsin-city’s website, email system and online payment collection systems were still down as of February 3 and the city police are unable to processes fee payments or provide copies of police and…

SC Labs product reviews: Email security

The use of collaborative tools and technologies is on the rise with email topping the list. That explains why it faces such relentless attacks. Email communications are leveraged to keep businesses running efficiently, but unfortunately, is often overlooked when it comes to implementing adequate security measures. Tools in the past have focused mainly on spam…

Barracuda Total Email Protection

Barracuda Total Email Protection uses virus scanning, spam scoring, real-time intent analysis, URL link protection, reputation checks and advanced threat detection to protect on premise and cloud email. It integrates directly with inboxes to detect and respond to attacks that bypass the email gateway. It is a bundle composed of three main product lines: Barracuda…

Avanan 2.5.9

Avanan, a prevention-focused SaaS product, works at the cloud level to protect against malicious intruders before they even get to a device, providing this visibility in a single pane of glass by leveraging APIs. This product does not sit in front of Gmail or Office 365 and does not change the MX record. Instead, it…

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