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Ransomware ravages municipalities nationwide this week

Municipalities took a beating this week with at least four reporting being shut down from new ransomware attacks or struggling to recover from an older incident. Augusta, Maine; Imperial County, Calif.; Stuart, Fla.; and Greenville, N.C. were all in different stages of recovering from ransomware attacks over the last seven days. Augusta City Center operations…

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European Commission: No evidence Kaspersky software is malicious

The European Commission yesterday acknowledged in a public document that it possesses no evidence to support the notion that software from Russia-based Kaspersky Lab software is malicious. The admission comes about 10 months after the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the European Union to ban dangerous software, naming Kaspersky products as specific example.…

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Five-year cyber espionage campaign targeting Ukraine potentially linked to Luhansk People’s Republic

Researchers believe hackers from the breakaway Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) may be behind a spear phishing-based malware campaign that’s been actively targeting the Ukrainian government. The researchers, from FireEye, disclosed their assessment following their investigation into a malware-laced email that they were able to tie back to a 2018 phishing campaign designed to to deliver…

Ransomware knocks Greenville, N.C. offline

Greenville, N.C., has effectively been knocked offline by a ransomware attack with the city IT department having shut down the majority of its servers to limit the extent of the attack. In a Facebook post city officials said the incident began on April 10 and TheReflector.com reported a city spokesperson a ransom note was received…

Researchers uncover new ‘TajMahal’ APT framework, plus a new Gaza Cybergang malware campaign

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab today issued a pair of reports, one revealing a newly discovered sophisticated APT framework and the other detailing the recent operations of the threat actor known as Gaza Cybergang Group1. Dubbed TajMahal, the APT framework is a fully loaded malicious toolset, replete with backdoors, loaders, orchestrators, C2 communicators, audio recorders, keyloggers,…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

EU ignores US call to ban Huawei in 5G rollout

The European Union is ignoring the United States call to ban Huawei over cyber espionage fears and on Tuesday recommended a set of security guidelines for the rollout of its 5G networks. The tech giant will be supplying technology for the next-generation network despite the U.S. having long voiced concerns that Huawei technology, along with…

Phishing scam stings Oregon Dept. of Human Services, compromises emails containing resident data

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) was the victim of a phishing campaign earlier this year, resulting in a data breach that reportedly involves the records of up to 1.6 million state residents. According to a March 21 Oregon DHS press release, the incident took place last Jan. 8, when nine separate agency employees…

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