300 without jobs because Company shuts down of ransomware

An Arkansas-based telemarketing firm sent home more than 300 employees and told them to find new jobs after IT recovery efforts didn’t go according to plan following a ransomware incident that took place at the start of October 2019. Employees of Sherwood-based telemarketing firm The Heritage Company were notified of the decision just days before Christmas, via a letter sent by the company’s CEO. Source: ZD Net Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

January 10, 2020
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Nobel laureate Paul Krugman fell for a phishing scam

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, took to Twitter Wednesday to share some alarming news. “Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman said in a since-deleted tweet. The tweet drew baffled responses from Twitter users, many of whom pointed out that…

January 10, 2020
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CES Suffers Cyberattack on First Day in Las Vegas

The attack, still under investigation, hit early in the morning of Jan. 7. On the opening day of the huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES), officials in Las Vegas were busy assessing the damage from a cyberattack that hit the city. Officials there reportedly said preliminary analysis indicated that no sensitive data was compromised in the attack, which began around 4:30 a.m. local time Tuesday, Jan. 7. Source: Dark Reading Source:…

January 9, 2020
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Pittsburgh Unified School District hit by ransomware

The Pittsburgh Unified School District is still recovering from a ransomware attack that took place over the holiday recess, but its superintendent says school is open for business. Janet Schulze, Superintendent, Pittsburg (Pa.) Unified School District, told district members in a statement that students are welcomed back while the district’s IT department struggles to recover from a ransomware attack, but noted the kids may be getting an unexpected history lesson….

January 9, 2020
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Ransomware manages to find its way into enterprise networks

Add yet another malicious encryption program to the expanding ranks of ransomware programs that target large enterprise networks in hopes of scoring big financial payoffs. The latest such threat is called Snake, a ransomware program written in the Go programming language, with an unusually high level of obfuscation. It was discovered by researchers at MalwareHunterTeam; analyzed by Vitali Kremez, head of SentinelLabs at SentinelOne; and reported by BleepingComputer. Source: SC Magazine Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

January 9, 2020
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Google Play has exploited Android bug which delivers spyware

Google has pulled three malicious apps from Google Play, one of which exploits a recently patched kernel privilege escalation bug in Android (CVE-2019-2215) to install the app aimed at spying on users. The existence of CVE-2019-2215 was discovered in late 2019 when it was spotted being exploited in the wild. Researchers with Google’s Threat Analysis Group and other external parties believe that the exploit originated with NSO Group, an Israel-based company that…

January 9, 2020
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National oil company hit by new Iranian data wiper

Iranian state-sponsored hackers have deployed a new strain of data-wiping malware on the network of Bapco, Bahrain’s national oil company, ZDNet has learned from multiple sources. The incident took place on December 29. The attack did not have the long-lasting effect hackers might have wanted, as only a portion of Bapco’s computer fleet was impacted, with the company continuing to operate after the malware’s detonation. Source: ZD Net Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

January 9, 2020
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Warning of Potential Iranian Cyberattacks by DHS

Recent US military action in Baghdad could prompt retaliatory attacks against US organizations, it says. Concerns about an Iranian cyber response to the recent American military strike in Baghdad grew this week with the US Department of Homeland Security urging organizations to be on heightened alert for denial-of-service and other more destructive attacks. Source: Dark Reading Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

January 8, 2020
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Minnesota Hospital Breach Exposes Medical Info of Roughly 50K

The personal and medical information of 49,351 patients was exposed following a security incident involving two employees’ email accounts as disclosed by Minnesota-based Alomere Health. Alomere Health is a community-owned and non-profit general medical and surgical hospital with 127 beds that has been twice named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Thompson Reuters. Source: Bleeping Computer Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

January 8, 2020
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Deepfakes banned by Facebook but not all altered content

Facebook is rolling out a new set of rules aimed at curbing the spread of manipulated media as the specter of highly convincing deepfake videos looms large over not only the US presidential elections. An announcement by the platform’s vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert reveals that Facebook is deploying a multi-pronged approach to deal with the growing threat of manipulated media that are created to spread disinformation and sway…

January 8, 2020
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