“Tools can be used to impersonate targeted users”
Equifax has recently been the subject of a data breach, and hackers made off with the most crucial tools that identity thieves need to impersonate you. So what is the worst-case scenario? It turns out that this a very real threat to millions of Americans. If the stolen information from Equifax gets into the wrong hands, security experts say data thieves can open bank accounts, lines of credit, new credit cards and even drivers’ licenses in your name. They can saddle you with speeding tickets, steal your tax refund, swipe your Social Security check and prevent you from getting prescription drugs.
“Communications system disrupted by the attack”
In a recent incident that officials say illustrates the vulnerability of local government computer networks, the communications programs of an upstate New York police agency was disrupted by a hacking attack by a yet unknown perpetrator. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, headquartered in Watkins Glen, had to get support from surrounding counties after the hack rendered its 911 emergency system and ability to dispatch deputies to calls, said Peter Kehoe, director of the New York State Sheriffs Association.
“2017 is the year of malware attacks”
The most number of malware attacks have been reported this year, with the prevalence growing every day. Now a new malware — Xafecopy Trojan — has been detected in India. This malicious software attempts to steal money through its victims’ mobile phones, according to cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs. According to a new Kaspersky report, forty percent of the targeted users are Indians, indicating that geo-specific targeting is here and effetive.
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