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Dow Jones is the latest company to expose customer records on a cloud server

“2.2 million records left unsecured”

DowJones & Co. are the latest in a sequence of large firms to leave massive amounts of private customer data on unsecured cloud servers. Similar to the Verizon error recently, Dow Jones consumer data was found publicly in an Amazon Web Service S3 bucket discovered by Chris Guard of UpGuard Inc.

GhostCtrl malware silently haunts Android users, hijacking functionality

“Versatile remote access Trojan growing in infection”

Researchers have found GhostCtrl, a highly adaptable trojan malware that steals sensitive information and is capable of performing ransomware attacks. The backdoor is part of a massive campaign that involves RETADUP.A, according to Trend Micro.

A Single Extreme Cyberattack Could Cost the U.S. More than Hurricane Katrina

“U.S. Economy incredibly vulnerable”

An increase in global ransomware attacks has prompted Lloyds of London to publish a report on the state of danger that the U.S. faces in regards to cybersecurity. Published with Cyence, the report speculates that the U.S. stands to lose as much as $121.4 billion.

The best of Black Hat: The consequential, the controversial, the canceled

“Review of the acclaimed conference”

Black Hat has gained a reputation over two decades as a conference that demonstrates much of the cutting-edge research in information security and industry trends that began in Las Vegas and has extended to annual events globally. This year, the event also had its share of controversy stemming from last minute cancellations.

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The 15 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

“Highlights need for infosec upgrades”

Data breaches are, unfortunately, daily occurrences that end up exposing millions to undue risk. CSO have compiled a list of the 15 biggest breaches of this century, with criteria that includes damage to companies, insurers, and customer account holders. In many cases, passwords and other information were protected via encryption so a password reset eliminated.

New Malware Threatens to Send Users’ Pictures, Internet History and Messages to Friends

“LeakerLocker threatens privacy”

A new type of malware that can access and distribute pictures, browsing history and messages in a users device. The program, LeakerLocker, can be downloaded inadvertently through applications on Google Play, and will lock your phones screen and then claims your sensitive information has been stored.

Hospitals to receive £21m to increase cybersecurity at major trauma centres

“Huge beefing up of infosec”

Hospitals that treat patients for major incidents will receive over £21m for cybersecurity upgrades in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attacks on NHS IT systems. Helath Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged the funds in an attempt to shield the healthcare sector from the disruptions of malware events in the future.

Cyber security industry believes GDPR is stifling innovation

“Looked skeptically upon by the community”

A recent poll of Infosecurity Europe 2017 attendees showed that almost half think that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is stifling innovation by making companies nervous about cloud services. There are several concerns respondents named as issues with the regulations, including the perceived inability to find and/or report a data breach within 72 hours.

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More than half of major malware attack’s victims are industrial targets

“Petya intended effects examined”

Kaspersky Labs has released a new report with some grand insights in the Petya malware attack. First appearing as a widespread ransomware attack, it became clear later into the ordeal that the spread was more intended for destruction rather than financial gain. Kaspersky reported specifically that financial sectors were the most affected, as well as manufacturing or oil mechanisms.

Hacking Factory Robot Arms for Sabotage, Fun & Profit

“Could open a new world of ‘Subtle Blackmail'”

Black Hat talk will discuss how cybercriminals could manipulate robotic arms and create defects in vital products. Security researchers have been accumulating cache’s of big discoveries about IIoT vulnerabilities, and Black Hat is planning on continuing their release to raise awareness of critical flaws in infrastructure, power grids, and gas pipeline controls.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, deadlines and facts

“EU legislation lowdown” 

GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states, and non-compliance could cost companies dearly. This article details what every company that does business in Europe needs to know about GDPR.

Online fraud costs public billions but is still not a police priority, says watchdog

“Policing institutions not enforcing rules effectively”

The National Audit Office has claimed that various policing and regulatory agencies were insufficiently addressing the issue of online fraud. The NAO says that for most police forces the incidents are: “not yet a priority” and the problem had been overlooked by government, law enforcement and industry.

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‘Crash Override’ malware heightens fears for US electric grid

Ukrainian cyberattack concerns U.S. security experts”

Tech security firms ESET and Dragos revelaed the malware behind last years Ukrainian attack, “Crash Override,” earlier this week. They claim that this particular software is only the second to be tailored to industrial control facilities and intended for massive disruption. The only precedent for an attack of this magnitude is the Stuxnet virus, which had thrown Iran’s nuclear program into disarray several years ago.

Malware Incidents at US SMBs Spiked 165% in Q1

“Various SMB’s suffer massive attack volume”

The first quarter of this year saw a huge increase in malware attack attempts according to  a new malwarebytes report. In the U.S. alone attacks on SMB’s have surged by 165% over the pervious years count.

Hospital Email Security in Critical Condition as DMARC Adoption Lags

“Patient data at risk”

A new report from Global Cyber Alliance has provided some chilling details about security issues with healthcare providers. Many of these institutions have been sluggish in adopting the DMARC protocol, leaving email accounts dangerously vulnerable.

Fileless malware: An undetectable threat

“New threats emerging”

While much of the security field tends to focus on ransomware and potential solutions, IT pro’s are missing some of the newer, stealthier threats. Fileless malware is one of these, with an increasing prevalence and frequency.

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BitKangoroo Ransomware Deletes User Files

“Currently poses limited threat” 

BitKangaroo, a new ransomware program making rounds on the web, deletes files if cash payments are not made within a certain time period. While the prospect of the new software is dangerous, its creator does not seem to be particularly skilled. It is currently capable of affecting only files saved in the Desktop folder, but given time may be able to be developed into a much more competent threat.

The Long Tail of the Intel AMT Flaw

“Exploitable firms may need time to apply patches”

Many Intel chips containing the recently disclosed critical privilege escalation security vulnerability in AMT firmware may leave many enterprises using the product exposed to remote attacks. Analysts recommend thise with the product in use take time to apply firmware patches, as the vulnerabilities can leave users devestated for a reasonably long time.

SLocker Ransomware Variants Surge

“Over 600 unique versions now circulating”

Android malware plague SLocker has increased in number by over six times over the last six months, with over 600 variants in use by cybercriminals on the web.

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Malware Hidden In Banner Ads Served Up To Millions

“Popular sites unknowingly peddling malware in pixel banners”

ESET researchers have been monitoring a strain of malware dubbed Stregano, which has recently been making the rounds through the web via image files offered as advertisements to unsuspecting users. The manipulation of alpha channels from the ‘ad’ images, replacing transparency information with JavaScript code and variables that leave users susceptible to attacks.

OpenVPN will be audited for security flaws

“Renowned cryptography expert hired as consultant”

Among the most widely used private networking technology leaders, OpenVPN has announced a full audit funded by PIA. Contracted for the audit is Mathew Green, a John Hopkins University professor and cryptography engineering expert.

After attack, Indiana county will spend $220,000 on Ransomware recovery

“Madison County will pay the ransom and invest in greater IT protections”

In the wake of a Ransomware attack on the 4th of last month, Madison County, Indiana whas announced a budget plan that involves the paying of the demanded ransom as well as a rigorous outline of how to prevent future attacks.

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Data Breach Affects 43 Million Web Host Consumers

“Compromised records include passwords, email addresses and more”

On Thursday San Francisoco web hosting firm Weebly will send notificaations to its users that over 40 million of their accounts had been compromised in the last eight months. Responsibility of the breach is still unknown, and the firm itself would not have become aware of the hack until an anonymous source released the information to LeakedSource. Sensitive customer information is among the data stolen, including passowrds and email addresses.

Vulnerability Leaves Millions of Adult FriendFinder Users Exposed

“Adult website compromised by hacker”

Low security backend servers of Adult FriendFinder hack apparently been compromised, and the one responsible has reportedly posted confidential data on Twitter. The breach has not been officially recognized or confirmed by FriendFinder Networks.

Ransomware among Three Most Destructive Cyber Threats

“Amid rising malware usage in 2016”

Total cost of damages related to malicious software attacks is set to exceed $1 billion this year as cybercriminals begin to shift focus onto business networks instead of individuals.

Critical Flaw Patched in Lexmark Printer Management

“Software update fixes vulnerabilities”

MarkVision printer management software has addressed serious concerns that could allow an attacker to remotely access a host server attached to a product, allowing confidential files to be stolen or a Dos condition. This comes as a relief to users, as 20,000 printers are networked to MarkVision Enterprise web tools.

 

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Nearly Half of State Voter Registrations Attacked by Russian Hackers

“Four were cracked, leaving speculation on security of upcoming election”

As we covered in our last installment, cyber security threats from the Russians have been on the rise in this year’s voting season. We can see now that these fears may have some legitimacy, as Russian hackers were successfully able to enter several voter registration systems in the U.S.

James Comey, Director of the FBI released in his statement that “There’s no doubt that some bad actors have been poking around.” Among those attempted to be breached were what many political analysts consider to be this year’s electoral ‘swing states’, including Arizona and Illinois.

GAO Claims Issue at FDA Cybersecurity Systems

“Confidential health data potentially at risk”

Security firewalls and 80 other weaknesses were found in the Food and Drug Administration’s computer programs. This lack of proper security would allow hackers to breach confidential health information. The information was made public after the GAO, the Government Accountability Office, made 15 instructional changes to beef up security measures after an extensive audit undertaken to strengthen government agencies from potential cyber attacks.

Ransomware Spread Increases

“Weak desktop credentials biggest point of most common point of contact”

Stolen credentials for widespread remote administration application TeamViewer has been largely used to insert ransomware software ‘Surprise’, according to a research team in March. The number of attacks have increased significantly of late, adopted by more highly effective cybercriminals noting its success from their lesser-known counterparts.

The cyberattacks began long before the TeamViewer insertion via RPD servers, but started as crude password generator attacks. This recent development allows criminals to be far more effective in their theft and hacking techniques.

Tofsee Malware Now Distributed Via Spam

“Experts believe the new method is more profitable for hackers”

While malware program Tofsee has been around since 2013, its current spam distribution method is fairly new. The RIG exploit kit that recently oversaw the spread of the malware has stopped circulating, leaving spammers to employ their bots to pick up the slack. Cybercriminals often use Tofsee to engage in , including click fraud, cryptocurrency mining, DDoS attacks and sending spam.

 

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Big items to consider: Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that’s made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices. Scammers are spreading JavaScript malware disguised as a Facebook comment tag notification. The Threat Group 4127 that hit the Democratic National Committee also went after 1,800 other targets with info interesting to Russian government, says SecureWorks. The whitehats from Kaspersky Lab provided a free tool that allowed victims to decrypt their precious data without paying the ransom, which typically reaches $500 or more.

Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website – Publication: Ars Techinca – Reporter name: Dan Goodin

The unnamed site was choking on an assault that delivered almost 35,000 HTTP requests per second, making it unreachable to legitimate users. When Sucuri used a network addressing and routing system known as Anycast to neutralize the attack, the assailants increased the number of HTTP requests to 50,000 per second. The DDoS attack continued for days, causing the Sucuri researchers to become curious about the origins of the attack. They soon discovered the individual devices carrying out the attack were CCTV boxes that were connected to more than 25,500 different IP addresses. The IP addresses were located in no fewer than 105 countries around the world.


Facebook comment tag malware scam targets Chrome users – Publication: SC Magazine – Reporter name: Robert Able

A user will receive a notification in their app and/or in their email about a friend tagging them in a comment and, upon clicking the link, malware is downloaded to their device, according to Hackread. Currently the malware is only targeting Chrome and one analyst on the network question and answer site Stack Exchange said the file is a typical obfuscated JavaScript malware, which targets the Windows Script Host to download the rest of the payload.


Google Accounts Of US Military, Journalists Targeted By Russian Attack Group – Publication: Dark Reading- Reporter name: Sara Peters

A Russian attack group used the Bitly URL-shortener to disguise malicious links in order to carry out spearphishing campaigns not only against the Democratic National Committee, but also against some 1,800 Google accounts of US military and government personnel and others.


New and improved CryptXXX ransomware rakes in $45,000 in 3 weeks – Publication: Ars Technica- Reporter name: Dan Goodin

Earlier this month, the developers released a new CryptXXX variant that to date still has no decryptor available. Between June 4 and June 21, according to a blog post published Monday by security firm SentinelOne, the Bitcoin address associated with the new version had received 70 bitcoins, which at current prices is valued at around $45,228. The figure doesn’t include revenue generated from previous campaigns.

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Big items to consider: A remote desktop access service called GoToMyPC was hacked this weekend and is urging all users to immediately change their passwords; The number of network infections generated by some of the most prolific forms of malware — such as Locky, Dridex, and Angler — has suddenly declined; on Friday night a hacker made off with $50 million of virtual currency after hacking the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization); and a new variety of ransomware called RAA has been discovered.

GoToMyPC hit with hack attack; users need to reset passwords – Publication: PCWorld – Reporter name: Nick Mediati

According to a post published to GoToMyPC’s system status page, the remote desktop access service experienced a hack attack this weekend, and it’s now requiring all users to reset their passwords before logging in to the service.


Malware infections by Locky, Dridex, and Angler drop — but why?  – Publication: ZDNet – Reporter name: Danny Palmer

The number of network infections generated by some of the most prolific forms of malware — such as Locky, Dridex, and Angler — has suddenly declined. Instances of malware and ransomware infection have risen massively this year, but cybersecurity researchers at Symantec have noticed a huge decline in activity during June, with new infections of some forms of malicious software almost at the point where they’ve completely ceased to exist.


A $50 Million Hack Just Showed That the DAO Was All Too Human – Publication: WIRED- Reporter name: Klint Finley

Sometime in the wee hours Friday, a thief made off with $50 million of virtual currency. The victims are investors in a strange fund called the DAO, or Decentralized Autonomous Organization, who poured more than $150 million of a bitcoin-style currency called Ether into the project.


New RAA ransomware written in JavaScript discovered – Publication: SC Magazine UK – Reporter name: Doug Olenick

A new variety of ransomware called RAA has been discovered that has the somewhat unusual attribution of being coded in JavaScript instead of one of the more standard programming languages making it more effective in certain situations.