Author: Howard Solomon

Kaseya VSA customers struggling to recover from the REvil ransomware attack earlier this month have some good news: the company has received a decryptor to unscramble encrypted data. The company said Thursday it is helping impacted customers after obtaining the decryption tool from an unnamed third party. So far it has had no reports of […]

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This episode reports on the availability of a new Canadian data centre for users of Sophos products, a survey shows people still fall for tech support scams, Amazon cuts off a controversial spyware company and new figures on ransomware attacks

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Linux administrators are urged to watch for and install patches to fix two major vulnerabilities in the operating system. Both discovered by researchers at Qualys, one is a stack exhaustion denial-of-service vulnerability in systemd, described as a near-ubiquitous utility available on major Linux operating systems and the second is a flaw in the Linux kernel […]

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Today’s episode reports on a possible data theft from a Canadian medical treatment chain, another printer vulnerability discovered, more corporate ransomware victims and another piece of malware aimed at those who want cracked software

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Canada, other members of the Five Eyes intelligence co-operative, and members of NATO today accused China of malicious cyber activity, including responsibility for the Microsoft Exchange Server compromise discovered earlier this year. “Today, Canada joins its allies in identifying People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) state-backed actors for the unprecedented and indiscriminate exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Servers,” […]

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Today’s podcast reports on a new ransomware advice site, another Windows print spooler problem, more companies caught with unsecured cloud data storage and more applications to patch

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This report looks at a new bounty for cybercrooks offered by the US, Facebook cuts links to an Iranian spy group and a warning about a LinkedIn scam

The post Cyber Security Today, July 16, 2021 – US offers bounty for cybercrooks, Facebook cuts links to spy group and beware of this LinkedIn scam first appeared on IT World Canada.

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SonicWall has issued an urgent warning of an “imminent” ransomware to users of its Secure Mobile Access (SMA) and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products. “Through the course of collaboration with trusted third parties, SonicWall has been made aware of threat actors actively targeting Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 series and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products […]

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Interpol says ransomware may become a pandemic, expert advice on fighting ransomware and security updates for ForgeRock and Etherpad. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Wednesday July 14th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing writer on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com.   Ransomware attacks continue to spread. They’ve gotten so common that the Secretary General of Interpol, the international […]

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Today’s podcast reports on a non-profit’s data theft, an insurance giant is notifying victims of a ransomware attack and some subscribers to U.S. wireless carrier Mint Mobile had their phones ported to another carrier

The post Cyber Security Today, July 12, 2021 – An Alberta non-profit admits data theft, an insurance giant notifying victims of ransomware attack and a U.S. wireless carrier is fooled first appeared on IT World Canada.

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This morning’s podcast reports on Black Widow movie scams, another Accellion FTA hack, Windows and Sage security updates more privacy protection for Firefox users in Canada

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Today’s podcast offers advice on protection from ransomware attacks, outlines privacy worries over the new data collection policies of the Audacity audio editor and describes more bad Android apps

The post Cyber Security Today, July 7, 2021 – More fall-out from the Kaseya ransomware attack, privacy worries over the Audacity audio editor and more bad Android apps first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on a test of ransomware preparedness organizations can take, a Windows Print Spooler warning, how to fight brute force attacks, and travel scams to avoid

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Today’s podcast reports on three more Canadian firms hit with ransomware, the Nobelium continues to go after organizations,,  open databases at Dreamhost and Mercedes-Benz discovered and warnings to Zyxel and legacy Western Digital NAS devices

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This episode features a discussion about the need for a senior information security professional to sit at the table with the C-suite, and the government of New Brunswick’s new cybersecurity training program for high school students

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The federal Liberal Party must give a more detailed explanation of how a facial matching system being used for online party constituency nominations works to understand if it will violate users’ rights, says Ontario’s former privacy commissioner.

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Today’s podcast reports on a small Canadian firm hit by ransomware, a criminal marketplace offering stolen data to competitors of victim firms and another company’s data left open by misconfigured databases 

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This episode reports on an email scammer pretending to be the Darkside group, how Google hopes to help boost security for app developers and the latest vishing scams

The post Cyber Security Today, June 21, 2021 – Fake Darkside group threatens companies, Darkside affiliate group hits security camera maker, help from Google for software developers and more first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on a survey of Canadians’ security attitudes, a vile ransomware threat, a fake Windows Defender notification, a slip by a cybersecurity firm and more

The post Cyber Security Today, June 16, 2021 – Canadians putting convenience over security, a vile ransomware threat, a fake Windows Defender notification and more first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast looks at evidence the Avaddon ransomware group is giving up, how a baby clothes retailer’s shortcut created exposed customers’ data and a warning to Samsung device owners

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This episode reports on arrests made after the Slilpp criminal marketplace seized, and a report on how fast crooks work with stolen credentials

The post Cyber Security Today, June 11, 2021 – Police disrupt stolen credentials marketplace, how fast crooks work with stolen credentials and more first appeared on IT World Canada.

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The RCMP’s use of facial recognition technology to conduct hundreds of searches of a database compiled illegally by facial recognition software provider Clearview AI violated the federal Privacy Act, says Canada’s privacy commissioner.

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Today’s episode sees evidence of ransomware groups getting twitchy, and lists some of the latest security updates released by software companies

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Today’s podcast reports on the cause of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, a new phishing scam pushes fake updates and more ransomware groups emerge

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This episode reports on evidence that awareness training works, CIRA looking for new board nominees and another warning to administrators patch all applications

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Non-binding norms of behaviour, agreed to in 2015, set the guardrails for what is acceptable. A UN committee has reportedly agreed to guidance for using the norms

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This podcast reports on why Canada is urged to fight misinformation on private messaging apps, how Zix is used in a scam and more

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The attack on US fuel carrier Colonial Pipeline should be a ‘”major canary in the coal mine to Canadians,” says Queen’s University professor. Read why

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Today’s podcast Deadline looms for Women In Cyber Day petition, data theft from insurance quote websites and advice from Canada’s top cyber agency

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This podcast reports on a series of hacks at restaurant online ordering platforms, Google forces users to add two-factor login authentication and a fake online product review scam revealed

The post Cyber Security Today, May 7, 2021 – Security of restaurant online ordering platforms questioned, Google gets tough with 2FA and product review scam revealed first appeared on IT World Canada.

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Today’s podcast reports on creating safer passwords, why your car’s infotainment system may be a privacy risk, the discovery of a new hacking group, and security updates from Exim, Dell and Apple

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Today’s podcast reports on a ransomware gang’s change of tactics, customer information of a Canadian insurance broker leaked by a ransomware gang and employees bypass company privacy rules putting health information of thousands at risk

The post Cyber Security Today, May 3, 2021 – Ransomware gang reportedly drops encryption; Saskatchewan insurance broker hit by ransomware; Employees put COVID data at risk first appeared on IT World Canada.

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One of the country’s foremost ski resorts is struggling to dig itself out from a ransomware attack. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), just over an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, suffered what it calls a cybersecurity event on Thursday. As a result, non-essential town services have been suspended because email, phone, network services and […]

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The City of Toronto says it suffered a “potential cyber breach” from a hack of data in its Accellion FTA file transfer server in January that may have involved the health information of individuals.

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With files from Alex Coop   As the province overhauls its data infrastructure, Ontario is putting the call out to public organizations and businesses to help it create a new provincial data authority. Ontario is putting extra focus on ensuring that information collected is “private, secure, anonymous and cannot identify people individually,” according to Finance […]

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This episode warns a new Linux backdoor has been discovered, reports how video game execs might not have good password security and urges QNAP users, again, to patch their devices

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Settlement will cost BMO up to $21 million and CIBC $1.7 million in class action lawsuit In addition they paid millions to cover money stolen from accounts and other compensation

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Today’s podcast describes how you can see if your email address has been stolen, warns users of the Reverb marketplace to change their passwords, and details the latest scams

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Today’s podcast reports on the end of the Emotet botnet and the rise of a replacement

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More companies may have been victimized by the SolarWinds Orion compromise than first thought, coming UK law will tighten consumer internet device security, how hackers abuse Telegram and a warning to QNAP storage users

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This morning’s podcast reports on two studies of cyber threat trends, and a warning about targeted attacks on the defence sector
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U.S. supermarket chain says pharmacy records hacked, a slip-up at a Winnipeg school board and the impact of ransomware, plus more in our latest podcast
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