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Romanian Citizen Admits Guilt in Police Department Ransomware Attack

A Romanian citizen has pleaded guilty to federal charges resulting from a ransomware attack that targeted a police department. On 20 September, Eveline Cismaru, 28, pleaded guilty before the Honorable Dabney L. Friedrich in the District of Columbia to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer […]… Read More

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ICO to Fine Equifax £500,000 for 2017 Data Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the United Kingdom announced it will fine Equifax £500,000 for a data breach that occurred in 2017. In a monetary penalty notice filed on 19 September, the ICO revealed its decision to impose the maximum fine specified in section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 on Equifax. The […]… Read More

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State Department Says Some Employee Info Possibly Exposed in Security Incident

The U.S. State Department said that some employees’ information might have been exposed in a recent security incident. In a notice shared by Politico, the State Department disclosed that “activity of concern” on an email system might have exposed some employees’ personally identifiable information (PII). IT personnel inside the Department determined that the activity affected […]… Read More

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A Quarter of Civilian Federal Agencies Have Adopted DMARC and SPF for All Domains

A quarter of civilian federal agencies have adopted DMARC and SPF email authentication protocols for all their domains in compliance with a mandate. Thirty-four percent of 133 agencies are now fully compliant with what is known as BOD 18-01. Issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the mandate requires civilian federal agencies within its […]… Read More

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Ransomware Attack Takes Down Airport’s Flight Information Screens

A ransomware attack prevented an English airport from using its flight information screens to assist passengers in their travels. On 13 September, Bristol Airport tweeted out that its flight information systems were experiencing technical difficulties. We are currently experiencing technical problems with our flight information screens. Flights are unaffected and details of check-in desks, boarding […]… Read More

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ICO Receiving 500 Breach-Related Calls a Week Since GDPR Took Effect

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been receiving 500 calls pertaining to data breaches since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect. Speaking before hundreds of senior business leaders at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) fourth annual Cyber Security Conference, ICO deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone revealed that of the […]… Read More

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OilRig Launching Attack Campaigns With Updated BONDUPDATER Trojan

The OilRig group conducted at least one attack campaign containing an updated variant of the BONDUPDATER trojan as its final payload. In August 2018, Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat research team detected an OilRig campaign targeting a high-ranking government organization in the Middle East. The email campaign leveraged spear-phishing, one of the most common […]… Read More

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Beware the Homeless Homebuyer Real Estate Scam!

Security professionals are warning users who are or soon will be engaged in real estate transactions to watch out for the “homeless homebuyer” scam. On 10 September, Verdict built upon its coverage of account takeover attacks found in its threat insight magazine Verdict Encrypt to discuss this particular scam. The homeless homebuyer ruse first begins […]… Read More

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Tesla Encouraging “Good Faith” Security Research in Bug Bounty Program

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla is encouraging what it calls “good faith” security research in its bug bounty program. In its vulnerability disclosure program, Tesla says it welcomes “the community to participate in our responsible reporting process” for the company’s product offerings and services. Researchers who participate in the program must report a vulnerability along with […]… Read More

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Compromised Chrome Extension Snooped on Users’ Credentials, Cryptocurrency Private Keys

Someone compromised a Google Chrome extension with malicious code designed to snoop on users’ account credentials and cryptocurrency private keys. On 4 September, a security researcher who goes by the name “SerHack” tweeted out a warning about version 3.39.4 of the Chrome extension for MEGA.nz, a cloud storage and file sharing service. !!! WARNING !!!!!!! […]… Read More

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