Archive for the ‘cybercrime/malcode’ category: Page 109

Jan 5, 2020

First Suleimani Attack

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The first U.S. government website has been hacked post the killing of Qassem Suleimani, exposing the true nature of the short-term threat.

Jan 5, 2020

‘Serious cyber-attack’ on Austrian government

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Foreign ministry officials believe another country may be responsible.

Jan 3, 2020

Iran’s ‘forceful revenge’ against the US is likely to include cyberwarfare, and experts warn that the attacks could be devastating

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy, finance, internet, military

Iran has proved capable of cyberattacks that could target internet infrastructure, online banks, or even the US power grid.

Jan 3, 2020

Ransomware attack takes US maritime base offline

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A computer virus forced a US maritime base offline for more than 30 hours, the country’s coast guard has revealed.

Ransomware interrupted cameras, door-access control systems and critical monitoring systems at the site.

The agency did not reveal the name or the location of the facility targeted by the attack.

Jan 1, 2020

5G, AI, data privacy and mass surveillance — 12 biggest tech policy challenges India will have to face in 2020

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, internet, nuclear energy, policy, robotics/AI, surveillance

As access to the internet grows, so do the risks associated with being online. Cybersecurity threats are on the rise as data hackers find new ways to breach through firewalls. Earlier this year bad actors were able to gain access to the administrative serves of India’s largest nuclear power plant with a simple phishing email.

The government want to increase its cyber might to ward off such hazards but experts feel some of its policies might do the exact opposite.

2020 will be a busy year for India with the 5G spectrum auction still pending, Personal Data Protection Bill under discussion, and the deadline for social.

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Dec 23, 2019

Chinese Hackers Bypass 2FA in Attacks Spanning 10 Countries

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A Chinese hacking group believed to operate on behalf of the Beijing government has learned how to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) in attacks on government and industry targets, ZDNet reported on Monday.

The group, known as APT20, has reportedly sought to compromise VPN credentials that would grant them heightened levels of access across their victims’ networks, according to ZDNet, citing a new report from Dutch cyber-security firm Fox-IT.

Dec 16, 2019

Ryuk Ransomware Likely Behind New Orleans Cyberattack

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Based on files uploaded to the VirusTotal scanning service, the ransomware attack on the City of New Orleans was likely done by the Ryuk Ransomware threat actors.

On December 14th, 2019, one day after the City of New Orleans ransomware attack, what appear to be memory dumps of suspicious executables were uploaded from an IP address from the USA to the VirusTotal scanning service.

One of these memory dumps, which contained numerous references to New Orleans and Ryuk, was later found by Colin Cowie of Red Flare Security and shared with

Dec 14, 2019

New Orleans Declares State Of Emergency Following Cyber Attack

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The City of New Orleans has suffered a cybersecurity attack serious enough for Mayor LaToya Cantrell to declare a state of emergency.

The attack started at 5 a.m. CST on Friday, December 13, according to the City of New Orleans’ emergency preparedness campaign, NOLA Ready, managed by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. NOLA Ready tweeted that “suspicious activity was detected on the City’s network,” and as investigations progressed, “activity indicating a cybersecurity incident was detected around 11 am.” As a precautionary measure, the NOLA tweet confirmed, the City’s IT department gave the order for all employees to power down computers and disconnect from Wi-Fi. All City servers were also powered down, and employees told to unplug any of their devices.

Dec 14, 2019

New Jersey Hospital System Hit by Cyberattack

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, health

One of New Jersey’s largest hospital systems said it was hit this month by a ransomware attack that disrupted care across its clinics and 17 hospitals.

Hackensack Meridian Health said Friday the attack began Dec. 2 and forced it to cancel some surgical and other procedures, though no patients were harmed and its emergency rooms kept seeing patients.

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  • Dec 12, 2019

    Maze Ransomware Demands $6 Million Ransom From Southwire

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    Maze Ransomware operators claim responsibility for another cyber attack, this time against leading wire and cable manufacturer Southwire Company, LLC (Southwire) from Carrollton, Georgia.

    Southwire is one of North America’s leading wire and cable makers, “building wire and cable, utility products, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products” per a press release published in January 2019.

    Maze Ransomware, a variant of Chacha Ransomware, was discovered by Malwarebytes security researcher Jérôme Segura in May. The malware strain has become increasingly more active starting with May 2019.