• #COVID19 Drives Dealers Online as Drugs Supply SoarsThe supply of dark web drugs soared nearly 500% over the first few months of this year as dealers took to the internet to continue trading, according to new data from Sixgill.The cyber-intelligence company monitors multiple underground sites and forums for its customers.It reported that although the supply of malware, phishing kits, and stolen accounts has been pretty steady over the past 12 months, that of illegal drugs has spiked recently as

  • Ransomware Demands Soared 950% in 2019Ransomware operators had another standout year in 2019, with attacks and ransom demands soaring according to new data from Group-IB.The Singapore-based security vendor claimed that, after a relatively quiet 2018, ransomware was back with a vengeance last year, as attack volumes climbed by 40%.As large enterprises became an increasing focus for attacks, ransom demands also soared: from $8,000 in 2018 to $84,000 last year. That’s a 950% increase.The &ldq

  • New York Teen Masterminds $23.8m Crypto HeistAn American cryptocurrency investor is suing a New York high school senior over the theft of $23.8m in digital currencies.Michael Terpin has filed a civil complaint against 18-year-old Ellis Pinsky alleging that in 2018, at the tender age of 15, Pinsky masterminded a plot to defraud Terpin out of millions.Pinsky was allegedly the leader of what Terpin described as a “gang of digital bandits” who stole from multiple victims after using SIM swappin

  • Data Breach at Bank of America
    Bank of America Corporation has disclosed a data breach affecting clients who have applied for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Client information was exposed on April 22 when the bank uploaded PPP applicants’ details onto the US Small Business Administration’s test platform. The platform was designed to give lenders the opportunity to test the PPP submissions before the second round of applications kicked off.The breach was revealed in a filin

  • Thais Ditch Twitter for Blockchain-Based Social Network Minds Thais are deserting Twitter in favor of the blockchain-based social networking tool Minds.Minds is a free and open source distributed social networking service that gives users ERC20 tokens that can be used to promote content or crowdfund other users. Tokens are awarded based on the time a user spends accessing the service and the number of interactions that they have.The platform was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Wilto

  • UK Energy Operators Join the European Network for CybersecurityThe National Grid Gas Transmission (NGGT) and National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) in the UK have become the newest members of the European Network for Cybersecurity (ENCS), in a move designed to better protect the European energy sector against cyber-attacks. The NGGT and NGET will now engage in information sharing regarding cyber-threats with a number of major utility organizations across Europe. The ENCS already

  • Nearly One Fifth of Law Firms Show Signs of CompromiseCybersecurity experts are calling for the legal sector to be defined as critical to securing national infrastructure, after revealing that 100% of law firms were targeted by attackers in the first quarter of 2020.BlueVoyant appraised thousands of law firms worldwide between January and March 2020, to compile its latest report, Sector 17 – The State of Cybersecurity in the Legal Sector.Of those targeted, some 15% are likely to have been

  • DNS Traffic Analysis Detects Hidden DDoS AttacksNew research has found a measurable increase in DNS cache miss traffic levels, and a number of previously unknown DDoS events.According to Farsight Security, analysis of DNS cache miss traffic levels over the two-month period of March-April 2020 revealed “a macroscopic phenomenon.” The analysis was done over 300 domains for leading travel and transportation, retail, streaming video, higher education and news and partisan opinion si

  • Trump Election Tweet Labelled Fake News Donald Trump has decided to pick a fight with Twitter after one of his posts on the upcoming election was labelled misleading by the social media platform.The original tweet claimed that Mail-In (postal) ballots during the November Presidential election would be “substantially fraudulent.”The issue has become a partisan one of late, as Democrats push for voters to have the option of mailing in their votes to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection

  • UK Public Backlash Could Scupper #COVID19 AppThe UK’s plans to ease its COVID-19 lockdown have been thrown into doubt after half the public said it does not trust the government to handle their data collected via a key contact tracing app.The app is a crucial part of the best practice “test, track and trace” strategy being rolled out around the world to help businesses and society get back to normal after weeks of social distancing.“The NHS COVID-19 app automates the

  • Russia begins building first stealth bomber

    DefenceTalkRussia has begun manufacturing the prototype of its first strategic stealth bomber, state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday, as the country presses ahead with the modernization of its…

  • Deputy Sheriff Admits Cyberstalking Massachusetts Tween A former deputy sheriff has pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and sexually exploiting a teenage girl whom he met through playing Minecraft online. When 26-year-old Texan Pasquale T. Salas first encountered his victim in 2014, she was just 12 years old. Salas engineered a relationship with the child by sending her messages in private chat rooms. The former deputy sheriff with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office then

  • International Plea for Governments to Protect Healthcare from Cyber-attacksA plea from the Cyber Peace Institute for healthcare providers to be protected against cyber-threats has attracted international support.Major players in cybersecurity, academics, and numerous political movers and shakers have backed the call for governments to work together “with civil society and the private sector” to defend hospital, healthcare, and medical research facilities from digital assaults. In

  • Russia Deploys Military Fighter Aircraft to Libya

    DefenceTalkRussia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors, or PMCs, operating on the ground there, U.S. Africa Command…

  • National Guard Helps Maryland with Cybersecurity The National Guard has been working to keep Maryland safe from cyber-attacks.Maryland governor Larry Hogan called in the National Guard by executive order on March 12 to bolster the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response. In addition to assisting the Old Line State with its coronavirus testing and screening program, the Guard has been helping out with cybersecurity assessments.Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, was rocked by a catastrophic ransomware

  • New Version of Turla Malware Poses Threat to GovernmentsDetails of a new version of the ComRAT backdoor, one of the oldest malware families run by the notorious cyber-espionage group Turla, have been outlined by ESET. The findings will be of particular concern for government agencies, such as militaries and diplomats, with this updated backdoor able to use Gmail web UI to receive commands and exfiltrate data to try and steal confidential documents.The Turla group, also referred to as ‘Snak

  • China’s FC-31 Stealth Fighter Jet Making New Progress, Photos Show

    DefenceTalkNew photos of a prototype FC-31, China’s second type of stealth fighter jet, have been appearing frequently on Chinese social media since May, years after disappearing from the…

  • Royal Navy Test Fires Martlet Missiles from Wildcat Helicopter

    DefenceTalkRoyal Navy helicopter crews have proved their ability to protect the UK’s aircraft carriers with a new missile system. As sailors and marines support the current national fight against…

  • Russia says US making ‘unacceptable’ demands on Open Skies treaty

    DefenceTalkRussia will continue to observe a post-Cold War surveillance treaty even if the United States pulls out, officials said on Friday while accusing Washington of sowing discord and making…

  • China military budget growth slows to 6.6 percent

    DefenceTalkChina will increase its military budget by a slower 6.6 percent this year, the government announced Friday at the opening session of its annual National People’s Congress. The budget…

  • China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

    DefenceTalkChina said Sunday that its relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War,” fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed…

  • Customized Android Builds Drive Global Security InequalitySecurity experts have warned that default regional settings and pre-loaded applications may be exposing Android devices in some countries to a greater risk of cyber-attack.F-Secure claimed today that large numbers of pre-bundled apps can expand the attack surface of a device.The impact is potentially worse when country-specific rules block access to Google Play, meaning that users have to rely on third-party stores curated by the phone ma

  • Data on 29 Million Indian Jobseekers Leaked The personal details of over 29 million Indian jobseekers have been posted to a dark web site, free for anyone to access.Cybersecurity firm Cyble, which discovered the trove on an unnamed hacking forum, has in turn added the compromised information to its breach notification site AmIBreached.It claimed to have found the posting during a regular sweep of the dark and deep web. The 2.3GB file includes email, phone, home address, qualification, work exper

  • Lawyers Aim £18bn Class Action Suit at easyJetA specialist in group litigation has filed a potential £18bn class action claim against easyJet in London’s High Court, following the firm’s major data breach disclosure last week.International law firm PGMBM said it had been contacted by “numerous affected people” and is urging more to come forward to join the case, which would pay out £2000 per impacted customer. It clarified that Article 82 of EU

  • Mumbai Police Force Uses ‘The Force’ for Cyber-Safety Campaign Police in Mumbai have recruited Baby Yoda to help raise awareness of the importance of cyber-safety. The law enforcement agency has earned a reputation online for delivering serious messages with humorous memes via social media app Instagram. It only seems appropriate that the force should use the power of ‘The Force’ to drive home a warning that passwords should be kept private.On Monday, Mumbai Police shared an image of a popu

  • North Dakota’s Contact Tracing App Sends User Data to Third PartiesA cybersecurity company has claimed that a contact tracing app introduced by North Dakota is sending data to third parties and exposing users’ identities.Like South Dakota and Utah, North Dakota has built its own contact-tracing app, Care19, in an effort to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus.Jumbo Privacy alleges that the Care19 app, created by ProudCrowd LLC to track the spread of COVID-19 in The Peace Ga

  • Businesses Could Face Influx of Attacks When Offices Reopen Cyber-criminals could be poised to trigger a wave of attacks on businesses when workers return to offices and reconnect to corporate networks, Redscan has warned. As many countries such as the UK prepare to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and allow more people to return to physical workplaces, the cybersecurity firm said organizations need to take action to defend themselves against potential hackers lying dormant on employee&n

  • Data Breach Afflicts Ohio’s Unemployment Office A data breach at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has exposed the personal data of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants. Personal information including names, Social Security numbers, home addresses, and claim receipts was exposed to other claimants due to a security vulnerability detected by Deloitte Consulting on May 15. Deloitte is the technology vendor for PUA systems in several states, including Ohi

  • Non-Cybersecurity Incidents Outnumber Cyber-Attacks in ICO ReportThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has disclosed that reported non-cyber incidents outweighed cyber-incidents in Q4 of 2019.In its report on incident trends, the ICO said there were 2629 incidents reported to it in Q4 2019, of which 337 were due to “data emailed to incorrect recipient,” 265 were due to “data posted or faxed to incorrect recipient” and 213 due to “loss/theft of paperwork

  • RagnarLocker Ransomware Hides in Virtual Machine to Escape DetectionSecurity researchers are warning of a new ransomware attack technique which deploys the malware as a virtual machine (VM) in order to evade traditional defenses.Sophos revealed that it recently detected a RagnarLocker attack in which the ransomware was hidden inside an Oracle VirtualBox Windows XP VM.It said the attack payload was a 122MB installer, with a 282MB virtual image inside concealing a 49KB executable.“In the det

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