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Global Cyberattack Targets Over 70 Countries, UK Hospitals Held At Ransom

UK’s National Health Service was severely hit by a cyberattack that targeted over 70 countries. The latest cyberattack stamps the medical industry as a vulnerable target.

Public Health May 13, 2017

Investigators Probe North Korea Link To $81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist

Investigators are probing a potential North Korea link to the $81 million Bangladesh bank heist. This is due to similarities in the code used in the online heist and in an earlier Sony Pictures hack.

Business Tech March 24, 2017

Gmail Phishing: Why The Latest Scam May Be The Smartest Trick Out There

A Gmail phishing scam is gaining traction, with quite a number of victims falling for it. Here's how the phishing works and how to protect yourself from it.

Security January 22, 2017

Who Was Responsible For Dyn DDoS Attack Last Week? Flashpoint Blames Amateur Hackers

A series of DDoS cyber attacks affected Dyn last week, with disruptions preventing millions of users from accessing several sites such as PayPal, Spotify and Reddit. Cybersecurity firm Flashpoint believes that the culprits behind the widespread attack were most likely amateurs.

Security October 27, 2016

Massive DDoS Attack Takes Down Netflix, Twitter, Spotify And More On East Coast

The web provider Dyn announced that it suffered from a DDoS cyber attack on Friday morning, which caused many sites like Netflix, Twitter and Reddit to be down on the East Coast.

Security October 21, 2016

Symantec Warns Advanced Malware Turns Eye Of Sauron On Targets In Europe, Russia And China

Symantec revealed that an unknown group dubbed Strider is deploying Remsec malware across networks in China, Russia and other countries. The group reminded experts of similar instances when nations used malware campaigns in cyber warfare.

Security August 8, 2016

Acer Data Breach Affects 34,500 Accounts, Exposes Credit Card Details: What You Should Know

Acer recently revealed that its server was hacked, affecting 34,500 accounts of its consumers. In an advisory dated Wednesday, the company wrote that the hacker gained access to confidential information, enough to commit fraudulent credit card transactions.

Security June 22, 2016

Bangladesh Cyberheist Similar To Other Bank Breaches In Southeast Asia

As many as 12 banks in the SWIFT network have found security irregularities similar to the $81 million Bangladesh cyber attack. Symantec reported that the hackers could also be figuring in a Philippine bank attack.

Security May 27, 2016

North Korea Continues To Excel In The Realm Of Cyber Attacks

Although North Korea is bogged down with aging Soviet jets and tanks in terms of its ground game, it appears to be making strides on the Internet.

Security May 10, 2016

Hackers Attack Dating Site For 'Beautiful People': 1.1 Million Personal Info Leaks

The unashamedly brash dating site called 'Beautiful People' has been shame-hacked. The personal details of 1.1 million individuals have been leaked.

Security April 26, 2016

US To Start 'Dropping Cyberbombs' On ISIS: Hacking Electronic Systems For Tactical Advantages

The United States will use 'cyberbombs' for the first time in history, and it will do it against the Islamic State. The Cyber Command is working on a campaign to disrupt the operations of ISIS on all levels.

Defense April 26, 2016

‘Hack The Pentagon' Bug Bounty Program Kicks Off: Win $150K By Hacking Your Way Through Government Websites

The Pentagon recently opened up the “Hack the Pentagon” bug bounty pilot program. The initiative promises to pay hackers who break into some federal websites, thus helping to expose cybersecurity threats on the more sensitive official webpages.

Apps/Software April 19, 2016

US And UK Plan To Simulate Cyber Attacks On Nuclear Plants To Test Resilience Against Terrorist Attack

US and UK are planning to conduct mock cyberattacks on their own nuclear power plants, in an effort to test and strengthen their nuclear facilities' cybersecurity defense system, in case of a nuclear threat.

April 4, 2016

US Indicts 7 Iranians On Charges Of Hacking Banks And New York Dam

Seven Iranian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury in New York City on Thursday in relation to cyberattacks carried out on at least 46 major financial institutions and companies in the U.S. Those named were also accused of attempting to take control of the computer network used for New York's Bowman Avenue Dam.

Society March 26, 2016

Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Declares Total War On Donald Trump

Anonymous is declaring 'total war' on U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, announcing a 'call to arms' via a video uploaded on YouTube. The operation will start on April 1, initially targeting trumpchicago.com.

Internet March 15, 2016

Thanks To A Typo: Hackers' Spelling Mistake Thwarts $1 Billion Bank Heist

Hackers started siphoning out millions of dollars from the Central Bank of Bangladesh through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month. However, careless fingers caused hackers their billion-dollar prize.

Money March 12, 2016

BlackBerry Eyes Cybersecurity Consulting Service With New Encription Ltd Acquisition

BlackBerry continued its plans to turn from a hardware-centered company into a software- and services-based enterprise. The company recently purchased Encription, a cybersecurity consultancy firm that should beef up BlackBerry’s team of IT safety experts.

Deals February 24, 2016

Hackers Hold Hollywood Hospital’s Computer System Hostage, Demand $3.6 Million As Patients Transferred

Hackers set their sights on the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, demanding 9,000 Bitcoin, which roughly amounts to $3.6 million. The Southern California hospital is one of the most recent victims of ransomware.

Internet February 16, 2016

FireEye Buys iSIGHT Partners To Boost Cyber Intelligence Capabilities

FireEye acquired iSIGHT Partners for $200 million. The company hopes to boost its cyber intelligence capabilities via the merger deal.

Business January 21, 2016

Anonymous-Linked Hacker Takes Down Nissan Websites In Anti-Whaling Campaign

Nissan websites suffered from an attempted cyber-attack from a hacker believed to be connected to Anonymous. The attack was launched in accordance with an anti-Japanese whaling campaign.

Internet January 16, 2016

Phantom Squad Launches DDoS Attack, Takes Down EA Servers

Phantom Squad hackers launched DDoS attacks on EA servers, which resulted in a few hours of downtime. The hacking group might also carry out more cyber attacks during the holiday period.

Internet December 26, 2015

UK To Form Elite Cybersecurity Forces To Thwart Possible Online Offensives Of ISIS And Hackers

The British government is beefing up digital security after learning that the ISIS is eyeing a series of cyberattacks on its infrastructure. The U.K. is creating an "elite cyber offensive forces" to fend off cyber threats.

Internet November 19, 2015

U.S. Prosecutors Announce Criminal Charges Against Masterminds Of 2014 JPMorgan Hack

Three men were charged in a 23-count indictment with crimes related to the cyber attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other financial institutions in 2014. Israeli nationals Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein were arrested in July while U.S. citizen Joshua Samuel Aaron remains at large.

Legal November 11, 2015

TalkTalk Cyberattack Probe Continues: Police Arrest Second Teen Suspected Of Data Breach

Another suspect in the TalkTalk cyber attack was arrested recently in West London. He's a 16-year-old boy, and his arrest came days after a 15-year-old was held in Northern Ireland.

Internet October 30, 2015

TalkTalk Cyber Attack Compromises Bank Details Of Over 4 Million Customers [Update: Ransom Demand Received]

More than 4 million users of TalkTalk are at risk after a major data breach hit the mobile carrier’s database. Trust levels in TalkTalk dropped, as the real problem resided within the poor or nonexistent data encryption.

Internet October 24, 2015

Sony Is Shelling Out $8M To Settle Employee Claims On Hacked Personal Data

Sony Pictures Entertainment agreed on a settlement claim involving its current and past employees who complained of falling victim to last year’s hack against the company. Sony will have to pay as much as $4.5 million and $3.5 million to employees and lawyers respectively according to the settlement.

Legal October 22, 2015

China Arrested Hackers On US Request: Cyberespionage Tension Defused?

China responded to U.S.’ request for assistance on cracking down hacking attacks by arresting individuals being suspected of engagement in the activity. The arrests came shortly before the state visit of Chinese President Xi JinPing to Washington.

Society October 13, 2015

Nuclear Power Plants At Huge Risk Of Cyber Attack, Study Says

A recent report from the UK's Chatham House reveals many nuclear power plant facilities are extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks. Nuclear facilities will have to ante up as they 'become increasingly reliant on digital systems,' researchers say.

Business October 7, 2015

South Korean Government Targeted By More Than 110,000 Cyberattacks Over Past Five Years

110,000 cyberattacks in five years might not seem much, but the sensitive information unveiled could do more harm than 1,000,000 phishing attempts.

Internet September 22, 2015

Messaging App WeChat For iOS v6.2.5 Got Hacked: Upgrade Now

Having over half a million users makes any app a temptation for hackers looking for user date. WeChat messaging app for iOS learned it the hard way, after it was recently breached.

Apps/Software September 22, 2015

Health Insurer Excellus Hacked: 10M Records Compromised

Identity theft is a gold mine for scammers, fraudulent Internet purchasers and hackers alike and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is looking to close down a quarry.

Internet September 15, 2015

Adobe Releases Patch To Plug Flash Player's Zero-Day Vulnerability

Adobe has pushed an emergency patch for a zero-day Flash Player vulnerability identified as CVE-2015-3113. The exploit could allow attackers to take over a compromised system.

Apps/Software June 24, 2015

New McAfee Labs Report Put Spotlight On Surge Of Ransom Malware

A McAfee Labs report suggests that ransomware was on the rise in the first quarter of 2015. Individuals and businesses should keep their security software updated to ensure their computers are safe from cyber attacks.

Apps/Software June 10, 2015

U.S. Officials Believe Chinese Hackers Responsible For Massive Data Breach Affecting 4 Million Fed Employees

Officials in the U.S. believe that the latest data breach on OPM was masterminded by Chinese hackers. It is believed that the cyberattack has compromised the PII of nearly 4 million former and current federal employees.

Society June 5, 2015

University Of London Learning Platform Suffers From DDoS Attack

The University of London Computer Center was the latest victim of a cyber attack which made its online learning platform totally inaccessible for several hours. The attack was speculated to be more of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) type.

Internet May 25, 2015

1.1 Million: Number Of CareFirst Customers Whose Personal Information Was Stolen In Cyberattack Last Year

CareFirst CEO and President Chet Burrell acknowledges a massive cyberattack that compromised the accounts of about 1.1 million of his company's customers. No passwords or financial details were obtained during the attack, he stated.

Business May 22, 2015

Cyberattacks Up In 2014: Are Innocent Bystanders To Blame?

Last year was a stellar year for cyber criminals and unfortunately, this year looks to be just as good. A new report reveals that human behavior is quickly becoming the hacker's best tool.

Internet April 15, 2015

China's 'Great Cannon' Hints At Country's Growing Influence Over Web Censorship

The Great Firewall of China now has a massive cannon. About two weeks ago, the world got its first look at China's Great Cannon.

Internet Culture April 11, 2015

Dyre Wolf Malware Can Chomp Off $1 Million From Your Business In A Single Attack

Dyre Wolf attacks not only involve software but also utilize a phone call to a real person to steal money from organizations.

Business April 4, 2015

Obama Announces Bad News For Hackers Overseas Who Threaten The US

President Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order that would, for the first time, allow the U.S. to impose sanctions against individuals and various entities located outside the country if they are suspected of engaging in malicious cyber spying and cyber attacks.

Society April 2, 2015

British Airways Locks Down Frequent Flyer Accounts Following Cyberattack

British Airways froze frequent flyer accounts after a massive hack that may have accessed the information of tens of thousands of customers.

Internet March 30, 2015

CIA Planning Overhaul To Handle Modern Cyber Threats

After the reorganization, CIA chief Brennan boasts the agency will be capable of 'covering the entire universe.'

Internet March 8, 2015

Worried About Superfish? Worry More About Komodia SSL Hole And Here's Why

Even as people worry about Superfish, a bigger threat looms in the form of the Komodia SSL hole. The root CA certificate from Komodia is not secured properly and could enable hackers to wage MITM attacks.

Internet February 27, 2015

18.8 Million: Number Of Non-Anthem Customers Possibly Affected By Massive Hack

The Anthem cyber breach apparently exposed not only employee and customer records of the company but also between 8.8 million and 18.8 million non-Anthem customers.

Business February 26, 2015

Helpless US State Dept's Unclassified Email System Continues To Be Plagued By Hackers

For all of the U.S. government's dexterity at launching cyber offensives, the State Department cannot even defend itself against hackers.

Internet February 21, 2015

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