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LockFile Ransomware Uses Unique Methods to Avoid Detection

August 31, 2021

eSecurity Planet

The LockFile ransomware family has made an impression in the relatively short amount of time it’s been around. The malware garnered a lot of attention over the past several months after being detected exploiting high-profile Microsoft vulnerabilities dubbed ProxyShell and PetitPortam.

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Cloud technologies omnipresent with ICS operations

August 26, 2021

SC Magazine

New research released by Nozomi Networks in tandem with SANS found that 91% of respondents are using cloud technologies to directly support some aspect of industrial control system (ICS) operations.

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Defending SEA’s critical national infrastructure from cyber threats

August 25, 2021

Future CIO

Public and private sector organisations – from government and military to banking, energy and transportation – have become digital-centric to seek economic savings, productivity gains and to create customer and citizen value.

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Audit: USAID Needs to Enhance Data Protections

August 24, 2021

Gov Info Security

Despite security improvements over the last seven years, the U.S. Agency for International Development - USAID - needs to better protect the large amounts of personal identifiable data - such as Social Security numbers - that the agency collects, according to an inspector general's audit.

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Kaseya Obtains Universal Decryptor for REvil Ransomware

August 23, 2021

Threatpost

Kaseya has obtained a master decryptor key for the REvil ransomware that locked up the systems of at least 60 of its customers in a spate of worldwide cyberattacks on July 2.

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Company Data Hoards Create Tempting Targets for Hackers

August 23, 2021

Wall Street Journal

The hoards of consumer information that companies collect multiply the damaging effects of data breaches, lawyers and cybersecurity specialists say. In an estimated 1,700 publicly reported data breaches during the first half of 2021, more than 18 billion pieces of information have been exposed, according to research from cybersecurity company Risk Based Security Inc.

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Vectra AI reveals cybersecurity blind spots in PaaS and IaaS environments with security survey

August 23, 2021

Intelligent CISO

As Digital Transformation efforts continue, the survey found that AWS is becoming an even more critical component to organisations that are regularly deploying new workloads, leveraging deployments in multiple regions and are relying on more than one AWS service.

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T-Mobile’s Repeated Security Blunders Yield Lessons for Rivals

August 20, 2021

SDX Central

The scope of a cyberattack at T-Mobile US keeps growing, as the operator today confirmed personal data on at least 54 million people was exposed and stolen. It pegged the number of people affected at nearly 49 million people earlier this week.

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Accenture Downplays the LockBit Ransomware Attack That Reportedly Encrypted 2,500 Computers, Leaking 6 Terabytes of Data

August 19, 2021

CPO Magazine

Accenture suffered a LockBit ransomware attack that reportedly encrypted at least 2,500 computers and leaked client information.

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Government Report Finds Census Bureau Hacked But Data Not Stolen

August 19, 2021

Silicon Angle

The U.S. Census Bureau was targeted by a cyberattack last year that compromised some systems but did not result in the theft of census data, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

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US Census Bureau Cyberattack Was Unsuccessful

August 19, 2021

Security Magazine

According to a watchdog report, U.S. Census Bureau computer servers were exploited in January 2020 during a cybersecurity attack, but hackers’ attempts to keep access to the system were unsuccessful.

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How Ready Are You for a Ransomware Attack?

August 19, 2021

Threatpost

Oliver Tavakoli, CTO at Vectra, lays out the different layers of ransomware defense all companies should implement. Determining how hard a target you present for the current wave of human-driven ransomware involves multiple considerations. There are four steps to analyzing how prepared you are for a ransomware attack.

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Census Cyberattack Report Highlights Missteps for Businesses to Avoid

August 19, 2021

SC Magazine

A newly published Office of the Inspector General report detailing how the U.S. Census Bureau mishandled a January 2020 cybersecurity incident is a strong reminder to the business community to follow best practices such as IT asset management, frequent vulnerability scanning and mitigation, comprehensive event logging and prompt notification and incident response when a possible incident is suspected.

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T-Mobile Confirms Data Breach, Says Too Early to Assess Damage

August 18, 2021

eSecurity Planet

T-Mobile USA officials have confirmed that the records of 47.8 million current, former and prospective customers were stolen in a “highly sophisticated cyberattack” late last week.

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T-Mobile confirms hack of 40 million customers' data

August 18, 2021

The National

T-Mobile US has said cyber attackers who breached its computer networks stole personal details of more than 40 million past, current and prospective customers.

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T-Mobile's Data Breach Affects Nearly All its US Customers

August 17, 2021

Security Magazine

Mobile telecommunication company T-Mobile has confirmed a data breach that reportedly affects nearly all of its U.S. customers. Hackers gained access to the company’s systems and hacked servers and databases containing the personally identifiable information of approximately 100 million customers.

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Ransomware Mitigation Steps to Take Now — Or Else

August 16, 2021

The New Stack

A proliferation of ransomware attacks has created ripple effects worldwide. Such criminal attacks have since increased in scale and magnitude, as critical hospital and infrastructure targets were shut down.

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T-Mobile Investigating Claims That 100 Million of its Customers Were Hacked

August 16, 2021

SC Magazine

T-Mobile said on Monday it was looking into claims that a hacker has stolen data related to more than 100 million T-Mobile customers in the United States and aims to sell access to part of the information for around $277,000.

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T-Mobile Investigating Reported Data Breach Involving 100 Million Customers

August 16, 2021

Channel Futures

T-Mobile is investigating a reported breach in which a hacker claims to be selling the personal information of over 100 million of its customers.

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Microsoft Launches Azure Cloud for National Security

August 16, 2021

SC Magazine

Microsoft on Monday announced that it received the approval to launch Azure Government Top Secret for its military and intelligence customers.

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Privacy vs security: Amazon's plans to monitor employees' keystrokes raise concerns

August 16, 2021

ITP.net

Global e-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly considering plans to implement a keyboard-stroke monitoring solution for its customer-service representatives.

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T-Mobile Confirms it was Hacked Again

August 16, 2021

Silicon Angle

T-Mobile said in a statement that it had determined that “unauthorized access to some T-Mobile data occurred, however, we have not yet determined that there is any personal customer data involved.” The company noted that it’s “confident that the entry point used to gain access has been closed” and that a review is ongoing.

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Over a Third of Organizations Damaged by Ransomware or Breach

August 13, 2021

Infosecurity Magazine

Over one-third of organizations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the previous 12 months, according to new research.

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Vulnerability Potentially Exposes the Sensitive Data of All Users of Wodify Fitness Platform

August 13, 2021

SC Magazine

Researchers on Friday reported that an insecure direct object reference (IDOR) vulnerability allowed for the reading and modifying of all user workouts on the cloud-based Wodify fitness platform.

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Accenture Is Hours Away From Exposure as LockBit Is Ready to Release Stolen Data

August 12, 2021

Tech Nadu

Accenture, the multinational consulting firm with tens of billions USD in annual revenue and over half a million employees worldwide, is being blackmailed by the LockBit ransomware group, which has launched a successful attack against them.

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