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Employees Maliciously Cause Data Breaches at American Express and Yahoo

In two separate incidents, U.S. companies American Express and Yahoo have both been affected by data breaches of their clients’ personal information. Both attacks were the result of insider threats – a type of cyberattack caused by an internal person in the company. The American Express Incident American Express stated that data that was leaked…
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The Most Dangerous Software Errors Have Been Identified

American Not-for-profit research organization MITRE has published their 2019 report for the “Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors”. In their report, MITRE placed buffer flaws and cross-site scripting at the top of their list. The CWE list of top 25 most dangerous software errors is a useful reference for software developers and cybersecurity professionals when…
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What Is Malware and How Can You Stop It?

Malware, or malicious software, is any piece of software that is developed with malicious intent. There are many strains of malware that do everything from stealing sensitive data to locking files behind ransom walls. There are many ways that a computer can become infected with malware. Many of these, such as phishing, rely on user…
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3rd Party Programs: Are They Cybersecurity Weakpoints?

Almost 400 dental offices were infected with ransomware in a cyberattack this August. The computers became infected after DDS Safe, a 3rd party cloud backup software that all the affected offices were using, was compromised. The software was developed by Dental Technology Company PerCSoft. Affected offices had their computer files encrypted behind ransomwalls. On August…
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VPN Devices Need Patching: New Vulnerabilities Have Been Discovered

The Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity recently stressed the importance of keeping VPN devices up-to-date. Because VPN devices act as points of contact between a network and the internet, they are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack. The Centre for Cybersecurity identified four types of VPN that are particularly vulnerable: Fortinet Forigate, Palo Alto GlobalProtect, Pulse Connect Secure,…
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22 Governments in Texas Hit By First Coordinated Ransomware Attack

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) stated that 22 local Texan governments were simultaneously hit by coordinated ransomware attacks. They also stated that most of the victims were small-sized local governments. While government-targeted ransomware attacks are not new, this is the first incident of this scale and level of coordination. According…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting IOT Devices: How Do You Defend Yourself?

A new threat group, called “STRONTIUM”, was recently discovered by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). In April 2019, this cyberthreat infiltrated private company networks through 3 different IoT devices – a VoIP phone, printer, and video decoder. The Microsoft researchers reported that the devices were compromised as a result of the devices running out-of-date…
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106 Million Affected By Capital One Data Breach

In one of the largest financial data theft incidents in history, Capital One Financial Corporation reported on July 19th 2019 that around 106 million of its clients’ data was leaked due to cyberattack. Of the affected, 100 million are located in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada. Capital One announced that personal client information…
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A Windows BlueKeep Exploit Is Now Commercially Available

Immunity Inc., an IT security consulting company, announced that a BlueKeep Exploit will now be included in CANVAS – the company’s commercially available security penetration-testing tool. BlueKeep is a security vulnerability that affects Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. Also known as CVE-2019-0708, the flaw allows attackers…
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