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Lessons Learned From The Cathay Pacific Data Breach

Hong Kong airline company Cathay Pacific was fined 500 000 pounds by the UK Information Commissioner’s office due to a data leak where 9.4 million user records were leaked. Of the affected individuals, over 100 000 were from the UK. The data breach was the result of unauthorized access to Cathay Pacific’s servers that dated…
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10.6 Million Customer Records Leaked by MGM Resorts

Over 10.6 million customer data records were leaked by the MGM Resorts Hotel in a recent data breach. Information that was leaked to the public included customer addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, and email addresses. The information was posted publicly on a hacking forum. In the post-leak security audit, MGM discovered that the breach was caused…
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SSH Key Malware Is Spreading

What are SSH Keys? SSH, or Secure Shell, is a method used to establish a secure login between two systems. It is widely used across many operating systems. Using an SSH key, an IT administrators can gain access to servers and computers. Because SSH keys do not expire, and unauthorized individual in possession of and…
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How Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) Change Cybersecurity?

Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence is the field of computer development concerned with simulating human problem solving and cumulative learning in computers. Systems with artificial intelligence get progressively better at doing tasks that they are designed to do, without the need for humans to ‘hard program’ new techniques or strategies for them. There are many advantages…
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Maastricht University Hit By Clop Ransomware, Pays $220 000 USD for Decryption

Netherlands’ Maastricht University was hit by a ransomware attack on December 23rd, 2019. The university paid the cyberattackers 30 bitcoins, worth at around $220 000 USD, in order to restore the infected computers to working conditions. The ransomware malware strain, called “Clop ransomware”, encrypted 267 of the university’s Windows servers, including backups. The University’s full…
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Unnamed Canadian Insurance Company Suffers $1M USD Ransomware Attack

On October 8th 2019, an unnamed Canadian insurance company paid a total of 950 000 USD to a ransomware cyberattacker. The attacker was able to infect 20 servers and around 1000 employee computers in the attack, encrypting data on the systems behind a ransomwall, demanding payment of 109.25 bitcoins for the safe release of the…
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A New Citrix Device Vulnerability Has Been Discovered

A new security vulnerability has been discovered in Citrix devices. The Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity has advised Canadian businesses to temporarily disconnect their Citrix devices from the internet. The repair patch has been rolled out as of January 19th 2020, with additional patches scheduled for January 24th. Users are advised to patch their devices as…
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Travelex falls victim to “Sodinokibi” Ransomware

The list of ransomware victims continues to grow. On New Year’s Eve 2020, Travelex, an international foreign exchange company, disclosed that it was struck by the “Sodinokibi” ransomware strain. Also known as REvil, Sodinokibi ransomware prevents users from accessing their computer data by encrypting it behind a ransomwall. The ransom demand for Travelex was $6M…
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Ransomware Attack Temporarily Shuts Down The Heritage Company

The Heritage Company has temporarily shut down its operations due to a ransomware attack. In December of last year, CEO Sandra Franecke announced to the company’s 300 employees that the company had not fully restored its systems following a ransomware attack that October. As a result of the attack, the company would be temporarily suspending…
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Newly Discovered Vulnerabilities Raise Concern over Security of VPN

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, is a secure connection between computers over the internet. It allows for data to be transferred among computers in a more secure environment than over a public network. Alex Seymour, a cybersecurity researcher at Immersive Labs, recently discovered two new VPN vulnerabilities in Aviatrix VPN: a VPN service used by…
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