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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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Cloud Security Will Be The Cybersecurity Topic Of 2020

Cloud computing grew drastically in 2019. However, cloud security has dragged behind in development which has resulted in some of the most devastating cyberattacks in history. In traditional offline computing, programs and data are stored locally on a machine. On the organizational scale, data may be stored and shared on local servers that are linked…
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Ransomware Cyberattackers Now Releasing Stolen Data To The Public

Cyberattackers using ransomware for money extortion have recently adopted a new strategy to force victims into succumbing to their threats – releasing sensitive stolen information to the public. This new strategy was brought to light by a recent cyberattack by the Maze Ransomware strain. Typically, ransomware cyberattacks force victims to pay ransom fees by locking…
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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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Microsoft Urges Users To Patch Windows To Defend Against BlueKeep Exploits

To protect yourself from ongoing BlueKeep exploit attacks, Microsoft urges users with systems running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 to update their operating systems. BlueKeep is a vulnerability with the ‘worm’ capability. This means that the malware can spread itself to other vulnerable computers on the network without additional input…
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European Airport Finds 50% of its Computers Infected With Malware

50% of the workstations at an international airport in Europe have been infected by a cryptomining malware. The breach was discovered by researchers from cybersecurity company Cyberbit. The researchers stated that they detected the malware due to abnormal activity of the PAExec tool and Reflective DLL Loading on the infected computers. What is cryptojacking? Cryptojacking…
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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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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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Human Error is still a Leading Cause of Cyber Insurance Incidents, says CFC Underwriting

Multinational insurance company CFC Underwriting says that human error still remains a primary factor in the thousands of cybersecurity insurance claims that the company handles. In 2018, the insurance company received over a thousand claims relating to ransomware, malware, data breaches, and data theft. Of these incidents, CFC Underwriting notes that the following human-driven errors…
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