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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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Today We Say Goodbye to Windows 7

Goodbye Windows 7 - today, January 14th 2020, is the day that Microsoft officially ends security support for Windows 7 computers. This means that PCs still running the decade old operating system will no longer be receiving security updates from Microsoft. According to NetMarketShare's statistics, 1/3 of PCs around the world are still running Windows…
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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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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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Watch Out! Supply Chain Attacks are on the Rise

In a recent report, Microsoft has stated that supply chain attacks have become an increasingly pressing concern for cybersecurity professionals. What are Supply Chain Attacks? Computer software is constantly updated by developers. These are released to the public through cycles of patches. A supply Chain Attack is a type of cyberattack that infiltrates a victim’s…
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How do Cyberattackers Exploit your own Programs?

Due to major strides in cybersecurity protection in the past few years, cyberattackers have needed to find alternate methods of infiltrating victims’ computers. One strategy that has seen a recent increase is the exploitation of programs that already exist on victims’ computers - a strategy called “Living off the Land”. IBM has stated that over…
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Data Exposure: How do you avoid it?

The first major data exposure of 2019 has occurred. VOIPo, a Voice-Over-IP service provider based in California, accidentally publicized its databases, leading to almost 7 million VOIP call logs, message logs, and other sensitive information being leaked. The leak was discovered by Cloudfare security researcher Justin Paine, who found out that VOIPo’s data was available…
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Why are Cyberattackers Targetting Loyalty Programs?

Cyberattackers have recently taken an interest in hacking company loyalty programs. This was illustrated by a recent data breach in Marriott, which affected over 500 million customers. The guests that were affected were a part of the organization’s Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, which is a joint program by Marriott and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.…
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Microsoft 365 Multifactor Authentication Crash Locks Users Out

Multifactor authentication is a layer of IT security meant to prevent cyberattackers from being able to access your accounts. It does this by sending one-time use codes to users’ phones every time they log in from an unfamiliar device. Therefore, even if an attacker has your password, they will not be able to access your…
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