Cyber Attacks/Espionage

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vBulletin vulnerabilities expose 27 million accounts, including gamers on mail.ru

Recently exploited software vulnerabilities in vBulletin have exposed more than 27 million accounts across nearly a dozen websites. A majority of the compromised accounts are linked to three games on mail.ru. In addition to the gaming...

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A deeper look at business impact of a cyberattack

Few would dispute that cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and in intensity, and most organizations confirm they have now suffered at least one cyber incident. But do those organizations have a true sense of the full impact on...

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Journalists are easy targets for hackers, and that shouldn't surprise anyone

Earlier today, the news broke that Russian intelligence is suspected of hacking journalists at the New York Times and other media outlets. The idea that intelligence agencies would target the media isn't at all surprising. But what...

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Imperva: Application layer DDoS attacks are on the rise

Application layer DDoS attacks are becoming more common, perhaps because they cost less for malicious actors to execute and can more effectively evade defenses than network layer attacks, Imperva says.

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Alleged NSA hackers probably gave away a small fortune by leaking exploits

Anonymous hackers probably gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential sales when they leaked valuable cyberweapons allegedly stolen from the National Security Agency.

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Despite billions spent on cybersecurity, companies aren’t truly safe from hacks

Last year, private-sector companies globally spent more than $75 billion on security software to safeguard their systems and data. Has all that spending made private sector data and systems any safer?

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A push for the less-hackable car

Automotive cybersecurity finally looks like it is on the front burner. But a host of improvements need to be made before the connected car is even relatively safe from hacks.

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Cybercrime damages expected to cost the world $6 trillion by 2021

While there are numerous contributors to the rise in cybercrime -- which is expected to cost the world more than $6 trillion by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015 -- the most obvious predictor is a massive expansion of the global...

Fake attacks by insiders to fool companies

Famous cybercrime groups and hacktivists “brands” may be a smokescreen to cover sophisticated insider attacks.

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Attackers don't need vulnerabilities when the basics work just as well

You might not know it based on the hype and marketing dedicated to APTs and vulnerabilities, but most criminals don't need to target software or use fancy tactics to ruin a network and compromise sensitive data.

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Hackers say leaked NSA tools came from contractor

On Friday, messages posted to Pastebin and Tumblr allege the recently leaked NSA files came from a contractor working a red team engagement for RedSeal, a company that offers a security analytics platform that can assess a given...

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How cyber attacks work [Infographic]

How attackers get in, the tools they use, and how data is stolen.

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Eddie Bauer is latest retailer to be hit by point-of-sale malware

Clothing retailer Eddie Bauer has informed customers that point-of-sale systems at its stores were hit by malware, enabling the theft of payment card information.

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Alleged NSA data dump contain hacking tools rarely seen

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.

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Cisco, Fortinet issue patches against NSA malware

Customers of Cisco and Fortinet security gear need to check that their versions of specific devices are patched against exploits patch exploits made public this week as a result of a purported hack of NSA malware.

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Suspected spycraft, not hacktivism, swirls around alleged NSA hack

Not even the National Security Agency is immune to carelessness, according to noted leaker Edward Snowden. The agency’s operatives can get lazy, and sometimes they leave behind files inside the servers they’ve hacked.

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High-end banking malware hits Brazil

In the past two weeks, IBM's X-Force security team has spotted the high-end banking trojans Zeus Sphinx and Zeus Panda targeting Brazilian financial institutions, according to a new report

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Cerber ransomware earns $2.3mil with 0.3% response rate

The fast-growing Cerber ransomware earned nearly $200,000 in July despite a payment rate of just 0.3 percent as a result of its affiliate distribution model, according to a new report by Check Point

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