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Phishing campaign uses Yahoo breach to hook email

A phishing email sent out within hours after the Yahoo breach news broke is preys on users' concern about their account security

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Tips for negotiating with cyber extortionists

Whether you are opposed to it or not, enterprises need to have a plan for negotiating with people who take their data hostage.

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Ransomware is a sneaky, dangerous cyber threat

Over the past few years, ransomware has been increasing at an alarming rate, and according to various sources it is estimated that cybercriminals made around $1 billion in 2016. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in getting...

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​Humans playing big role in data breaches, says report

Humans continue to play a significant role in data breaches and cyber security incidents, fulfilling the roles of threat actors, targeted victims and incident response stakeholders, according to new research.

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To pay or not to pay: Too many victims say yes to ransomware

Ransomware’s success rate is so alarming that it is the subject of an all-day “summit” at this week’s RSA conference. Ironically, experts say defending against it is not terribly difficult, and how to do it is widely publicized – it’s...

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IoT botnet bogs down college campus network

Senior members of the unnamed university’s help desk had been receiving an increasing number of complaints from students across campus about slow or inaccessible network connectivity. With Verizon's help, they tracked down the botnet...

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Heartbreaking hacks

Every year hackers take advantage of cupid’s sharp arrow to trip-up unsuspecting online users.

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Experts worried about ransomware hitting critical infrastructure

Expect ransomware to grow more aggressive in the coming years, including higher ransom payments and attempts to go beyond attacking data -- by shutting down entire computer systems to utilities or factories.

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Your personal info might be as sick as you

Moshe Ben-Simon, co-founder and vice president of TrapX Security, runs through how hospitals can shore up your data so that cybercriminals can’t get at it.

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Hospital devices left vulnerable, leave patients at risk

A patient lies in a hospital bed waiting for a medical professional to conduct a blood gas analysis. Little does the patient know that his personal information is also undergoing a procedure. The database that stores patient data was...

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To pay, or not to pay, that is the ransomware question

The FBI says don’t pay. Should you heed their advice?

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Hard-to-detect fileless attacks target banks, other organizations

A wave of attacks that have recently affected banks and other enterprises used open-source penetration testing tools loaded directly into memory instead of traditional malware, making their detection much harder.

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Mac malware, possibly made in Iran, targets US defense industry

Just because you’re using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re safe from hackers. That’s what two security researchers are warning, after finding a Mac-based malware that may be an attempt by Iranian actors to target the U.S. defense industry.

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Ransomware 2.0: Anatomy of an emerging multibillion business

What to expect from and how to resist the fastest growing sector of cybercrime in 2017?

MySpace becomes every hackers’ space with top breach in 2016, report says

Hackers revived what is largely perceived as a dormant social media site, stealing as many as 427 million customer records in 2016. Forrester reported that there was not another breach even close but it did say that 75 percent of...

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January 2017: The month in hacks and breaches

Hackers are off to a quick start in the new year.

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Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners

A hacker forced thousands of publicly exposed printers to spew out rogue messages in order to warn their owners about the risks of printer hacking.

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