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Malspam Campaign Personalizes Emails with Recipient’s Name and Address

A spam campaign is personalizing its emails with the recipient’s name and address so that more people will feel inclined to open the malicious attachment.Sophos Labs has seen several versions of this scam pop up in recent weeks. But although the text differs across samples, all the emails generally follow the same format. The scam email includes the re
Publish At:2017-03-30 14:10 | Read:2636 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News malware Phishing spam

Russian Man Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating Ebury Botnet Conspiracy

A Russian man has pleaded guilty to helping to create and operate a botnet of tens of thousands of machines infected with Ebury malware.On 28 March 2017, Maxim Senakh, 41, of Velikii Novgorod, Russia pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Law enforcement originally indicted Senakh on 13
Publish At:2017-03-29 19:45 | Read:2454 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Fraud Linux malware

Texas Specialty Practice Warns 200K Patients of Ransomware Attack

A specialty practice in Texas has notified more than 200,000 patients of a ransomware attack that might have exposed their personal information.On 24 March, Urology Austin sent out notification letters to 279,663 patients informing them of an incident that occurred back in January. As quoted by DataBreaches.net:“On January 22, 2017, Urology Austin was
Publish At:2017-03-29 01:06 | Read:2719 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News data malware ransomware

Attackers Targeting FTP Servers to Access Patient Health Data, Warns FBI

The FBI issued an alert to the healthcare industry warning of criminal actors actively targeting anonymous File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers to access protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII).According to the FBI’s Cyber Division, attackers are compromising such information from medical and dental entities in order
Publish At:2017-03-29 01:06 | Read:2412 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News anonymous data breach FTP Healthcare

Over 70% of Android Devices Don’t Have Latest Security Patch Installed

According to recent research, the majority of Android devices are running security patches that are months old, leaving users vulnerable to attacks.Mobile security company Skycure released the findings of its Q4 2016 Mobile Threat Intelligence Report, revealing that over 70 percent of Android phones lack the latest security patches.The company evaluated Andr
Publish At:2017-03-25 05:00 | Read:2988 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Android Google mobile patch

Pastry Crimper Accused of Swindling Retiree Out of £35,000 in Dating Scam

A pastry crimper is accused of swindling a retired divorcee out of £35,000 as part of a dating scam.Aysha Begum arriving outside Truro Crown Court. (Source: Cornwall Live)Authorities have accused 27-year-old Aysha Begum, of Hendra Road, St Dennis, St Austell of having spent £35,126.19 knowing that the money came from criminal conduct. Originally, the woman w
Publish At:2017-03-24 10:35 | Read:3644 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News dating Facebook scam

Cerber Ransomware Infecting Users via “Blank Slate” Malspam Emails

Cerber ransomware is infecting unsuspecting users via malspam emails sent out by the “Blank Slate” attack campaign.Blank Slate is known for sending out attack emails with two defining characteristics. First, the emails don’t come with any message text. Second, they don’t contain any information that gives away the nature of their atta
Publish At:2017-03-23 16:10 | Read:2319 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Blank Slate ransomware spam

Man Used BEC Scam to Defraud Two U.S. Companies of $100M

A man used a business email compromise (BEC) scam to defraud two internet companies based in the United States out of 100 million dollars.On 21 March, the FBI along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced criminal charges against Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, of Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuanian authorities arrested Rimasauska
Publish At:2017-03-22 21:45 | Read:2712 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News email Phishing scam

Saks Fifth Avenue Left Customers’ Personal Information Exposed

Luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has inadvertently exposed the personal details of tens of thousands of customers online.According to a report by media company BuzzFeed, customers’ details were, “up until recently, publicly available in plain text.”The incident affected online shoppers who had provided their email addresses and/or phone numbers to joi
Publish At:2017-03-21 08:55 | Read:3656 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News breach Saks Fifth Avenue

‘Celebgate 2.0′ Scam Collects Users’ Personal Information, Posts Twitter Spam

A new scam is capitalizing on reports of ‘Celebgate 2.0′ by making off with users’ personal information and posting spam on Twitter.According to several media outlets, hackers have published the private photos of multiple female actresses including Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, Dylan Penn, and others. Some are calling these leaks “Cel
Publish At:2017-03-21 08:55 | Read:3124 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Data Leak hack scam

Clever Gmail Phishing Scam Tricked Even Technical Users

A Gmail phishing campaign is clever enough to have almost tricked or successfully fooled multiple technical users.The attack, which other contributors to The State of Security have spotted, begins when a Gmail user receives an email. Oftentimes, the message comes from someone they know whose account has already been compromised. The email appears to contain
Publish At:2017-03-20 14:30 | Read:2524 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Gmail Google Phishing

Intel Launches Its First-Ever Bug Bounty Program

Intel has announced it will begin rewarding researchers who responsibly disclose security vulnerabilities they find in its products.On 15 March, the Santa Clara-based multinational corporation and technology company unveiled its first-ever bug bounty. It made the announcement in Vancouver, British Columbia at the CanSecWest security conference, one of The St
Publish At:2017-03-17 12:35 | Read:2929 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Bug Bounty Intel vulnerability

2.2 Million Email Addresses Exposed in Wishbone Data Breach

A popular social media app known as Wishbone has suffered a data breach that exposed 2.2 million email addresses along with 287,000 cell numbers.In the middle of March 2017, security researcher Troy Hunt received a MongoDB database that belongs to Wishbone. The app, first founded in 2015, allows users to vote on two-choice polls. Over the past two years, it&
Publish At:2017-03-16 18:05 | Read:3200 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News breach password social networking

Third-Party Twitter Service Hacked to Push Out Nazi-Themed Tweets

Attackers hacked a third-party service and used their unauthorized access to push out Nazi-themed tweets from high-profile Twitter accounts.On 14 March, prominent companies, publishers, and personalities tweeted out messages containing swastikas and the hashtags #NaziGermany and #NaziHollan written in Turkish. It’s thought that supporters of Turkey sen
Publish At:2017-03-15 23:30 | Read:2804 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News hack third-party Twitter

Survey: 90% of Internet Users Don’t Know How To Protect Themselves Online

In a recent survey by tech giant Mozilla, an overwhelming majority of Internet users admitted they are not informed about how to protect themselves online.The survey polled over 30,000 participants from around the globe – including France, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK – in an effort to learn more about users’ views on privacy, encryption and
Publish At:2017-03-15 05:05 | Read:2892 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Mozilla online Privacy Survey

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