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Derp! DDoS attacker who brought down EA, Sony, and Steam jailed for 27 months

A 23-year-old man has plenty of time to mull over whether it’s funny to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against online video gaming services, after he was sentenced to prison this week.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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St John Ambulance service hit by ransomware attack

The UK’s St John Ambulance service says that it was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this week, but if the attackers hoped they might massively disrupt the volunteer first aid service then they’ll be massively disappointed.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Oli Skertchly.


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You lost US Customs Border data? You’re losing your government contracts…

“Evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity” led to suspension of federal contracts for hacked subcontracting firm.


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US Cyber Command warns nation-state hackers are exploiting old Microsoft Outlook bug. Make sure you’re patched!

US Cyber Command has issued an alert about an unnamed foreign country’s attempt to spread malware through the exploitation of a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook, as concerns are raised of a rise in an Iranian-backed hacking group’s activities.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Ex-Equifax CIO, who knew about huge data breach, jailed for insider trading

So, just what was Equifax doing during those 40 days between discovering it had been hacked and sharing the bad news with the world?

Well, now we know. Or at least we know what Jun Ying, the CIO of Equifax US Information Solutions, was doing.


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Malware makes an exhibition of itself

If you happen to be in the Netherlands in the next few months you may be interested in dropping into an unusual art exhibition.

From Friday 5 July until 10 November, you’ll be able to check out “Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection” at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.


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Fortune 100 passwords, email archives, and corporate secrets left exposed on unsecured Amazon S3 servers

Some of the world’s biggest companies have had 750GB worth of their innermost secrets revealed on unsecured Amazon S3 buckets, available for anybody to download – no password required.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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After €24 million stolen by typosquatting a cryptocurrency exchange, six people arrested

European police have arrested six people as part of an investigation into a theft which saw €24 million (US $27 millon) stolen from users of cryptocurrency exchange.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #134: Sextortion, silicone face masks, and a DDoS doofus

Scammers steal millions by impersonating a French politician, we offer fashion tips for DDoS attackers, and hear how a small town fought a sextortionist preying on young women.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Jessica Barker.


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$1.1 million in two weeks – Florida cities pay out big to ransomware gangs

Cybercriminals have learnt something very valuable in the last couple of weeks: in order to regain access to their data, cities in Florida are prepared to pay out huge Bitcoin ransoms to hackers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Bought a second-hand Nest Cam? It might have been spying on you

Even if you initiated a factory reset of the popular Nest Cam Indoor home security camera, connected to third-party partner services via Works with Nest, it might still be possible for a user to access its video feed.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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400GB of hacked files from US border surveillance contractor are available for anyone to download

Stolen CBP data has been distributed via torrent sites, and is now available for anyone to download.


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Two brothers arrested for Bitfinex hack and multi-year cryptocurrency phishing campaign

Computer crime authorities in Israel have arrested two brothers in connection with a phishing campaign that spread over multiple years and the 2016 hack of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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WeTransfer security failure results in file transfer emails being sent to the wrong people

WeTransfer, the popular online service for sharing large files easily without having to worry about gobbling up email inbox quotas, has suffered what the company is calling a “security incident.”


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Office 365 proves popular with phishers

With 180 million active users it’s no wonder that Microsoft Office 365 has caught the attention of online criminals.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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