Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Healthcare Provider Agrees to Cough Up $6M to Settle Data Breach Lawsuit

Healthcare Provider Agrees to Cough Up $6M to Settle Data Breach Lawsuit American healthcare provider Banner Health has agreed to pay the alleged victims of a 2016 data breach $6 million.  Banner Health operates 28 hospitals and specialized facilities across six states,...

US Software Testing Giant Buys AI Firm

US Software Testing Giant Buys AI Firm Software testing and quality assurance company Qualitest has announced the acquisition of an Israeli firm specializing in the creation of automated machine learning tools.  AlgoTrace, which is based in Tel Aviv, uses artificial intelligence (AI)...

Microsoft Patches Just 36 Flaws in December

Microsoft Patches Just 36 Flaws in DecemberMicrosoft has taken pity on system administrators by ending the year with a relatively light patch load fixing just 36 vulnerabilities. The update round includes seven critical flaws and one being actively exploited in...

ISP 1&1 Hit With €9.6 Million GDPR Fine

ISP 1&1 Hit With €9.6 Million GDPR FineInternet service provider (ISP) and hosting company 1&1 has been fined nearly €10 million ($11m) by Germany’s GDPR watchdog for data protection failures in its call centers. The United Internet subsidiary, which operates...

Connected Toys Expose Smart Homes: Report

Connected Toys Expose Smart Homes: Report Security experts have warned of several flaws in connected toys which could allow hackers to talk to the children using them or even launch attacks against the smart home. British consumer advice group Which? enlisted...

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Warning to Charities

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Warning to Charities The British government issued a cybersecurity alert to charities today warning of a spike in reported cases of mandate fraud in which scammers impersonate employees. A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: "We have received several reports...

Cyber Predator Arrests Double in New Jersey

Cyber Predator Arrests Double in New Jersey The number of people arrested for using the internet to exploit people for sexual and other purposes has grown by 2.5 times in just four years in the state of New Jersey. In...

Arkansas to Teach Cybersecurity in High Schools

Arkansas to Teach Cybersecurity in High SchoolsArkansas high school students will be offered cybersecurity courses for the first time next year.  The courses, which are due to commence in the fall of 2020, will be designed to prepare students to...

Data Leak Exposes 750K Birth Certificate Applications

Data Leak Exposes 750K Birth Certificate ApplicationsOver 750,000 applications for US birth certificates have been found exposed online thanks to a misconfigured cloud server. UK security firm Fidus Information Security found the trove, which was left unsecured in an Amazon Web...

UK Government Laptop Losses Soar 400%

UK Government Laptop Losses Soar 400%The UK’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has seen laptop losses soar by 400% over the past three years, according to new Freedom of Information (FOI) data. Security vendor Apricorn sent FOI requests to five government...

Pensacola Under Attack as Suspected Ransomware Strikes

Pensacola Under Attack as Suspected Ransomware StrikesThe US city of Pensacola has become the latest municipality to suffer a suspected ransomware attack taking out local services. The north-west Florida city came under attack early on Saturday morning local time, according...

Wipro Launches Cyber Defense Center Down Under

Wipro Launches Cyber Defense Center Down UnderAn Indian information technology, consulting, and business process services company has opened its first of what could eventually be many cybersecurity centers in Australia. Wipro Limited announced the launch of the NextGen Cyber Defense Center on...

British Cybersecurity Firm Goes Under Owing Millions

British Cybersecurity Firm Goes Under Owing Millions An award-winning British cybersecurity firm has gone into administration owing £3.5m to unsecured creditors. XQ Digital Resilience Limited, which traded as XQ Cyber, brought in administrators David Rubin & Partners after declaring bankruptcy in...

Ransomware Attack on Minnesota Health Facility

Ransomware Attack on Minnesota Health Facility A Minnesota healthcare facility specializing in treatments for the face, teeth, mouth, and jaw has been hit by a ransomware attack. Southeastern Minnesota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (SEMOMS) announced the data security incident on...

Vietnamese Hackers Compromised BMW and Hyundai: Report

Vietnamese Hackers Compromised BMW and Hyundai: ReportA Vietnamese state-backed threat group has been blamed for cyber-attacks that compromised the networks of BMW and Hyundai over recent months. APT32, also known as “Ocean Lotus,” has been operational for the past few...
SC Magazine

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that...

Trickbot Operators Now Selling Attack Tools to APT Actors

North Korea's Lazarus Group - of Sony breach and WannaCry fame - is among the first customers.
Brian Krebs

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions...

Intel Issues Fix for ‘Plundervolt’ SGX Flaw

Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.
TechRepublic

How to stop spam calls right now

Spam calls drive us all crazy. Here are four ways to stop robocalls and other unsolicited phone calls.