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Woman Scammed out of $270,000 From Match.com Relationship Friday, January 06, 2017 today.com Believing in long-distance love, Betty Davies fell victim to a romance scam on Match.com. Davies wired a “love interest” scammer her life savings, a whopping $270,000, which left her with nothing.
Why Ransomware Is Only Going to Get Worse Friday, January 06, 2017 darkreading.com Ransomware is perhaps the most ingenious cybercrime in the history of the Internet in terms of its simplicity and effectiveness. It has caused absolute terror in nearly every industry, affecting almost 50% of organizations in 2016, and is considered one of the top cyberthreats to the enterprise for 2017.
Stolen Passwords Fuel Cardless ATM Fraud Friday, January 06, 2017 krebsonsecurity.com Some financial institutions are now offering so-called “cardless ATM” transactions that allow customers to withdraw cash using nothing more than their mobile phones. But as the following story illustrates, this new technology also creates an avenue for thieves to quickly and quietly convert stolen customer bank account usernames and passwords into cold hard cash. Worse still, fraudulent cardless ATM withdrawals may prove more difficult for customers to dispute because they place the victim at the scene of the crime.
Ransomware Scheme Targets Schools, Colleges and Head Teachers Friday, January 06, 2017 zdnet.com Cybercriminals are pretending to be government officials as part of a ransomware scheme which is targeting schools and demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unencrypt the locked files. Action Fraud, the UK's fraud and cybercrime centre, and the City of London police, have issued a warning over the activity, which begins with criminals contacting the targeted schools with a phone call.
NIST Finalizes Cyberattack Recovery Guidance Wednesday, January 04, 2017 gcn.com Preventing all cyberattacks is a good, but unrealistic, goal. That’s why preparing for recovery from a cyber incident can be just as important as prevention, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The agency’s Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery provides a single resource to help organizations develop strategies to contain an opponent and restore operations quickly.
Before You Pay That Ransomware Demand… Monday, January 02, 2017 krebsonsecurity.com A decade ago, if a desktop computer got infected with malware the chief symptom probably was an intrusive browser toolbar of some kind. Five years ago you were more likely to get whacked by a banking trojan that stole all your passwords and credit card numbers. These days if your mobile or desktop computer is infected what gets installed is likely to be “ransomware” — malicious software that locks your most prized documents, songs and pictures with strong encryption and then requires you to pay for a key to unlock the files. Here’s some basic advice about where to go, what to do — and what not to do — when you or someone you know gets hit with ransomware.
Transition to Trump Administration: The Cyber Risks Monday, January 02, 2017 healthcareinfosecurity.com As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton. "We're really in a transitional state right now," Medairy says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. "We're shifting from the Obama administration to the new Trump administration ... The new administration's policies around cyber are still being defined." This lack of definitive cybersecurity policies makes the U.S. particularly vulnerable, he contends.
Cyber Threat Awareness Education: A Priority for 2017 Monday, January 02, 2017 bankinfosecurity.com Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons, which operates more than 100 care centers in the state of Washington.
Phone Scams Reach Record 10.2 Billion Wednesday, January 04, 2017 blog.credit.com Does it feel like you’ve had more than your fair share of robocalls this year? If so, you’re not alone. Phone scammers were extra busy in 2016, making a record 10.2 billion robocalls to Americans, offering them everything from fake cruises and gift cards to opportunities to support bogus charities, according to a new report from Hiya, a company providing caller ID and call-blocker apps.
Russian Operation Hacked a Vermont Utility, Showing Risk to U.S. Electrical Grid Security, Officials Say Saturday, December 31, 2016 washingtonpost.com A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.
US Government Subcontractor Leaks Confidential Military Personnel Data Saturday, December 31, 2016 zdnet.com A Pentagon subcontractor has exposed reams of highly sensitive details belonging to active military healthcare professionals online, some of which hold top-secret security clearances...Many of the victims involved in the data leak are part of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which includes those both formerly employed by US military branches, such as the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and those presumably still on active deployment...Names, contract types, Social Security numbers, and duty start dates -- dating back to 1998 -- as well as billet numbers that detail the living quarters for when staff are not on active duty, are all included in the information leak. Unit assignments and places of work, which include military bases and their postings worldwide, were also in the documents.
How Smartphones Are Becoming Hacking Targets Wednesday, January 04, 2017 consumerreports.org In the wake of last month's "Gooligan" attacks, which targeted more than a million Android devices and gained access to the users' Google accounts, experts are suggesting that a flood of similar smartphone hacking incidents may be on the way in 2017.
Corporate Boards Aren't Prepared for Cyberattacks Wednesday, January 04, 2017 networkworld.com Major cyberattacks against organizations of all sizes seem to happen almost weekly. On Dec. 14, Yahoo announced the largest-ever data breach, involving more than 1 billion customer accounts. Despite the scale and potential harm from such attacks, there's wide recognition that corporate leaders, especially boards of directors, aren't taking the necessary actions to defend their companies against such attacks. It's not just a problem of finding the right cyber-defense tools and services, but also one of management awareness and security acumen at the highest level, namely corporate boards.
21 Biggest Cybercriminal Busts of 2016 Saturday, December 31, 2016 darkreading.com This year has been a major wake-up call to security pros as cyberattacks grew larger and more dangerous. Now, hackers are learning their actions come with hefty consequences. Cybercriminals are starting to spend more time in the courtroom -- and behind bars -- as law enforcement cracks down on crime.
3 Men Made Millions by Hacking Merger Lawyers, U.S. Says Saturday, December 31, 2016 nytimes.com Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged three Chinese citizens with making more than $4 million by trading on information they got by hacking into some of the top merger-advising law firms in New York. The three men targeted at least seven New York law firms to try to obtain information about deals in the works, according to an indictment.
Mccain Plans Russia Cyber Hearing for Thursday Friday, December 30, 2016 politico.com Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain has scheduled a hearing on cyber threats for Thursday, where the issue of Russia's election-year hacking will take center stage, a source familiar with the committee's planning told POLITICO. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre are scheduled to testify, according to the source.
Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking Friday, December 30, 2016 nytimes.com Intelligence agencies have concluded that the G.R.U. ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations, with the approval of the Kremlin, and ultimately enabled the publication of the emails it harvested to benefit Donald J. Trump’s campaign.
Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment Friday, December 30, 2016 whitehouse.gov President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government.
GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity [PDF] Friday, December 30, 2016 us-cert.gov This Joint Analysis Report (JAR) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities. The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE.
Stop Calling Everything a "Hack" Friday, December 30, 2016 zdnet.com Nevada state government's website was leaking thousands of social security numbers, and highly sensitive personal data. They said it was a hack. Spoiler alert: It wasn't.
The Great A.I. Awakening Friday, December 30, 2016 nytimes.com How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
Nevada Leaks Thousands of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications Friday, December 30, 2016 cbsnews.com Each application, eight pages in length, includes the person’s full name, home address, citizenship, and even their weight and height, race, and eye and hair color. The applications also include the applicant’s citizenship, their driving license number (where applicable), and social security number.
FDA Finalizes Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices Friday, December 30, 2016 healthcareitnews.com On Dec. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final guidance addressing the cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, outlining how manufacturers should maintain security of internet-connected devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps.
Russian Cyberforgers Steal Millions a Day With Fake Sites Thursday, December 22, 2016 nytimes.com In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched.
Encryption Backdoors Are Against Us National Interest, Say Lawmakers Thursday, December 22, 2016 zdnet.com Any attempt to weaken encryption is against the national interest, a group of US lawmakers has warned. The widespread use of strong encryption has lead to complaints from law enforcement agencies that they are unable to access to communications of criminals - the so-called 'going dark' issue. This has lead to calls for government to order tech companies to install backdoors into the encryption they use, in order to allow investigators access to data. Critics of this move argue backdoors would weaken security and privacy for everyone, with little benefit to law enforcement.
How to Spot a Housing Rental Scam Thursday, December 22, 2016 washingtonpost.com As is typically the case at the beginning of a new administration under a new president, thousands of people in government will be relocating to the Washington region. Out-of-towners are prime targets of scammers because they’re unfamiliar with the rental stock and prices here and are not around to see the properties in person. [The lessons in this piece apply anywhere - not just DC]
Yahoo Email Scan Shows U.S. Spy Push to Recast Constitutional Privacy Thursday, December 22, 2016 reuters.com Yahoo Inc's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings.
U.S. Government Loses to Russia's Disinformation Campaign: Advisers Wednesday, December 21, 2016 reuters.com The U.S. government spent more than a decade preparing responses to malicious hacking by a foreign power but had no clear strategy when Russia launched a disinformation campaign over the internet during the U.S. election campaign, current and former White House cyber security advisers said. Far more effort has gone into plotting offensive hacking and preparing defenses against the less probable but more dramatic damage from electronic assaults on the power grid, financial system or direct manipulation of voting machines.
Mobile Banking Trojans Adopt Ransomware Features Wednesday, December 21, 2016 csoonline.com Cybercriminals are adding file-encrypting features to traditional mobile banking trojans, creating hybrid threats that can steal sensitive information and lock user files at the same time. One such trojan is called Faketoken and its primary functionality is to generate fake login screens for more than 2,000 financial applications in order to steal login credentials. The malicious app also displays phishing pages to steal credit card information, and it can read and send text messages.
Be on High Alert for This Holiday Spam Wednesday, December 21, 2016 csoonline.com Scam artists see the holidays as an opportunity to rip people off. This year is no different. PhishMe’s Chief Threat Scientist Gary Warner has caught a few to share.
Report: $3-5M in Ad Fraud Daily From ‘Methbot’ Wednesday, December 21, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com New research suggests that an elaborate cybercrime ring is responsible for stealing between $3 million and $5 million worth of revenue from online publishers and video advertising networks each day. Experts say the scam relies on a vast network of cloaked Internet addresses, rented data centers, phony Web sites and fake users made to look like real people watching short ad segments online.
Locky Ransomware: How This Malware Menace Evolved in Just 12 Months Wednesday, December 21, 2016 zdnet.com Ransomware has become one of the biggest menaces on the internet: one analysis puts the total cost of the file-encrypting malware at $1bn for the whole year. Cyber-criminals have found that encrypting someone's files, usually by tricking them into clicking on a malicious attachment, and forcing them to pay a ransom to regain access can be extremely lucrative.
I Dialed a Wrong Number and Stumbled Into International Phone Fraud Friday, December 09, 2016 theatlantic.com Defrauding people who call wrong numbers is, relatively speaking, pretty small scale fraud. But there are also organized crime rings that actively seek out victims for similar scams, all of which fall under the umbrella of international revenue share fraud (IRSF).
Visa Delays Chip Deadline for Pumps to 2020 Friday, December 09, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Visa this week delayed by three years a deadline for fuel station owners to install payment terminals at the pump that are capable of handling more secure chip-based cards. Experts say the new deadline — extended from 2017 — comes amid a huge spike in fuel pump skimming, and means fraudsters will have another three years to fleece banks and their customers by installing card-skimming devices at the pump.
US-CERT Unveils New Cybersecurity Incident Notification Guidelines Friday, December 09, 2016 meritalk.com The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) this week announced its new cybersecurity incident notification guidelines, which will go into effect April 1, 2017. These new guidelines will affect all Federal departments and agencies, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities; Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations; and foreign, commercial, and private-sector organizations.
Prosecutor's Office Paid Bitcoin Ransom in Cyberattack Friday, December 09, 2016 abcnews.go.com A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday.
U.S. Lawmaker: Sony Hack May Have Inspired Russian Election Hacking Tuesday, December 06, 2016 reuters.com The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday. "Russia may have concluded that they could hack American institutions and there'd be no price to pay," Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said at a press breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
N. Korea Accused of Hacking S. Korea' Military Cyber-Command Tuesday, December 06, 2016 scmagazineuk.com "It seems the intranet server of the cyber-command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been hacked," an official at the Ministry of National Defence told Yonhap News Agency.
DDoS, IoT Top Cybersecurity Priorities for 45th President Tuesday, December 06, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Addressing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to knock Web services offline and security concerns introduced by the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) should be top cybersecurity priorities for the 45th President of the United States, according to a newly released blue-ribbon report commissioned by President Obama.
How to Hack a Credit Card in 6 Seconds [Video] Tuesday, December 06, 2016 thehackernews.com As India attempts an upgrade to a cashless society, cyber security experts have raised serious concerns and revealed how to find credit card information – including expiration dates and CVV numbers – in just 6 seconds.
85 Million Accounts Exposed in Dailymotion Hack Tuesday, December 06, 2016 csoonline.com Breach notification service LeakedSource, announced on Monday that they have obtained 85.2 million records from Dailymotion, one of the largest video platforms on the Web. The compromised data consists of email addresses, usernames, and some passwords.
FTC Releases Summary of Workshop on Privacy Disclosures Tuesday, December 06, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com On November 30, 2016, the FTC released a staff summary (the “Summary”) of a public workshop called Putting Disclosures to the Test. The workshop, which was held on September 15, 2016, examined ways of testing and evaluating company disclosures regarding advertising claims and privacy practices. The Summary reviews the workshop and its key takeaways.
5 Ways Data Classification Can Prevent an Education Data Breach Thursday, December 01, 2016 csoonline.com The explosion of data in the education sector can help institutions streamline and improve access to student and user records, as well as creating new efficiencies that reduce administrative tasks, while reaching more students with better and more targeted curriculum. But despite the multitude of benefits, this groundswell of information can also have negative impact if mismanaged.
Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware Thursday, December 01, 2016 thehackernews.com If you own an Android smartphone, Beware! A new Android malware that has already breached more than 1 Million Google accounts is infecting around 13,000 devices every day. Dubbed Gooligan, the malware roots vulnerable Android devices to steal email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. With this information in hands, the attackers are able to hijack your Google account and access your sensitive information from Google apps including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and G Suite.
xHamster Hackers Have ‘Exposed 380,000 Porn-Lovers’ Thursday, December 01, 2016 thesun.co.uk A shadowy group of cybercrooks leaked a database which reportedly contain hundreds of thousands of usernames and email address. If the information is correct, it could potentially expose the identities of men and women who used the site to get their kicks. This could allow digi-crims to blackmail people by threatening to expose the secret shame of their porn habit.
Android 'Gooligan' Hackers Just Scored the Biggest Ever Theft of Google Accounts Monday, December 05, 2016 forbes.com A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan strain has infected as many as 1.3 million Android phones since August, completely prising the devices open and stealing the tokens users are given to verify they are authorized to access accounts. Its main aim, though, is not to pilfer all that juicy data in Gmail or Docs, but to force users into downloading apps as part of a huge advertising fraud scheme, making as much as $320,000 a month.
New Mirai Worm Knocks 900K Germans Offline Monday, December 05, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com More than 900,000 customers of German ISP Deutsche Telekom (DT) were knocked offline this week after their Internet routers got infected by a new variant of a computer worm known as Mirai. The malware wriggled inside the routers via a newly discovered vulnerability in a feature that allows ISPs to remotely upgrade the firmware on the devices. But the new Mirai malware turns that feature off once it infests a device, complicating DT’s cleanup and restoration efforts.
San Francisco Latest Victim of Ransomware Monday, December 05, 2016 gcn.com The San Francisco transit system is the latest public-sector victim of ransomware after attackers shut down ticketing machines and demanded payment. The attack occurred on Friday, Nov. 25, with a message appearing on station workers’ computer screens: "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(email@example.com)ID:681, Enter." By Sunday, the city’s Municipal Transit Agency said it had the situation “contained” and was restoring “systems to be fully operational.”
HHS Announces HIPAA Settlement With UMass Monday, December 05, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com On June 18, 2013, UMass reported to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) that one of its computer systems at its Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing (the “Center”) had been infected by a malware program, resulting in the unauthorized disclosure of electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) of 1,670 individuals, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, health insurance information, diagnoses and procedure codes.
18-Year-Old "Computer Genius" Charged With Launching DDoS Attacks Tuesday, November 29, 2016 bleepingcomputer.com U.S. authorities charged Michaela Gabriella King, 18, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania with launching multiple DDoS attacks against Franklin Regional High School, the school she was attending. According to investigators, King used the BetaBooter DDoS stressor to launch DDoS attacks on her school's network, from her home computer, her mobile phone, but most of the time from computers at school.
How to Dodge Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Hackers Tuesday, November 29, 2016 csoonline.com Hackers are writing apps, setting up phony Wi-Fi networks and unleashing malware in attempts to turn legitimate Black Friday 2016 and Cyber Monday retailing into profits for themselves, according to security experts.
Hacking and the 2016 Presidential Election Friday, November 25, 2016 schneier.com Was the 2016 presidential election hacked? It's hard to tell. There were no obvious hacks on Election Day, but new reports have raised the question of whether voting machines were tampered with in three states that Donald Trump won this month: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Bruce Schneier: 'The Internet Era of Fun and Games Is Over' Friday, November 25, 2016 dailydot.com Internet pioneer Bruce Schneier issued a dire proclamation in front of the House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee Wednesday: “It might be that the internet era of fun and games is over, because the internet is now dangerous.” The meeting, which focused on the security vulnerabilities created by smart devices, came in the wake of the Oct. 21 cyberattack on Dyn that knocked Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, and other major web services offline.
Why Online Shopping Fraud Is Expected to Jump 43% This Holiday Season and How to Protect Yourself Tuesday, November 29, 2016 forbes.com The holiday shopping season isn’t all wish lists, massive sales and beautifully wrapped gifts. Unfortunately, along with millions of transactions comes a high incidence of fraud — and the nature of that fraud is changing this year due to the shift over the last year or so to EMV, or chip, cards. A survey of 125 retailers representing 13% of online sales projects that online fraud attempts will rise 43% this year over last.
Report: European Banks Struck by ATM Jackpotting Attacks Tuesday, November 29, 2016 databreachtoday.com Hackers have been draining ATMs of cash across Europe after compromising the networks of banks and planting malicious software on the machines, the security company Group-IB says. But the Russian company's report is being cautiously reviewed by some in the financial services industry.
The New Cybersecurity War Takes Shape Friday, November 25, 2016 itproportal.com The stakes could not be higher. With financial data, medical records, intellectual property, and even military information in constant motion around the globe, our entire way of life depends on the security of our data. The expanding internet of things opens a new realm of vulnerable systems, and raises for the first time the prospect that hackers and spies can inflict immediate physical damage on their targets.
Almost 600,000 at Risk of Identity Theft After US Department of Housing and Urban Development Data Breach Monday, November 21, 2016 valleynewslive.com A Fargo woman received a letter from public housing saying she was at risk of identity theft. It was a result of a US Department of Housing and Urban Development data breach and now she's worried for her safety. "The government's supposed to protect you and your information. You have to sign all these forms to release your information to them and all this privacy statement and then something like this happens," says the mother of four.
Email Scam Targets People Buying a Home Monday, November 21, 2016 ktvb.com The way this scam works is a hacker accesses an email account that belongs to a buyer, realtor, tile representative or mortgage lender. The hacker monitors the communications and learns information about the purchase and then makes their move. "Right before it goes to close an email kind of pops up to the buyer saying 'Hey, actually wiring instructions have changed. Here's the new link or here's the new account number,’ and it's tied to a fraudulent account," said Breanna Vanstrom, Boise Regional Realtors chief executive officer. She said then the buyer assumes they’re talking to the agent or lender, they wire the money to the scammer’s account and the money is gone.
Officials Warn About Secret Sister Gift Exchange Scam Monday, November 21, 2016 wnep.com Now that the holiday season is here again, so is a familiar holiday scam. Police are warning people about the "secret sister gift exchange" currently making the rounds on social media, including Facebook. The secret sister gift exchange promises that if you buy one $10 gift for someone and add your name to a list, you'll get between six and 36 gifts in the mail. Authorities say it's too good to be true and illegal.
The Package Delivery Scam Is Back Monday, November 21, 2016 clark.com Here's how it works: scammers send fake emails with subject lines containing the text (or similar to): "USPS Delivery Failure Notification." The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted package delivery. The emails then instruct the person to click on a link for more information regarding how and when to get their package delivered.
Can Government Agencies Ever Unmask the Insider Threat? Monday, November 21, 2016 gcn.com The recent arrest of Harold Martin, another National Security Agency contractor charged with allegedly stealing top secret computer code, is a reminder that the greatest cyber threats facing an organization often don’t come from a rogue nation -- they come from within. Despite significant increases in cybersecurity awareness, including the Presidential Executive Order 13587 -- which provides structural reforms to improve the security of classified networks and the responsible sharing of classified information -- there is no level of profiling that can predict insider threats with 100 percent effectiveness.
AdultFriendFinder Network Finally Comes Clean to Members About Hack Monday, November 21, 2016 zdnet.com The company behind AdultFriendFinder.com has only just begun directly informing its users that their data has been stolen, a week after it publicly admitted that its networks had been compromised. Friend Finder Networks, which owns several adult dating and entertainment sites including AdultFriendFinder.com and Cams.com, alerted users of a "security incident" in a message on Sunday, a little over a week after we first reported of the scale of the breach, which affected over 400 million accounts.
How to Keep Your Secrets Safe on Amazon, Netflix, Other Sites Monday, November 21, 2016 usatoday.com Your device says a lot about you: Your pastimes, your taste in music, your curiosities and the things you shop for. So how do you maintain your privacy online, even with the people who are closest to you? Here are a few simple tricks to help you keep your secrets under wraps.
Adobe Fined $1M in Multistate Suit Over 2013 Breach; No Jail for Spamhaus Attacker Friday, November 18, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Adobe will pay just $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by 15 state attorneys general over its huge 2013 data breach that exposed payment records on approximately 38 million people. In other news, the 39-year-old Dutchman responsible for coordinating an epic, weeks-long distributed denial-of-service attack against anti-spam provider Spamhaus in 2013 will avoid any jail time for his crimes thanks to a court ruling in Amsterdam this week.
NIST Releases Cybersecurity Guidance for Internet of Things Friday, November 18, 2016 insideprivacy.com As more and more of our appliances, cars, devices, and other “things” are connected to the Internet and to each other, participants in the IoT manufacturing ecosystem, consumers, and the government are focusing on how best to harness the power of this rapid technological advancement, while understanding and mitigating new cyber threats. According to NIST, the purpose of the Guidance is to address “fundamental weaknesses in system architecture and design” that “can only be addressed with a holistic approach based on sound systems security engineering techniques and security design principles.”
New Airline Scam Promises Free Emirates Flight Tickets Friday, November 18, 2016 welivesecurity.com Year-end celebrations are close and many people are looking to book their plane tickets to visit relatives and friends. As expected, cybercriminals are looking to exploit users over the festive period – social engineering techniques are frequent over the holidays, as demonstrated by a scam that is promising people free flight tickets.
Consumers' Poor Cyber Hygiene Costs Them Billions Friday, November 18, 2016 scmagazine.com The fact that cybercrime impacts hundreds of millions of people, has cost its victims more than $100 billion and most people know of the danger has done little to limit the general complacency and unsafe behavior still prevalent among internet users.
3 Mobile UK Hacked – 6 Million Customers' Private Data at Risk Friday, November 18, 2016 thehackernews.com Three, one of UK's biggest mobile operators, has become the latest victim of a massive data breach that reportedly left the personal information and contact details of 6 Million of its customers exposed.
Adult Website Data Breaches Pose Risk of Blackmail to Those Exposed Friday, November 18, 2016 nextadvisor.com When the database of a website is privy to some of the darker secrets its users would rather not share with most of the world, such as an adult-oriented website, is hacked, the risks go beyond identity theft and financial woes.
Chicago Public Schools Notifies Families of Student Data Breach Friday, November 18, 2016 chicagotribune.com Chicago Public Schools has notified the families of about 30,000 students that a district employee improperly distributed confidential student information to a charter school operator for use in a mail advertising campaign...information included students' names, addresses, grade levels and their current elementary schools.
The 7 Most Significant Government Data Breaches Friday, November 18, 2016 darkreading.com Mega compromises at federal and state agencies over the past three years has compromised everything from personal data on millions to national security secrets.
IRS Aims to Improve Tax Preparer Security to Combat ID Theft Friday, November 18, 2016 accountingtoday.com The Internal Revenue Service has launched the second year of its public awareness campaign aimed at improving taxpayer security in partnership with tax software companies, tax preparation chains and state tax authorities. The campaign from the IRS and its partners in its Security Summit program includes a series of security awareness tax tips, a set of suggestions on the Taxes. Security. Together. web page and the single-page Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers.
Measure Strengthening Identity Theft Protections for Seniors Passes in Washington Friday, November 18, 2016 seattletimes.com I-1501, which earned 71 percent of the vote in Tuesday returns, sought to increase penalties against perpetrators and change the state’s Public Records Act to bar disclosure of personal information about in-home care-givers and their clients...Opponents claim the union-backed measure only included language about protecting seniors and others as a smokescreen to get the records-act changes.
“Freeze Identity Thieves” Initiative to Remind Hoosiers About ID Theft Friday, November 18, 2016 tribstar.com Every two seconds someone in America has their identity stolen. According to a Javelin Strategy & Research study, about $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015. To combat this growing criminal industry that destroys the good names and credit ratings of innocent people, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the “Freeze Identity Thieves” statewide public awareness effort again this year aimed at arming Hoosiers with a simple, effective ID theft prevention tool: the credit freeze. Zoeller is urging Hoosiers to sign up for a credit freeze to guard against fraud this holiday shopping season, when cybercrime is common.
Beware Utility Scams -- Your Power Will Not Be Shut Off Immediately Friday, November 18, 2016 forbes.com Today is the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Day, a day supported by members of the water, gas and electric industries to form a unified front against scammers. This day is a part of a week-long advocacy and awareness campaign focused on exposing the tactics scammers use to steal money from utility customers and on educating customers about how to protect themselves.
Dominion Customers Report Being Spoofed Friday, November 18, 2016 witn.com Officials say more than 500 Dominion Power customers have been contacted by scammers who threaten to disconnect their service unless they immediately pay through a prepaid debit card. The scammers use caller I.D. spoofing software so a customer thinks they are actually receiving a call from Dominion, but Dominion officials said in a statement that the company never threatens their customers nor demands a specific form of payment.
iPhones Secretly Send Call History to Apple, Security Firm Says Thursday, November 17, 2016 theintercept.com Apple emerged as a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. The company has gone to great lengths to secure customer data in recent years, by implementing better encryption for all phones and refusing to undermine that encryption. But private information still escapes from Apple products under some circumstances. The latest involves the company’s online syncing service iCloud.
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Now Houses State-Of-The-Art Cybercrime Lab Thursday, November 17, 2016 newyork.cbslocal.com The new 17,000 square foot facility includes a 2,000 square foot crime lab and space for 75 full-time staffers from the DA’s office and the NYPD, along with cyber intelligence analysts, forensic analysts and cell site analysts, according to a release by the DA’s office. “Having the tools located in the center really makes a difference to criminals who have found that the click of a mouse is much larger than the shot of a gun when you are committing a robbery,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter terrorism John Miller said.
Detective Spreads Fraud Awareness in His Community Thursday, November 17, 2016 acfeinsights.squarespace.com For Rick Belik, CFE, Omaha Police Department Detective and part-time Task Force Officer for the FBI's White Collar Crime Task Force, fraud is often very personal. Belik, who was awarded the ACFE Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award in 2015, has dealt with numerous cases of elder fraud.
Is Critical Infrastructure the Next DDoS Target? Thursday, November 17, 2016 csoonline.com A massive Distributed Denial of Service attack shut down a portion of the internet recently. Experts say it is unlikely a similar attack could take down the grid or other critical infrastructure but acknowledge that security remains weak in the industry.
Feds Release Guidelines for Security of Internet-Connected Devices Tuesday, November 15, 2016 thehill.com The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) formally unveiled their guidelines for increasing the security of internet-connected devices at a conference on Tuesday, a month ahead of schedule. The guidelines come amid new concerns about the security of the many devices that connect to the internet.
Broward Health Data Breach Released Patient Information to Tax Fraud Ring Wednesday, November 16, 2016 floridabulldog.org The stolen information were hospital Facesheets that contain a patient’s full name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, Social Security number, primary insurance provider, insurance guarantor, reason for visit, emergency contact/next of kin information.
Horizon Says Privacy Breach Could Affect up to 170K N.J. Customers Tuesday, November 15, 2016 nj.com "While no social security numbers, financial information, addresses or dates of birth were included on the statements, (the letters) may include member name, member ID number, claim number, date of service, limited description of services, service codes or provider/facility name," according to the announcement.
Adult FriendFinder Hit With One of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever, Report Says Tuesday, November 15, 2016 washingtonpost.com A hack against popular adult dating and entertainment company FriendFinder Networks exposed data related to more than 412 million user accounts, according to a report from breach notification site LeakedSource. If the report is correct, that would make the breach one of the largest on record in terms of the number of accounts affected. It also would mark the second such incident at the company in two years.
Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say Wednesday, November 16, 2016 nytimes.com Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.
TSA Precheck on Hold Over Cybersecurity Issues Wednesday, November 16, 2016 consumerist.com The Los Angeles Times reports that the TSA sent a letter to potential vendors, explaining that it had paused expansion of PreCheck because of “increased and evolving cybersecurity risks over the past year."
How to Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft Wednesday, November 16, 2016 cnbc.com Scammers aren't just after your money. These days, they also want your health insurance card. A recent study found the number of cases of medical identity theft jumped more than 21 percent in just one year, costing the average victim $13,500 to fix.
County Pays Ransom to Computer Hackers Monday, November 14, 2016 heraldbulletin.com Informed county sources, that didn’t want to be named, indicated the ransom paid by Madison County was $28,000, which was paid on the advice of the county’s insurance carrier, Travelers Insurance. Captain Dave Bursten with the Indiana State Police said the investigation is ongoing. “Investigations of this nature are complicated, are rarely solved and typically involve criminal actors from foreign countries,” he said.
AdultFriendFinder Network Hack Exposes 412 Million Accounts Monday, November 14, 2016 zdnet.com A massive data breach targeting adult dating and entertainment company Friend Finder Network has exposed more than 412 million accounts. The hack includes 339 million accounts from AdultFriendFinder.com, which the company describes as the "world's largest sex and swinger community." That also includes over 15 million "deleted" accounts that wasn't purged from the databases.
Adobe Settles Multistate Data Breach Enforcement Action Monday, November 14, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com The AVC stems from a 2013 breach of one of Adobe’s public-facing servers that allowed an attacker to steal data from Adobe’s network. The stolen data included names, addresses, telephone numbers, usernames, email addresses, encrypted and unencrypted passwords, plain text password hints and encrypted payment card numbers and expiration dates. Adobe notified more than 3.1 million customers whose credit or debit card information was stolen, and nearly 33 million active users whose passwords were stolen.
Dark Web Hackers Boast of Tesco Bank Thefts Monday, November 14, 2016 bbc.com The bank has repeatedly declined to give details of the crime. It says it is unable to do so while a criminal investigation is being carried out. Elsewhere, the Sunday Times suggested that the raid had involved the use of contactless payments triggered by smartphones. And a second cybersecurity company said it had warned Tesco of problems with several of its mobile apps four months ago, but had been ignored.
A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number Monday, November 14, 2016 nytimes.com The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to private information maintained by all sorts of companies, including money lenders and social networks. It can be used to monitor and predict what you buy, look for online or even watch on television.
Bamboozled: Beware of These 4 Post-Election Scams Monday, November 14, 2016 nj.com The most successful scams have a measure of truth to them. And they often take advantage of a potential victim's economic troubles or worries about their future. The election of Donald Trump, who stoked fears in many during the campaign, may be a boon to scammers who want to take advantage of those fears. (And yes, had Hillary Clinton won, the scammers would have tried to capitalize on that.)
Bangladesh Bank to Retrieve $15 Million of $81 Million Cyber Heist Friday, November 11, 2016 thehill.com The Bangladesh Bank theft is the largest known pilfering in which criminals used the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) bank transactions network. Hackers used the network to request that the New York Fed transfer money from the Bangladeshi bank, where it is believed to have been laundered through Philippines casinos.
FTC Offers Advice on How to Avoid and Respond to Ransomware Attacks Thursday, November 10, 2016 ftc.gov Following its September workshop on Ransomware – malicious software that denies access to computer files until the victim pays a ransom – the Federal Trade Commission is offering tips on how consumers and businesses can protect devices and respond to ransomware.
Data Breaches Top 800 to Date in 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 247wallst.com The latest data breach count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 809 data breaches recorded this year through October 25, 2016, and that nearly 30 million records have been exposed since the beginning of the year. The total number of reported breaches increased by 26 since ITRC’s last report on October 19.
Russian ‘Dukes’ of Hackers Pounce on Trump Win Thursday, November 10, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Less than six hours after Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States, a Russian hacker gang perhaps best known for breaking into computer networks at the Democratic National Committee launched a volley of targeted phishing campaigns against American political think-tanks and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Locky Ransomware Disguises Itself as Account Suspensions and Suspicious Movements Thursday, November 10, 2016 hotforsecurity.com One of the golden rules of computer security for the last twenty-or-so years has been to be extremely cautious of unsolicited emails. It’s one of the favourite methods used by cybercriminals to trick unsuspecting computer users into opening dangerous attachments or clicking on a link to a malicious webpage.
Why Senior Managers Are the Most Dangerous Negligent Insiders Thursday, November 10, 2016 csoonline.com 43 percent of C-level executives say negligent insiders are the greatest risk to sensitive data in their organizations...Yet, senior managers are twice as likely workers overall to take files with them after leaving a job. And 58 percent of senior managers (compared to 25 percent of all workers) have accidentally sent sensitive information to the wrong person.
FinCEN Issues Advisory on SAR Reporting Obligations Involving Cyber Crime Thursday, November 10, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com The Advisory indicates that SAR reporting is mandatory for cyber events where the financial institution “knows, suspects or has reason to suspect a cyber-event was intended, in whole or in part, to conduct, facilitate, or affect a transaction or a series of transactions….” Implementing this new guidance will require increased collaboration between AML and cybersecurity or IT departments in large institutions, and may create challenges for smaller banks that are more likely to outsource their cybersecurity functions.
VA: Employee Emailed Veterans' Personal Data to Himself Thursday, November 10, 2016 foxnews.com The Department of Veterans Affairs has warned more than 2,100 veterans in Eastern Colorado and parts of Kansas that their personal information may have been compromised when an employee emailed documents to himself.
Infomercial Sleeper ‘My Pillow’ Gets $1 Million Wake-Up Call Over False Medical Claims Thursday, November 03, 2016 washingtonpost.com A recent lawsuit successfully argued My Pillow overstated its claims, deflating the pillow company’s meteoric rise. Last Wednesday, 10 district attorneys from California sued My Pillow in Alameda County Superior Court, in Oakland, alleging the company had engaged in deceptive and false advertisements.
10 Cybersecurity Lessons From 10 Years’ Experience at IBM Thursday, November 03, 2016 securityintelligence.com Skapinetz: In 10 years at IBM, I’ve been fortunate to have a bird’s eye view of big changes across the security industry. I have helped massive enterprises and small organizations build out their defenses against all sorts of changing threats. Here are 10 simple cybersecurity lessons I’ve learned in the past decade.
Computer Virus Cripples UK Hospital System Wednesday, November 02, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Citing a computer virus outbreak, a hospital system in the United Kingdom has canceled all planned operations and diverted major trauma cases to neighboring facilities. The incident came as U.K. leaders detailed a national cyber security strategy that promises billions in cybersecurity spending, new special police units to pursue organized online gangs, and the possibility of retaliation for major attacks.
Parents Need to Respect Their Children's Privacy Online, Experts Say Wednesday, November 02, 2016 consumeraffairs.com Excited parents begin posting anything and everything about their children, often starting with those grainy in-utero scans. While online sharing can be good for parents, providing them support from friends and family, it can also have some very real consequences for children later in life, according to researchers who presented their findings at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in San Francisco.
What Awareness Is Supposed to Be Tuesday, November 01, 2016 csoonline.com Recent W-2 and accounts payable thefts show governance should be the cornerstone of awareness.
NSA Hackers Leak More Files, Revealing Apparent Targets of US Cyber Espionage Monday, October 31, 2016 thehill.com The hacker or hackers that stole National Security Agency-built hacking tools have dumped new files in what appears to be yet another change of plans in monetizing the heist. The new files provide some insight into the targets of the NSA affiliated hacking team called The Equation Group. Those targets include government servers in China and Universities in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Bank Regulator Reveals 'Major' Security Breach Monday, October 31, 2016 thehill.com A federal bank regulator announced Friday that a former employee had illegally downloaded more than 10,000 records containing personal information.
How Podesta's Gmail Account Was Breached Monday, October 31, 2016 thesmokinggun.com On March 19, a Saturday, Podesta received an e-mail--purportedly from Google--warning him that, “Someone has your password.” The alert (seen above) informed Podesta that a sign-in attempt from an IP address in Ukraine was thwarted and that, “You should change your password immediately.”
Ransomware Attacks Are Soaring, Says Beazley in Data Breach Report Monday, October 31, 2016 insurancejournal.com Ransomware attacks against businesses will be four times higher in 2016 than last year, with a growing number of ransom-seeking hackers demanding bitcoin rather than money, according to a report by specialty insurer Beazley.
FTC Issues Guidance for Responding to Data Breaches Monday, October 31, 2016 insideprivacy.com The FTC issued new guidance for businesses on responding to data breaches, along with an accompanying blog post and video. The data breach response guidance follows the issuance of the FTC’s “Start with Security” data security guidance last year and builds upon recent FTC education and outreach initiatives on data security and cybersecurity issues. The FTC’s data breach response guidance focuses on three main steps: securing systems and data from further harm, addressing the vulnerabilities that led to the breach, and notifying the appropriate parties.
Cybercrime: On an Upward Trend Friday, October 28, 2016 scmagazine.com Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of crime. Europol's 2016 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment identifies an expanding cyber-criminal economy exploiting our increasingly Internet-enabled lives.
Big Tech-Media Mergers Raise Fresh Privacy Concerns Friday, October 28, 2016 phys.org "Twenty-first century media is all about the ability to gather information on a single individual regardless of where they are—whether they are using mobile phone or watching TV or in a grocery store," said Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy rights group.
IoT Device Maker Vows Product Recall, Legal Action Against Western Accusers Tuesday, October 25, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com A Chinese electronics firm pegged by experts as responsible for making many of the components leveraged in last week’s massive attack that disrupted Twitter and dozens of popular Web sites has vowed to recall some of its vulnerable products, even as it threatened legal action against this publication and others for allegedly tarnishing the company’s brand.
Sorting Out HIPAA vs. FTC Act Requirements Tuesday, October 25, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com The new guidance from the FTC and Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights comes in the wake of several enforcement actions that the FTC has taken against healthcare sector organizations in recent years for alleged privacy and security incidents that violate the FTC's unfair or deceptive business practices regulations, including its ongoing case against LabMD.
Dyn DDoS Attack Highlights 'Dark Side' of Tech-Dependent Society Friday, October 28, 2016 govtech.com James Ramsay is the coordinator of the new Homeland Security program at the University of New Hampshire and a professor of security studies. He said these kinds of attacks reflect the "dark side" of our technology-dependent society. "This is the 'advanced persistent threat' that we refer to in the world of cyber security," he said. "This is a vulnerabilty that a society has that has become addicted to, and absolutely dependent on, digital communications, digital assets, digital identities."
Inside the OPM Hack, the Cyberattack That Shocked the Us Government Tuesday, October 25, 2016 wired.com To figure out why the hackers had trained their sights on OPM, investigators would have to determine what, if anything, had been stolen from the agency’s network over the preceding year. But first they had to hunt down and eliminate the malware on its network, an archaic monstrosity that consisted of as many as 15,000 individual machines.
Massive Weebly Data Breach Exposes Over 43 Million Users' Info Tuesday, October 25, 2016 esecurityplanet.com The drag-and-drop website builder Weebly is notifying most of its more than 40 million users that hackers had accessed their email addresses and/or user names, IP addresses and encrypted (bcrypt hashed) passwords.
St. Joseph Health to Pay OCR $2.14 Million to Settle HIPAA Case Tuesday, October 25, 2016 hipaajournal.com The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has announced it has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules with St. Joseph Health (SJH). SJH is required to pay $2.140,500 to OCR and adopt a corrective action plan (CAP) to bring policies and procedures up to the standard demanded by HIPAA.
HIPAA Audit Update: Here's What's Next Tuesday, October 25, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com Federal regulators will start remote HIPAA compliance "desk audits" for business associates in November. And more comprehensive onsite audits of covered entities and BAs are slated for the first quarter of next year.
Identity Theft Hits Low- to Moderate-Income Victims Hardest Tuesday, October 25, 2016 darkreading.com In addition to government assistance, ID theft victims frequently seek financial support from friends, family, and faith-based organizations, according to a study by the Identity Theft Resource Center.
As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential Monday, October 24, 2016 nytimes.com Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password. Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her. It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible for someone to masquerade via the telephone. Such a situation is still science fiction — but just barely. It is also the future of crime.
Website-Blocking Attack Used Open Source Software Monday, October 24, 2016 thehill.com Investigators say the free tool that briefly blocked access to major websites on Friday was the same one that was used in a record-breaking attack on a cybersecurity journalist.
Hacker Lexicon: What Are DoS and DDoS Attacks? Monday, October 24, 2016 wired.com There are other types of DoS attacks that use different tactics, but they all have the same effect: preventing legitimate users from accessing a system or site.
How Your DVR Was Hijacked to Help Epic Cyberattack Monday, October 24, 2016 usatoday.com Technology experts warned for years that the millions of Internet-connected "smart" devices we use every day are weak, easily hijacked and could be turned against us. The massive siege on Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, shows those ominous predictions are now a reality.
Federal Regulators Propose New Cybersecurity Rule for Big Banks Friday, October 21, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com The Proposed Standards address five categories of cybersecurity: cyber risk governance; cyber risk management; internal dependency management; external dependency management; and incident response, cyber resilience and situational awareness.
Self-Checkout Skimmers Go Bluetooth Friday, October 21, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Here’s a look at one overlay skimmer equipped with Bluetooth technology that allows thieves to snarf swiped card data and PINs wirelessly using nothing more than a mobile phone.
Massive DDoS Attack Against Dyn DNS Causes Major Outages to Popular Sites Friday, October 21, 2016 thehackernews.com A sudden outage of popular sites and services, including Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Shopify, for many users, is causing uproar online. It's because of a DDoS attack against the popular Domain Name System (DNS) service provider Dyn, according to a post on Hacker News.
Hackers Steal Research and User Data From Japanese Nuclear Research Lab Thursday, October 20, 2016 softpedia.com Officials said the attacker managed to steal files on multiple occasions, taking both research data and the personal details of nuclear scientists. According to University officials, the attackers sent spear-phishing emails to several researchers working at its nuclear research laboratory.
Online Prescription Drug Scam Thursday, October 20, 2016 idtheftcenter.org Individuals are being threatened with warrants for their arrest by scammers posing as agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Fight Fraud: Scams, Identity Theft, Ransomware Attacks Thursday, October 20, 2016 helpnetsecurity.com In an increasingly technology-oriented world, cybercrime has become all too common for both consumers and businesses. Internet crime takes many forms and includes everything from large-scale data breaches to consumer issues like identity theft and cyberstalking to widespread scams and ransomware.
Virtual Kidnapping Thursday, October 20, 2016 schneier.com This is a harrowing story of a scam artist that convinced a mother that her daughter had been kidnapped. More stories are here. It's unclear if these virtual kidnappers use data about their victims, or just call people at random and hope to get lucky. Still, it's a new criminal use of smartphones and ubiquitous information.
Hackers Hit U.S. Senate GOP Committee Monday, October 17, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com The national news media has been consumed of late with reports of Russian hackers breaking into networks of the Democratic National Committee. Lest the Republicans feel left out of all the excitement, a report this past week out of The Netherlands suggests Russian hackers have for the past six months been siphoning credit card data from visitors to the Web storefront of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
G-7 Endorses Best Practices for Bank Cybersecurity Monday, October 17, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com On October 11, 2016, Group of Seven (“G-7”) financial leaders endorsed the Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector (“Best Practices”), a set of non-binding best practices for banks and financial institutions to address cybersecurity threats. The endorsement was motivated by recent large hacks on international banks, including the February 2016 theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh’s account at the New York Federal Reserve.
Report: Using More Social Networks Raises Your Risk of ID Theft Monday, October 17, 2016 bobsullivan.net ID Analytics, a fraud-fighting firm, has produced numerous studies through the years examining millions of fraud reports and credit applications in data it collects from lenders. It had never studied the direct relationship between sharing information online and the odds that someone would become a fraud victim, however. Until now.
Darkweb Marketplaces Can Get You More Than Just Spam and Phish Tuesday, October 18, 2016 csoonline.com Underground markets offer a great variety of services for cyber criminals to profit from. These forums offer items ranging from physical world items like drugs and weapons to digital world items such as spam/phishing delivery, exploit kit services, "Crypters", "Binders", custom malware development, zero-day exploits, and bulletproof hosting.
IoT Devices as Proxies for Cybercrime Tuesday, October 18, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com This post looks at how crooks are using hacked IoT devices as proxies to hide their true location online as they engage in a variety of other types of cybercriminal activity — from frequenting underground forums to credit card and tax refund fraud.
Facebook, Twitter Block Surveillance Tool Tuesday, October 18, 2016 thehill.com Facebook and Twitter are cutting off Geofeedia's access to their data after an ACLU report that the company created tools to help law enforcement with surveillance.
Dozens Arrested at India Call Center Linked to IRS Scam Calls Friday, October 14, 2016 abc27.com Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities and demanding unpaid taxes.
Feds Charge Two in Lizard Squad Investigation Wednesday, October 12, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com The U.S. Justice Department has charged two 19-year-old men alleged to be core members of the hacking groups Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp. The pair are charged with credit card theft and operating so-called “booter”or “stresser” services that allowed paying customers to launch powerful attacks designed to knock Web sites offline.
NSA Contractor Thought to Have Taken Classified Material the Old-Fashioned Way Wednesday, October 12, 2016 washingtonpost.com Harold T. Martin III is accused of stealing mounds of classified information from the government for at least a decade, and investigators also believe some of the information was taken the old-fashioned way — by walking out of the workplace with printed-out papers he had hidden, according to U.S. officials.
Youndoo Creates New Chrome Profile Wednesday, October 12, 2016 blog.malwarebytes.com We have found members of the Elex family to create an extra Firefox profile and wrote about it on our blog in a post called GsearchFinder hijackers add extra Firefox profile. Now they took on the task of doing the same for Chrome (and succeeded). They copy some settings from your current profile to create the new profile and give it a natural “feel”.
Microsoft: No More Pick-and-Choose Patching Wednesday, October 12, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Starting this month, home and business Windows users will no longer be able to pick and choose which updates to install and which to leave for another time.
DoD Finalizes Rule on Policies for Cyber Incident Reporting Wednesday, October 12, 2016 insidegovernmentcontracts.com On October 4th, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Final Rule implementing mandatory cyber incident reporting requirements for DoD contractors and subcontractors who have “agreements” with DoD. The Final Rule also highlights DoD’s desire to encourage greater participation in the voluntary Defense Industrial Base (DIB) cybersecurity information sharing program. This Rule is effective on November 3, 2016.
FTC Enforcement Possible for Failing to Guard Against Ransomware Wednesday, October 12, 2016 dataprotectionreport.com Recent comments by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez suggest that a company’s failure to take preventative measures to address ransomware could result in an enforcement action by the FTC, even if a company is never actually subject to a ransomware attack. The Chairwoman’s comments reflect a growing concern among US government agencies regarding ransomware and may foreshadow additional FTC action, building upon a developing trend of US regulators engaging in pre-breach enforcement action.
Court Rules Consumer Bureau's Structure Unconstitutional, Allows It to Operate Tuesday, October 11, 2016 thehill.com In its 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the independent agency's structure is unconstitutional because it’s headed by a single director instead of a multi-member board. The court, however, allowed the CFPB to continue to function by giving the president the power to remove and supervise the director.
66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now Tuesday, October 11, 2016 consumerreports.org The tips here, compiled with input from dozens of security experts, will help you take control. We also have pulled out a shorter list of just seven, super-fast steps you can take right now, in less than 10 minutes.
Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails for U.S. Intelligence - Sources Friday, October 07, 2016 reuters.com Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
Grandmother Scammed out of $6,000 Friday, October 07, 2016 channel3000.com The 82-year-old woman told police she got a call Wednesday from a man claiming he was her grandson and that he was drunk when he was involved in a crash that injured another motorist. He told her the reason he sounded a bit nasally was because his nose had been broken in the collision.
How to Encrypt Your Facebook Messages Friday, October 07, 2016 techcrunch.com All 1 billion Facebook Messenger users can now encrypt their messages so that governments, hackers, and even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook announced its “Secret” messages feature back in July. Now it’s fully rolled out, but still a bit tricky to use. Messenger threads aren’t secret by default, so here’s a step-by-step guide for how to turn on encryption.
‘We Have Your Daughter’: A Virtual Kidnapping and a Mother’s Five Hours of Hell Wednesday, October 05, 2016 washingtonpost.com Wendy Mueller was standing at the copper sink in her gorgeous, historic Leesburg, Va., home last Wednesday afternoon when the knife she was holding slipped and cut her thumb. Then the phone rang. It wasn’t a number she recognized, but distracted by the bleeding thumb, she answered it. Mom always answers the phone.
Who Makes the IoT Things Under Attack? Wednesday, October 05, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com The malware, dubbed “Mirai,” spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT systems protected by factory default usernames and passwords. Many readers have asked for more information about which devices and hardware makers were being targeted. As it happens, this is fairly easy to tell just from looking at the list of usernames and passwords included in the Mirai source code.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Mail Scams Wednesday, October 05, 2016 connect.usa.gov You, or someone you know, may have fallen victim to a mass mailing fraud campaign that is targeting individuals all over the world. U.S. consumers have lost millions of dollars in recent years and the elderly are targeted most.
Maintaining Security and Stability in the Internet Ecosystem Friday, October 07, 2016 circleid.com DDoS attacks, phishing scams and malware. We battle these dark forces every day — and every day they get more sophisticated. But what worries me isn't just keeping up with them, it is keeping up with the sheer volume of devices and data that these forces can enlist in an attack.
Hackers Target Election Systems in 20 States Friday, September 30, 2016 nbcnews.com There have been hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states — far more than had been previously acknowledged — a senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News on Thursday. The "attempted intrusions" targeted online systems like registration databases, and not the actual voting or tabulation machines that will be used on Election Day and are not tied to the Internet.
U.S. Set to Hand Over Internet Address Book Friday, September 30, 2016 usatoday.com The United States doesn’t own the Internet, but it’s held the oversight contract for the organization that runs its address book for many years. That’s set to change Friday. The U.S. contract with the non-profit organization in charge of all Internet domain names expires then, and the non-profit running the database will become autonomous and be accountable to international stakeholders in the Internet community.
New Virus Disables Computers by Encrypting Hard Drives Friday, September 30, 2016 healthdatamanagement.com A new strain of ransomware, called Mamba, is circulating through multiple industries, including healthcare, and crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives. So far, there really isn’t much that can be done except pay the ransom to gain a key to decrypt the hard drive, experts say.
‘Money Mule’ Gangs Turn to Bitcoin ATMs Monday, October 03, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Fraudsters who hack corporate bank accounts typically launder stolen funds by making deposits from the hacked company into accounts owned by “money mules,” willing or unwitting dupes recruited through work-at-home job scams. The mules usually are then asked to withdraw the funds in cash and wire the money to the scammers. Increasingly, however, the mules are being instructed to remit the stolen money via Bitcoin ATMs.
House, Senate Leaders Urge States to Bolster Election Cybersecurity Monday, October 03, 2016 thehill.com The top four leaders in Congress on Thursday issued a joint letter urging state election officials to shore up defenses against hackers who could interfere with the election. The letter highlights the worries across the country that hackers might seek to influence the U.S. election.
Feds Charge Ten Virgin Islands Women With Tax Fraud, Identity Theft Monday, October 03, 2016 viconsortium.com The ten women are accused of using sham IDs to file federal tax returns, and in the process receiving over $300,000 in refunds...The alleged plot involved acquiring personal information for multiple persons, including some who knew of the scheme and others who did not. The illegal plan also entailed the acquiring of bank and debit card numbers for the deposit of the illegally obtained tax refunds; the illegal withdrawing thereof, and filing multiple tax returns.
Verizon Technician Sold Calling, Location Data to Private Investigator Thursday, September 29, 2016 arstechnica.com An Alabama man who worked as a Verizon Wireless technician has agreed to plead guilty to a federal hacking charge in connection to his illegal use of the company's computers to acquire customer calling and location data. The man, Daniel Eugene Traeger, faces a maximum five years in prison next month. He admitted Thursday that he sold customer data—from 2009 to 2014—to a private investigator whom the authorities have not named.
FBI Reports More Attempts to Hack Voter Registration System Thursday, September 29, 2016 networkworld.com "There have been a variety of scanning activities, which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities, as well as some attempted intrusions at voter registration databases beyond those we knew about in July and August," FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Inside Arizona’s Pump Skimmer Scourge Wednesday, September 28, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Crooks who deploy skimming devices made to steal payment card details from fuel station pumps don’t just target filling stations at random: They tend to focus on those that neglect to deploy various tools designed to minimize such scams, including security cameras, non-standard pump locks and tamper-proof security tape.
Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo, Insiders Say Wednesday, September 28, 2016 nytimes.com When Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive of the flailing company in mid-2012, security was one of many problems she inherited. With so many competing priorities, she emphasized creating a cleaner look for services like Yahoo Mail and developing new products over making security improvements, the Yahoo employees said. The “Paranoids,” the internal name for Yahoo’s security team, often clashed with other parts of the business over security costs. And their requests were often overridden because of concerns that the inconvenience of added protection would make people stop using the company’s products.
Six Senators Demand More Details About the Yahoo Data Breach Wednesday, September 28, 2016 csoonline.com Six U.S. senators have called Yahoo's massive data breach "unacceptable," and they're demanding that the company provide more details about the incident. In a letter addressed to Yahoo's CEO, the lawmakers said they were particularly "disturbed" that the breach occurred in 2014, but that Yahoo only publicized it last week. "That means millions of Americans' data may have been compromised for two years," the letter said. "This is unacceptable."
Google Just Saved the Journalist Who Was Hit By a 'Record' Cyberattack Thursday, September 29, 2016 businessinsider.com Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks.
Hackers Are Trying to Hold a Los Angeles Investment Bank to Ransom Thursday, September 29, 2016 motherboard.vice.com Hackers have stolen apparent internal documents from a Californian investment bank and published them online, likely in an effort to extort money from the victim company. The hacker or hackers, who call themselves The Dark Overlord, recently tried to extort a series of health care organisations into paying hefty ransoms. This most recent target, however, is WestPark Capital, based in Los Angeles.
Cyber Is Everything Thursday, September 29, 2016 forbes.com The great rewrite in cybersecurity is that protection efforts must be taken just as seriously as revenue goals. If not, company reputations, customer relationships and even public safety can suffer.
The Democratization of Censorship Monday, September 26, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Krebs: "Events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach."
Appalachian Regional Back Online Three Weeks After Cyberattack Monday, September 26, 2016 healthcareitnews.com After an almost three-week shutdown of computer systems due to a crippling cyberattack that the system first revealed in late August, Appalachian Regional Healthcare system is back online, officials said.
FTC Releases Data Breach Recovery and Prevention Video Monday, September 26, 2016 us-cert.gov The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a step-by-step video to users whose personal information may have been exposed in a data breach. This video provides instruction on how to report an incident and develop a personal recovery plan after a data breach has occurred.
Police Warn of Shady USB Drives Appearing in Mailboxes Monday, September 26, 2016 cnet.com A person or a group of people have been dropping malicious USB sticks in mailboxes around Victoria, Australia. The State Police on Wednesday issued a warning, saying these USB drives are "believed to be extremely harmful," urging the public not to use them.
Five Social Engineering Scams Employees Still Fall For Monday, September 26, 2016 csoonline.com You’ve trained them. You’ve deployed simulated phishing tests. You’ve reminded your employees countless times with posters and games and emails about avoiding phishing scams. Still, they keep falling for the same ploys they’ve been warned about for years. It’s enough to drive security teams to madness.
Yahoo's Mega Breach: Security Takeaways Monday, September 26, 2016 databreachtoday.com Security expert Sean Sullivan says he's not surprised that the 2014 breach of Yahoo, which exposed at least 500 million account details, only recently came to light.
Who's Stalking: What to Know About Mobile Spyware Monday, September 26, 2016 consumer.ftc.gov Do you think an abusive partner or ex is monitoring you through your phone? They might be using stalking apps (spyware) that secretly track your devices. Here’s information about what stalking apps are, how to tell if they’re on your device, and what to do if they are.
Another Way to Violate Privacy: PHI in Court Documents Monday, September 26, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com A recent court ruling illustrates yet another way patient privacy can be compromised. A federal court slapped WakeMed Health and Hospitals, a North Carolina healthcare system, with financial penalties for exposing patient information in filings it made for cases.
Anonymous Hacks Four Italian Healthcare Organizations Friday, September 23, 2016 softpedia.com Anonymous Italia and AntiSec-Italia, two hacktivist groups associated with the Anonymous hacker collective, have hacked and defaced four Italian healthcare organizations and leaked data from two.
Keeping Your Files Safe in the Sky Tuesday, September 20, 2016 nytimes.com Online storage services like Dropbox and iCloud use encryption to help keep your data secure, but you should be vigilant about password management.
ONC's New Leader Lays Out Security, Privacy Goals Friday, September 23, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com B. Vindell Washington, M.D., the new leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges to continue the agency's push toward standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange as a way of improving healthcare.
Scam Alert: Online Dating Fraud Monday, September 19, 2016 forbes.com Online dating is more popular than ever. The ability to pull up a profile of a prospective date and make a “swipe” decision is a powerful tool. Despite the convenient marriage between technology and possible romance, some online dating set-ups can be frauds. You have to be careful.
Swindled by a Phone Scam? You're Not Alone, Police Say Monday, September 19, 2016 wwnytv.com Several phone scams have swindled northern New York residents out of their money. That warning comes from state police who gave several examples of the types of scams hitting the area and some advice about how to avoid them.
Former Wells Fargo Employee Recounts Unauthorized Accounts Scam Monday, September 19, 2016 thv11.com Early in September, Wells Fargo Bank was hit with a $185 million fine for illegally opening millions of deposit and credit card accounts. Officials said this was done to boost sales figures by secretly transferring money from people's authorized accounts without permission.
MCSO Warns Public of Death Threat Email Scam Monday, September 19, 2016 greenepublishing.com The sender of this email identifies themselves as “DEATH” and the email is sent to “Recipients.” The body of the email states “Someone paid me to kill you…get spared, 48hrs to pay $5,000.” The email also makes reference to 'Death Coming' if the recipient contacts the police or anyone else.
Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy Monday, September 19, 2016 nytimes.com Edward J. Snowden, the former American intelligence contractor who leaked documents about surveillance programs, said on Friday that his disclosures had improved privacy for individuals in the United States, and he declared that “being patriotic doesn’t mean simply agreeing with your government.”
Investment Fund Loses $6 Million in BEC Scam, Suspends Operations Monday, September 19, 2016 csoonline.com A lawsuit filed on Friday by Tillage Commodities Fund alleges that SS&C Technology showed an egregious lack of diligence and care, when they fell for an email scam that ultimately led to hackers in China looting $5.9 million.
Suit Challenging Data Breach Caused by Hacking May Proceed Monday, September 19, 2016 dataprotectionreport.com The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that certain allegations of harm after a data breach caused by hacking are sufficiently concrete to confer Article III standing. This case may make it more difficult for companies defending data breach suits to quickly obtain dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims.
New York Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Services Institutions Monday, September 19, 2016 insideprivacy.com On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposed regulation that would require financial service institutions to develop and implement cybersecurity programs to prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks. The proposed regulation will be subject to a 45-day comment period once it is published in the New York State Register.
New Jersey Moves Forward With Shopper Privacy Bill Monday, September 19, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com On September 15, 2016, the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that seeks to limit retailers’ ability to collect and use personal data contained on consumers’ driver and non-driver identification cards. The bill, known as the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act, must now be approved by the New Jersey Assembly.
NIST Unveils a Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Tool Monday, September 19, 2016 databreachtoday.com The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft of a self-assessment tool that's designed to help enterprises gauge the impact and effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management initiatives.
OCR: Business Associate HIPAA Audits Coming Soon Monday, September 19, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com The Department of Health and Human Services is gearing up to kick off in October its first-ever round of HIPAA compliance audits of business associates. And the agency is also developing a variety of new guidance aimed at helping healthcare organizations deal with a surge in cyber threats.
Firefox Browser Vulnerable to Man-In-The-Middle Attack Monday, September 19, 2016 thehackernews.com A critical vulnerability resides in the fully-patched version of the Mozilla's Firefox browser that could allow well-resourced attackers to launch man-in-the-middle (MITM) impersonation attacks and also affects the Tor anonymity network.
Helping Police Solve Cybercrimes Monday, September 19, 2016 bankinfosecurity.com How qualified is law enforcement to investigate today's cybercrimes? While many big-city police departments have all the necessary skills, those in smaller markets often do not, according to a panel of experts.
FBI Trying to Build Legal Cases Against Russian Hackers Friday, September 16, 2016 reuters.com The Federal Bureau of Investigation is intensifying efforts to find enough evidence to enable the Justice Department to indict some of the Russians that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded are hacking into American political parties and figures, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials said on Thursday.
Alleged British Hacker to Be Extradited to US Friday, September 16, 2016 thehill.com A U.K. court on Friday ruled that computer activist and hacker Lauri Love would be extradited to the U.S. for hacking government and military computer systems. Love faces a 99-year prison sentence in the U.S. for allegedly hacking NASA, the FBI, Federal Reserve and other institutions.
Russian Hackers Get Bolder in Anti-Doping Agency Attack Friday, September 16, 2016 wired.com On Tuesday, a group identifying itself as Russian hackers announced that it had breached the World Anti-Doping Agency and leaked the records of American athletes, including gymnast Simone Biles and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams...The actions seemed designed to tie the hack to the Russian group Fancy Bear, one of two teams of hackers with links to Russian intelligence agencies that the Democratic National Committee says it found digging through its files earlier this summer. Some cyberespionage experts view it all as a sign of an evolving Russian hacker mentality that’s traded stealth for flashy public dumps of adversaries’ data.
Ransomware Getting More Targeted, Expensive Friday, September 16, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com What we can expect is not only more targeted and destructive attacks, but also ransom demands that vary based on the attacker’s estimation of the value of the data being held hostage and/or the ability of the victim to pay some approximation of what it might be worth.
Securing Voter Registration Data Friday, September 16, 2016 us-cert.gov Voter registration databases (VRDB) and election systems are rich targets and may continue to experience frequent attempted intrusions. This problem is not unique to individual states—it is shared across the nation. The keys to good cybersecurity are awareness and constant vigilance.
Awareness Training: How Much Is Too Much? Friday, September 16, 2016 csoonline.com Security awareness training is one of the most effective ways to strengthen what is generally known as “the weakest link in the security chain.” The key is to make employees skeptical without paralyzing them with paranoia.
Houston Man Heads to Prison for Credit Card Fraud Friday, September 16, 2016 justice.gov Menard admitted he purchased approximately 1,000 stolen credit card numbers over the Internet from websites outside the United States. He then created fraudulent credit cards by encoding stolen credit card numbers onto magnetic stripes on the back of gift and debit cards. He then used those fraudulent cards to purchase legitimate gift cards from Kroger and HEB grocery stores in Conroe and others during 2014 and 2015.
Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet Thursday, September 15, 2016 lawfareblog.com Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state.
Secret Service Warns of ‘Periscope’ Skimmers Thursday, September 15, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com The U.S. Secret Service is warning banks and ATM owners about a new technological advance in cash machine skimming known as “periscope skimming,” which involves a specialized skimming probe that connects directly to the ATM’s internal circuit board to steal card data.
FBI Monitoring for Foreign Meddling in Elections Friday, September 09, 2016 thehill.com U.S. security experts have suggested Russia was behind recent cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Reports emerged last month hackers may have penetrated voter databases in Arizona and Illinois, prompting the FBI to investigate the possible breach.
Data Hoarders Are Shining a Spotlight on Past Breaches Friday, September 09, 2016 networkworld.com Vigilante.pw is among numerous data breach monitoring sites started by anonymous internet users that routinely post details on newly uncovered stolen data. They're a big part of the reason why, week after week, the full scale of past hacks is gradually beginning to surface. Recent news on a 2012 Dropbox breach, for example, was initially sourced from a separate service known as Leakbase. That site obtained a copy of the stolen accounts and found email addresses and hashed passwords belonging to 68 million users.
FBI Searches for Man Wanted in $50M Scam Thursday, September 08, 2016 wbaltv.com “They would send out fraudulent bills for supplies like light bulbs and cleaning supplies,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Scott Hinkley said. “These invoices would then be greatly increased as to what they would normally cost and then these people would reply by paying these invoices.”
2 Psychologists Plead Guilty in $25 Million Medicare Scam Thursday, September 08, 2016 abcnews.go.com Psychologists from Louisiana and Mississippi admitted participating in a $25 million Medicare scam by billing for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home patients across the Southeast, federal authorities said Wednesday.
PayPal Scam Hits the Twitter Universe, What to Watch Out For Monday, September 12, 2016 itechpost.com Here's how they the bad guys do it on Twitter: First, they create a Twitter account with a username related to PayPal (ex. PayPalTech or AskPayPal). Then, they look for users tweeting the real PayPal Twitter account for customer related concerns. After which, the scammers will contact these users and pretend to be legit representatives of PayPal.
IRS Impersonator Scam Still Going Strong Monday, September 12, 2016 ksdk.com It's a pervasive shake-down taking place across the country and the IRS warns the IRS impersonator scam is as strong as ever.
The Feds Pore Over Your Mail to Flag Scams Monday, September 12, 2016 winknews.com Stacks of scams are piled in every corner of Curtis’ home, whose last name we withheld to protect him from more scammers. As the phone ringed non-stop, he told us the scammers are “constantly calling, constantly asking for money.”
Carnegie Mellon University Helps You Control Your Privacy Monday, September 12, 2016 cio.com Managing your personal data in the digital age has become almost impossible. But Carnegie Mellon University has found that a combination of natural language processing, privacy preference modeling, machine lanuguage, crowdsourcing and privacy interface design may make the impossible possible.
Cybersecurity Expert Says 'Almost Everything Can Be Hacked' and Endpoint Protection Is Not Enough Thursday, September 08, 2016 healthcareitnews.com Digital records of healthcare information have become quite valuable to cybercriminals, and healthcare is widely considered to be behind other industries in figuring out and implementing the best tactics and technologies to protect its data. What’s more, healthcare has some fairly unique security problems, including unusual variables in personnel access control, the challenges of mobile health, and dated, hackable equipment such as drug pumps.
Mobile Device Infections Surged by 96 Percent in First Half of 2016 Thursday, September 08, 2016 esecurityplanet.com According to the Nokia Threat Intelligence Report - H1 2016, smartphone infections rose by 96 percent between January and July 2016 compared to the latter half of 2015, with smartphones accounting for 78 percent of all mobile network infections.
The Limits of SMS for 2-Factor Authentication Thursday, September 08, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Text messaging codes to users isn’t the safest way to do two-factor authentication, even if some entities — like the U.S. Social Security Administration and Sony’s Playstation network — are just getting around to offering two-factor via SMS.
4 Ways You Can Report Identity Theft Thursday, September 08, 2016 time.com The following steps cover how to report identity theft and what measures to take to ensure the compromised accounts are secured or closed.
Hutton Hotel Guests Credit Card Info Exposed During Three-Year Long Breach Thursday, September 08, 2016 scmagazine.com The Nashville hotel said in a statement that its payment processing company notified the hotel of a security incident and a follow-up investigation by an outside security firm determined that malware had been placed on the Hutton Hotel payment processing system capable of capturing the cardholder name, payment card account number, card expiration date, and verification code. The system was vulnerable from September 19, 2012 to April 16, 2015, or for those who made purchases at the onsite food and beverage outlets from September 19, 2012 to January 15, 2015, and from August 12, 2015 to June 10, 2016.
Advisory to Financial Institutions on E-Mail Compromise Fraud Schemes [PDF] Wednesday, September 07, 2016 fincen.gov The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued an advisory to help financial institutions guard against a growing number of e-mail fraud schemes in which criminals misappropriate funds by deceiving financial institutions and their customers into conducting wire transfers.
Trio Stole $1M in Identity Theft, Mortgage Fraud Scheme, AG Says Wednesday, September 07, 2016 nj.com Hunter, Phillip and Jones allegedly used stolen or fake identities not only for the borrowers, but for others, too, to create all of the hallmarks of a legitimate transaction. They used stolen and fake identities for "all of the required roles," including seller, attorneys, settlement agent, title agent, homeowner's insurance company, notary and others...
Congressional Report Slams OPM on Data Breach Wednesday, September 07, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com The massive data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that exposed background investigations and fingerprint data on millions of Americans was the result of a cascading series of cybersecurity blunders from the agency’s senior leadership on down to the outdated technology used to secure the sensitive data, according to a lengthy report released today by a key government oversight panel.
ACLU Questions How Tor Email Users Got FBI-Deployed Malware Wednesday, September 07, 2016 thehill.com The ACLU filed a motion in Maryland court for information on why the FBI seemingly indiscriminately infected users of a free email service with malware. Lawyers from the civil liberties group are seeking to unseal the docket sheets connected with a warrant to use the malware on users of TorMail, a service that was only accessible on the Tor anonymous web browsing network.
Clapper: Russians Hack U.S. 'All the Time' Wednesday, September 07, 2016 politico.com Russian hackers are trying to infiltrate U.S. networks “all the time,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday, skirting the issue of whether Moscow is tied to the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic institutions.
Location Privacy: The Purview of the Rich and Indigent Tuesday, September 06, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Increasingly, location privacy is the exclusive purview of two groups of Americans: Those who are indigent and/or homeless and those who are wealthy. Only the well-off can afford the substantial costs and many petty inconveniences associated with separating one’s name from their address, vehicle, phone records and other modern niceties that make one easy to track and find.
Police Warn of Online Rental Scams Tuesday, September 06, 2016 baltimoresun.com Nationally, rental and real estate scams rose 11 percent over the past two years, to 11,562 victims in 2015 from 10,384 victims in 2013, according to the FBI's annual Internet Crime Report, which is based on data collected through the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The category also includes real estate investment fraud; scams involving home mortgages, refinancing, short sales and foreclosures; and property involved in money laundering, such as a grow house.
Internet Tracking Has Moved Beyond Cookies Tuesday, September 06, 2016 fivethirtyeight.com A new survey from a group of Princeton researchers of one million websites sheds some light on the cutting-edge tricks being used to follow your digital trail. Rather than placing a tracker on your browser, many sites are now “fingerprinting” — using information about your computer such as battery status or browser window size to identify your presence.
FTC Seeks Input on GLB Safeguards Rule Tuesday, September 06, 2016 huntonprivacyblog.com On August 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is seeking public comment on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB”) Safeguards Rule. The GLB Safeguards Rule, which became effective in 2003, requires financial institutions to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program to safeguard customer information.
An Email Scam Cost One of Europe's Biggest Companies $40 Million Friday, September 02, 2016 gizmodo.com Earlier this month, Leoni AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wires and electrical cables, informed investors that the German company lost almost 40 million euros (or about $44.6 million) to online scammers. Today, we finally know how: According to investigators, the thieves simply spoofed emails to look like official payment requests, a tactic known as “CEO fraud.”
FTC Releases Alert on Securing Personal Information When Using Rental Vehicles Thursday, September 01, 2016 us-cert.gov The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released recommendations for consumers to protect their personal data when using rental vehicles. Rental vehicles may contain infotainment systems that can connect with personal devices to stream music, allow hands-free calls and texts, or guide navigation. However, using connected vehicles can increase the risks of having personal data compromised. By taking precautions, users can protect themselves and their personal information.
Kimpton Hotels Acknowledges Data Breach Friday, September 02, 2016 krebsonsecurity.com Kimpton Hotels on Wednesday formally acknowledged that malware found on payment terminals in many of its hotels and restaurants may have compromised credit/debit cards of guests who patronized the properties in the first half of this year.
SWIFT Sees New Hack Attacks Against Banks Friday, September 02, 2016 bankinfosecurity.com Attackers have been continuing to compromise banks' local security controls to send fraudulent messages via SWIFT's interbank messaging network.
Implementing a Behavioral-Based Approach to Security Friday, September 02, 2016 healthcareinfosecurity.com Just as seasonal flu viruses change from year to year, so too malware threats quickly evolve, necessitating a behavioral-based approach to security, says John Woods, CISO of pharmacy software vendor PDX Inc.
Cybercrime as a Tax on the Internet Economy Friday, September 02, 2016 schneier.com If our estimates are right, cybercrime extracts between 15% and 20% of the value created by the Internet, a heavy tax on the potential for economic growth and job creation and a share of revenue that is significantly larger than any other transnational criminal activity.
Watchdog: IRS Found Nearly 1.1M Employment-Related ID Theft Victims Wednesday, August 31, 2016 thehill.com The Internal Revenue Service identified close to 1.1 million taxpayers who were victims of employment-related identity theft from 2011 through 2015, but almost all of the victims were not informed, a Treasury Department watchdog found in a report made public this week...Employment-related identity theft is when people use others' Social Security numbers (SSNs) to get a job. The IRS identifies cases of employment-related ID theft when electronic tax returns are filed with an individual taxpayer identification number (ITINs) but are associated with income documents with an SSN that don't match.
Woman Pleads Guilty for Part in ID Theft Scheme That Ensnared ‘Smallville’ Actress Wednesday, August 31, 2016 washingtonpost.com Starting in 2012, Green-Morris would file fake invoices for work never performed by companies owned by Amit Chaudhry, an Ashburn resident accused of masterminding the criminal group’s U.S. operations. In exchange, she was paid several thousand dollars per invoice. She made several million dollars over four years from her involvement, according to prosecutors, which her plea agreement requires her to repay. She has agreed to give up claims to her home and car as part of that effort. She will also have to pay back taxes on undeclared income.
High-Income Investors Very Concerned About Identity Theft Wednesday, August 31, 2016 lowcards.com Data breaches are always in the news, and high net worth (HNW) investors are as worried about them as the rest of us. According to Morgan Stanley’s Investor Pulse Poll, 72% of high net worth investors are worried about identity theft, ranking it higher on their list of concerns than terrorism (65%) or a major illness in their household (56%).
FBI Warns State Election Offices to Be Wary of Hackers Wednesday, August 31, 2016 npr.org FBI Director James Comey says the United States takes seriously any effort to influence U.S. elections through a cyberattack. He said this after hackers tried to get into at least two state voter databases.
Dropbox Hack Leaks 2012 Info From 60 Million Accounts Wednesday, August 31, 2016 thehill.com Account information dated in 2012 for 68 million current and former Dropbox users leaked to a variety of media websites Tuesday evening. The list was shared with Motherboard, who confirmed it with a “senior Dropbox employee” as well as breach protection websites like Have I Been Pwned.
Baltimore County Police Warn of Online Rental Scams Wednesday, August 31, 2016 baltimoresun.com In March, researchers in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering published a study that found Craigslist had failed to identify more than half of scam rental listings. The study also found postings that were reported as suspicious would remain on the website for as long as 20 hours before they were removed.
U.S. Fines Big Nebraska Bank Over Credit Card, ID Theft Marketing Wednesday, August 31, 2016 reuters.com First National Bank of Omaha will pay $35.25 million of fines and refunds to settle charges by two U.S. regulators that it duped hundreds of thousands of customers into buying credit card and identity theft services they did not want, understand or receive.
Consumers, Security Pros Troubled by IoT Issues Monday, August 29, 2016 mediapost.com IoT security continues to be an area of concern for both businesses and consumers, and a new study shows that fear also includes potential weaponization of IoT devices.
POS Malware Hits Two Hotel Chains Monday, August 29, 2016 databreachtoday.com Two hotel chains are warning that they've suffered point-of-sale malware infections that compromised customers' payment card data. Both say they were alerted to related card fraud by the U.S. Secret Service and that they're now assisting law enforcement agencies' investigations.
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