Springfield Law Enforcement Accused of Leaking Private Information

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Three Springfield law enforcement agencies are under fire, accused of leaking individuals’ private information, like social security numbers, on public police scanners. The city of Springfield said – upon initial review – it doesn’t think it’s doing anything wrong. A private investigator in Springfield filed the complaint against the Greene…


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Germany Just Gave Cops More Hacking Powers to Get Around Encryption

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Hacking may soon be used to combat money laundering, cash counterfeiting, drug trafficking, and over 30 other crimes. Cops are getting comfortable with hacking. Already, agencies across the world are using malware or other techniques to identify child pornographers, bomb hoaxers, and stalkers. But, in the continuing battle over the…


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Erebus Ransomware: Hosting Firm Pays Hackers $1m Ransom

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Almost four days ago, HackRead reported that a new version of ransomware called Erebus has affected more than 153-Linux based networks and has targeted one South Korean web hosting company, NAYANA in particular. The ransomware caused a massive data infiltration whereby various multimedia files, databases, and other critical network-level information…


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It Only Takes Minutes for a Thief to Use Your Data

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Hackers have a few different goals when it comes to using stolen data. For the most part, it narrows down to using the data themselves to steal identities or to sell the stolen data on the dark web to thieves who will then create accounts with the information. Some data…


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Random number generation poses hacker challenge

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The best way to protect sensitive systems from hackers is to use a cryptographic key. For this lock to work it needs to use numbers chosen at random without any structure. This is difficult but a new system is at hand. To communicate in secret a cryptographic key is still…


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This is the sick new way scammers are trying to hack your computer

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Security researchers have uncovered a sick new form of computer-locking ransomware that lures in victims by posing as an appeal to help starving toddlers. With a note titled ‘Save Children’, the malware will encrypt personal files and demand cryptocurrency for their return. The variant first came to light this week…


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Apple Customers In China Got Their Personal Data Stolen

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Apple has seen the police in China announce last week it arrested 22 people for allegedly selling the personal data of Apple customers. According to a report in The New York Times, police in Cangnan County in the eastern province of Zhejiang said the thieves have earned around $7.3 million…


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Ex-NSA Analyst: Hackers Can Use E-Cigarettes and Whiskey to Get Your Most Sensitive Data

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Hackers have all kinds of tools to breach your company’s network, including military-grade exploits and viruses. But the most wide-ranging hacks start with low-tech methods and social engineering, says David Kennedy, who started in computer security waging cyberwar for the U.S. government, including the National Security Agency, and is now…


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New Gmail Security Updates Block Phishing Emails, More

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was recently in the news after a massive phishing attack targeted millions of Gmail users. The search engine giant has now announced some new features to boost data security. In an official blog post, Google introduced updates aimed at businesses that use Google’s G-Suite. Gmail Updated for Better…


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Cyber Security: Knowing how to Handle Incidents Is as Important as Preventing Them

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Assume one of your employees inadvertently clicks on a ‘dirty’ link. The screen goes blank and a message then appears requesting a bitcoin payment to release the system. How would your average employee react? Scenario 1 The employee is scared senseless and doesn’t know what to do. She decides to…


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GOP operative confirms receiving hacked data during campaign

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A Republican operative in Florida received a trove of Democratic documents from the Russia-linked hacker believed to be a key player in the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The Wall Street Journal identified the operative as Aaron Nevins, who last summer told hacker Guccifer 2.0 to “feel…


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Exam cancelled as security breach at sixth form college is probed

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STUDENTS were sent home from an exam after it was revealed the question paper had been stolen in a possible hacking attack. Bhasvic, in Dyke Road, Hove, cancelled its A-level physics mock yesterday morning after the security breach over the weekend. The paper is thought to have been stolen by…


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Cybersecurity expert: 5 things physicians should consider to help protect data

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First, health care organizations need to treat security as a priority and increase their security budgets so that they can implement proper security measures and defenses. From there, the first strategy health care organizations can implement to increase their security and protect personally identifiable information is network segmentation. The idea…


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Hackers steal 17 million users’ data from Indian restaurant app Zomato

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India’s largest restaurant and food delivery app Zomato announced Thursday that the data of 17 million users had been stolen from its database, including names, email addresses and protected passwords. The startup said the “hashed” passwords could not be decrypted but recommended users change their login details if they use…


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This is how hackers can take your data for ransom

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Hackers broke into 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries in the latest cyberattack using ransomware. The malicious software gives control of your computer to hackers, who lock the information and threaten to destroy it unless you pay a ransom. Hackers usually embed the virus in an email attachment or…


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DocuSign Confirms Hackers Accessed Its Customer Email Database

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Electronic signature service DocuSign said on Tuesday hackers had temporarily gained access to a database containing customer emails, which the company linked to a surge in phishing emails sent to its users. The company said the emails imitated the DocuSign brand to trick recipients into opening a Microsoft Word (MSFT,…


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Cybersecurity, Ransomware, and Data Protection; a Discussion with Dr. John Meyers | Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is a concern for employees at all levels of organizations today. Ransomware is a new type of malware that has exploded on the market. The US Government estimates that 4,000 attacks occur every day while IBM estimates that the attacks increased 6,000% in 2016. Ransomware is devious; after infecting…


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The ways of the hacker: Exactly how do they violate your online privacy?

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How do hackers work, and can you really prevent your internet privacy from invasion by shadowy cyber criminals? Avast shares insight and solutions. We’ve been talking for a few weeks now – ever since the FCC’s internet privacy protections were overturned – about what a VPN is and how you…


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Why it’s a good day to change your password

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It’s World Password Day, a marketing gimmick dreamed up by chipmaker Intel and supported by many organizations, including Amazon and Dell, designed to get you to beef up your online security. Don’t let the hype get in the way of a good message — hackers have never been busier —…


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German spy chief: Decision on whether to use ‘hacked data’ in Bundestag elex will be made in Kremlin

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It’s up to the Kremlin to decide whether to use any disinformation tools or data obtained by alleged Russia-linked hackers in the 2015 Bundestag cyberattack to compromise the upcoming general election in Germany, the country’s spy chief said. “All in all, I can say that our counterparts are trying to…


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