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January 7, 2020
While there is some debate over whether the number of ransomware attacks is rising, there is no arguing that the losses suffered by both public and private sector organizations have increased. Hardening your organization’s security posture requires an understanding not only of how ransomware works technically, but also how the attacks psychologically compel victims to...
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A senior vice-president at a global internet marketing firm has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud case in which he illegally paid $6m into an IT shell company. Hicham Kabbaj worked for over four years at affiliate marketing giant Rakuten Marketing, formerly known as Rakuten LinkShare and part of the Japanese multi-national e-commerce firm. From 2015,...
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Facebook has announced plans to ban deepfake videos. In a blog post, Monika Bickert, the company’s vice-president for global policy management, acknowledged that “while these videos are still rare on the internet, they present a significant challenge for our industry and society as their use increases.” Bickert said that “misleading manipulated media” will be removed...
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Austria’s Foreign Ministry fought off a cyberattack overthe weekend that it says was likely directed by a foreign state. The ministrysaid the attack started on Jan. 4 and might continue for a few more days, itbut revealed few further details. According to a BBC report, the timing ofthe hack coincides with Austria’s Green party agreement...
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A chat app which intelligence experts have accused of being an Emirati spy tool has gone back on the market, days after it was abruptly pulled following a New York Times investigation. ToTok, a messaging service like WhatsApp or Skype that allows users to text or send video messages, was introduced in August 2019. The...
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UK government intelligence experts are investigating whether an ‘outage’ at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) last August may have been caused by a cyber-attack, it has emerged. People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that GCHQ’s inquiries focus around the August 16 incident, which was described by the LSE at the time...
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Read More: Dark Web data PreciseSecurity.com privacy Tor North Americans use the Dark Web more than any other region globally, according to research from PreciseSecurity.com. The survey found that more than 30% of its population accessed that part of the internet regularly in 2019. Statistics indicate that 26% of North Americans used the Dark Web...
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A US fundraising firm has been forced to close its doors after more than 60 years in business following a crippling ransomware attack in October. The Heritage Company, based in Sherwood, Arkansas, let its 300 employees go just before Christmas, according to local reports. “Unfortunately, approximately two months ago our Heritage servers were attacked by malicious...
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Cybersecurity company Imperva today announced the appointment of Pam Murphy as CEO, effective immediately. Murphy will take over from interim CEO Charles Goodman, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Murphy brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having previously served as COO of Infor and operated across multiple leadership positions...
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In a public service announcement made in 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning against a high-impact cyberattack that could target U.S. businesses and organizations. That attack was ransomware. While some Americans dismissed the warning as old news, recent events proved that the threat actors behind these attacks aren’t done wreaking havoc...
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Today, nearly every IT decision-maker wants to invest in innovation that will facilitate network performance and agility without compromising security. For many, the answer is SD-WAN. The intersection between security and SD-WAN is critical in keeping data not only accessible but also safe. Here’s a quick guide to the security benefits and precautions for SD-WAN....
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(TNS) — For years, the only way to hear what parents and residents say at Atlanta school board meetings has been to show up in person. But starting Monday, the online video stream that shows the Atlanta Board of Education as they debate and vote on important issues also will capture and record public comment....
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by Joe Panettieri • Jan 6, 2020 Private equity firm Insight Partners has acquired Armis, an enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) security startup, ChannelE2E reports. The deal’s pricetag: $1.1 billion. Still, it’s difficult to pinpoint valuation since Armis revenue and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) figures were not disclosed. Armis develops an...
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The global cyber security market has experienced stratospheric growth from just £2.7 billion in annual sales back in 2004 to about £95 billion today, according to research house Gartner, and annual sales are predicted to skyrocket by almost 40% to about $129 billion in three years’ time. The reason for this growth in spending is...
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  US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government By Ulas Atesci 7 January 2020 Washington’s cold-blooded murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, who led forces fighting US-backed Al Qaeda-linked militias in Syria and ISIS in Iraq, has staggered the Turkish government. Ankara took 10 hours to react to this illegal act of war carried out...
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A Chinese government-backed hacking group has found a new way to bypass two-factor authentication, according to a new report. The report by Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT attributes a range of cyber attacks on government entities and managed service providers to APT20, a hacking group linked to the Chinese government that has been on the radar...
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a National Terrorism Advisory bulletin warning of a potential cyberattack by Iran in the wake of a U.S. drone attack that killed a senior Iranian military commander. The advisory notes that there is currently no information about a specific, credible threat to the U.S., however, the...
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An employer’s email system is as much private property as its computer equipment or real estate. The National Labor Relations Board once again, if belatedly, has affirmed this fact. On December 16, the board in Caesars Entertainment voted 3-1 to reestablish the right of an employer to restrict employee use of company email and other...
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If you downed tools for the holidays, get yourself up to date with everything we’ve written since Christmas. Wednesday 25 December 2019 Thursday 26 December 2019 Friday 27 December 2019 Saturday 28 December 2019 Friday 3 January 2020 Catch up on our latest podcasts The Naked Security podcast is taking a break over the festive...
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SWG Symantec Secure Web Gateway, which we acquired as ProxySG and Web Security Service (WSS) with Blue Coat Systems in 2016, is in the Magic Quadrant for the 12th time. With this accomplishment, it’s worth reviewing why a secure web gateway for web and cloud security is absolutely necessary to your data security strategy. It...
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