Hackers Are Targeting Universities

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Stealing research may be primary aim. In the US, cyberattacks on colleges and universities have seen a noticeable increase in the past year or so, and with the abundance of data the schools store on their students, it’s not hard to see why. Across the K-12 public school spectrum and…


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CCleaner was hacked to spread malware to millions of users for a month

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Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner (short for ‘Crap Cleaner’), which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports. The app, which touts more than two billion downloads and over two million active…


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Vermont town’s computer system hacked

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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT. Vermont officials say their town’s computer system was hacked by a type of malware that targeted payroll and tax bill files. St. Johnsbury town manager Chad Whitehead tells The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/2wX8MoB ) the computer system was hacked sometime Saturday. Whitehead says the hack froze the sensitive…


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In Persian Gulf, computer hacking now a cross-border fear

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From suspected Iranian cyberattacks on Saudi Arabia to leaked emails causing consternation among nominally allied Arab nations, state-sponsored hacks have become an increasing worry among countries across the Persian Gulf. Defending against such attacks has become a major industry in Dubai, as the city-state home to the world’s tallest building…


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Chinese National Arrested in Los Angeles for Hacking Charge in US

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Charges are filed by the FBI against one Chinese malware broker known as Yu Pingan, claiming that he provides malware to hackers, including Sakula Trojan, for breaching numerous computer networks that belongs to the companies in US. The FBI charges that Yu Pingan, known also as “GoldSun”, has conspired with…


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County Officials Didn’t Protect Computer Systems from Obvious Hacking Risks, Auditors Say

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Orange County officials failed to implement essential safeguards to protect county computer systems, which left the county unnecessarily vulnerable to hacking and other malicious activity until the problems were uncovered in recent months by a comprehensive audit. “We found that physical and [software access] security to data and programs WAS…


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Briton accused of cyber attacks on Lloyds and Barclays is extradited from Germany

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The alleged fraudster behind a series of cyber attacks against two of the UK’s biggest high street banks has been extradited from Germany to face charges, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). Daniel Kaye, 29, of Egham, Surrey, is accused of attempting to blackmail Lloyds and Barclays using an…


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Chinese cyber spies broaden attacks in Vietnam, security firm says

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Cyber spies working for or on behalf of China’s government have broadened attacks against official and corporate targets in Vietnam at a time of raised tension over the South China Sea, cyber security company FireEye said. FireEye told Reuters the attacks happened in recent weeks and it had traced them…


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Zazzle resets “thousands” of accounts after hackers brute-force passwords

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Zazzle is warning customers that hackers may have compromised their accounts. The company’s chief technology officer Bobby Beaver confirmed in an email to ZDNet that “thousands of accounts” were affected, representing what he called “a small percentage of accounts.” The company sent an email to customers revealing that that hackers…


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Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients’ data

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A member of the Anonymous hacking collective claims to have stolen data belonging to 1.2 million patients of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). The breach affected swiftQueue, a software provider of dashboard and metrics solutions to healthcare clinics. Currently, the vendor manages the websites of eight NHS facilities….


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Nothing is sacred when it comes to hackers

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Olivet Lutheran Church Senior Pastor Kris Gorden said the church’s website fell victim to hackers over the weekend “This is another reminder that you have to have your protections in place as best as possible. We didn’t notice until late Sunday evening that there was a problem,” Gorden said. “People…


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Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

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Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal. In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer…


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Crypto currency hacks: Hacking the unhackable

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When asked to name a cryptocurrency you’d likely think of Bitcoin, but today there are now over 900 cryptocurrencies on the market. In theory, the blockchain that cryptocurrencies use should be un-hackable and yet last month we saw hackers make off with $32 million worth of the cryptocurrency Ether. Before…


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USB devices may ‘leak’ information to hackers, explains study

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USB connections – the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers – are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than thought, a study has found. Researchers from University of Adelaide in Australia tested more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs and…


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Hackers could gain access to passwords through USB sticks, cyber experts warn

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Using a USB stick that’s been left lying around is something many, if not most, of us have done — probably without thinking twice about it. But cybersecurity experts are warning against the practice after showing hackers can access personal information through malicious USB sticks which then transmit that information…


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Hackers’ Little Helpers: Employees With Bad ‘Cyber-Hygiene’

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On this year’s list of top 10 policy and technology priorities, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) named cybersecurity No. 1. When people think about cybersecurity, they often focus on the vulnerabilities of hardware and software systems. For example, as Governing reported in late July, “several local…


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How long can the U.S. keep hackers at bay and the lights on?

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After it came to light this summer that hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of two U.S. power companies – at a time the country was still reeling from Russian cyberattacks aimed at influencing the 2016 election – the possibility of hackers taking down the U.S. power grid and sending…


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Russian hackers use NSA exploits to target high-profile hotel guests

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The Russian hacking group believed to be involved in hacking attempts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now alleged to be using National Security Agency exploits to target “high-profile” hotel guests in Europe and the Middle East. Security experts say the group, known as “Fancy Bear” or APT28, is…


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Hackers looking to shut down factories for pay

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The malware entered the North Carolina transmission-manufacturing plant’s computer network by the way of email in August 2016, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom. AW North Carolina stood to lose $270,000 in revenue,…


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E-mail love-triangle hack backfires on Eskom manager

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A senior Eskom manager has been fined R40,000 for hacking her former lover’s work e-mail with the help of her new boyfriend. Genevieve Roux, 35, and Sean Millard, 38, admitted gaining illegal access to Johannes Burger’s e-mail account. Millard, who was fined R10,000, also admitted impersonating Burger in order to…


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