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Infosecurity Europe 2020, due to take place June 2-4, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers Reed Exhibitions have just announced. Held annually at London Olympia, Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive information security event, attracting thousands of visitors from the information security industry every year. A statement from Reed...
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Microsoft has been forced to alert several dozen hospitals in a “first of its kind notification” that their gateway and VPN appliances are vulnerable to ransomware groups actively scanning for exposed endpoints. The tech giant claimed that attackers behind the REvil (Sodinokibi) variant, for one, are probing the internet for vulnerable systems, with VPNs in...
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Chinese conspiracy theories that COVID-19 was some kind of US military bioweapon date back to January, months before a foreign ministry official in Beijing began to spread the same fake news, according to a new study. An analysis from the Stanford University Cyber Policy Center has revealed how fringe conspiracy theories can eventually become weaponized...
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Online threats have risen by as much as six-times their usual levels over the past four weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic provides new ballast for cyber-attacks, according to Cloudflare. The web security and content delivery vendor analyzed UK traffic figures for the past four weeks compared to the previous month and noted a sharp uptick...
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American domain registration companies are taking steps to combat coronavirus-related fraud.  Budget hosting provider Namecheap Inc. has halted automated registration of website names that reference the COVID-19 health crisis. The Los Angeles–based company’s action comes after a surge in fraudulent websites seeking to profit from the pandemic. Online scams proliferating from the coronavirus outbreak have included fraudulent...
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The British government has launched a new rapid response unit to coordinate the fight against online misinformation about COVID-19. Reports suggest that the unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and Number 10, will help to deal with “false and misleading narratives about coronavirus.” These will include everything from phishing scams to fake ‘experts’ issuing...
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Security awareness training and simulated phishing provider KnowBe4 has announced that it has discovered a new type of phishing scam warning people that they’ve come into contact with a friend/colleague/family member who has been infected with the coronavirus and so are at risk of being infected themselves. The email, which is crafted to appear as...
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Adverts and listings that capitalize on the COVID-19 outbreak are appearing on Instagram and Facebook despite being banned. On March 6, Facebook and Instagram announced a temporary ban on ads and listings selling medical face masks on its marketplace. On March 19, Rob Leathern, head of trust and integrity for Facebook ads and business platform,...
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The US Department of Justice on Saturday filed its first court action against a website operator accused of committing fraud to profit from the global COVID-19 pandemic. A temporary restraining order was filed in a federal court in Austin against the operator of coronavirusmedicalkit.com, who allegedly offered fake coronavirus vaccines for sale in a shameless attempt to...
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Online extortionists are now threatening email victims with COVID-19 infection if they don’t pay thousands of dollars, marking yet another evolution in their scam tactics. Sophos reported the sextortion scam, which follows a similar pattern to others of this type. The attackers divulge previously breached information on the victim, in this case one of their passwords,...
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Fake news, bogus miracle cures: Facebook has been dealing with a lot, and COVID-19 isn’t making it any easier. Like many other companies, Facebook is trying to keep its employees safe by allowing them to opt for working remotely, so as to avoid infection. But when humans are taken out of the content moderation loop,...
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It’s the COVID-19 shortage nobody expected – not toilet rolls, tinned goods or headache pills this time but Google software engineers. It’s a problem that many believe explains the abrupt decision by Google to delay the release of Chrome 81, the stable version of which was scheduled to start appearing on users’ computers on 17...
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Twitter has released details of the steps it’s taking to combat misinformation on COVID-19, but admitted that its increasing reliance on automated systems may lead to more mistakes. The social network said it was broadening its definition of harm to tackle user-generated content that contradicts guidance from public health authorities and other trusted bodies. “Rather than reports, we...
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Companies are offering businesses free cybersecurity support as coronavirus scams proliferate and over-stretched healthcare providers become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Irish cybersecurity awareness training company Cyber Risk Aware announced yesterday that it would be providing free COVID-19 phishing tests for businesses. Companies are invited to run a phishing simulation in which up to 100 staff can learn how to...
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Use of virtual private networks (VPNS) has rocketed in some of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 virus, according to new data from a company that supplies these services. Atlas VPN analyzed data from its 50,000 weekly users, measuring how much traffic travelled through its servers last week (March 9-15) versus the week before (March...
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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has stepped in to remove malicious and phishing websites linked to Covid-19 scams, but warned that attacks could increase if the outbreak does. The GCHQ body said that phishing efforts using the Coronavirus as a lure have led to victims losing money and sensitive data across Europe. It...
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