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Scammers are targeting Londoners with fake fine notification texts that accuse victims of flouting the country’s lockdown rules. The malicious text has been designed to look like a genuine COVID-19 alert sent by the UK government. Victims who receive the message are told that they have been fined £35 after being spotted leaving their home...
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A leading insurance provider appears to have been targeted by a notorious ransomware group, which is threatening to release information stolen from the company if it doesn’t pay up. Chubb Insurance, which offers cyber-policies as well as other types of protection, has become the latest company singled out by the Maze group. Once organizations have been...
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The Student Loans Company (SLC) was hit by over five million email attacks last year, but appears to have weathered the cyber-storm from hackers. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued by law firm Griffin Law revealed the scale and nature of the email threat to the government-owned public body, which provides funding for over...
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An aerospace and industrial manufacturer has become the latest firm to have sensitive internal documents published online by ransomware attackers. Visser Precision, which makes parts for Tesla and SpaceX as well as defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin, was hit by the DoppelPaymer variant, according to security vendor Emsisoft. The hackers have apparently already published...
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Rutter’s has become the latest US convenience store chain to suffer a breach of customer card data via Point of Sale (POS) malware. Notified by a third party about potential unauthorized access to cards used at the firm’s locations, it launched an investigation and on January 14 discovered the malware installed on payment processing systems....
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There were nearly half a million ransomware infections reported globally last year, costing organizations at least $6.3bn in ransom demands alone, according to estimates from Emsisoft. The security vendor analyzed submissions to the ID Ransomware identification service during 2019 and found a total of 452,121 records. However, around half of these were related to a type...
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A US government technology contractor has become the latest major target taken down by a ransomware attack. Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) counts the Department of Defense, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security among its clients. It describes itself as a veteran-owned business with a track record dating back over four decades. The firm currently...
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Thousands of WordPress sites have been infected with malicious JavaScript in an attempt to promote scam websites, according to Sucuri. The number of infections spiked last week, with hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in various plugins, including Simple Fields and the CP Contact Form with PayPal, the security vendor explained in a blog post. After exploitation, the...
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A website set-up to accept donations for victims of the devastating Australian bushfires has become a victim itself — of digital skimming code designed to harvest card details. Security researchers at Malwarebytes took to Twitter to reveal the problems that hit the unnamed donations site, which was raising money for those affected by fires in...
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Patients of a hacked facial surgery company in Florida are being individually threatened by cyber-criminals, who are demanding money in return for not releasing stolen personal information to the public. The Center for Facial Restoration, Inc. (TCFFR), located in Miramar, became the victim of a cyber-attack in November last year.  In a statement published on the TCFFR...
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UK businesses were deluged with cyber-attacks in 2019, with the average firm hit by over half a million attempts to compromise systems, according to new stats from Beaming. The Hastings-based business Internet Service Provider (ISP) extrapolated the findings from data on its own corporate customers across the country. It calculated the average number of attacks...
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The Austrian government has been hit by a cyber-attack that could be the work of a rival foreign power.  The attack, which was leveled against the country’s Foreign Ministry, began late on Saturday night. A spokesperson for the ministry described the incident as “serious” and said that experts had warned it could continue for several...
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A major US hospitality chain has revealed that POS malware affecting scores of its restaurant brands may have led to customer card data theft over several months in 2019. Landry’s claimed in an incident notice this week that 63 of its food and beverage and restaurant concepts — including Morton’s, Bubba Gump and Rainforest Café...
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