German internet outage was failed botnet attempt: report

Eric Auchard

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-deutsche-telekom-outages-idUSKBN13N12K

Excerpt:

“Hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany were hit on Sunday by network outages and a company executive blamed the disruptions on a failed hacking attempt to hijack consumer router devices for a wider internet attack.”


Ransomware hits San Francisco’s transport system, users get free rides

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/28/ransomware-hits-san-franciscos-transport-system/

Excerpt:

“The computer systems of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have been hit with ransomware on Friday. The infection apparently still persists on some of the systems, but others have already been cleaned and restored.”


Deutsche Telekom confirms malware attack on its routers

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/28/deutsche-telekom-confirms-malware-attack/

Excerpt:

“German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that the connectivity problems some 900,000 of its customers experienced on Sunday are the result of a hack attempt.”


US Navy Hacked, Social Security Numbers of 134,000 Sailors Stolen

Bogdan Popa

http://news.softpedia.com/news/us-navy-hacked-social-security-numbers-of-134-000-sailors-stolen-510466.shtml

Excerpt:

“The United States Navy got hacked, and the personal details of more than 134,000 sailors were accessed, according to a public statement released by US officials this morning.”


Russia aims to centralise cyber-protection of state defence enterprises 

Eugene Gerden

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/russia-aims-to-centralise-cyber-protection-of-state-defence-enterprises/article/574554/

Excerpt:

“Russia's largest state defense enterprises have received additional protection from cyber-attacks this year, thanks to a recent initiative from Rostec, the Russian state corporation which controls up to 70 percent of defence enterprises in Russia.”


U.S., Russia request Czechs extradite arrested Russian hacker

Jason Hovet and Petra Vodstrcilova

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-czech-usa-russia-cybercrime-idUSKBN13I0TV

Excerpt:

“The United States and Russia have both requested the extradition of a Russian arrested in Prague and indicted in the U.S. for hacking computers of social media companies, the Czech justice ministry said on Wednesday.”


Thailand seeks to tighten cyber security, raising questions about privacy protection

Patpicha Tanakasempipat

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-cyber-idUSKBN13H0VE

Excerpt:

“Thailand's military government, which has cracked down on online dissent since seizing power in 2014, is pushing ahead with cyber security bills that rights groups say could mean more extensive online monitoring, raising concerns over privacy protection.


Michigan State University Hacked, Personal Info, Social Security Numbers Stolen

Bogdan Popa

http://news.softpedia.com/news/michigan-state-university-hacked-personal-info-social-security-numbers-stolen-510359.shtml

Excerpt:

“Hackers managed to break into a Michigan State University server, gaining access to a database that contained no less than 400,000 records and information concerning current and former students and employees.”


Hacker Breaks into Italian Government Website, 45,000 Users Exposed

Bogdan Popa

http://news.softpedia.com/news/hacker-breaks-into-italian-government-website-45-000-users-exposed-510332.shtml

Excerpt:

“Hacker Kapustkiy just managed to break into another government website, this time in Italy where the target was the Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica.


Hackers arrested in Three mobile upgrade scam

Warwick Ashford

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450403170/Hackers-arrested-in-Three-mobile-upgrade-scam

Excerpt:

“Three men arrested in connection with mobile handset upgrade fraud enabled by unauthorised access to customer data”


Encryption ransomware hits record levels

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/18/encryption-ransomware-hits-record-levels/

Excerpt:

“The amount of phishing emails containing a form of ransomware grew to 97.25 percent during the third quarter of 2016 up from 92 percent in Q1.”


Top risks identified across private cloud environments

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/18/risks-private-cloud-environments/

Excerpt:

“Based on data gathered from over 100 enterprise environments over the past year, a Continuity Software study found that downtime and security risks were present in each cloud environment tested.”


Adobe Fined $1 Million for 2013 Hack That Affected Millions of Users

Bogdan Popa

http://news.softpedia.com/news/adobe-fined-1-million-for-2013-hack-that-affected-millions-of-users-510256.shtml

Excerpt:

“Adobe has received a fine of $1 million for a data breach that occurred in 2013 and which exposed millions of users, as a hacker managed to infiltrate in a server where the company stored encrypted payment card numbers and expiration dates, names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, usernames, and passwords.”


Hacker behind Spamhaus attack will not spend any time in the jail

Pierluigi Paganini

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/53473/cyber-crime/spamhaus-attack.html

Excerpt:

“The Dutch hacker Sven Olaf Kamphuis who was charged for Spamhaus attack, a massive DDoS attack, will not spend any time in the jail.”


Convicted computer hacker who contributed to £27 million fraud jailed for not declaring laptop

GeoffBennett

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/convicted-computer-hacker-who-contributed-to-27-million-fraud-jailed-for-not-declaring-laptop/story-29897469-detail/story.html

Excerpt:

“A convicted computer hacker who was jailed after causing losses of £27 million is back in jail – without committing further crime.”


Carbanak Attacks Shift to Hospitality Sector

Tom Spring

https://threatpost.com/carbanak-attacks-shift-to-hospitality-sector/121966/

Excerpt:

“The Carbanak cybercrime gang, best known for allegedly stealing $1 billion from financial institutions worldwide, have shifted strategy and are targeting the hospitality and restaurant industries with new techniques and malware.”


Dangerous Android threat points to Italian spyware maker

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/16/android-threat-italian-spyware-maker/

Excerpt:

“A piece of Android spyware recently analyzed by researchers with the RedNaga Security team seemed to be yet another Hacking Team spying tool but, according to more recent revelations, another Italian company is its likely source.”


Cyber risk in advanced manufacturing: How to be secure and resilient

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/17/cyber-risk-advanced-manufacturing/

Excerpt:

“Nearly half of surveyed manufacturing executives lack confidence their assets are protected from external threats, according to a new study from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).”


While consumers remain complacent, hackers refine their skills

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/17/consumers-complacent-hackers-refine-skills/

Excerpt:

“A new Norton Cyber Security Insights Report found that consumers who were victims of cybercrime within the past year often continued their unsafe behavior. For example, while these consumers were more likely to use a password on every account, they were nearly twice as likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts.”


Teenager admits to seven hacking offences in TalkTalk data breach

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/talktalk-teenager-17-year-old-admits-seven-hacking-data-breach-a7418736.html

Excerpt:

“A teenager has admitted to seven hacking offences relating to the TalkTalk security breach that led to the personal data of nearly 160,000 people being accessed.”


Ransomware: How to recover your encrypted files, the last guide.

Pierluigi Paganini

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/53438/malware/ransomware-recover-guide.html

Excerpt:

“In this guide, we will explain how to recover encrypted files focusing on the Data-Locker Ransomware that targets the Windows operating system.”


Malicious spam volume hits two year high 

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/11/malicious-spam-volume/

Excerpt:

“According to the Kaspersky Lab Spam and Phishing in Q3 report, the company’s products blocked 73,066,751 attempts to attack users with malicious attachments. This is the largest amount of malicious spam since the beginning of 2014 and is a 37 percent increase compared to the previous quarter. The majority of those attachments were ransomware Trojan downloaders.”


Millions of job seekers’ info exposed via easily accessible database backups

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/11/info-exposed-database-backups/

Excerpt:

“A data leak has exposed sensitive information about millions of job seekers that used global recruitment firm Michael Page.”


Massive cyberattack hit five top Russian banks: Kaspersky

Germain Moyon

http://phys.org/news/2016-11-massive-cyberattack-russian-banks-kaspersky.html

Excerpt:

“A massive cyberattack has hit at least five of Russia's largest banks, Moscow-based internet security giant Kaspersky said Thursday.”


A checklist for people who understand cyber security

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/10/checklist-cyber-security/

Excerpt:

“By now, it’s pretty much an accepted reality that it’s only a matter of time until an organization – any organization – gets breached by cyber attackers.”


Competing hackers dampen the power of Mirai botnets

Michael Kan

https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/609880/competing-hackers-dampen-power-mirai-botnets/

Excerpt:

“The malware behind last month's massive distributed denial-of-service attack in the U.S. appears to be losing its potency. Ironically, hackers are to blame for diluting its power.”


Dutch police takes over darknet market, posts warning

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/08/darknet-market-dutch-police/

Excerpt:

“As law enforcement agencies around the world continue taking down online markets on the Dark Web, the Dutch National Police and the nation’s Public Prosecution Service are trying out a new strategy for deterring sellers and buyers of illegal goods.”


Swiss investigators drop nuclear talks malware spying case

Rene Millman

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/swiss-investigators-drop-nuclear-talks-malware-spying-case/article/571094/

Excerpt:

“Investigators have decided to drop an investigation into malware found in a hotel in Geneva after they failed to establish who was behind it”


Man Accused of Hacking Student Email Accounts, Seeking Confidential Content

Liviu Arsene

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/man-accused-of-hacking-student-email-accounts-seeking-confidential-content-17080.html

Excerpt:

“Arrested for hacking into 1,050 email accounts belonging to two US universities and attempting to do so at 75 other educational institutions, Arizona man Jonathan Powell, 29, was charged with fraud in connection with computers, risking 5 years’ imprisonment.”


UK arrests 14 for £11m malware money laundering racket

Dan Worth

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2476416/uk-arrests-14-for-gbp11m-malware-money-laundering-racket

Excerpt:

“The National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested 14 people across the UK for their suspected involvement in laundering as much as £11m generated by major malware scams.”


Tesco Bank blames 'systematic sophisticated attack' for account losses

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37891742

Excerpt:

“Tesco Bank's chief executive has blamed "a systematic, sophisticated attack" for the money taken from 20,000 of its customer accounts.”


Nigerian scammers: Then and now

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/04/nigerian-scammers/

Excerpt:

“The image that the expression “Nigerian scammer” conjures up in most people’s heads is still that of the confidence man behind the keyboard, convincing victims that they have the opportunity to get a hefty sum of money if they only send some first, or pretending to be a man or woman in love with the victim and needing money to get out of some difficulty or another.”


Police across the globe crackdown on darknet marketplaces

Michael Kan

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3137595/security/police-across-the-globe-crackdown-on-darknet-marketplaces.html

Excerpt:

“Law enforcement agencies across the globe staged a crackdown on so-called darknet web sites last week, targeting marchants and thousands of customers who were looking to obtain illegal drugs and goods.”


Services disrupted at three UK hospitals due to virus attack

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/01/uk-hospitals-virus-attack/

Excerpt:

“Computer systems of the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have been hit by a “virus”, and the HNS Trust reacted by shutting down the majority of them.”


Industry reactions: UK government cyber security strategy

Mirko Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/02/uk-government-cyber-security-strategy/

Excerpt:

“Yesterday, the UK government announced a new £1.9bn cyber security strategy, which includes an increase in automated defences to combat malware and spam emails, investment to recruit 50 specialists to work on cybercrime at the NCA, the creation of a Cyber Security Research Institute, and an “innovation fund” for cyber security start-ups.”


Most employees violate policies designed to prevent data breaches

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/02/violate-policies-prevent-data-breaches/

Excerpt:

“Companies are increasing technology investments to protect against external data breaches, but employees pose a bigger threat than hackers, according to CEB. To mitigate the rising costs of breaches, organizations need to reduce the burden of complying with privacy policies.”


Smart machines: Is full automation desirable?

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/11/01/smart-machines-full-automation/

Excerpt:

“By 2020, smart machines will be a top five investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs, according to Gartner. With smart machines moving towards fully autonomous operation for the first time, balancing the need to exercise control versus the drive to realize benefits is crucial.”