Already in the midst of a crisis, a Houston hospital was attacked by ransomware



“It’s been a rough year for the U.S. in terms of COVID-19. And some areas have been hit worse than others. On August 1, CNN tweeted about how rough things were at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center.”

People spend a little less time looking at fake news headlines than factual ones


“The term fake news has been a part of our vocabulary since the 2016 US presidential election. As the amount of fake news in circulation grows larger and larger, particularly in the United States, it often spreads like wildfire. Subsequently, there is an ever-increasing need for fact-checking and other solutions to help people navigate the oceans of factual and fake news that surround us.”

The global cost of cybercrime per minute to reach $11.4 million by 2021


“Cybercrime costs organizations $24.7, YOY increase of more than $2 every minute, a RiskIQ report reveals. It will also have a per-minute global cost of $11.4 million by 2021, a 100% increase over 2015.”

Tesla and FBI prevented $1 million ransomware hack at Gigafactory Nevada

Fred Lambert


“Tesla and the FBI worked together to prevent a group of ransomware hackers from attacking Tesla’s Gigafactory Nevada, according to a complaint from the FBI.”

Sources Say World's Largest Darknet Empire Market Exit Scammed, $30 Million in Bitcoin Stolen

Jamie Redman


“One of the world’s largest darknet markets (DNM), Empire Market, allegedly exit scammed after the marketplace was taken offline for a number of days this week. DNM patrons are upset about Empire Market’s departure and customers say that $30 million in bitcoin held by the darknet’s admins has been stolen.”

APT Hackers for Hire Used for Industrial Espionage

Liviu Arsene


“Bitdefender recently investigated an APT-style cyberespionage attack targeting an international architectural and video production company, pointing to an advanced threat actor and South Korean-based C&C infrastructure.”

Cyber attacks: Several Canadian government services disrupted

Gabrielle Ladouceur Despins


“Cybercriminals set their sights on the Canadian government at the beginning of August, when several government services were disabled following a series of cyberattacks. On August 15, the Treasury Board Secretariat announced that approximately 11,000 online government services accounts, originating from the Government of Canada Key service (GCKey) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) accounts, had been victims of hacking attempts.”

University of Utah Paid Over $450K to Ransomware Attackers

David Bisson


“The University of Utah paid a fee of more than $450,000 to attackers after they infected a portion of its servers with ransomware.”

ATM makers fix flaws allowing illegal cash withdrawals

Zeljka Zorz


“ATM manufacturers Diebold Nixdorf and NCR have fixed a number of software vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to execute arbitrary code with or without SYSTEM privileges, and to make illegal cash withdrawals by committing deposit forgery and issueing valid commands to dispense currency.”

Hackers Target Defense Contractors' Employees by Posing as Recruiters

Mohit Kumar


“The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a new report warning companies about a new in-the-wild malware that North Korean hackers are reportedly using to spy on key employees at government contracting companies.”

RedCurl cybercrime group has hacked companies for three years

Catalin Cimpanu


“Security researchers have uncovered a new Russian-speaking hacking group that they claim has been focusing on the past three years on corporate espionage, targeting companies across the world to steal documents that contain commercial secrets and employee personal data. Named RedCurl, the activities of this new group have been detailed in a 57-page report released today by cyber-security firm Group-IB.”

Michigan State University discloses credit card theft incident

Sergiu Gatlan


“Michigan State University (MSU) today disclosed that attackers were able to steal credit card and personal information from roughly 2,600 users of its online store.”

Chinese Researchers Show How They Remotely Hacked a Mercedes-Benz

Eduard Kovacs


“A team of Chinese researchers has described the analysis process that resulted in the discovery of 19 vulnerabilities in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, including flaws that can be exploited to remotely hack a car”

FBI warns of surge in online shopping scams

Amer Owaida


“The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has recorded a surge in complaints from victims who have been duped by fraudulent online marketplaces that never deliver the purchased items.”

The pandemic had a negative impact on data center operations


“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a negative impact on organizations’ ability to manage their storage infrastructures in order to ensure continued access to an increasingly remote workforce and to satisfy health protocols put in place to protect workers, according to StorONE.”

Hackers Could Target Organizations via Flaws in Mitsubishi Factory Automation Products

Eduard Kovacs


“High-severity vulnerabilities found by researchers in Mitsubishi Electric factory automation products can be exploited to remotely attack organizations. According to advisories published last week by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), tens of factory automation products from Mitsubishi Electric are affected by three flaws that can be exploited for privilege escalation, arbitrary code execution and DoS attacks.”

IoT data management services to reach $42.9 billion by 2026


“As the IoT data-enabled services continue to expand, the market is approaching the stage of data democratization, where real-time analytics is very sought after.”

IT skills shortage forces organizations to prioritize education


“Netwrix conducted studies to understand how the pandemic and ensuing work-from-home initiatives has forced organizations to change their IT priorities since a similar survey at the end of 2019.”

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on cybersecurity


“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hackers and online scammers, and cybersecurity pros saw a 63 percent increase in cyber-attacks related to the pandemic, according to a survey by ISSA and ESG.”

Havenly discloses data breach after 1.3M accounts leaked online

Lawrence Abrams


“Havenly, a US-based interior design web site, has disclosed a data breach after a hacker posted a database containing 1.3 million user records for free on a hacker forum.”