Cyberattacks

Over 500 US schools were hit by ransomware in 2019

Fifteen US school districts, accounting for 100 schools, were hit in the past two weeks alone. By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | October 1, 2019 — 14:24 GMT (07:24 PDT) | Topic: Security In the first nine months of the year, ransomware infections have hit over 500 US schools, according to a report published last week by cyber-security firm Armor. In […]

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281 Arrested Worldwide in Coordinated International Enforcement Operation Targeting Hundreds of Individuals in Business Email Compromise Schemes

Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs 74 Alleged Fraudsters Arrested in the United States Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the […]

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By 2021 Cost of Cybercrime to Top Annual Natural Disasters and Global Drug Trade Costs, Says Report

By CircleID Reporter By 2021, it is estimated that cybercrime will cost the global economy more than $6 trillion in damages, exceeding annual costs for natural disasters and the global drug trade. In a report released on Monday, Arkose Labs says it analyzed over 1.2 billion transactions including account registrations, logins and payments from financial services, e-commerce, […]

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Schools in Arizona’s Flagstaff closed for second day due to cyberattack

BY MAGGIE MILLER – 09/06/19 11:41 AM EDT 124210 Schools in Flagstaff, Ariz., were closed for a second day in a row on Friday as the school district struggled to recover from a debilitating ransomware attack. The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), which includes 15 schools and more than 9,600 students, canceled classes on both Thursday and […]

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Town Avoids Paying Massive $5 Million Ransom In Cyberattack

September 6, 20195:29 PM ET SAMANTHA RAPHELSON A laptop displays a message after being infected by a ransomware.Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images When the city of New Bedford, Mass., was hit by a ransomware attack in July, with hackers demanding $5.3 million in Bitcoin to release the city’s data, town officials tried an old law enforcement tactic […]

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Uighurs in China were target of two-year iOS malware attack – reports

Android and Windows devices also targeted in campaign believed to be state-backed Alex Hern @alexhern Mon 2 Sep 2019 12.26 BSTLast modified on Mon 2 Sep 2019 12.27 BST Chinese Uighurs were the target of an iOS malware attack lasting more than two years that was revealed last week, according to multiple reports. Android and Windows devices were also targeted in the campaign, which […]

Cyberattacks Privacy

Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation ByJoe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo and Josh ChinUpdated Aug. 15, 2019 3:21 am ET KAMPALA, Uganda—Huawei Technologies Co., the world’s largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where it has sold security tools that governments […]

Cyberattacks United States

US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

Officials describe their efforts as more aggressive than they would have contemplated a few years agoBy Andrew [email protected]  Jun 15, 2019, 5:46pm EDT The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Officials that the publication spoke with characterized the […]

China Cyberattacks

China behind massive Australian National University hack, intelligence officials say

Officials fear data breach may be used to recruit students or university alumni as informants Michael McGowan @mmcgowan Thu 6 Jun 2019 2019  Intelligence officials believe China may have been behind a massive data breach which compromised the personal details of thousands of Australian National University students and staff. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that senior intelligence officials have pointed […]