Cyber Security

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When it comes to coercing people into parting with their money, cybercriminals seem to have an endless bag of tricks to choose from. There are some tricks, that they favor more than others, one of which is extortion. According to the FBI’s latest Internet Crime Report, US victims of extortion lost some US$107.5 million to these crimes last year.
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The cyber attack affects 14 inboxes belonging to the Department of Justice was confirmed by ESET researchers.  ESET’s team of malware researchers in Montreal, in collaboration with journalist Hugo Joncas, helped shed light on a cyber attack that affected the Quebec Department of Justice.  Indeed, on August 11 and 12, the Department of Justice suffered a cyber attack in which malicious actors used malicious software to infect 14 inboxes under the Department‘s
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Zoom now supports phone calls, text messages and authentication apps as forms of two-factor authentication   Zoom is rolling out support for two-factor authentication (2FA) across its web, desktop, and mobile applications, allowing users to double down on the security of their accounts with an extra layer of protection.  For context, 2FA systems require users to pass authentication
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Oregon’s largest city aims to be a trailblazer when it comes to facial recognition legislation . On Wednesday, The Portland City Council passed what could be considered one of the strictest facial recognition bans in the United States. The legislation bans both city government agencies and private businesses from using the technology on the city’s grounds.  While bans on the public
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The cyber incident has taken most of Newcastle University’s systems offline and officials estimates it will take weeks to recover.  While students are slowly preparing to return to their universities and colleges after a prolonged absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Newcastle University in England has been left reeling from a cybersecurity incident that has affected almost all its systems.  The university first became
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…but there are no conferences or exhibitions??? Being a regular presenter and visitor at conferences and exhibitions, it is not unusual for me to get unsolicited emails with offers to acquire the “verified” list of visitors or attendees, with function and contact details. Even for conferences and exhibitions I do not attend and often do
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ESET researchers analyze a previously undocumented trojan that is spread via malicious torrents and uses multiple tricks to squeeze cryptocoins from its victims while staying under the radar ESET researchers have uncovered a hitherto undocumented malware family that we named KryptoCibule. This malware is a triple threat in regard to cryptocurrencies. It uses the victim’s
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What’s the benefit of deleting your Houseparty – or any other unused – account, rather than just uninstalling the app? When the coronavirus pandemic began, people took to Houseparty by the millions. Many of us weren’t allowed to meet anyone in person, so videocalling became an even bigger success and Houseparty was the front runner.
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As the US presidential election nears, the company’s new tech should also help assure people that an image or video is authentic Microsoft has announced a new tool that’s designed to identify deepfakes and help combat the proliferation of doctored media on the internet. Dubbed Microsoft Video Authenticator, the new technology can analyze both photos
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Unknown threat actors were able to exfiltrate information from the email accounts of several parliamentarians Norway’s parliament, also known as the Storting, disclosed on Tuesday that it fell victim to an extensive cyberattack that targeted its internal email system. In an official statement addressing the incident, the legislature said that cybercriminals were able to access
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From keeping your account safe to curating who can view your liked content, we look at how you can increase your security and privacy on TikTok TikTok, one of the most recent additions to the roster of major social media platforms, has been enjoying immense popularity since its debut three years ago. The app is
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Cybercriminals take aim at teleworkers, setting up malicious duplicates of companies’ internal VPN login pages The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a joint advisory to warn about a surge in voice phishing (vishing) attacks targeting staff at a number of companies. The spike in
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Several services, including the national revenue agency, had to be shut down following a series of credential-stuffing attacks 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
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Could your social media account be spoofed, why would anybody do it, and what can you do to avoid having a doppelgänger? Social media has some great advantages, such as keeping in touch with loved ones and sharing experiences with friends, but like almost anything on the internet, it can be easily abused. With some
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The price tag is higher if the incident exposed customer data or if it was the result of a malicious attack, an annual IBM study finds The average cost of a data breach has declined by 1.5% year-over-year, costing companies US$3.86 million per incident, according to IBM’s 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report. The annual
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An apparent glitch is preventing a number of users from signing into their accounts A number of Twitter users from around the globe report experiencing problems when attempting to log into their accounts. The microblogging site is investigating what seems to be a glitch in its verification systems that is affecting some people who utilize
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Why are SMBs a target for ransomware-wielding gangs and what can they do to protect themselves against cyber-extortion? According to the World Bank, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) play a huge role in most economies, accounting for 90% of businesses worldwide and representing over 50% of employment. These are businesses that range from family-owned restaurants, through