Cyber Security

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Neither clinical research into the coronavirus nor any patient data were affected by the incident Oxford University has confirmed that one of its biology laboratories that is researching ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen victim to a cyberattack. Details about the incident at the Division of Structural Biology (Strubi) were released by Forbes.
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The incident raises concerns about the privacy and security of conversations taking place on the platform Clubhouse, the social media platform du jour, has experienced a data incident as an unidentified user found a way to stream audio feeds from the app’s chat rooms to a third-party website. Speaking to Bloomberg, Clubhouse spokeswoman Reema Bahnasy confirmed
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Both hacktivists and extortionists have used telephony denial-of-service attacks as a way to further their goals The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a stark warning about consequences that telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks on call centers could have on people’s lives. If launched against critical call centers, TDoS attacks could ultimately prevent callers from
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Avoid COVID-19 vaccine fraud and hoaxes – Romance scams cause record-high losses – Exaramel in the spotlight after attacks in France With the rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines gaining speed, fraudsters deploy campaigns that attempt to relieve people of their data and money or spread false claims about the vaccines. Newly released statistics about romance scams
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The Exaramel backdoor, discovered by ESET in 2018, resurfaces in a campaign hitting companies that use an outdated version of a popular IT monitoring tool France’s national cybersecurity agency ANSSI has disclosed details about an intrusion campaign targeting IT services firms that run the Centreon IT resource monitoring tool. The attacks are thought to have
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What can municipalities do to better protect their water supply systems? We reported recently about an attack against the water supply in Oldsmar, Florida, and worry about the potential for future and copycat attacks against other lightly defended water treatment systems in small towns worldwide and what can be done to stem such incursions. In
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While the incursion was thwarted in time, cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure are a major cause for concern Last Friday, an unknown attacker accessed the computer systems of a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, Florida, and attempted to poison the city’s water supply by manipulating the chemical levels of sodium hydroxide. This substance, commonly referred to
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A view of the Q4 2020 threat landscape as seen by ESET telemetry and from the perspective of ESET threat detection and research experts 2020 was many things (“typical” not being one of them), and it sure feels good to be writing about it in the past tense. As if really trying to prove a
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The US Federal Trade Commission received 1.4 million reports of identity theft last year, double the number from 2019 The number of reported cases of identity theft in the United States doubled in 2020 year-on-year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said. In a blogpost marking the start of Identity Theft Awareness Week, the FTC said that
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ESET researchers publish a white paper about unique multiplatform malware they’ve named Kobalos ESET researchers have analyzed malware that has been targeting high performance computing (HPC) clusters, among other high-profile targets. We reverse engineered this small, yet complex, malware that is portable to many operating systems including Linux, BSD, Solaris, and possibly AIX and Windows.
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ESET researchers uncover a supply-chain attack used in a cyberespionage operation targeting online‑gaming communities in Asia During 2020, ESET research reported various supply-chain attacks, such as the case of WIZVERA VeraPort, used by government and banking websites in South Korea, Operation StealthyTrident compromising the Able Desktop chat software used by several Mongolian government agencies, and
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As schools and students continue to contend with the very real cyber-risks of virtual classrooms, we share some advice for protecting children’s data and privacy The COVID-19 pandemic is still here, with pupils and students still soldiering on mostly remotely and focusing on their education from the confines of their houses. While another semester studying
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The law enforcement action is one of the most significant operations against cybercriminal enterprises ever Europol has announced the disruption of the Emotet botnet, one of the longest-lived and most pervasive malware threats, following a large-scale operation that also included a number of national law enforcement agencies across Europe and North America. Authorities in the
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“Download This application and Win Mobile Phone”, reads the message attempting to trick users into downloading a fake Huawei app Android users should watch out for new wormable malware that spreads through WhatsApp and lures the prospective victims into downloading an app from a website masquerading as Google Play. ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko looked