Massive data leak could be from a credit bureau

Johannesburg – The sensitive private information of 30 million South Africans, contained in a massive data breach, appears to have been hacked from a credit bureau. This is according to Australian Microsoft regional director, Tory Hunt, who exposed the leak on Twitter on Tuesday. READ: Millions of South Africans’ personal information may have been leaked online Hunt is also a security researcher and creator of […]

CCleaner attack on millions of computers sought out telecom firms, app’s owner says

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers that broke into as many as 2.27 million accounts of a computer cleaning program were targeting telecom equipment companies in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, security company Avast told USA TODAY Thursday. The initial breach was reported on Tuesday. Hackers had hidden malware in CCleaner, a popular app that cleans cookies and junk programs from PCs and Android phones to make them […]

Widespread, Brute-Force, Cloud-to-Cloud Attacks Hit Office 365 Users

An operationalized cloud-to-cloud brute-force attack against Microsoft Office 365 users has hit high-level employees at multiple Fortune 2,000 organizations. According to Skyhigh Networks, which remediated the attack, the perpetrators used popular cloud service platforms to conduct a persistent attack to log into corporate Office 365 accounts. The campaign had a “slow-and-low” pattern of coordinated attacks on high-value targets, including more than 100,000 failed Office 365 […]

Petya Ransomware – Get MIMECAST today!!!

Petya Ransomware Action plan to improve your cyber resilience against the latest mass outbreak What is it? Today a major new ransomware attack has hit businesses globally, but initially in the Ukraine, Russia, and across Europe. This has been identified as an updated strain of the Petya ransomware that was identified back in March. The malware appears to arrive via a Microsoft Word document in […]

Ransomware: The race you don’t want to lose

In the race to detect and contain ransomware on their networks, many organizations fail before they are out of the gate.  The reason has very little to do with technology, and more so a great deal to do with process. “But we bought all the good tools!”, such organizations protest. Good security technologies implemented and optimized properly are certainly one piece of the puzzle, however […]

Global cyber ransom ware attack spreads

The “Petya” ransom ware played havoc with computers at large firms. A global cyber attack‚ which was initiated in the Ukraine‚ spread on Wednesday to other countries in Europe‚ less than two months after the last worldwide ransom ware attack. Reuters reported that the hack had caused major disruptions‚ including downing the network at Russia’s biggest oil company. The “Petya” ransom ware played havoc with […]

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye Ransomware Recently, a new strain of ransomware attack broke out. Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by the new ransomware called Petya/GoldenEye. It spreads rapidly across the world and is expanding the infection. Here’s what you need to know about Petya/GoldenEye and how to prevent the attack: What Is Petya/GoldenEye? Similar to WannaCry, Petya uses […]

Petya cyber attack: What’s going on with the latest ransomware virus? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Petya cyber attack: What’s going on with the latest ransomware virus? By Jessica Haynes A massive ransomware attack has hit computers and servers across the globe causing turmoil in its path. Could you be affected? Here’s what we know so far. How did it start? The attack first shut down operations in Russia — including at Russia’s biggest oil company — and Ukraine before spreading […]

News and sports websites ‘vulnerable to attack’ – BBC News

News and sports websites have some of the lowest levels of security adoption, a study has suggested. A team of cyber-security experts looked at the security protocols used by the top 500 sites in various industries and online sectors. They found that fewer than 10% of news and sports websites used basic security protocols such as HTTPS and TLS. Even those that do are not […]

WannaLocker — A New WannaCry-inspired Ransomware Is Attacking Android Smartphones

Short Bytes: After wrecking havoc on unpatched Windows computers using WannaCry, some new notorious hackers from China are targeting Android smartphones. They’ve copied the look of WannaCry and developed an Android ransomware, which is being called WannaLocker. Being spread via gaming forums, this ransomware disguises itself as a plugin for game King of Glory. It looks like the popularity of WannaCry has inspired cyber criminals […]