Remote Workers Encounter 8 Risky URLs per Day, New Research Shows

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Given enough time, employees – especially those working remotely – will click on a link to a potentially dangerous website. But how much time? According to recent data, less than an hour ... Read More
BBC Publishes Screenshots Allegedly Depicting Ransomware Negotiations Between NetWalker and UCSF

BBC Publishes Screenshots Allegedly Depicting Ransomware Negotiations Between NetWalker and UCSF

The BBC claims to have obtained proof of ransom negotiations between the NetWalker gang and the University of California San Francisco almost a week after the college publicly reported on the costly security incident. Readers might recall that NetWalker ransomware operators recently persuaded the UCSF to pay over $1 million ... Read More

Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attacks Jump 200 Percent from April to May

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New data shows a sharp increase in monthly business email compromise (BEC) attacks focused on invoice or payment fraud ... Read More
University of California San Francisco Pays $1 Million to Ransomware Operators after June 1 Attack

University of California San Francisco Pays $1 Million to Ransomware Operators after June 1 Attack

NetWalker ransomware operators have persuaded the University of California San Francisco to pay over $1 million in an extortion scheme using data-encrypting malware. The attack, UCSF officials say, didn’t even target the institution. UCSF’s School of Medicine is among those leading coronavirus-related antibody testing, Bloomberg reports. Yet the ransomware attack ... Read More

World Economic Forum Outlines Core Principles for Businesses Seeking to Reduce Cyber Risk

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An optimistic new report by the World Economic Forum predicts businesses will prioritize security in a bid to ensure longer-term success. The reason? A rapid increase in cyberattacks and pressures escalating from changes prompted by COVID-19 ... Read More
Twitter Warns Paying Customers of Potential Data Leak

Twitter Warns Paying Customers of Potential Data Leak

Twitter is warning paying customers of its advertising and analytics platforms in an email that it is “possible” others could have accessed their personal and financial information as a result of a bug. As reported by BBC News, Twitter learned in May of a flaw in its platform that stored ... Read More

IT Departments May Be Helping Bad Actors with New Apps for Untrained Staff, New Research Shows

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Rapid changes to how businesses operate offer excellent opportunities for malicious actors to access corporate networks. Infosec professionals report that phishing and whaling attacks taking advantage of unwary employees have risen during the pandemic. At the same time, IT departments are deploying new technologies to support remote work without consulting ... Read More

Half of U.S. Businesses Have Yet to Mandate New Security Policies for Remote Workers

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 80% of Americans had worked from home either rarely or not at all. Now, more than half are doing so, with no new security policies to help guide them, according to an IBM survey conducted by Morning Consult ... Read More
Cyber Readiness Institute: Small Businesses to Become Hot Target for Hackers during COVID-19 Pandemic

Cyber Readiness Institute: Small Businesses to Become Hot Target for Hackers during COVID-19 Pandemic

A company’s perception of the importance of cybersecurity depends on the size of the business, new research shows. Small businesses are less apprehensive of cyber attacks than bigger organizations, and according to one study, cybercriminals may soon set their sights on smaller entities with their guard down. 89% of small ... Read More
Your Hacked Facebook Account Goes for $75 on the Dark Web

Your Hacked Facebook Account Goes for $75 on the Dark Web

A new report from Privacy Affairs says that cybercriminals on the Dark Web will pay on average $1,000 for a full range of stolen documents and account details that enable them to conduct sure-fire identity theft. Your hacked Facebook account alone goes for $75. Researchers went on a data-gathering mission ... Read More