A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Criminal hacking hits Managed Service Providers: Reasons and responses

Recent news articles show that MSPs are now being targeted by criminals, and for a variety of nefarious reasons. Why is this happening, and what should MSPs do about it? If you are an MSP, as in managed service provider, or your organization uses the services of an MSP, then you need to be aware … More Criminal hacking hits Managed Service Providers: Reasons and responses

Former employee blamed for hack of WordPress plugin maker

The plugin’s users are recommended to change their passwords on WPML’s website following havoc reportedly wrought by a disgruntled ex-employee. The company behind the widely-used WordPress plugin WPML has been through a tumultuous few days after many of its customers received an email this past weekend that purported to warn them about “a bunch of … More Former employee blamed for hack of WordPress plugin maker

Two men charged with hacking into SEC in stock-trading scheme

The hacking duo is believed to have exploited a software flaw and compromised several SEC workstations with malware in order to take early peeks at financial disclosures. Two Ukrainian men are facing charges over their roles in an international stock-trading scheme that began with the pair’s breaking into the computer systems of the US Securities … More Two men charged with hacking into SEC in stock-trading scheme

Personal data of German political elite dumped online

The vast trove of data was released online and disseminated via Twitter over the span of four weeks – without anybody really noticing. German authorities are investigating a major cybersecurity incident that saw the personal information of hundreds of German politicians, as well as a number of TV personalities and journalists, dumped online in serial … More Personal data of German political elite dumped online

NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data

A probe launched immediately after the discovery of the suspected incident has yet to establish the scale of the potential damage. The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has notified all of its employees that their personal data may have been exfiltrated in a suspected security incident discovered two months ago. “On Oct. … More NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data

Two Brits jailed for TalkTalk hack

The breach exposed the personal data of 160,000 people and cost the telecom company £77 million. Two young Brits have been jailed for their roles in the breach at the telecommunications company TalkTalk in 2015, The Guardian reports. The Old Bailey criminal court in London sentenced Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Staffordshire, to … More Two Brits jailed for TalkTalk hack