Americans report US$13 million in losses from coronavirus scams

The median loss to fraudulent schemes that exploit the global health crisis is almost US$600. The United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received more than 17,000 complaints from U.S. consumers who reported total losses in excess of US$13 million from COVID-19 related scams. The FTC has compiled the data into an easily digestible infographic, which … More Americans report US$13 million in losses from coronavirus scams

Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

The incidents send medical staff back to the days of pen and paper. Several hospitals in the United States and Australia have been paralyzed by ransomware attacks, leading to the cancellation of all but the most urgent appointments and surgeries. In the US, the outbreak affected three Alabama-based healthcare providers – DCH Regional Medical Center, … More Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas

The attack, which has victimized mostly smaller local governments, is thought to have been unleashed by a single threat actor. As many as 23 government organizations across Texas are reeling from an apparently “coordinated ransomware attack”, an alert by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) reveals. The incident occurred last Friday and for the most part … More Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas

Cyberattack exposes travelers’ photos, says US border agency

The images, collected over one and a half months, were taken as the travelers crossed an unspecified border point. The United States’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that a security incident at one of its subcontractors has compromised the photos of thousands of travelers entering and departing the country. In addition to the … More Cyberattack exposes travelers’ photos, says US border agency

NSA’s EternalBlue exploit reaching new heights since WannaCryptor outbreak

Attack attempts involving the USA’s National Security Agency’s exploit are in hundreds of thousands daily. It has been two years since EternalBlue opened the door to one of the nastiest ransomware outbreaks in history, known as WannaCryptor (or WannaCry). Since the now-infamous malware incident, attempts to use the exploit have only been growing in prevalence. Currently … More NSA’s EternalBlue exploit reaching new heights since WannaCryptor outbreak

Asking the US public about cybercrime and cybersecurity

Answers could help raise awareness of situations that people fear. Cybersecurity involves protecting the digital technologies upon which we depend against criminals who seek to abuse them for their own ends. Public support for efforts to reduce cybercrime is critical to society’s efforts to preserve the benefits of digital technologies. That is why I am … More Asking the US public about cybercrime and cybersecurity