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

Inmates hack prison tablets for free credits

The nature of the vulnerability hasn’t been disclosed, but is said to have already been identified and fixed. Several hundred inmates at five prisons in the northwestern US state of Idaho have exploited a software vulnerability in their “prison-specific” tablets to transfer $225,000 worth of digital credits to their virtual accounts, according to a BBC report. … More Inmates hack prison tablets for free credits

American hacker gets jail time for serial DDoS attacks

The tale of “Bitcoin Baron” reveals a worrying picture and illustrates how easy it has become to wreak havoc on the internet. A 23-year-old man from Arizona, USA, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks at the computer networks of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, three years … More American hacker gets jail time for serial DDoS attacks

Study: White House email domains at risk of being misused for phishing scams

Most of the White House’s email domains have yet to deploy an email authentication protocol known as DMARC that is designed to reduce the risk of attackers impersonating legitimate email addresses for distributing spam or phishing messages. Nearly all email domains overseen by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States – … More Study: White House email domains at risk of being misused for phishing scams