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  • City of Valdez, Alaska admits to paying off ransomware infection

    November 21, 2018

    Officials from the city of Valdez, Alaska have admitted last week to paying $26,623.97 to hackers after the city’s IT network was crippled by a ransomware infection in July. “Valdez Police Department reached out through our law enforcement channels for assistance with addressing the ransom demand,” said Bart Hinkle, Valdez police chief and operations section ...

  • Google Taking Over Health Records Raises Patient Privacy Fears

    November 21, 2018

    Three years ago, artificial intelligence company DeepMind embarked on a landmark effort to transform health care in the U.K. Now plans by owner Alphabet Inc. to wrap the partnership into its Google search engine business are tripping alarm bells about privacy. Data protection advocates cried foul when the company reversed course on an earlier pledge to keep DeepMind ...

  • Lazarus APT Uses Modular Backdoor to Target Financial Institutions

    November 21, 2018

    The advanced persistent threat group Lazarus with North Korean links has been observed using a modular backdoor during last week to compromise a series of Latin American financial institutions by Trend Micro’s Lenart Bermejo and Joelson Soares. As unearthed by the Trend Micro research team, the APT38 threat group successfully compromised a number of computing systems ...

  • Major Flaws Found in IT Pentagon Processes After First Ever Financial Audit

    November 21, 2018

    The conclusions drawn following the first U.S. Defense Department-wide financial audit are not surprising to anyone given that the Pentagon failed the audit just as expected. “We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us, that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” told Patrick Shanahan the Deputy Secretary of ...

  • Kabul Suicide Attack: over 40 dead, more than 80 wounded

    November 20, 2018

    The security sources are saying that over 40 people were killed and more than 80 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack in capital Kabul earlier this evening. The Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that the incident has taken place in Oranus Hotel. The Ministry of Public Health officials are saying that the attack has left ...

  • Chinese airports prioritize cybersecurity for technology investment

    November 20, 2018

    Airports and airlines in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers, with cybersecurity proving to be top of the agenda for both. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13% to more than one billion over ...

  • Security warning: UK critical infrastructure still at risk from devastating cyber attack

    November 19, 2018

    An ongoing failure to act with “meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of threats posed by cyber criminals and hackers puts critical national infrastructure at unnecessary risk from cyber attacks, a UK Parliamentary committee has warned. The UK experienced a taste of the damage that cyber attacks can cause when the global WannaCry ...

  • TalkTalk hack attack: Friends jailed for cyber crimes

    November 19, 2018

    Two friends who took part in a £77m hack on the TalkTalk website have been jailed. Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, admitted their roles in the massive 2015 data breach which affected 1.6 million accounts. Hanley, described as a “dedicated hacker”, shared details of more than 8,000 customers with Allsopp. At ...

  • Mumbai: BMC prepares SOP to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack

    November 19, 2018

    After monsoon, cyclone and earthquake preparedness, the Mumbai civic body has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tackle Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The SOP includes an off-site plan, which is Geographic Information System (GIS)-enabled, giving details of shelters, transportation and medical facilities nearby in the event of any such attack. The Brihanmumbai ...

  • Texas hospital becomes victim of Dharma ransomware

    November 19, 2018

    The Altus Baytown Hospital (ABH) has revealed a ransomware outbreak which may have led to the leak of patient data. In a statement on its website, the Texas-based hospital said that ABH discovered an unauthorized threat actor rifling through the organization’s systems on roughly September 3. The “unauthorized party” deployed malicious code and infected the hospital’s systems with a ...

  • GSA proposes new cybersecurity reporting rules for contractors

    November 19, 2018

    The General Services Administration is proposing new rules shaping how contractors protect government information on the IT systems they manage. Tucked in a Friday Federal Register post detailing the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, two proposed rules — GSAR Case 2016-G511 and 2016-G515 — call for amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation to include ...

  • Australian ​Department of Health wants to up security posture to Commonwealth standard

    November 19, 2018

    The Department of Health is seeking help with Australian government security compliance, publishing a request for tender (RFT) for a privileged access management (PAM) solution. The solution, the department said, is required to support Health’s “move towards compliance with the Essential Eight Security Controls”. “Ultimately, the solution will increase the risk posture for the department and safe ...

  • More than 500 ‘safety events’ recorded at UK nuclear submarine base since 2006

    November 18, 2018

    More than 500 safety events have been recorded at the home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent since 2006, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew disclosed the figure in a letter in response to a parliamentary question from Edinburgh SNP MP Deidre Brock. In total, 505 “events” were recorded over the past 12 years ...

  • Drone assassination attempts are a reminder that better legislation is needed

    November 17, 2018

    In early August an assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduroserved as a jarring wake up call that the possibility of a drone attack against a public figure or civilian is real. To the security industry and United States Government, this attack was not surprising. Frighteningly, there has been little resolve within Congress to determine who or what ...

  • Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

    November 16, 2018

    US President Donald Trump signed today a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing ...