It's tax season, and scammers are a step ahead of filers, Microsoft says

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 19:30
Phishing season started early with crims intent on the hooking early filers

As the digital wolves dress in sheep's tax forms, Microsoft has thrown a spotlight on a crafty 2024 phishing expedition, unraveled in January, that preys on the unsuspecting herd of early tax filers.…

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US task force aims to plug security leaks in water sector

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 18:32
From a trickle to a flood, threats now seen as too great to ignore

US government is urging state officials to band together to improve the cybersecurity of the country's water sector amid growing threats from foreign adversaries.…

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London Clinic probes claim staffer tried to peek at Princess Kate's records

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 15:30
First: not being able buy a meat pie with a credit card. Now this.

The London Clinic where the Princess of Wales had surgery at the start of this year says it is investigating claims that an employee had tried to access her medical records.…

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Serial extortionist of medical facilities pleads guilty to cybercrime charges

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 14:33
Robert Purbeck even went as far as threatening a dentist with the sale of his child’s data

A cyberattacker and extortionist of a medical center has pleaded guilty to federal computer fraud and abuse charges in the US.…

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Stalkerware usage surging, despite data privacy concerns

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 13:15
At least 31,031 people affected last year

Stalkerware has reached "pandemic proportions," according to Kaspersky, which documented a total of 31,031 people affected by the intrusive software in 2023 – up almost six percent on the prior year.…

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Five Eyes tell critical infra orgs: take these actions now to protect against China's Volt Typhoon

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 10:15
Unless you want to be the next Change Healthcare, that is

The Feds and friends yesterday issued yet another warning about China's Volt Typhoon gang, this time urging critical infrastructure owners and operators to protect their facilities against destructive cyber attacks that may be brewing.…

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Australian techie jailed for accessing museum's accounting system and buying himself stuff

The Register - Wed, 20/03/2024 - 01:45
Also down under, researchers find security-cleared workers leaking details of their gigs

An Australian IT contractor has been sentenced to 30 months jail for ripping off the National Maritime Museum.…

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Beijing-backed cyberspies attacked 70+ orgs across 23 countries

The Register - Tue, 19/03/2024 - 21:00
Plus potential links to I-Soon, researchers say

Chinese cyberspies have compromised at least 70 organizations, mostly government entities, and targeted more than 116 victims across the globe, according to security researchers.…

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Crypto scams more costly to the US than ransomware, Feds say

The Register - Tue, 19/03/2024 - 20:00
Latest figures paint grim picture of how viciously the elderly are targeted

The FBI says investment fraud was the form of cybercrime that incurred the greatest financial loss for Americans last year.…

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Crypto wallet providers urged to rethink security as criminals drain them of millions

The Register - Tue, 19/03/2024 - 14:30
Innovative Ethereum feature exploited as victims say goodbye to assets

Infosec researchers are noting rising cryptocurrency attacks and have encouraged wallet security providers to up their collective game.…

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Atos says Airbus flew off, no longer interested in infosec and big data biz

The Register - Tue, 19/03/2024 - 12:30
Ailing tech integrator takes a hard hit... share price down by up to 20% this morning

Atos' share price sank as much as 20 percent this morning on confirmation that Airbus is no longer interested in buying the big data and security (BDS) parts of the crumbling tech empire.…

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Don't be like these 900+ websites and expose millions of passwords via Firebase

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 21:29
Warning: Poorly configured Google Cloud databases spill billing info, plaintext credentials

At least 900 websites built with Google's Firebase, a cloud database, have been misconfigured, leaving credentials, personal info, and other sensitive data inadvertently exposed to the public internet, according to security researchers.…

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Fujitsu reveals malware installed on internal systems, risk of customer data spill

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 20:30
Sneaky software slips past shields, spurring scramble

Fujitsu has confirmed that miscreants have compromised some of its internal computers, deployed malware, and may have stolen some customer information.…

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More than 133,000 Fortinet appliances still vulnerable to month-old critical bug

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 19:00
A huge attack surface for a vulnerability with various PoCs available

The volume of Fortinet boxes exposed to the public internet and vulnerable to a month-old critical security flaw in FortiOS is still extremely high, despite a gradual increase in patching.…

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Cyber baddies leak 70M+ files online, claim they're from AT&T

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 16:45
Telco reckons data is old, isn't from its systems

More than 70 million records, allegedly stolen from AT&T in 2021, were dumped on a cybercrime forum at the weekend.…

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Cyberattack gifts esports pros with cheats, forcing Apex Legends to postpone tournament

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 13:15
Virtual gunslingers forcibly became cheaters via mystery means

Updated  Esports pros competing in the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Pro League tournament were forced to abandon their match today due to a suspected cyberattack.…

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Infosec teams must be allowed to fail, argues Gartner

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 07:29
But failing to recover from incidents is unforgivable because 'adrenalin does not scale'

Zero tolerance of failure by information security professionals is unrealistic, and makes it harder for cyber security folk to do the essential part of their job: recovering fast from inevitable attacks, according to Gartner analysts Chris Mixter and Dennis Xiu.…

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Filipino police free hundreds of slaves toiling in romance scam operation

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 05:46
875 workers liberated after falling for promises of lucrative work, nine arrested

Filipino police rescued 875 "workers" – including 504 foreigners – in a raid late last week on a firm that posed as an online gaming company but in reality operated a forced labor camp that housed romance scam operators.…

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Protecting distributed branch office environments from ransomware

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 03:00
As ransomware becomes more sophisticated, detection tools should be upgraded to cover every site and location

Sponsored Feature  Ransomware gangs that steal and encrypt vital business data before extorting payment for its decryption and restoration are ramping up global attacks at an ever-increasing rate. In fact, cyber security experts agree that ransomware now represents one of - if not the most - serious cybersecurity threats currently facing governments, public/private sector organisations and enterprises around the world.…

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ChatGPT side-channel attack has easy fix: token obfuscation

The Register - Mon, 18/03/2024 - 02:31
ALSO: Roblox-themed infostealer on the prowl, telco insider pleads guilty to swapping SIMs, and some crit vulns

in brief  Almost as quickly as a paper came out last week revealing an AI side-channel vulnerability, Cloudflare researchers have figured out how to solve it: just obscure your token size.…

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