City Councils Pays $600k Ransomware Demand

Following the news that Riviera Beach City Council, in Florida, has just paid a $600,000 ransom demand after falling victim to ransomware three weeks ago, please see below comments from security experts at HackerOne, Nozomi Networks and Outpost24. Shlomie Liberow, Technical Program Manager at HackerOne:  “The Riviera Beach City Council has taken a big gamble by paying […]

Government Error Delays Online Pornography Age-Check Scheme

An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time. The culture secretary confirmed the postponement saying the government had failed to tell European regulators about the plan.  In the House of Commons, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said an “important notification process was not undertaken for an element of this policy”.  […]

Grade Hacking Services And Fake Diplomas Easily Available Online During Exam Season

Human Factor of Targeted Attacks

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of summer exam pressures by offering black market grade-hacking services and fake qualifications online, and ensuring these opportunities are easy to find with a quick internet search, Kaspersky researchers have found.   Reports of young people breaking into school systems to change grades, improve attendance records or disrupt test processes are […]

Hacker Gang Deploys Ransomware On Customer Systems By Hacking MSPs

A ansomware gang has breached the infrastructure of at least three managed service providers (MSPs) and has used the remote management tools at their disposal, namely the Webroot SecureAnywhere console, to deploy ransomware on the MSPs’ customers systems.  Hackers breached MSPs via exposed RDP (Remote Desktop Endpoints), elevated privileges inside compromised systems, and manually uninstalled AV products, such as […]

Comments On Phishing Websites Increase Adoption Of HTTPS

More cybercriminals are encrypting their phishing websites according to a report from Phishlabs. The report reveals that 58% of the phishing websites in the first months of 2019 were using the secure HTTP protocol. This is a 12% jump compared to the last quarter of 2018. #Phishing are now massively using #https. Pro-tip, the "lock" […]