More contractor pain: Parasol's sister firms, SJD Accountancy and Nixon Williams, confirm cyberattack

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 14:45
Ransomware suspected but not confirmed

SJD Accountancy and Nixon Williams – both contractor-focused beancounting firms owned by the same corporate parent as cyber-attack-struck UK umbrella company Parasol – have been hit by online attackers.…

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Singapore monetary authority threatens action on bank over widespread phishing scam

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 13:04
Scam has claimed 469 victims in December alone, of which OCBC has issued goodwill payments to 30

The Monetary Authority of Singapore says it is considering supervisory action against Southeast Asia's second largest bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), which was criticised for its incident response to a widespread phishing scheme across the island nation.…

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Why global DDoS protection is essential for Anycast networks

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 11:55
‘If you don’t have Anycast it’s not a good DNS service’

Paid Feature  In October 2021, in an incident lasting more than six hours, Facebook disappeared from the Internet. This wasn’t a temporary .com outage on the company’s primary domain but a complete shutdown of its public existence that also dragged into the darkness WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.…

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Microsoft patches the patch that broke VPNs, Hyper-V, and left servers in boot loops

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 11:34
Testing? Isn't that what users are for?

Microsoft has patched the patch that broke chunks of Windows and emitted fixes for a Patch Tuesday cock-up that left servers rebooting and VPNs disconnected.…

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Bug in WebKit's IndexedDB implementation makes Safari 15 leak Google account info... and more

The Register - Mon, 17/01/2022 - 18:31
Glitch is spilling private data and there's not much Apple users can do about it

An improperly implemented API that stores data on browsers has caused a vulnerability in Safari 15 that leaks user internet activity and personal identifiers.…

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Ukraine blames Belarus for PC-wiping 'ransomware' that has no recovery method and nukes target boxen

The Register - Mon, 17/01/2022 - 16:24
And for last week's digital graffiti operations, too

After last week's website defacements, Ukraine is now being targeted by boot record-wiping malware that looks like ransomware but with one crucial difference: there's no recovery method. Officials have pointed the finger at Belarus.…

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Umbrella company Parasol Group confirms cyber attack as 'root cause' of prolonged network outage

The Register - Mon, 17/01/2022 - 13:28
'Malicious activity on our network' spotted, says CEO, as some contractors say they've still not been paid

Umbrella company Parasol Group has confirmed why it shut down part of its IT last week: it found unauthorised activity from an intruder.…

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North Korea pulled in $400m in cryptocurrency heists last year – report

The Register - Sun, 16/01/2022 - 11:01
Plus: FIFA 22 players lose their identity and Texas gets phony QR codes

In brief  Thieves operating for the North Korean government made off with almost $400m in digicash last year in a concerted attack to steal and launder as much currency as they could.…

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Russia starts playing by the rules: FSB busts 14 REvil ransomware suspects

The Register - Fri, 14/01/2022 - 21:01
Cybercrook gang has 'ceased to exist' says Putin's military service

Russia's internal security agency said today it had dismantled the REvil ransomware gang's networks and raided its operators' homes following arrests yesterday in Ukraine.…

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Multi-day IT systems outage whacks umbrella biz Parasol Group amid fears of a cyber attack

The Register - Fri, 14/01/2022 - 16:30
Contractors say they haven't been paid, and are in the dark too

Contractors employed via umbrella company Parasol Group are increasingly nervous about a multi-day outage of some IT systems used to process payroll, with several suspecting a security attack as the root cause.…

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Ukraine shrugs off mass govt website defacement as world turns to stare at Russia

The Register - Fri, 14/01/2022 - 15:49
Despite threatening messages nothing's been leaked, say victims

A "massive" cyber attack on Ukraine caught the world's eye this morning as the country's foreign ministry said its website, among others, had been taken down by unidentified hackers.…

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Visibility, immutability, security … a revolutionary approach to fighting off ransomware

The Register - Fri, 14/01/2022 - 07:30
This webinar shows how throwing up barricades isn’t enough anymore

Webinar  It’s a truism that your data is your organisation's most precious asset. Here’s another. Once data is backed up, many organisations tend to forget about it.…

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Federal Communications Commission proposed stricter rules on how telco carriers should report data breaches

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 22:42
Customers shouldn't need to wait seven days before being told

The US Federal Communications Commission is considering imposing stricter rules requiring telecommunications carriers to report data breaches to customers and law enforcement more quickly.…

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Orca Security tells AWS fail tale with a happy ending

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 21:02
Those critical AWS flaws that exposed data and broke tenant separation? All fixed!

Two serious security vulnerabilities were recently found in AWS services, but because they were responsibly reported and the cloud biz responded quickly, no harm appears to have been done.…

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Continuous security and compliance for hybrid cloud, the Red Hat way

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 18:00
Tune in, turn on, run in the background, using Red Hat DevSecOps framework

Paid feature  Assessing what can go wrong in a hybrid cloud environment can be daunting. Applications can be poorly coded, security vulnerabilities may be present but hard to detect or manage, and applications and the IT infrastructure may not be designed for DevSecOps.…

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Ukrainian cops nab husband and wife suspected to be part of $1m ransomware operation

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 15:31
Plus three other suspects nicked in raids today

Ukrainian police have arrested five people on suspicion of operating a ransomware gang, including a husband-and-wife team, following tipoffs from UK law enforcement.…

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Austrian watchdog rules German company's use of Google Analytics breached GDPR by sending data to US

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 14:48
Schrems II ruling continues to trouble transatlantic data sharing

The Austrian data protection authority has ruled that use of Google Analytics by a German company is in breach of European law in light of the Schrems II EU-US data sharing ruling.…

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Admins report Hyper-V and domain controller issues after first Patch Tuesday of 2022

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 13:17
Start as you mean to go on, Microsoft

Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday of 2022 has, for some folk, broken Hyper-V and sent domain controllers into boot loops.…

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Volunteer Dutch flaw finders bag $100k to forward national bug bounty goal

The Register - Thu, 13/01/2022 - 08:33
Huntress Labs tips some loose change into vuln-spotters' cup

The Dutch Initiative for Vulnerability Disclosure has scored $100k towards its founder's hope of a nationwide bug bounty available for anything at all.…

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Ransomware puts New Mexico prison in lockdown: Cameras, doors go offline

The Register - Wed, 12/01/2022 - 22:03
Bernalillo County's Metropolitan Detention Center still recovering from infection

Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has been unable to comply with the settlement terms of a 27-year-old lawsuit over prison conditions because of a ransomware attack last week that saw prisoners back under manual control.…

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