Revealed: Remember the Sony rootkit rumpus? It was almost oh so much worse

The Register - Fri, 10/12/2021 - 14:02
That time Rootkitting for Dummies might as well have been in Microsoft's Plus! Pack

Retired Microsoft engineer, Dave Plummer, offered a blast from the past last week with a look back at the infamous Sony Windows "rootkit" scandal.…

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Ransomwared payroll provider leaks data on 38,000 Australian government workers

The Register - Fri, 10/12/2021 - 05:58
Frontier Software admitted attack three weeks ago, said data was safe … now it's on the dark web

Personal information describing names, addresses, bank account details, and taxation IDs of 38,000 Australian government employees has been leaked to the dark web after a ransomware attack.…

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A third of you slackers out there still aren't using HTTPS by default

The Register - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 19:46
And it's really bad news for EV cert vendors in Top 1 Million report

Almost a third of the world wide web's top million sites are still not using HTTPS by default, according to infosec researcher Scott Helme's analysis.…

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Resistance is ... cheap? Cloudflare, Mandiant, and pals form incident response 'n' cyber insurance borg

The Register - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 14:32
Trust us with everything, croons septuple-strong partnership

Cyber insurance premiums are increasing and so is infosec's determination to get a slice of that pie: Cloudflare is partnering with Mandiant, Secureworks, and Crowdstrike in a "rapid referral" partnership for under-attack companies.…

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Ransomware giving you sleepless nights? Here’s how to insure a good night’s sleep

The Register - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 07:30
This guide to cyber insurance will help you rest easy

Paid Post  Why do CISOs and CIOs endure so many sleepless nights? Because they’re either worrying about cyber attacks in general, and ransomware in particular, or because they’re actually dealing with them.…

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Oz Feds reveal distribution model behind backdoored 'An0m' chat app spread by crims

The Register - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 03:43
Resellers were given exclusive territories to target, and offered tech support

Australia's Federal Police force has revealed more about how it distributed a backdoored chat app to criminals.…

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Canadian charged with running ransomware attack on US state of Alaska

The Register - Wed, 08/12/2021 - 19:02
Cross-border op nabbed our man, boast cops and prosecutors

A Canadian man is accused of masterminding ransomware attacks that caused "damage" to systems belonging to the US state of Alaska.…

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Not all tech disasters are ‘all hands’ events. But how do you tell which is which?

The Register - Wed, 08/12/2021 - 18:00
This webinar shows you how to measure the blast radius

Webinar  This isn’t surprising. The prospect of having all your data and applications compromised, whether due to ransomware or other cyberattacks, or any of the more traditional disaster scenarios is so horrifying, that it’s natural to throw everything you have at it.…

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Virgin Media fined £50,000 after spamming 451,000 who didn't want marketing emails

The Register - Wed, 08/12/2021 - 16:37
Data watchdog shows it's keeping its PECR up

British telco Virgin Media is facing a £50k financial penalty after spamming more than 400,000 opted-out customers urging them to sign back up to receive marketing bumf.…

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What’s the right amount of trust to build into your network? Less than Zero

The Register - Wed, 08/12/2021 - 07:30
It’s tricky but manageable, says Iomart

Paid Feature  “The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool,” Stephen King wrote. At least that’s what the internet claims.…

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Microsoft extends Secured-core concept to servers

The Register - Wed, 08/12/2021 - 05:15
Certifies hardware with malware-crimping spec, already common in PCs, for Azure Stack and Windows Server

Microsoft has extended the Secured-core concept it applied to PCs in 2019 to servers, and to Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI.…

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Cryptominers aren't just a headache – they're a big neon sign that Bad Things are on your network

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 16:14
So says Sophos in warning about Tor2Mine Monero malware

Cryptominer malware removal is a routine piece of the cybersecurity landscape these days. Yet if criminals are hijacking your compute cycles to mine cryptocurrencies, chances are there's something worse lurking on your network too.…

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Foreign Office IT chaos: Shocking testimony reveals poor tech support hindered Afghan evac attempts

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 13:49
Contributed to dysfunction as diplomats and soldiers struggled to get Afghan helpers out of reach of Taliban

Diplomats and soldiers were left grappling with appallingly inadequate IT and secure communications support as thousands of Afghans struggled to get help from the UK during the fall of the capital Kabul in August.…

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Microsoft wins court approval to take over sites run by Chinese crime gang

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 05:31
'Nickel' back in trouble for trying to lift secrets, often by exploiting Microsoft snafus

Microsoft has revealed its Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) won court approval to take control of websites a Chinese gang was using to attack targets across the world – often by exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.…

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LINE Pay leaks around 133,000 users' data to GitHub, of all places

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 04:03
Someone just accidentally put it there, says the messaging service company

Smartphone payment provider LINE Pay announced yesterday that around 133,000 users' payment details were mistakenly published on GitHub between September and November of this year.…

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Spar shops across northern UK shut after cyber attack hits payment processing abilities

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 18:41
Franchisees' closures also affect petrol stations

The British arm of Dutch supermarket chain Spar has shut hundreds of shops after suffering an "online attack," the company has confirmed to The Register.…

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Miscreants make off with $150m of digital assets in BitMart security breach

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 17:01
Or it might be nearer $200m. Even the amounts stolen seem to be volatile in the crypto world

Cryptocurrency exchange BitMart has coughed to a large-scale security breach relating to ETH and BSC hot wallets. The company reckons that hackers made off with approximately $150m in assets.…

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Cuba ransomware gang scores almost $44m in ransom payments across 49 orgs, say Feds

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 13:02
Hancitor is at play

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says 49 organisations, including some in government, were hit by Cuba ransomware as of early November this year.…

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American diplomats' iPhones reportedly compromised by NSO Group intrusion software

The Register - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 01:54
Reuters claims nine State Department employees outside the US had their devices hacked

The Apple iPhones of at least nine US State Department officials were compromised by an unidentified entity using NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, according to a report published Friday by Reuters.…

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Utility biz Delta-Montrose Electric Association loses billing capability and two decades of records after cyber attack

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 22:06
All together now - R, A, N, S, O...

A US utility company based in Colorado was hit by a ransomware attack in November that wiped out two decades' worth of records and knocked out billing systems that won't be restored until next week at the earliest.…

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