Category Archives: Cybercrime

Beware Free Wi-Fi: Government Urges Workers to Avoid Public Networks

The Biden administration would like you to get a vaccine and wear a mask. Oh, and one more thing: It has just proclaimed that it’s time for government employees and contractors to get off public Wi-Fi, where they can pick up another kind of virus.

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Turn off, turn on: Simple step can thwart top phone hackers

As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help keep his cellphone secure.

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Microsoft Targets Homoglyph Domains Used by Cybercriminals Targeting Businesses

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit secured a court order last week to take down malicious infrastructure used by cybercriminals, targeting the use of “homoglyph” ­– or imposter – domains. Homoglyph domains are increasingly being used in a variety of attacks by cybercriminals. As a result, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia issued a court order on 16 July requiring domain registrars to disable the malicious domains that have been used to impersonate Microsoft customers and commit fraud.

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DNS Abuse Institute Publishes Roadmap For Combatting Abuse

DNS Abuse –malware, botnets, phishing, pharming, and spam – is a growing and ongoing global threat to every country’s national and economic security. In the last months, the DNS Abuse Institute has worked to bring together – both in public forums and individual meetings – leading experts to help guide the creation of a roadmap for combating abuse.

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Average Digital Shadows Client Has 1,100 Impersonating Domains and Subdomains Detected Each Year

The average Digital Shadows client isn’t a small company, but the company reports in their latest Impersonating Domains Report an average client has 1,100 impersonating domains and subdomains detected on average per year.

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Russia’s most aggressive ransomware group disappeared. It’s unclear who disabled them.

Just days after President Biden demanded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia shut down ransomware groups attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went off-line early Tuesday.

The mystery is who made it happen.

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The anatomy of a ransomware attack: Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Just hours before the Fourth of July weekend, a huge, coordinated cyberattack hit hundreds of businesses across the world. A group of hackers broke in by exploiting a hole in the software code of an information technology company with a wide-ranging client base, then demanded $70 million in ransom.

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Widespread ransomware attack likely hit ‘thousands’ of companies on eve of long weekend

A sprawling ransomware attack that hit hours before the beginning of the July Fourth holiday weekend has already affected hundreds of businesses and is likely to hit many more, researchers said.

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How remote work opened the floodgates to ransomware; plus How to Cut Down on Ransomware Attacks Without Banning Bitcoin

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Ransomware has roared into the headlines in recent weeks after criminal hacking networks, tentatively linked to Russia, launched attacks on the major US meat packing plant JBS and the nation’s largest fuel pipeline.

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