Monthly Archives: September 2017

IT admin sentenced after blackmailing business, redirecting website to porn

The admin demanded $10,000 from a company after sabotaging their website.     By Charlie OsborneSeptember 20, 2017 Christopher Schirner | CC     An IT administrator has been sentenced to four years of federal probation after being found guilty of holding a company to ransom and sabotaging their website to redirect visitors to a…
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Hackers reveal leading enterprise security blind spots

Mobile devices and facial recognition software have made the list this year.     By Charlie OsborneSeptember 19, 2017 Bitglass     Human error is often a factor when cybersecurity barriers fall, but according to hackers, password protection, facial recognition, and access controls are blind spots in corporate network security. According to Bitglass’ Data Games:…
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Microsoft extends Office bug bounty program

The company is offering up to $15,000 per bounty.     By Charlie OsborneSeptember 18, 2017 File Photo     Microsoft is extending its Microsoft Office Bounty Program until the end of the year, with up to $15,000 on offer for valid vulnerabilities. On Friday, the Redmond giant said in a blog post that the…
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Hackers hid malware in CCleaner PC tool for nearly a month

Popular utility from a company owned by Avast was compromised to spread malware to potentially millions of PCs.     By Liam Tung | September 18, 2017     Hackers use download servers of Avast-owned CCleaner software to infect potentially millions of PCs with a backdoor. The so-called supply chain attack targeting CCleaner users was…
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Yet another trove of sensitive US voter records has leaked

Each record contained details on voters, including names, addresses, dates of birth, their ethnic identity, whether an individual is married, and the individual’s voting preferences.     By Zack WhittakerSeptember 15, 2017 (Image: file photo)           A cache of voter records on over a half-million Americans has been found online. The…
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Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers

beowulf@westerndefense.net  wrote:   By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and RON NIXON September 13, 2017           WASHINGTON — The federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible links to Russian security…
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