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Russian government hackers used antivirus software to steal U.S. cyber capabilities

“Russian government hackers lifted details of U.S. cyber capabilities from a National Security Agency employee who was running Russian antivirus software on his computer, according to several individuals familiar with the matter.”

“The employee had taken classified material home to work on it on his computer, and his use of Kaspersky Lab antivirus software enabled Russian hackers to see his files, the individuals said. The case, which dates to 2015 and has not been made public, remains under investigation by federal prosecutors.”

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2017-10-11T16:46:56+00:00 October 10th, 2017|

Russian government hackers used antivirus software to steal U.S. cyber capabilities

“Russian-based Kaspersky Lab software was believed to have been used to take very sensitive and classified NSA data from an NSA contractor’s personal computer, CBS News confirmed Thursday, resulting in a significant security breach.”

“First reported by the Wall Street Journal Thursday, the 2015 hack occurred when the contractor took the data with him from the NSA and then loaded it onto his personal computer, which had Kaspersky antivirus software on it. The software enabled Russian hackers to see his files. The hack has still not been disclosed by the government, according to the Wall Street Journal ”

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2017-10-11T16:43:29+00:00 October 5th, 2017|

SEC: Hackers broke into corporate filing system

“In the midst of a lengthy statement late Wednesday, SEC Jay Clayton disclosed that the markets regulator learned last month that a hack detected last year ‘may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading’.”

 “The hackers took advantage of a software vulnerability in the SEC’s EDGAR system, a vast database that holds all the documents publicly traded companies have to file with the regulator. Through the flaw, the intruders were able to obtain information that hadn’t been made public, Clayton said.”

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2017-09-21T05:16:09+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

“Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner. ”

“’For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner,’ says the Talos team.”

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2017-11-27T17:41:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

Equifax had data breach months before big one hit

“The Equifax data breach in late July that exposed personal information like Social Security numbers of 143 million Americans reportedly wasn’t the first time the credit-monitoring company’s security systems had been compromised. Bloomberg News reported Monday that Equifax learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March, some five months before the date it previously disclosed to the public.”

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2017-09-21T05:16:44+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins charged in US

“The British cyber-security researcher who stalled WannaCry cyber-attack that hit the NHS has been charged in a US cyber-crime case.”

“Marcus Hutchins, 23, has been accused of involvement with Kronos – a separate piece of malware used to steal banking logins from victims’ computers.”

“Fellow cyber-security researchers have expressed surprise at the indictment.”

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2017-09-21T05:17:26+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

HBO hack may be worse than first thought – including internal correspondence

“A hack of Home Box Office Inc. first reported earlier this week is now believed to be significantly larger than first thought and could include potentially damaging internal company correspondence, according to reports published Wednesday.”

“The hack of HBO was first revealed July 31 when hackers claimed to have stolen data from the company including upcoming episodes of television programs and a script for a future episode of the hit show ‘Game of Thrones’.”

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2017-09-21T05:17:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|

Six million Verizon accounts leaked via “human error”

“The security issue, uncovered by research from cybersecurity firm UpGuard, was caused by a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server due to “human error.”

 “The error made customer phone numbers, names, and some PIN codes publicly available online. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service.”

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2017-09-21T05:18:09+00:00 July 15th, 2017|