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Cloud Security, Malvertising on the Rise, Pentagon Hack, and more | TWIC - August 7, 2015

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Aug 7, '15


Each week, the PhishLabs team posts The Week in Cybercrime (TWIC) to recap noteworthy cybercrime articles and reports (open source).

  • Facebook rolls out 'Security Checkup' tool to all desktop users (Naked Security)
    Facebook wants you all to have a safe experience on its social network, says Product Manager Melissa Luu-Van who, late last week, revealed how the Menlo Park firm was introducing a new security notification for its web-based users.

  • FBI to Banks: DDoS Extortions Continue (Bank Info Security)
    Numerous firms across the financial services sector - and beyond - continue to face a variety of distributed-denial-of-attack and data breach extortion attempts.

  • Chinese VPN Service as Attack Platform? (Krebs on Security)
    Hardly a week goes by without a news story about state-sponsored Chinese cyberspies breaking into Fortune 500 companies to steal intellectual property, personal data and other invaluable assets. Now, researchers say they’ve unearthed evidence that some of the same Chinese hackers also have been selling access to compromised computers within those companies to help perpetrate future breaches.

  • Meet the 17-year-old who breaks cybersecurity news (Poynter)
    William Turton was transcribing interviews at The Daily Dot office when he got information that Planned Parenthood’s website had been hacked. It was 8:22 p.m. on a Sunday evening. He started reporting.

  • Data of 4 Million Patients Lost in MIE Hacking (Softpedia)
    Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has started an investigation in the hacking of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and its subsidiary NoMoreClipboard, both Indiana-based companies that provide data administration services for hospitals and clinics across the US.

  • Flash bites again: Huge malware campaign hits Yahoo ads (ZDNet)
    Yahoo has shut down a massive malware campaign that may have affected millions of visitors to its sites.

  • Malicious Ads Soar 260% Over the Past Year (InfoSecurity)
    The volume of malicious adverts soared a staggering 260% in the first half of 2015, compared to the same time last year, according to new data from security vendor RiskIQ.

  • Dropbox security chief defends security and privacy in the cloud (CSO)
    Patrick Heim is the (relatively) new head of Trust & Security at Dropbox. Formerly Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce, he has served as CISO at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson Corporation. Heim has worked more than 20 years in the information security field. Heim discusses security and privacy in the arena of consumerized cloud-based tools like those that employees select for business use.

  • Warning! Update Mozilla Firefox to Patch Critical File Stealing Vulnerability (Hacker News)
    Earlier this week, Mozilla Security researcher Cody Crews discovered a malicious advertisement on a Russian news site that steals local files from a system and upload them to a Ukrainian server without the user ever knowing.

  • U.S. suspects Russia in hack of Pentagon computer network (Washington Post)
    U.S. military officials said Thursday that they suspect Russian hackers infiltrated an unclassified Pentagon e-mail system used by employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the latest in a series of state-sponsored attacks on sensitive U.S. government computer networks.

Topics: Phishing, Malware, Hacker Tools, The Week in Cybercrime, Account Takeover, Brand Abuse Lure, Hacked

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