Tag: Cyber Attack

Healthcare, Education, and Media Industries Most Targeted for Cyber Attacks

As we have seen this week with the Gulf States disinformation campaign involving a media outlet, cyber attacks can threaten brand names and political relationships, as well as national security and the economy. A recent Vectra Networks report indicates that the healthcare, education, and media industries are the most frequently targeted for cyber attacks, with media organizations in particular experiencing the highest exfiltration rates.

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Only half of businesses ready to defend against cyber attack

Only just over half of businesses are confident in their ability to verify and defend against a cyber attack, according to Cisco’s latest annual security report.

The lack of confidence is driven largely by the increasing agility, resilience and persistence of attackers, with businesses struggling to keep pace.

Read about the new report by Cisco which reveals that nearly half of businesses are ready to defend their firms against any cyber attack on Computer Weekly.

Anthem Massive Cyber Attack: What Customers Should Know And Do

Hackers who breached Anthem’s computer systems took off with the private and sensitive personal information of more than 80 million past and current members.

This is twice the number of the 40 million individuals affected in every single data system breach recorded by the United States in the last 10 years, making the Anthem hack the biggest and potentially most dangerous security breach in the last decade.

Read more about what a customer should know and do when he/she is affected by a cyber attack on Tech Times.

NSA Report: How To Defend Against Destructive Malware

In the wake of the Sony breach, spy agency’s Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) arm provides best practices to mitigate damage of data annihilation attacks.

Prevent, detect, and contain: Those are the key overarching strategies for combating data-destroying malware attacks, according to a new report issued this month by the National Security Agency.

Read about the new report issued by NSA which lays down best practices to defend against destructive malware on Dark Reading.

How to communicate with employees during a cyber attack

Home Depot. Target. Sony. It seems like every other week, another company falls victim to hackers. While many companies are taking precautions—encrypting data, working with security firms, changing passwords often—they may be neglecting an important piece of the puzzle. In today’s environment, crisis preparation for cybersecurity issues is a necessity, and companies must consider internal communication implications.

Considering President Obama’s recent push for laws that will enable better communication between the government and companies about cyberthreats, now is the perfect time to take an inventory of your own company’s communications among your employees.

Read more about how to communicate with your employees during a cyber attack on Fast Company.

U.S. Central Command accounts hacked by ISIS supporters

A hacking group that claims to be affiliated with ISIS broke into the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) on Monday.

The group, which calls itself Cyber Caliphate, took control of the CENTCOM social accounts, replacing its avatars with the group’s logo before the accounts were both were temporarily taken down.

Read more about the hijacking of Twitter and YouTube accounts of United States Central Command (CENTCOM)  by ISIS sympathizers on Mashable.

Malware coders adopt DevOps to target smut sites

Porn sites may offer Linux devs more than they bargained for after villains behind one of 2014’s nastiest malware campaigns changed tactics to hit adult sites with stealthier wares.

The Windigo campaign was revealed in March 2014 to have over the previous two years infected 25,000 Unix and Linux servers, with some 10,000 under active control including kernel.org at the time.

Read more about how malware authors are adopting DevOps to target porn sites on The Register.

Hackers Release Swiss Bank Data Over $12K Unpaid Ransom

A hacking group leaked identifying details about 30,000 clients of a small Swiss bank, after Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCGE) declined the group’s request to pay a ransom. The hackers’ asking price for continued privacy – Ten thousand Euros.

The hack and its seemingly small-scale demand — $12,000 at current exchange rates — speak to the prevalence and ease of a rapidly growing extortion industry that deals in stolen or hijacked data.

Read more about the hackers who released the hacked Swiss bank data because the bank did not heed their ransom on Bloomberg.