Tag: Government

Norway Accuses Russian Hackers of Phishing Attacks

The Norwegian Police Security Service claims multiple government agencies were hit with phishing attacks carried out by a foreign intelligence cyber group. Norwegian officials reportedly believe the Russian intelligence-backed group Cozy Bear, also known as APT29, is responsible for the cyberattacks. Email accounts belonging to members of the Norwegian Labor Party, defense and foreign ministries … More

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Hackers Breach Taiwanese Government’s Email System

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau disclosed a widespread breach to its email system that may have compromised the data of Taiwanese nationals. Officials with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) discovered suspicious activity on its email system that connects 117 Taiwanese offices around the world, according to reports. BOCA … More

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Illinois Police Department Hit by Ransomware

Cybercriminals targeted the computer systems of the Roxana Police Department in Illinois with ransomware. The police department has not disclosed the extent of the ransomware infection within its computer system or the number of files that were encrypted. Roxana officials have also not confirmed the extortion amount, or if the department had backups to recover … More

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Hackers Repeatedly Target UK Government

The Director of the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Ciaran Martin said the British government is increasingly hit by high-level cyberattacks. Martin told reporters the UK government was hit by 188 critical cyberattacks in the last three months that “threatened national security.” He confirmed some of the attacks against government systems were orchestrated … More

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Russian Hacker Targets Universities, Government Agencies

Researchers discovered a Russian hacker, who uses the handle Rasputin, has launched cyberattacks against at least 60 organizations, including universities and government agencies. Rasputin is well-known for attacks against the U.S. Electoral Assistance Commission in December 2016. The hacker reportedly stole the commission’s database and put the information up for sale on a Darknet marketplace. … More

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Israeli Military Hit by Cyber Espionage Malware Scheme

A cyber espionage group has targeted more than 100 soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces with Android malware. The malware was specifically designed to steal information from the infected mobile devices, according to reports. Researchers claim the cyber espionage campaign began in July 2016, and is currently ongoing at this time. The attackers allegedly leveraged … More

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Hacker Defaces Trump Fundraising Website

An Iraqi hacker, who uses the handle “Pro_Mast3r,” breached a server hosting a fundraising website for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The server, secure2.donaldjtrump.com, is not directly linked to the official Trump Pence campaign’s website. However, the certificate is legitimate and appears to be an official Trump campaign server. The Iraqi hacker defaced the website’s … More

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Bingham County Hit by Ransomware Attack

The computer systems of Bingham County government in Idaho were hit by a ransomware attack. Cybercriminals infected the county’s computer systems with ransomware on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The ransomware attack forced the systems of multiple county departments completely offline, according to reports. The attackers allegedly demanded $25,000 to $30,000 in Bitcoin to unlock the … More

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Hacker Plans DDoS Attacks on WhiteHouse.Gov

A hacker posted a call to action on a forum for others to join him in performing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against WhiteHouse.gov on the day of the inauguration. The individual, Juan Soberanis, claims his motives are legal because users who join his cause are simply going to load and refresh the website multiple times … More

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Ransomware Locks Systems of St. Louis Public Library

Cybercriminals targeted the public library in St. Louis with ransomware, which impacted 700 computers in 16 locations across the city. The ransomware attack reportedly affected the library’s daily operations and prevented customers from checking out books or accessing the Web. The email system for the library’s staff was also impacted and inaccessible, according to reports. … More

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