Tag: Government

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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Saudi Arabia Warns of Uptick in Shamoon Attacks

Saudi Arabia is warning organizations and institutions across the country after an uptick and revival in Shamoon virus cyberattacks. Shamoon virus, a malware capable of stealing data and wiping disks, has been used in the past against Saudi institutions and organizations. In 2012, attackers used Shamoon against Saudi Aramco and wiped tens of thousands of … More

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Hackers Hit 70 Percent of D.C. Police Camera Network

Hackers reportedly infected 70 percent of storage devices that record and host data from District of Columbia police surveillance cameras. The cybercriminals allegedly infected the devices a little over a week before the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. The D.C. department was forced to carry out a major reinstall process for all infected devices, … More

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State Hackers Suspected in Hacks Against Czech Politicians

Suspected state-sponsored hackers launched cyberattacks against the email accounts of a number of Czech politicians, including Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek. The Czech foreign minister said the Foreign Ministry’s communication systems were not affected and no classified data was exposed. However, Zaoralek did confirm that the attackers stole large amounts of files. The investigators claim the … More

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Texas Police Office Loses Data over Ransomware Attack

A police department in Cockrell Hill, Texas lost eight years of digital evidence and other data after its systems were hit by a ransomware attack. The Texas police department was hit by a ransomware attack in December 2016, according to reports. The Cockrell Hill office refused to pay the ransom of $4,000 worth in Bitcoin … More

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