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7.3 Billion IoT Devices Projected By 2020

February 23, 2017

WatchDesk Team

A new study conducted by researchers at Samsung revealed the security challenges that will arise from an estimated 7.3 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices by 2020. The dramatic expansion of connected IoT devices is driven by organizations seeking to build “smart offices” and families looking to buy “smart homes” or other technologies. The … More

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New Mac Malware Strain Spreads Via Torrents

February 23, 2017

WatchDesk Team

A new Mac OS X ransomware strain, dubbed “Patcher,” leverages BitTorrent distribution sites to spread the malware to victims’ devices. The attackers rely on victims wishing to download patcher software from torrent sites to update their device or a specific software, according to reports. The attackers’ patcher is allegedly placed in a ZIP file that … More

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Louisiana Reinsurance Broker Breach Affects 8,000 Members

February 23, 2017

WatchDesk Team

The Louisiana Department of Insurance disclosed a reinsurance broker working with the Louisiana Health Cooperative suffered a data breach. The breach has potentially compromised the personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to members of the Louisiana Health Cooperative (LAHC), according to reports. The personal information exposed in the breach includes policyholders’ names, health insurance information and … More

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Android Ransomware Requires Victims Speak Code

February 23, 2017

WatchDesk Team

Cybercriminals are spreading a new strain of Android ransomware that requires victims to speak code to unlock their mobile device. The latest version of Android.Lockdroid.E reportedly contains third-party APIs speech recognition that has the ability to listen to the victim, according to the researchers. The malware reportedly locks the Android user out of the device … More

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American Senior Communities Falls Victim to W-2 Scam

February 22, 2017

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American Senior Communities disclosed an employee fell victim to a targeted W-2 phishing scam in January and exposed personal information of approximately 17,000 workers. The cybercriminals behind the scam have already filed fake tax returns with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, according to reports. American Senior Communities claims several employees were unable to file their … More

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Sophisticated Spyware Hits Ukrainian Organizations

February 22, 2017

WatchDesk Team

Cybercriminals are leveraging a sophisticated malware, dubbed “Operation BugDrop,” against over 70 organizations in the Ukraine. The malware is reportedly able to extract sensitive data and eavesdrop on the victim’s networks and audio. Researchers who discovered the malware campaign claim the attackers have siphoned more than 600 gigabytes of data from 70 organizations. The target … More

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Researchers Discover Bugs in Java and Python

February 22, 2017

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Researchers discovered several security flaws in Java and Python that could allow an attacker to bypass firewall protections. The researchers, Timothy Morgan and Alexander Klink, found Java does not verify the syntax of usernames in its FTP protocol, according to reports. Java’s XML eXternal Entity (XEE) does not reportedly monitor carriage returns of line feeds … More

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Harvard Computer Society Leaks Member Data

February 22, 2017

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Harvard University’s Computer Society acknowledged it mistakenly leaked more than 1.4 million emails of staff and students for years. The Computer Society’s email lists were available to the public until Monday, February 20, 2017. The data of thousands of undergraduates, College administrators, resident tutors and teaching fellows were left exposed. The emails reportedly contained students’ … More

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Bingham County Hit by Ransomware Attack

February 21, 2017

WatchDesk Team

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 Steals Thousands of Airsoft GI Forum Accounts

February 21, 2017

WatchDesk Team

A hacker targeted gun retailer Airsoft GI’s official web forum and reportedly stole over 65,000 user accounts. The hacker told reporters he hacked the forum in January 2017, and recently uploaded the stolen data to a Dropbox account. Researchers who analyzed the stolen data found the total number of compromised Airsoft GI forum user accounts … More

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