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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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Ohio County Suffers Ransomware Attack

Cybercriminals targeted the computer systems of Licking County government in Ohio with ransomware forcing the network offline. The ransomware reportedly infected Licking County’s network, websites, phones and computer systems. The county government discovered the attack on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Officials shut off all eligible servers to prevent the ransomware from spreading and preserve county … More

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UK’s Tiverton Town Council Hit by Ransomware

Hackers hit the systems of Tiverton Town Council in the United Kingdom with ransomware and demanded £3,000, or approximately $3,750, to unlock the encrypted files. The cybercriminals sent a Council clerk a spear-phishing email that contained the ransomware payload. The phishing email alleged to be from a parcel delivery firm, according to reports. The email … More

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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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