CyberGate IT

Equifax had patch 2 months before hack and didn’t install it, security group says

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers took advantage of an Equifax security vulnerability two months after an industry group discovered the coding flaw and shared a fix for it, raising questions about why Equifax didn’t update its software successfully when the danger became known. A week after Equifax revealed one of the largest breaches of consumers’ private … Read more

HBO’s Twitter accounts hacked in latest cyberattack

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“Premium cable channel HBO has fallen victim yet again to a hacker attack. This time its official Twitter account was broken into, along with accounts for several of its most popular shows. A group calling itself OurMine gained control of HBO’s main account Wednesday night, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It left a message in … Read more

Largest Hollywood hack in history may have compromised HBO confidential documents, emails

“A coordinated cyberattack on July 27 saw hackers walk away with one-and-a-half terabytes of HBO data, a publication reported, which included video footage, internal documents and email correspondence. Insiders at HBO now fear the lack of motive or ransom demand may lead the culprits to leak confidential emails and documents, according to The Hollywood Reporter. … Read more

Hackers Had Access To Millions Of Social Security Numbers

“Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn’t include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency. The department will be required to pay for credit monitoring for … Read more

NotPetya Is a Cyber Weapon, Not Ransomware

Yesterday morning, after monitoring this new outbreak for 24 hours, the conclusion was that we were dealing with cyber warfare, and not ransomware. Two separate reports coming from Comae Technologies and Kaspersky Lab experts confirm this now. NotPetya is a destructive disk wiper similar to Shamoon which has been targeting Saudi Arabia in the recent … Read more

Canadian firm pays $425,000 to recover from ransomware attack

“A major Canadian company was forced to pay $425,000 in Bitcoin over the weekend to restore its computer systems after suffering a crippling ransomware attack that not only encrypted its production databases but also the backups as well. “They literally had not choice but to pay” because the backups were frozen, said Daniel Tobok, CEO … Read more

FedEx Reports Material Financial Impact From Last Month’s ‘Petya’ Cyber Attack

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“FedEx Corp. announced that it expects to see a material financial impact from the ‘Petya’ cyber attack that crippled the computer systems of its European arm TNT Express, which FedEx acquired in May 2016. The company made the announcement in its SEC 10K filing. FedEx said that all of its other computer operations were unaffected … Read more

A new ransomware attack is infecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe

“A major ransomware attack has brought businesses to a close throughout Europe, in an infection reminiscent of last month’s WannaCry attack. The most severe damage is being reported by Ukrainian businesses, with systems compromised at Ukraine’s central bank, state telecom, municipal metro, and Kiev’s Boryspil Airport. Systems were also compromised at Ukraine’s Ukrenego electricity supplier, … Read more

Apple iCloud ransom demands: The facts you need to know

“Hackers are demanding Apple pay a ransom in bitcoin or they’ll blow the lid off millions of iCloud account credentials. Beyond the primary headline, however, there are a bevy of loose ends and nuances to ponder. So far, we know that a London-based hacker group, calling itself the Turkish Crime Family, has claimed to have … Read more

Hackers demand Apple pay up or millions of iCloud accounts will be wiped

“A group of hackers is allegedly trying to extort Apple by holding Apple customers’ data for ransom and threatening to remotely wipe iCloud accounts connected to both iPhones and iPads if those ransoms are not paid. The group self-identifies as the “Turkish Crime Family,” and it is demanding either $75,000 in Ethereum or Bitcoin or … Read more