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Equifax has been sending customers straight into a hacker’s trap for weeks

The credit management company Equifax has been sending customers to a fake “phishing” website for weeks, potentially causing them to hand over their personal data and full financial information to hackers. The Verge reported Wednesday that Equifax representatives sent customers looking for help with the massive data breach — which potentially compromised 143 million people’s … Read more

Destruction of service: How ransomware attacks have changed

The latest wave of ransomware attacks, including WannaCry, Petya and NotPetya, show not only an increase in sophistication of these types of attack, but also a change in motivation. Although NotPetya is ostensibly a ransomware variant, the threat actors appeared to have no interest in making money, and were more concerned about damaging companies by … Read more

Getting A Grip On the Latest Hacking Attacks

The world is feeling scarier by the day. North Korea’s missile threats are no laughing matter. The television news pairs feel-good stories about Fourth of July celebrations with ominous notes about shows of force by police at those same events. And nobody seems to know quite what to think about an outbreak of hacking attacks … Read more

An estimated 91-percent of hacking attacks begin with a phishing or spear-phishing email

Your IT department has no doubt warned you not to click on suspicious links in e-mails, even when the missive promises a hilarious video or comes from a seemingly trustworthy source. If the link looks suspect: Do. Not. Click. That’s because these emails are often phishing scams designed to trick you into clicking on a … Read more

Who’s Behind the Gmail Phishing Attack?

“The Gmail phishing attack that played out across Google’s billion-user email platform Wednesday afternoon was “particularly insidious” and created by someone with considerable skill, say cybersecurity experts. The scam involved sending users a malicious link from what looked like a familiar contact; when users clicked it and logged on, the hacker gained access to their … Read more

Phishing Attack Results in $400,000 HIPAA Breach Fine

“Investigators from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) found that MCPN violated the HIPAA Security Rule by failing to do proper risk assessments or implement adequate cybersecurity measures and procedures. “Specifically, MCPN has failed to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to … Read more

Lithuanian man’s phishing tricked US tech companies into wiring over $100m

“Two major American tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man’s phishing scheme into wiring him over $100m, according to the justice department. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was arrested last week by Lithuanian authorities and charged on Monday by prosecutors in the southern district of New York. Announced on Wednesday, the charges of wire fraud, money … Read more