Cybersecurity News


Nevada school district refuses to submit to ransomware blackmail, hacker publishes student data

Thousands of students have reportedly had their private data released online.
29 September 2020

Former Amazon finance manager and family charged with $1.4m insider trading scheme

The charges relate to trading made before Amazon earnings announcements.
29 September 2020

QNAP tells NAS users to update firmware to avoid new type of ransomware

AgeLocker ransomware has been seen infecting QNAP NAS systems since June.
29 September 2020

911 services down in multiple US states

Most services are now restored. No technical reason for the outage given.
28 September 2020

All four of the world's largest shipping companies have now been hit by cyber-attacks

Maritime industry needs to focus more on securing shore-based systems and stop prioritizing the less likely ship-based attacks.
28 September 2020

Ivanti Acquires Two Security Companies

Purchase of MobileIron and Pulse Secure announced simultaneously.
28 September 2020

Universal Health Services Network Down in Apparent Ransomware Attack

UHS reportedly hit with ransomware that took down its network that supports hundreds of healthcare facilities and hospitals.
28 September 2020

Windows 7 ‘Upgrade’ Emails Steal Outlook Credentials

Windows 7 ‘Upgrade’ Emails Steal Outlook Credentials Researchers warn of emails pretending to help business employees upgrade to Windows 10 - and then stealing their Outlook emails and passwords.
28 September 2020

Mac, Linux Users Now Targeted by FinSpy Variants

Mac, Linux Users Now Targeted by FinSpy Variants FinSpy has returned in new campaigns targeting dissident organizations in Egypt - and researchers uncovered new samples of the spyware targeting macOS and Linux users.
28 September 2020

Universal Health Services Ransomware Attack Impacts Hospitals Nationwide

Universal Health Services Ransomware Attack Impacts Hospitals Nationwide The Ryuk ransomware is suspected to be the culprit.
28 September 2020

Give up Google, don't hit 'accept all': how to fight for your privacy

Give up Google, don't hit 'accept all': how to fight for your privacy

In Privacy Is Power, professor Carissa Véliz has made a shocking survey of how much intimate data we are surrendering. But she has a plan to fight back

“If you’re reading this book, you probably already know your personal data is being collected, stored and analysed,” Carissa Véliz begins, in Privacy Is Power. Her challenge, as a writer and a privacy advocate, is to shake us out of our complacency; to persuade us to see this not as a necessary sacrifice in the digital age, but an intolerable invasion. From the mounting dread I felt while reading Privacy Is Power, I’d say she was successful.

From the moment you wake up and first check your phone, to the marketers that infer your mood from your music choices, to the smart speaker that shares your private conversations, or the television that listens in on them (from the terms and conditions of a Samsung smart TV: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured”), there is nowhere to hide – or even just be – in this hyper-connected hellscape. Corporations can track you both by your face and your digital footprint, your medical records may be handed over to Big Tech, and advertisers may learn of your break-up before you do. In her book, Véliz, a professor at the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University, often veers into the second person, cleverly underscoring her point: it’s impossible not to picture yourself blindly navigating this horror, then you remember - you already are.

Think twice before sharing. Before you post something, think how it might be used against you.

In Japan last year, a man sexually assaulted a pop star, claiming he had found her by analysing reflections in her eyes in photos she had posted online

Related: Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

Privacy Is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data, by Carissa Véliz is published by Bantam Press. To order a copy, go to guardianbookshop.com.

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28 September 2020

Joker Trojans Flood the Android Ecosystem

Joker Trojans Flood the Android Ecosystem September saw dozens of Joker malware variants hitting Google Play and third-party app stores.
28 September 2020

UHS hospital network hit by ransomware attack

UHS operates more than 400 hospitals across the US and UK. Some US hospitals have been down since Sunday.
28 September 2020

Twitter Warns Developers of API Bug That Exposed App Keys, Tokens

Twitter Warns Developers of API Bug That Exposed App Keys, Tokens Twitter has fixed a caching issue that could have exposed developers' API keys and tokens.
28 September 2020

9 Tips to Prepare for the Future of Cloud & Network Security

9 Tips to Prepare for the Future of Cloud & Network Security Cloud and network security analysts outline trends and priorities businesses should keep top of mind as they grow more reliant on cloud.
28 September 2020

Safeguarding Schools Against RDP-Based Ransomware

How getting online learning right today will protect schools, and the communities they serve, for years to come.
28 September 2020

MFA-Minded Attackers Continue to Figure Out Workarounds

While MFA can improve overall security posture, it's not a "silver bullet" -- and hacks continue.
28 September 2020

MFA-Minded Attackers Continue to Figure Out Workarounds

While MFA can improve overall security posture, it's not a "silver bullet" -- and hacks continue.
28 September 2020

Suspicious logins & RATs reported after ransomware attack on US govt contractor

Ransomware attack on Tyler Technologies is looking worse by the day.
28 September 2020

Students rise up against forced remote spy app usage in colleges, universities

Recent clashes highlight concerns that forcing students to use remote exam monitoring software is an affront to personal privacy.
28 September 2020