Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.
Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!
As seen in recent attacks, such as Bad Rabbit and NotPetya, a new style of hacking has emerged. This style of attack leverages not one, but two separate malware-supported attacks. In this setup, one attack serves as a distraction, masking the malicious activities of the other malware as it flies under the radar.
The value of bitcoin briefly took a dip on Monday evening after a big theft allegedly affected a separate virtual currency system called Tether. The Tether team said they would blacklist the address, so the $30,950,010 worth of tokens stolen in the hack could not be converted into U.S. dollars.
The waves of backdoor-laden spam emails that targeted Russian-speaking businesses earlier this year were part of Cobalt’s bigger campaigns. In their recent campaigns, they used two different infection chains, with social engineering hooks that were designed to invoke a sense of urgency in its recipients.
Hackers looking for a payout have hit the Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) system, defacing the agency website, erasing data from some of its servers, and demanding money to stop the attack and not do further damage. SacRT decided not to respond to the message or pay up.
U.S. prosecutors have charged an Iranian-based hacker, Behzad Mesri, with penetrating the network of cable TV provider HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including “Game of Thrones,” then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million.
UK pawnbroker Cash Converters revealed that it was the victim of a data breach that could have exposed sensitive data, including customer usernames, passwords, delivery addresses, financial data and other personal details after it sent emails to customers warning about the incident.
October’s macOS security update contained a fix for a vulnerability that was disclosed to Apple earlier this year. The vulnerability was in the tool system that checks for and fixes errors in devices formatted with the FAT filesystem, and is automatically invoked by macOS when a device using FAT is inserted.
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Mac versus PC, Apple versus Android. It’s a war that’s born a thousand memes, hundreds of advertising campaigns, and billions of search queries. In the security game, Apple have always had reasonable cause to be a little smug.
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