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!
Last August, security researchers released a blog discussing a new ATM malware family called Ripper which they believe was involved in the recent ATM attacks in Thailand. Large numbers of ATMs were also temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure. We’ve now discovered additional details to be aware of regarding this malware.
Crysis (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_CRYSIS.A), a ransomware family first detected in February this year, has been spotted targeting businesses in Australia and New Zealand through remote desktop protocol (RDP) brute force attacks.
On Tuesday evening, KrebsOnSecurity.com was the target of an extremely large and unusual distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack designed to knock the site offline. The attack did not succeed thanks to the hard work of the engineers at Akamai, the company that protects the site from such digital sieges.
Ransomware attacks are surging because attackers have perfected their techniques while enterprises in all sectors have failed to address critical security shortcomings, says Raimund Genes, CTO at Trend Micro.
Tesla Motors Inc has rolled out a security patch for its electric cars after Chinese security researchers uncovered vulnerabilities they said allowed them to remotely attack a Tesla Model S sedan. The automaker said that it had patched the bugs a day after researchers publicly disclosed their findings.
Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts. While sources were unspecific about the extent of the incursion, they noted that it is widespread and serious.
Hackers sought to infiltrate the computer systems of several German political parties this summer, officials said Wednesday, raising fears of foreign interference in the country’s politics ahead of national elections next year.
Blizzard’s Battle.net servers are experiencing issues once again that are keeping players offline. This is the third time Battle.net has gone offline this week, but this time, the publisher has revealed the situation is a result of a distributed denial-of-service cyberattack (DDoS).
Canada’s border security agency warns cyber-attacks could overwhelm the network and infiltrate biometric databases. Border officials warn a cyberattack on their facial recognition or fingerprints databases could result in barring innocent travelers from Canada — or letting the wrong people in.
Donald Ryan Austin of South Florida has been arrested on charges of hacking into the networks of Linux Kernel Organization and Linux Foundation and installing malicious software. A U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) release said Austin is now out on bail and could face a sentence of 10 years if convicted.
Georgia Institute of Technology student Ryan Pickren used to get in trouble for hacking websites—in 2015, he hacked rival University of Georgia’s online calendar and almost spent 15 years in prison. But now he’s being rewarded for his skills.
If you still doubted the importance of stronger digital security to businesses even after the now-infamous Sony Pictures hack of 2014, Tom Ridge’s comments at the Concordia Summit on Tuesday in New York might convince you.
The cloud has changed the basic nature of computing and how business gets done. It will continue to do so through 2020, when cloud spending is expected to exceed $500 billion, reports market research firm IDC. In fact, IDC predicts that ultimately the term “cloud” itself will disappear.
The new Worry-Free Services Plug-In for LabTech has been a number of years in the making; and for the first time ever, it is now possible to discover, deploy, and manage Trend Micro Worry-Free Services directly within the LabTech console at no additional cost.
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