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A Lawyer's Look at "Big Game Phishing"

Ransomware attacks have increasingly been going after high-value data in order to extract larger ransoms from victims, according to the well-known law firm Cooley. This trend was ...
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Organizations Experiencing Attacks Rises by 35% as Most Consider Themselves Cyber-Novices

An increase in attacks should equate to a rise in organizational cyber-preparedness. But according to new research from U.K. cyber insurer Hiscox, organizations simply aren’t ready.
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Crime Sometimes Pays: $1.1M Recovered from U.K. Phishing Scammer 2 Years After Being Caught

We don’t often hear enough stories of cybercriminals being caught and paying back what they’ve stolen, but in the case of scammer Grant West, that’s exactly what has happened. 
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[Heads Up] Five New Ways How Cyber Criminals Commit Insurance Fraud

TransUnion and Iovation predict that the increased use of online platforms to interact with insurance providers will result in new fraud challenges for insurance companies and their ...
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Russian Secret Weapon Against U.S. 2020 Election Revealed In New Cyberwarfare Report

You may have sensed this, but you need to confront the fact the Planet Earth is an anarchy of nations. The UN is ineffective and thoroughly corrupt. A few good things have come out of it, ...
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Financial Phishing Campaigns on the Rise

More than 1900 new potential bank phishing sites were registered in the first half of 2019, according to researchers at NormShield. Based on the increase in new suspicious domains ...
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New Cyber Attack Trends Report Reveals That Digital Criminals Made Off With $45 Billion in 2018

Scott Ikeda at CPO Magazine posted insights about a new report on cyber attack trends which combines information from a number of high-level sources. It reveals a startling amount of ...
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[LIVE WEBINAR] Hacking Your Organization: 7 Steps Bad Guys Use to Take Total Control of Your Network

The scary fact is that human error is a contributing factor in more than 90% of breaches. With so many technical controls in place hackers are still getting through to your end ...
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UK Mid-Sized Firms Lost £30bn to CyberAttacks in 2018

Phil Muncaster at InfoSec Mag reported that "Cybersecurity incidents have cost UK mid-market firms a combined £30bn over the past year as automated attacks become the norm, according to ...
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“Lack of Security Awareness” a Major Reason Why Financial Firms Are 300 Time More Likely to Fall Prey to Cyberattacks

The bad guys always go where the money is. And financial firms are grossly ill-prepared for cyberattacks and suffer higher costs in addressing successful attacks. Boston Consulting Group ...
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One more reason to keep your money stuffed under your mattress?

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  Every so often someone flags an email with our Phish Alert Button that isn't a phishing email but is still very interesting. In this ...
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ATM Card Number Scammer Sentenced to 32 Months in Prison

The story of one text-based scam shows how easy it is for literally anyone to become a cybercriminal. It also shows how the amateurs should leave it to the professionals.
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[Heads-up] The U.S. Launched A Cyber Attack On Iran, And We're Expecting Spear Phishing Strike Backs

The tension in the Middle-East apparently prompted a game-changing move by the U.S. President.  Washington Post sources say exactly 10 years after Stuxnet, the President approved a ...
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FBI Alert: Last Week Conflict With Iran Can Cause Spear Phishing Retaliation

This blog post has been superseded by a more recent one.  You can find this new post here.
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Why Do Organizations Still Under-report Cybercrime?

It’s estimated that organizations aren’t engaging with Law Enforcement when becoming a victim of a cybercrime in large numbers. We cover 5 reasons why organizations don’t.
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Massive Cyberheist Bankrupts Medical Debt Collector

AMCA, a medical billing collections agency that was hacked last year in an incident believed to impact millions of medical patients is now seeking a federal bankruptcy court’s protection ...
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Europol Reminder on Ticket Fraud

Offers that sound too good to be true probably are. It’s an old saw, but one that’s worth revisiting. The too-good-to-be-true offers are most likely fraudulent, according to an alert ...
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'BlueKeep' Microsoft Windows Flaw Warning from NSA, Video for How To Patch

Microsoft recently released a fix for for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, in Remote Desktop Services - that affects older versions of Microsoft ...
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Global GozNym Takedown Shows The Anatomy Of A Modern Cybercrime Supply Chain

By Javvad Malik, our new Security Awareness Advocate for EMEA. A multi-national collaborative law enforcement effort has arrested individuals allegedly behind Nymaim and Gozi, also known ...
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Executives are Out and Employees are In as Cybercriminals Change Their Primary Targets for Cyberattack

Phishing and Social Engineering scammers are shifting tactics, focusing efforts on low-level employees using a variety of methods as a means to cast a wider net within a targeted ...
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