KrebsOnSecurity Hit By Huge New IoT Botnet “Meris”

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:12:44 +0000

On Thursday evening, KrebsOnSecurity was the subject of a rather massive (and mercifully brief) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The assault came from “Meris,” the same new “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet behind record-shattering attacks against Russian search giant Yandex this week and internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare earlier this summer.

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Microsoft: Attackers Exploiting Windows Zero-Day Flaw

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2021 15:03:45 +0000

Microsoft Corp. warned Tuesday that attackers are exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability in Windows 10 and many Windows Server versions to seize control over PCs when users open a malicious document or visit a booby-trapped website. There is currently no official patch for the flaw, but Microsoft has released recommendations for mitigating the threat.

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Wanted: Disgruntled Employees to Deploy Ransomware

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 16:27:48 +0000

Criminal hackers will try almost anything to get inside a profitable enterprise and secure a million-dollar payday from a ransomware infection. Apparently now that includes emailing employees directly and asking them to unleash the malware inside their employer’s network in exchange for a percentage of any ransom amount paid by the victim company.

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Spike in “Chain Gang” Destructive Attacks on ATMs

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2021 19:31:16 +0000

Last summer, financial institutions throughout Texas started reporting a sudden increase in attacks involving well-orchestrated teams that would show up at night, use stolen trucks and heavy chains to rip Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) out of their foundations, and make off with the cash boxes inside. Now it appears the crime — known variously as “ATM smash-and-grab” and “chain gang” attacks — is rapidly increasing in other states.

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Another 0-Day Looms for Many Western Digital Users

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:05:50 +0000

Countless Western Digital customers saw their MyBook Live network storage drives remotely wiped in the past month thanks to a bug in a product line the company stopped supporting in 2015, as well as a previously unknown zero-day flaw. But there is a similarly serious zero-day flaw present in a much broader range of newer Western Digital MyCloud network storage devices that will remain unfixed for many customers who can’t or won’t upgrade to the latest operating system.

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Intuit to Share Payroll Data from 1.4M Small Businesses With Equifax

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 18:56:42 +0000

Financial services giant Intuit this week informed 1.4 million small businesses using its QuickBooks Online Payroll and Intuit Online Payroll products that their payroll information will be shared with big-three consumer credit bureau Equifax starting later this year unless customers opt out by the end of this month. Intuit says the change is tied to an “exciting” and “free” new service that will let millions of small business employees get easy access to employment and income verification services when they wish to apply for a loan or line of credit.

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We Infiltrated a Counterfeit Check Ring! Now What?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 20:34:54 +0000

Imagine waking up each morning knowing the identities of thousands of people who are about to be mugged for thousands of dollars each. You know exactly when and where each of those muggings will take place, and you’ve shared this information in advance with the authorities each day for a year with no outward indication that they are doing anything about it. How frustrated would you be? Such is the curse of the fraud fighter known online by the handles “Brianna Ware” and “BWare” for short, a longtime member of a global group of volunteers who’ve infiltrated a cybercrime gang that disseminates fraudulent checks tied to a dizzying number of online scams.

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How Cyber Safe is Your Drinking Water Supply?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 18:36:46 +0000

Amid multiple recent reports of hackers breaking into and tampering with drinking water treatment systems comes a new industry survey with some sobering findings: A majority of the 52,000 separate drinking water systems in the United States still haven’t inventoried some or any of their information technology systems — a basic first step in protecting networks from cyberattacks.

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