Cybersecurity

Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services Among Targets of Record-Breaking DDOS Attack

Internet infrastructure providers Google Cloud, Cloudflare, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have reported a DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) attack that was seven times larger than the previous record-breaking attack in 2022.  The attacks took place in October and the origins were traced back to August. They were part of a mass exploit of a zero-day vulnerability.  2023 …

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mean More Cyber Threats

While shoppers scour the Internet for the best deals once holiday shopping season kicks off, Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean more cyber threats. As online activity ramps up, the environment is prime for phishing attacks, email scams, malicious websites and more. Even cautious consumers must be aware of credit card fraud and identity theft. …

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State of Maine Latest Federal Victim of MOVEit Data Breach

The entire state of Maine is the latest victim of the MOVEit Transfer data breach compromise. Led by a Russa-linked ransomware gang, the Maine breach is believed to have impacted about 1.3 million people. “On May 31, 2023, the State of Maine became aware of a software vulnerability in MOVEit, a third-party file transfer tool …

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Cybersecurity Experts See Uptick in Student Loan Scams

Cybersecurity experts are seeing an uptick in student loan scams in the form of phone calls, emails and text messages as loan payments are resuming this fall. Student borrowers in America owe their lenders a combined $1.76 trillion, according to the Education Data Initiative. With that much money at stake, cybercriminals are trying to siphon …

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1 in 4 people Impacted by Artificial Intelligence Voice Scams

A recent study by computer security company McAfee reported that one in four people have been impacted by artificial intelligence voice scams. The report, The Artificial Imposter, provides insight on how AI is fueling a disturbing trend in cybercrime – the rise in online voice scams. 77% of victims in AI-enabled scam calls said they …

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4 Steps to Reduce Personal Data Exposure to Cyber Criminals

This October marks the 20th anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the U.S. With nearly half (47%) of Americans having had personal data such as Social Security numbers and addresses exposed by cyber criminals, the need for proactive steps to protect this information has never been greater. 2023 so far is also an all-time-high for …

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Victim of MOVEit Data Breach

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) LLC is the latest American organization to be victimized by a data breach caused by a MOVEit vulnerability. The breach has impacted nearly 7000 current and former employees or their family members. The California-based division of Japanese giant Sony Group and developer of PlayStation video consoles and games and the latest …

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MOVEit Impacts 600K Medicare Beneficiaries, Ranks as Biggest Hack of 2023

U.S. government services contractor Maximus has now claimed the spot as the largest victim of the 2023 MOVEit breach, the biggest hack of 2023, impacting 612,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Maximus, based in Virginia, contracts with federal, state and local governments to manage and administer government-sponsored programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. The company employs 34,300 people …

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Email Phishing Attacks Grow 464% in AI-driven Environment

A mid-year cyberthreats report released by Swiss global technology company Acronis unveils a concerning 464% surge in email phishing attacks when compared to the same time frame in 2022.  The biannual report, titled “From Innovation to Risk: Managing the Implications of AI-driven Cyberattacks,” is based on data collected from over 1 million global endpoints. It …

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Report: Q2 2023 Sees Biggest Surge in Global Weekly Cyberattacks in Two Years

The rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) technology) paired with more traditional tools such as USB devices is behind a surge in cyber-attacks during the second quarter of 2023, according to a new mid-year security report.  The report, released by Check Point Research, reveals an 8% surge in global weekly cyberattacks during the first quarter …

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