cybersecurity

Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

JIM WATSON via Getty Images A bug in Joe Biden’s official campaign app may have exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, according to security researcher the App Analyst. One of the features of the Vote Joe app allows users to sync their phone’s contact list with the software to see if their friends …

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Major Chilean bank shuts down all branches following ransomware attack

Banco Estado, the only public bank in Chile and one of the three largest in the country, had to shut down its nationwide operations on Monday due to a cyberattack that turned out to be a ransomware launched by REvil. According to a public statement, the branches will remain closed for at least one day, …

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Research: New Malware Employs Tor and Bittorrent To Steal Bitcoin and Ether

A new trojan called Krypto Cibule uses infested computers’ power to mine cryptocurrency, steal crypto wallet files, and redirect incoming digital assets to a hacker address. The malware rides on the Tor network and the Bittorrent protocol to perform attacks, according to an extensive report by cybersecurity company, ESET. “Krypto Cibule is spread through malicious …

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The mischievous Ryuk: Combatting the ‘Death Note’-inspired ransomware

There is still an element of the crypto “Wild West” in 2020, as cryptocurrency stolen through hacks and ransomware attacks is still being cashed out on major exchanges around the world. Ransomware attacks have proved to be a lucrative cash cow for cybercriminals over the past few years, with the United States Federal Bureau of …

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Ethereum Classic suffers another 51% attack

The Ethereum Classic (ETC) network was hit by another 51% attack on August 29, causing the reorganization of more than 7,000 blocks just weeks after proposing security upgrades. In a tweet, Ethereum Classic confirmed the attack and promised it is working on potential solutions to the problem. “While ETC is still making progress in evaluating …

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Browser-based cryptojacking is back as attacks spike 163%

The crypto price surge since March has been accompanied by a wave of cryptojacking attacks according to new research published by cybersecurity firm Symantec. According to the company there was a 163% increase in browser-based cryptojacking activity in the second quarter of 2020. Cryptojacking had previously been in a steep decline from March 2019 due …

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Youtuber Explains How Crypto Scammers Took Control of His Account

The modus operandi of crypto scammers differ in each case as it happens with the rest, but this time, a popular Youtuber who has 2.43 million subscribers explained on August 20 how his channel was seized by hackers to launch an XRP fake giveaway campaign. According to a video published by David Damasceno, who runs …

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North Korea’s ‘Bureau 121’ Has an Army of 6000 Hackers

A report unveiled by the U.S. Army reveals that North Korea now has more than 6,000 hackers stationed in countries such as Belarus, China, India, Malaysia, Russia, among others. The operations of four sub divisions are overseen by Bureau 121, the cyber warfare guidance unit of the hermit nation. The report, named North Korean Tactics, …

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Facial Recognition Could Help to Stamp Out Bitcoin Social Media Scams

Facial recognition can help prevent future Bitcoin (BTC) scams like those that hit Twitter and YouTube, said Rod Hsu, president and co-founder of virtual currency platform Coincurve.  During an interview with Cointelegraph, Hsu said Bitcoin is an electronic form of currency that is non-reversible and somewhat anonymous, “coupled with this gap in understanding makes it …

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Ransomware Attacks Demanding Crypto Are Unfortunately Here to Stay

Year after year, the ransomware landscape changes dramatically. In 2019, a new resurgence of attacks occurred as businesses and government institutions became the main targets of ransomware, given their capacity to yield larger payouts.  The most recent attack was against Garmin, a navigation systems company, on July 23. Due to the attack, many of its …

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