InfoSec News Nuggets – August 9, 2018

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EXTORTIONISTS INCREASINGLY USING RECIPIENTS' PERSONAL INFORMATION TO INTIMIDATE VICTIMS The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has recently received an increase in reports about extortion attempts received via e-mail and postal mail and using specific user information to add authenticity. While there are many variations in these extortion attempts, they often share certain commonalties. Extortion attempts vary widely, but there are a few common indicators of the scam. The following list of commonalities is not exhaustive, but intended as examples of red flags. It is import to remember these extortion scams change to take advantage of current events such as high profile breaches or new trends involving the Internet to add authenticity. Medical Records of 90 Million People Left Vulnerable to Critical Security Flaws Security researchers have found more than 20…
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InfoSec News Nuggets – August 8, 2018

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Ex-Tesla Worker Accused of Hacking Seeks $1M in Counterclaim A former Tesla Inc. employee at the electric car maker's battery plant in Nevada is seeking at least $1 million in defamation damages after it accused him of sabotage, hacking into computers and stealing confidential information leaked to the media. Lawyers for Martin Tripp filed a counterclaim in federal court this week alleging any damages Tesla incurred were caused or contributed to by Tesla's "own negligence, acts or omissions." Tripp alleges that between $150 million and $200 million worth of battery module parts for Tesla's Model 3 vehicle were incorrectly handled as scrap earlier this year. He said more than 700 dented and/or punctured battery modules were not discarded and instead were being shipped or were in the process of being…
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Forensic 4:cast 2018

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This year, I have been nominated by the #DFIR industry for two categories of the Forensic 4:Cast awards (https://forensic4cast.com/). Please vote for Devon Ackerman as "Digital Forensic Investigator of the Year" and vote for this website, AboutDFIR.com, for "Digital Forensic Resource of the Year" for 2018. Regardless of who you cast your Forensic 4:cast 2018 votes for, please consider joining Mary Ellen and I in Austin, Texas at the SANS conference to celebrate no matter who wins!  See you there.
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