InfoSec News Nuggets 01/25/2021

After big hack of U.S. government, Biden enlists 'world class' cybersecurity team President Joe Biden is hiring a group of national security veterans with deep cyber expertise, drawing praise from former defense officials and investigators as the U.S. government works to recover from one of the biggest hacks of its agencies attributed to Russian spies. Disclosed in December, the hack struck eight federal agencies and numerous companies, including software provider SolarWinds Corp. U.S. intelligence agencies…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 10/27/2020

FTC Launches New Fraud Reporting Tool for US Consumers The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a new cyber-fraud reporting platform, where consumers can easily report fraud, scams or bad business practices. As fraud has surged during the pandemic, the consumer protection agency has created ReportFraud.ftc.gov, a user-friendly platform providing a “streamlined experience” for people bombarded with online scams and impostor calls. “Every time you report scams or bad business practices to the FTC, you’re…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 3/31/2020

Leave the pandemic out of your phishing simulations, Cofense says to industry At least one anti-phishing company says it won’t be testing its customers with coronavirus-themed emails, out of concerns that it’s not socially responsible to play into fears around the current pandemic. Cofense says it has removed all COVID-19-themed spearphishing templates from its repository of attacks, and the Virginia-based company is recommending other organizations join it in a pledge to avoid using the global health crisis as fodder. Like other…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 12/11/2019

1 - Bitcoin-hungry hackers broke their own decryption tool, analysts warn Cybersecurity researchers warn that paying Bitcoin $BTC▼2.23% to retrieve files locked by the prolific Ryuk ransomware may still result in data loss. This means that Ryuk‘s latest victims are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they refuse to send their attackers Bitcoin, they’ll lose access to their data altogether, but if they pay, the hackers will provide them with a decryption tool that doesn’t work. Software…
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