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Dec 4, 2019

National Security Priority: Securing America’s Electric Grid

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, economics, energy, government

Energy is a critical resource that powers our homes and businesses, and also supports every facet of the U.S. economy and our nation’s security. As technology advances and we become more connected, the likelihood that there will be a successful cyber or physical attack on critical infrastructure increases.

This month we recognize National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is a great time to reinforce that our nation’s electric companies are working across the industry and with our government partners to protect the energy grid and ensure that customers have access to the safe and reliable energy they need. We also are focusing on strategies to mitigate the potential impact of an attack and to accelerate recovery should an incident occur.

We know that cyberattacks constantly are evolving and increasing in sophistication. As the vice president for security and preparedness at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, I have a deep appreciation for how any threat to the energy grid endangers our communities and the national and economic security of our country.

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Dec 4, 2019

U.S. Government Makes Surprise Move To Secure Power Grid From Cyberattacks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy, government

As the threat of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as power grids ramps up, the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (SEIA) is taking technology back to its retro roots. But is it a good idea?

Dec 3, 2019

‘StrandHogg’ Vulnerability Allows Malware to Pose as Legitimate Android Apps

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

The flaw can allow hackers to take over typical device functions like sending messages and taking photos because users think malicious activity is a mobile app they use regularly.

Dec 2, 2019

This trojan malware is being used to steal passwords and spread ransomware

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

PyXie RAT capabilities include keylogging, stealing login credentials and recording videos, warn researchers at BlackBerry Cylance — who also say the trojan can be used to distribute other attacks, including ransomware.

Dec 2, 2019

ESP32 IoT Devices Vulnerable to Forever-Hack

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

A popular WiFi chip, ESP32, contains a security flaw that enables hackers to implant malware that can never be removed. The attack works by implanting code into eFuses, a chip feature that can only be configured once.

Nov 29, 2019

Cowlitz County PUD among U.S. utilities targeted in cyberattacks

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The Cowlitz County PUD is among more than a dozen utilities targeted in a recent cyberattack across the United States, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal published this week.

Cowlitz County PUD spokeswoman Alice Dietz confirmed Wednesday that the PUD’s firewall successfully blocked the only infected email that hackers sent.

“We’re proud of our IT department,” Dietz said. “They just continue to implement strong cybersecurity measures. This is a great example of why we take it so seriously.”

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Nov 26, 2019

New Crypto-Stealing Malware Infected 80,000 Computers, Microsoft Says

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

Microsoft security analysts reveal that cryptocurrency-stealing malware “Dexphot” already infected 80,000 computers earlier this year.

Microsoft reveals that new crypto-stealing malware “Dexphot” already infected 80,000 devices earlier this year.

Nov 26, 2019

Microsoft says new Dexphot malware infected more than 80,000 computers

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

Microsoft security engineers detailed today a new malware strain that has been infecting Windows computers since October 2018 to hijack their resources to mine cryptocurrency and generate revenue for the attackers.

Named Dexphot, this malware reached its peak in mid-June this year, when its botnet reached almost 80,000 infected computers.

Since then, the number of daily infections has been slowly going down, as Microsoft claims it deployed countermeasures to improve detections and stop attacks.

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Nov 26, 2019

Pemex Still Suffers Cyberattack Fallout

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption

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The communications system of Mexico’s oil giant Pemex is still suffering the lingering effects of a cyberattack that occurred earlier this month, sources from the company told Bloomberg.

A ransomware attack caused administrative operations at Pemex to grind to a halt on November 10, with the company announcing the resumption of work soon after, saying the actual attack had been prevented.

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Nov 25, 2019

Hackers demand $14 million from nursing homes in ransomware attack

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Some facilities unable to access patient records, order drugs or pay employees after their computers were hijacked.

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