Round Up of Major Breaches and Scams
Cybercriminals have attacked the Delaware County, Pennsylvania government network and taken it hostage. The criminals are demanding $500,000 to free it up. Sources said the IP address for the Delaware County attack is tied to the Netherlands, but the criminals could be operating from anywhere in the world.
The manufacturer of networking and cable products Belden disclosed a data breach, the company revealed that attackers gained unauthorized access and copied some current and former employee data, as well as limited company information regarding some business partners.
Imagine someone hacking into an Amazon Alexa device using a laser beam and then doing some online shopping using that person account. This is a scenario presented by a group of researchers who are exploring why digital home assistants and other sensing systems that use sound commands to perform functions can be hacked by light.
Round Up of Major Malware and Ransomware Incidents
Baltimore County Public Schools has been hit today by a ransomware attack that led to a systemic shutdown of its network due to the number of systems impacted in the attack. Mychael Dickerson, the district’s Chief of Staff, confirmed that the attack affected the public school district’s offices, website, email system, and grading system.
Round Up of Major Vulnerabilities and Patches
A French security researcher has accidentally discovered a zero-day vulnerability that impacts the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems while working on an update to a Windows security tool. The vulnerability resides in two misconfigured registry keys for the RPC Endpoint Mapper and DNSCache services that are part of all Windows installations.