Cyber Bites

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Ransomware attacks are becoming less prevalent as cyber criminals look to news way of attacking a system, a new report has found. Instead, hackers are turning towards hidden HTTPs tunnels that appear as normal encrypted web traffic to target healthcare organisations. The Vectra 2019 Spotlight Report on Healthcare identified Internet of Things (IoT) devices; unpartitioned networks; and reliance on out-dated systems, as weakness most likely to be exploited by cybercriminals looking to steal personal information...

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UK cyber-security firm Sophos reported detecting a spike in ransomware attacks at the end of last week from a new strain named MegaCortex. Sophos said the ransomware appears to have been designed to target large enterprise networks as part of carefully planned targeted intrusions --in a tactic that is known as "big-game hunting." The modus operandi is not new and has been the preferred method of delivering ransomware for almost half a year. Source: ZDNet

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Security researchers brought to life and released a wicked variant of Clippy, the recently resurfaced assistant in Microsoft Office that we all loved so much to hate, that makes it more difficult to detect a malicious macro in documents. Dubbed Evil Clippy, the tool modifies Office documents at file format level to spew out malicious versions that get by the static analysis of antivirus engines and even utilities for manual inspection of macro scripts. Source: BleepinComputer

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The second largest illicit market on the Dark Web, Wall Street Market (WSM) has been seized by law enforcement, and three of its alleged operators have been arrested in Germany.The arrests are the latest in a series of chaotic events surrounding the now-defunct WSM in which unknown individuals who ran the site performed an "exit scam" that found them making off with over $12.4 million USD in Bitcoins from WSM merchants. Source: Tech Republic

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has launched a physical attack on Hamas in immediate response to an alleged cyber-assault. The IDF hit a building in the Gaza Strip with an airstrike after claiming the site had been used by Hamas cyber operatives to attack Israel’s cyber space. The IDF claimed it stopped the attack online before launching its airstrike on Hamas. It claims it has now wiped out Hamas’ cyber operational capabilities. Source: Forbes

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A recent cyber disruption to the U.S. grid involved a "denial of service condition" at a Western utility, according to a Department of Energy official. On March 5, an unidentified power company fell victim to a "cyber event" that interfered with operations but stopped short of causing blackouts, according to a DOE filing this week. A DOE official confirmed yesterday that the event "did not impact generation, the reliability of the grid or cause any...

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