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It has been reported that a credential phishing attack targeted 22,000 students at national educational institutions through a campaign where hackers impersonated Instagram. The advisory was highlighted by security experts at Armorblox in an advisory released on the 17th November 2022. The advisory says: "The subject of this email encouraged victims to open the message... The goal of this subject was to induce a sense of urgency in the victims, making it seem an action...

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Truss Phone Hacking Scandal Blame Foreign Culprits

Earlier today it was reported that former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s personal phone was hacked earlier this year by suspected foreign agents, putting national security at risk, according to a new report on Sunday. Further to this, unnamed “security sources” told the Mail on Sunday that the incident was discovered during the Conservative Party leadership contest over the summer, causing Truss sleepless nights as she worried it may impact her chances of winning. In addition,...

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Biggest Copper Producer in Europe Targeted by Cyber-Attack

Earlier today, the the world’s second largest copper producer has been hit by a cyber-attack which forced IT systems offline. Further to this, Hamburg-headquartered Aurubis revealed in a brief statement that the attack struck on Friday evening. “This was apparently part of a larger attack on the metals and mining industry,” it said. “As a result, numerous systems at Aurubis sites had to be shut down and disconnected from the internet as a preventive measure.” At...

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As reported by Medibank, an Australian health insurance giant, every one of its customers had their personal information accessed by ransomware actors—which happened a few days after Medibank had downplayed the aftermath of a recent breach.  In a newly issued statement, Medibank admitted that the threat actors might have compromised all of its customers’ personal data, including that of international students and policyholders with Medibank business ahm. In other words, it’s possible that an estimated...

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Hive Group Admits to Leaking Data in Tata Power Ransomware Attack

Reports have said that the Hive ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group has claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack against Tata Power disclosed by the company on October 14 and believed to have occurred on October 3. “The company has taken steps to retrieve and restore the systems. All critical operational systems are functioning,” the Mumbai-based company said at the time. Security researcher Rakesh Krishnan, has claimed that the leak has reportedly affected several of Tata’s 12 million customers and includes personally identifiable...

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See Tickets Notifies Customers of Major Card Data Breach

Earlier today, global ticketing giant See Tickets has begun notifying customers of a significant breach of their personal and financial information, which lasted for over two-and-a-half years. It appears that the company, owned by French media firm Vivendi, revealed the news in breach notification letters published by various US states. An official statement from either business has so far not been forthcoming. Although, according to the published data breach notices, See Tickets was alerted to “potential...

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Android-Clicker Malware Garners Reaches 20 Million Downloads

Earlier today, a so-called “clicker” malware designed to facilitate ad fraud has been found on 16 mobile apps in the Google Play store, according to McAfee. Once notified by the security vendor, Google has removed the offending apps, which are estimated to have garnered as many as 20 million downloads. Having been detected as Android/Clicker, the malware was inserted into legitimate-looking utility apps such as flashlights, QR readers, cameras, unit converters and task managers. “Once...

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CISA Warns Health Organisations of Targeted Ransomware Attack by Daixin Hackers

It was reported earlier today, the U.S. cybersecurity and intelligence agencies published a joint advisory warning of attacks perpetrated by a cybercrime gang known as the Daixin Team primarily targeting the healthcare sector in the country. "The Daixin Team is a ransomware and data extortion group that has targeted the HPH Sector with ransomware and data extortion operations since at least June 2022," the agencies said. The alert was published Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

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Suspected Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Mastermind Arrest

Today, Europol celebrated the capture of a “high-value target” this week after the arrest in Tenerife of a suspected prolific fraudster, said to have conned scores of investors. It appears that the 50-year-old Croatian man is believed to have run a large-scale investment fraud operation which managed to extract at least €5m ($4.9m) from victims. Thus far, 70 German investors have been identified, Europol claimed. In addition to his arrest, 37 property searches were carried...

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OldGremlin Ransomware Fierce Comeback Against Russian Targets

Earlier today. a ransomware group which unusually targets Russian organizations has upped its efforts this year, demanding larger ransoms from its victims and developing new malware for Linux, according to Group-IB. Yesterday, the security vendor released what it claimed was the first comprehensive report on the group known as “OldGremlin,” which was first spotted in 2020. “That year, the gang carried out dozens of campaigns, with emails purporting to be from micro-finance companies, a metals and...

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