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On Wednesday, Facebook revealed that it has blocked a group of hackers based in China, known as Evil Eye or Earth Empusa, from using the platform to spy on Uighurs living abroad. The hackers were using Facebook to trick Uighurs into clicking on links infected with malware which enabled them to spy on the victim's devices. Facebook has said that the hacker group were targetting journalists, activists and dissidents who were predominantly Uighurs. In an...

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FatFace, a British fashion retailer, suffered a cyber attack in January which may have resulted in both employees' and customers' data being compromised. Yesterday FatFace sent customers an email informing them that their personal data could have possibly been compromised in the hack. In the email FatFace also asked customers to keep the details of the hack "strictly private and confidential". However, a number of angry customers tweeted about how it took two months for...

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Gmail inbox

The new attacks are part of an ongoing phishing operation, dubbed the "Compact" Campaign, which has been active since early 2020. The campaign, which has already stolen an estimated 400,000 OWA and Office 365 credentials has now begun abusing new legitimate services in an effort to bypass secure email gateways (SEGs). As a result, Microsoft security experts have issues a warning: "Phishers continue to find success in using compromised accounts on email marketing services to...

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Fishing line

A California State Controller's Office employee fell for a phishing link, leading to a data breach that resulted in the theft of around 9,000 records. The employee, who worked in the Unclaimed Property division clicked on a phishing link received in an email and then proceeded to enter a user ID and password. This gave an attacker access to the employee login details, and consequently the employee's account, on the 18th and 19th of March....

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Deepanshu Kher has been sentenced to two years in prison after hacking into the network of a Carlsbad, California-based firm. The former IT contractor worked for the IT consultancy firm for around 1 year in 2017, helping a client with migration to a Microsoft 365 Office environment. The client was not satisfied with Kher's work, who was fired once this feedback reached the head office. Two months after returning to India, Kher took revenge on...

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US Dollars

The Michigan based bank Flagstar, has contacted its customers informing them of a data breach during which hackers accessed their SSNs. The bank finally admitted that the attack resulted in the loss of customers' Social Security Numbers, home addresses, full name and phone numbers - a detail that was not publicly disclosed when the data breach was announced two weeks ago. It appears the breach even affected people who are no longer Flagstar customers. According...

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A Shell garage

Royal Dutch Shell has revealed that they have been affected by the Accellion FTA file transfer appliance hack. Last week Shell posted a company statement which said, "Shell has been impacted by a data security incident involving Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance. Shell uses this appliance to securely transfer large data files." According to the statement posted on their website, Shell has said that there is no evidence that their core IT systems have been impacted...

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In January, Mimecast reported that a certificate compromise took place following the SolarWinds espionage campaign. However, Mimecast has recently confirmed that the firm’s source code repositories were also stolen during the attack. Initially, it was thought that the SolarWinds attackers had only stolen a small amount of Mimecast's customers' personal data, such as email addresses and certain hashed credentials. Now, it has emerged that the attacks did in fact also steal a "limited" number of...

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Stacks of dollars

The FBI has recently released their annual report on cybercrime in the US for 2020. The report has revealed that there has been a rise in complaints and financial losses due to cybercrime in 2020. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen an increase of 69% in complaints relating to cybercrime since 2019, with 791,790 complaints issued in 2020. The report also claims that there has been over $4.2 billion lost to cybercrime in the...

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Eastern Health temporarily suspends IT-systems

Eastern Health has temporarily taken down its IT systems following a cyber incident earlier this week. The measures have been taken as a precaution, while the healthcare group attempts to understand and rectify the situation. It has also reassured the public that patient safety had not been compromised. The Incident has affected the healthcare provider's ability to perform less urgent medical procedures, though urgent elective surgeries are going to continue as planned. In a statement...

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