Daily News Digest

Stay current on the global cyber threat landscape and industry developments with CCOE’s daily digest and library of cybersecurity news and articles.

  • Why Accounting Firms Should be Practicing Cyber Wellness

    Source: Accounting Web
    By: David X. Martin
    Published: July 22, 2019

    * When it comes to cyber security, it's no longer a question if your firm will be attacked - it's a question of when. This article is a brief introduction to the concept of cyber-wellness for accounting firms.
    * As an accounting professional, you and your staff have access to highly sensitive data.

  • (accountingweb.com)
  • Leaked Emails Show Frantic Response to Border Patrol Data Breach

    Source: Vice
    By: Joseph Cox
    Published: July 22, 2019

    * When a hacker publicly dumped information stolen from one of its license plate scanning contractors called Perceptics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) needed to analyze the data. Fast.
    * The hacker had stolen a wealth of emails, images of travelers, and internal documents from Perceptics, a company that makes license plate scanners and other technology that is used at the US-Mexico border and on highways around the country.

  • (vice.com)
  • Crypto-attacks are rising in Asia - and cybersecurity AI may be the best way to fight the threat: Darktrace

    Source: Business Insider
    By: Jonathan Loh
    Published: July 22, 2019

    * In the realm of cryptocurrency, the dangers of clandestine cyber attacks that target and siphon valuable assets may not always be clear - but they are present.
    * From January to May this year, UK-based cybersecurity start-up Darktrace detected a 78 per cent growth in the frequency of under-radar crypto-jacking threats and a total of 1,313 crypto-mining incidents across the world.

  • (businessinsider.sg)
  • New Cyber Attack Trends Report Reveals That Digital Criminals Made Off With $45 Billion in 2018

    Source: CPO Magazine
    By: Scott Ikeda
    Published: July 22, 2019

    * A new report on cyber attack trends that combines information from a number of high-level sources has just been released, and it reveals a startling amount of cyber crime growth.
    * The report revealed that cyber crime became a $45 billion industry in 2018, up tens of billions of dollars from the previous year.

  • (cpomagazine.com)
  • Equifax agrees to settlement of up to $700 million over 2017 data breach

    Source: The Verge
    By: Jon Porter
    Published: July 22, 2019

    * Equifax has agreed to a settlement over its 2017 data breach that saw as many as 147 million people's personal information, including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers, exposed by the company.
    * The company has agreed to provide free credit monitoring services to anyone affected for up to 10 years, as well as cash payments of up to $20,000 per person to refund any costs incurred as a result of the breach.

  • (theverge.com)
  • Hackers broke into a contractor for Russia's spy agency

    Source: Engadget
    By: Jon Fingas
    Published: July 21, 2019

    * The Russian government has been linked to a number of high-profile hacks, but it just became a target -- and the data that was stolen says a lot about its apparent goals.
    * The intruders revealed a number of projects that SyTech had been working on for the FSB (and fellow contractor Quantum) since 2009, some of which were pure research while others came to fruition.

  • (engadget.com)
  • Browser Extensions Siphon Private Data From 4M Users, Then Leak It

    Source: PC Mag
    By: Michael Kan
    Published: July 19, 2019

    * Be careful around shady browser extensions. They might be collecting and leaking your most private data.
    * Eight browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox were recently shut down after a security researcher uncovered how they were secretly sending users' private data to a marketing intelligence firm.

  • (pcmag.com)
  • Kazakhstan government is now intercepting all HTTPS traffic

    Source: ZD Net
    By: Catalin Cimpanu
    Published: July 18, 2019

    * Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government has started intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic inside its borders.
    * The certificate, once installed, will allow local government agencies to decrypt users' HTTPS traffic, look at its content, encrypt it again with their certificate, and send it to its destination.

  • (zdnet.com)
  • Phishing Scheme Targets Amex Cardholders

    Source: Bank Info Security
    By: Akshaya Asokan
    Published: July 18, 2019

    * Researchers have uncovered a new type of phishing campaign that is targeting American Express card users.
    * What makes this phishing attack different is that instead of using a hyperlink to send victims to a malicious landing page, this scheme deploys an embedded "base href" URL to help hide the true intent from anti-virus and other security tools.

  • (bankinfosecurity.com)
  • Hackers Execute Ransomware Attack on Asian Art Museum

    Source: SFist
    By: Joe Kukura
    Published: July 18, 2019

    * The Asian Art Museum silently endured a ransomware attack in May, but they swear they didn't pay up.
    * It's unclear how much the hackers demanded, how long the system was disabled, or whether any information or data was compromised. Museum officials reportedly contacted police, and the city's IT security personnel apparently found a workaround to restore the system.

  • (sfist.com)