Tags: Cyber security

SOCOM breach investigation complete

Earlier this week we reported on personal data surrounding healthcare professionals working for SOCOM being leaked online. Since then, Potomac Healthcare Services has responded with several statements as they looked to get control of the situation. Monday On Monday Potomac Healthcare Solutions said: “We are aware of the report from an independent security researcher alleging…

Cybersecurity and widening the talent pool

Last year at the Cyber Security Challenge UK finals we spoke with Stephanie Daman, CEO, Cyber Security Challenge UK about the goals and aspirations of the competition. Unlike many in this industry Daman has a practical view of what is needed. She accepts that this is not just about building a long term educational programme.…

SOCOM healthcare workers data leaked

In a brief blog post Chris Vickery at MacKeeper Security Watch has identified an 11 gigabyte data breach affecting US Special Ops. According to Vickery the data: “contained the names, locations, Social Security Numbers, salaries, and assigned units for scores of psychologists, and other healthcare professionals, deployed within the US Military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM).”…

KillDisk ransomware wants $210,000

The threat intelligence team at CyberX has revealed a new version of the KillDisk malware. The malware was responsible for taking out the Ukraine power grid earlier this year. Now it has added ransomware to its arsenal and wants 222 Bitcoins or around $210,000 for the unlock key. The details were unveiled by Phil Neray…

Ransomware offers holiday discount

In a blog from Roland Dela Paz, Forcepoint has revealed Cryptxxx Ransomware is offering victims a holiday discount. Hackers were asking for a payment of 1.2 Bitcoin to unlock machines. They have now announced that they will accept, only until New Year’s Eve, a reduced payment of 0.5 Bitcoin per machine. Bitcoin is currently undergoing a surge…

Methbot delivers new level of click fraud

Ad fraud specialist White Ops have exposed Methbot, a Russian-based ad fraud operation. According to the White Ops press release the fraud was delivering around $3-5 million in profits per day. This is money taken from US brand advertisers and media companies. Alongside the press release there is a 30 page report detailing how Methbot…

Cyberbit releases new version of SOC 3D

Security specialist Cyberbit has announced the latest version of their Security Operations Centre (SOC) 3D product. It boasts integrating with all the major Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) products. SOC 3D also supports the automation of runbooks and workflows. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the ability to prioritize incidents based on the impact…

Ukrainian hackers behind WordPress attack

Security vendor Wordfence has published a blog blaming Ukrainian hackers for the problems many WordPress users are suffering this month. Starting on November 24th, Wordfence saw a significant rise in brute force attacks against WordPress sites. These attacks are designed to guess username and passwords in order to sign into WordPress websites. UK-based hosting company…

Customers want security guarantees

The software industry has always refused to take responsibility for its own products. Attempt to ask for a fit for purpose statement and software vendors laugh. They have always hidden behind the need for less regulation by saying the industry is in a constant cycle of R&D. The result is that if the software you’ve…

Improving threat detection on the network

Infoblox is to integrate its DDI Technology into the Qualys Cloud Platform. The goal is to improve the ability to detect new devices on the network and malicious events. This is the first DDI (DNS, DHCP and IP Address) Management solution integrated into the Qualys Cloud Platform. It is expected to deliver a single set…