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The Latest 5 Security breaches Worldwide – Week 34, 2019


5 Security breaches Worldwide – Week 34, 2019

Be informed about the latest 5 Security breaches Worldwide, identified and reported publicly during Week 34, 2019. As these security-related breaches have a severe negative impact on any business, consider a security AUDIT to prevent any similar cases.

  • More than 20 local government agencies across Texas were hit with ransomware attacks concurrently.
    • Infection blamed on Sodinokibi (REvil) ransomware strains. State agencies are coordinating the response. The ransomware has been called JSE, which doesn’t stand for anything other than name of the encrypted file extensions. It is an odd strain, since it doesn’t leave any note behind or demand payment for decryption. Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’

  • This is an USENIX paper that documents a condition called CrossRouter covert channels.
    • Many home routers create two SSIDs, a protected and encrypted one for residents and an open one for guests. Turns out you can use the open channel to launch attacks and compromise the encrypted one. They surveyed routers from TP-Link, D-Link and Linksys and found they were all vulnerable to at least one attack. Cross-Router Covert Channels (pdf)

  • Another paper delivered at USENIX is from Google’s research on password reuse.
    • Google has collected telemetry from more than 650,000 users of its Password Checkup Chrome Extension released this April. It found that 1.5 percent of all logins used across the web are vulnerable to credential stuffing attacks due to reused passwords being disclosed in data breaches. About a quarter of the users of the extension have changed their passwords to something stronger as a result of the notifications. New Research: Lessons from Password Checkup in action


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  • This report looks at the dozen largest breaches of 2018 and examines trends.
    • Last year cryptojacking more than tripled and became the fastest-rising type of cyber-attack. Trend Micro detected more than 1.3 million instances of these attacks during 2018. Supply chain attacks also grew significantly last year. 2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report (pdf)



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