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Misuse of Alphabet’s Virus Scanner is Exposing Sensitive Files

Companies are misusing Alphabet Inc.’s virus scanner and similar products, and are unwittingly leaking data such as factory blueprints to intellectual property online, Israeli cybersecurity company Otorio Ltd. said. The firm said it discovered thousands of unprotected files from companies …

Twitter Blamed for Saudi Spy Hack of Activist Tied to Khashoggi

A Saudi dissident sued Twitter Inc. claiming its failure to tell him about a state-sponsored hack of his account led to government agents discovering his plans for a social media protest with Jamal Khashoggi a few months before the journalist …

Fake Facebook Warlord Used to Spread Malware, Researchers Say

In one of the largest malware campaigns to exploit Facebook Inc., a suspected Libyan hacker lured tens of thousands of people into exposing personal information and granting access to personal devices, Israeli cyber security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. …

Global Hackers Are Thwarted by FBI, Europe in $100 Million Heist

U.S. and European law enforcement officials on Thursday said they had dismantled a global organized cybercrime network, which used malware to steal banking login details in an attempt to pocket about $100 million from thousands of businesses. A federal grand …

Cyber Risks to Exceed Natural Disasters for Insurers: Scor CEO

Cyber risks will soon become bigger risks than natural catastrophes for the insurance sector, Scor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Denis Kessler said, recommending the industry build a comprehensive, common global scale to assess cyber-related incidents. “I dream of a …

Design Flaws Create Security Vulnerabilities for ‘Smart Home’ Internet-of-Things Devices

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified design flaws in “smart home” Internet-of-Things devices that allow third parties to prevent devices from sharing information. The flaws can be used to prevent security systems from signaling that there has been …

FBI Reports Cybercrime Losses Nearly Doubled in 2018

The amount of reported losses from cyber crime nearly doubled in 2018 to $2.7 billion, with almost half of that from business email schemes that targeted wire transfer payments, according the FBI’s 2019 Internet Crime Report. The report, prepared by …

Jury Convicts 2 Romanians in Malware Scheme that Infected 400,000 Computers

A federal jury on Thursday convicted two Bucharest, Romania, residents of 21 counts related to their scheme to infect victim computers with malware in order to steal credit card and other information to sell on dark market websites, mine cryptocurrency …

NAS Says Ransomware Demands Growing Along with Cyber Claim Costs

Cybercrime claims by policyholders outside the health care sector nearly doubled in 2018, led by financial fraud, often phishing schemes that lead to payments or wire transfers to criminals posing as clients or business partners, NAS Insurance said in a …

Experts Say Vulnerable Businesses Should Increase Cyber Defenses

When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software. “We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and another guy noticed it. We’re looking …