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Industry News: ESG5

Cyberattacks Now Number One Threat to California Power Grid

2019-06-18

Globe Newswire: The nerve center for electric power transmission in California says that cyberattacks now pose the most serious threat to the grid. According to a June 14 report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) is fighting off several millions of attempted intrusions every month. Hubert Hafner, the California ISO’s head of cyber security, said his network is “in the cross-hairs of terrorists and nation-states that want to harm the electric grid.”...

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Iran Says It Dismantled a CIA Cyber Spying Network, Brought to Arrest of Agents

2019-06-17

Haaretz: Iran said on Monday it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and that several U.S. spies had been arrested in different countries as the result of this action. U.S.-Iran tensions are growing following accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration that Tehran last Thursday attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a vital oil shipping route. Iran denies having any role...

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Nuclear Weapons Vulnerable To Cyber Threats – OpEd

2019-06-13

TheGuardian: According to a new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Cyber Nuclear Weapons Study Group, US nuclear weapons can’t be effectively protected against cyberattacks with technical means alone. “Any system containing a digital component, including nuclear weapons, is vulnerable to cyber threats,” Page Stoutland, NTI’s vice president for scientific and technical affairs, said...

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Cybersecurity Giant Symantec Plays Down Unreported Breach of Test Data

2019-06-13

TheGuardian: The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies. The list extracted in the February incident, seen by Guardian Australia, suggests that all major federal government departments were among the targets of a hacker who also claimed to be responsible for Medicare data being available for sale on the dark web...

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Evite Confirms Data Breach After Hacker Sells User Data On Dark Web

2019-06-12

IbTimes: The popular online e-inviations and social planning service Evite confirmed falling victim to a data breach. The breach saw a hacker called “Gnosticplayers” put Evite users' personal data up for sale on the dark web. According to ZDNet, the hacker also obtained data from five other companies and put them all up for sale in April. The cybercriminal reportedly hacked and stole data from firms such as Canva, 500px, ShareThis, UnderArmor, GyfCat and more. Gnosticplayers reportedly claimed to have obtained ten million Evite user records, which included users' full names, IP addresses, email addresses and cleartext passwords. ZDNet reported that in April, the hacker Gnosticplayers demanded $1,900 worth of bitcoins for 10 million Evite user records...

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Maryland Attorney General Warns Residents Of Medical Data Breach

2019-06-12

Wamu: Maryland’s Attorney General is warning residents that their medical information and other personal details might have been exposed in a medical data breach affecting more than 20 million patients nationwide. A cyber attack against American Medical Collection Agency, a debt collection company for LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics and other medical providers and companies, potentially exposed patients’ information, including bank account information and social security numbers, officials said...

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FBI Warning, More Phony Phone Call Scams and Distrust on the Internet

2019-06-11

ITWorldCanada: The FBI this week warned that criminals are taking advantage of the security features of web pages to fool people. Here’s how it works: You click on a link in an email and it goes to a web page asking you to log in. The site looks legit. You look at the address bar and see the site name starts with HTTPS, and beside that is a little green lock. But that doesn’t mean the site is legitimate. HTTPS or that green lock only means the site uses encryption to scramble a login username and password or credit card number. It’s not proof the site is genuine. So here’s the advice from the FBI: Do not simply trust the name of a sender or a company in an email; look at the intent of the message. Suspicious messages have a sense of urgency — you’ve got to act now. If you get a suspicious email with a link from someone you know, confirm it’s legitimate by calling or emailing the contact; don’t reply directly to the email...

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Dark Web: Hackers Sell Doctors' Identities For $500 In Disturbing New Trend

2019-06-05

Independent: The identities of doctors are selling on the dark web for $500, new research reveals. Hackers are obtaining all the details needed to pose as a medical professional by targetting hospitals and other healthcare organisations, which possess huge troves of highly valuable data. The hacked data is then sold through black markets on the dark web – a section of the internet that is only accessible using specialist software. Documents on sale include malpractice insurance documents, medical diplomas, board recommendations, medical doctor licenses, and DEA licenses...

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Baltimore Officials Say $18M Spent In Ransomware Attack

2019-06-04

Wbal: Nearly all Baltimore City employees should be back online by week's end, city officials say. WBAL-TV 11 reports that at a press conference held Tuesday morning by Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Financial Director Henry Raymond pegged the cost of the ransomware attack thus far at $18 million. The city has spent $1 million on new computer equipment, using emergency contracts that don't have to go before the Board of Estimates...

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North Korea Launched Cryptocurrency Attacks in Response to Sanctions, Says FBI

2019-05-30

Cointelegraph: United States sanctions incentivized North Korea to launch cyberattacks involving cryptocurrency, a senior FBI official told a conference. The comments were quoted by South Korean English-language news outlet Korea Herald on May 30. Speaking at an event organized by U.S. thinktank The Aspen Institute, Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said financial strain had driven North Korean state actors to cybercrime.....

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