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3 US Universities Hit with Ransomware in Same Week

The beginning of June saw a sudden surge in University-targeting ransomware attacks. Michigan State University, UCSF and Colombia College were all hit with ransomware from the NetWalker family within the same week. While each institution dealt with their network’s compromise differently, this “University Ransomware Week” was certainly eye-opening for higher education institutions who may need to rethink the security solutions and measures they have implemented.

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Is Zoom Actually Secure?

 

Ever since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, Zoom has become the most well-known and widely used video conferencing platform. Used by corporations, universities and schools, families and more, millions of people around the world have found themselves desperately in need of a platform to hold meetings, see loved ones and cope with social distancing. The video conferencing app, that previously boasted 10 million users during busy hours, quickly shot up to 300 million during peak daytime hours. But as Zoom’s popularity rapidly rose, so did concerns about the platform’s security.

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Cyberattackers Exploit Coronavirus Frenzy in Phishing Email Campaign

 

With the Coronavirus death toll constantly on the rise, people are becoming more and more panicked. It seems that almost everyone these days is thirsty for any information they can get on how to avoid the deadly virus, creating a tremendous opportunity for cyber attackers to exploit these fears and steal personal information and credentials.

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Why Email Is Such a Dangerous Platform (And How to Protect Yourself)

Malicious emails are one of the cyber realm’s most widespread epidemics. Over 215 billion business and consumer emails are received daily, and with such an overwhelming flow of emails arises a very attractive opportunity for threat actors to easily penetrate victims’ online activity and lure them in to giving up credentials, downloading malware and more. According to the Symantec Internet Threat Security Report, one out of 412 emails contains a malware attack.

Although it seems as though cyber awareness is somewhat increasing due to the attempt to keep up with rapid advances in attack techniques, preying on human error continues to be extremely rewarding for threat actors. In retrospect, many email attack victims are dumbfounded when they realize that the email they so willingly acted upon is quite obviously suspicious upon second look. On top of that are highly thought out, sometimes tailored malicious emails, which do not even alert relatively cyber-aware people.

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How ThreatSTOP's Security Research Team Uses Data to Create Targets & Block Suspicious Traffic

One of the challenges in threat intelligence is taking the massive amount of data we have about the threat landscape and distilling it into its most relevant components. A huge part of the reason for growth in data science (and in cyber security specifically) is habitually struggling with too much information. (With some exceptions) With this roadblock, it’s a challenge to focus in on the data that’s truly relevant.

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Georgia Tech Data Breach: How to Keep Information Secure in Open University Environments

Georgia Tech recently notified almost 1.3 million people about a potential breach of sensitive data, and in some cases, including a social security number. Over a four month period, there was a vulnerable server that allowed people to enumerate records on a back-end database, allowing the exfiltration of sensitive information. While universities are seen as more open environments, they do have sensitive information they have to protect.

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