NCSC warns of a surge in ransomware attacks on education institutions

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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an alert about a surge in ransomware attacks targeting education institutions. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has issued an alert about a surge in ransomware attacks against education institutions. The U.K.

FBI warns of PYSA Ransomware attacks against Education Institutions in US and UK

Security Affairs

The FBI has issued an alert to warn about an increase in PYSA ransomware attacks on education institutions in the US and UK. The FBI has issued Tuesday an alert to warn about an increase in PYSA ransomware attacks against education institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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NEW TECH: DataLocker introduces encrypted flash drive — with key pad

The Last Watchdog

One sliver of the $90 billion, or so, companies are expected to spend this year on cybersecurity products and services is an estimated $85 million they will shell out for encrypted flash drives. DataLocker honed its patented approach to manufacturing encrypted portable drives and landed some key military and government clients early on; the company has continued branching out ever since. The encryption in our products is handled by a chip inside the actual hardware itself.

GCHQ implements World War II cipher machines in encryption app CyberChef

Security Affairs

UK intelligence agency GCHQ released emulators for World War II cipher machines (Enigma, Typex and The Bombe) that can be executed in the encryption app CyberChef. UK intelligence agency GCHQ, as part of the celebration of its centenary , has released emulators for World War II cipher machines that can be executed in the encryption app CyberChef released for educational purposes. Breaking News Hacking Intelligence CyberChef encryption GCHQ Pierluigi Paganini Security Affair

File Encryption Makes Mobile Business Apps a Safe Bet

OneHub

What is file encryption? Encrypting business files is a critical practice that protects sensitive company data from unauthorized users. Encrypted files are extremely difficult for unauthorized users to decipher so your business is less likely to experience a data breach.

Calculating the Benefits of the Advanced Encryption Standard

Schneier on Security

NIST has completed a study -- it was published last year, but I just saw it recently -- calculating the costs and benefits of the Advanced Encryption Standard. And I certainly agree that the benefits of a standardized encryption algorithm that we all trust and use outweigh the cost by orders of magnitude.

Apple Battling with the Government Again Over Breaking iPhone Encryption of Mass Shooters: Data Privacy Trends

eDiscovery Daily

Remember back in 2016 when Apple with in a court battle with the Department of Justice over giving investigators access to encrypted data on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters? We feel strongly encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.”.

Facebook Will Shift to Emphasize Encrypted Ephemeral Messages, Zuckerberg Says: eDiscovery Trends

eDiscovery Daily

In a post to Facebook last week, founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined a vision of the future that includes end-to-end encryption and an ephemeral lifespan for private messages and photos. Zuckerberg said that encryption will be one of the keys to Facebook’s future — and that the company is willing to be banned in countries that refuse to let it operate as a result.

ICO Stresses Importance of Encryption for Data Security

Hunton Privacy

On August 28, 2013, on the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s (“ICO’s”) blog, Simon Rice, Technology Group Manager for the ICO, discussed the importance of encryption as a data security measure. He stated that storing any personal information is “inherently risky” but encryption can be a “simple and effective means” to safeguard personal information and reduce the risk of security breaches. Selecting the Correct Encryption Method. Safeguarding the Encryption Key.

Hackers Release Student Data Following Ransomware Attack

Adam Levin

The school district was originally infected with a still unidentified strain of malware on August 27, It declined to pay the ransom demanded in return for access to the encrypted files. Data Security Cybersecurity featured ransomware nevada coronavirus covid-19 school education

Free & Discounted Security Services Now Available for US Election Orgs

Dark Reading

Nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC) offers security services for email, user education, mobile, and encrypted communications, to federal election committees

Personal data breaches in schools, to report or not to report?

IT Governance

Where data has been encrypted, such as on a laptop, mobile device, memory stick or email, the breach does not need to be reported, however sensitive the data is. BreachReady Education EU GDPR Data breaches education GDPR schoolsUnder the GDPR, all personal data breaches need to be recorded by the organisation and there should be a clear and defined process for doing so.

How situational analysis helps your school become #BreachReady

IT Governance

Introduce device encryption. Encrypting devices such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones and memory sticks protects the data they hold if they are lost or stolen. If staff use their own devices for school work, these should also be covered by the encryption policy, and you should also update the BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Education #BreachReady education GDPR

A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang

Krebs on Security

From today we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.” “Now our team and partners encrypt many companies that are trading on NASDAQ and other stock exchanges,” DarkSide explains.

How to Keep Your Information Safe for Data Privacy Day 2020

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

An extension of the celebration for Data Protection Day in Europe, Data Privacy Day functions as the signature event of the National Cyber Security Centre’s ongoing education and awareness efforts surrounding online privacy. Encryption.

SHARED INTEL: How ransomware evolved from consumer trickery to deep enterprise hacks

The Last Watchdog

Although most people think of ransomware as a dodgy application that encrypts data and holds it for ransom, the concept is much more heterogeneous than that. File encryption 2013 – 2015. They added data theft to the classic encryption scenario.

REvil Ransomware Gang Starts Auctioning Victim Data

Krebs on Security

” The FBI and multiple security firms have advised victims not to pay any ransom demands, as doing so just encourages the attackers and in any case may not result in actually regaining access to encrypted files.

London-based academies Harris Federation hit by ransomware attack

Security Affairs

Harris Federation is a multi-academy trust of 50 primary and secondary academies in and around London educating more than 36,000 students. “A ransomware attack means that cyber-criminals have accessed our IT systems and encrypted, or hidden, their contents.”

Multi-platform Tycoon Ransomware employed in targeted attacks

Security Affairs

The Tycoon ransomware was used in highly targeted attacks, its operators recently targeted small to medium-sized companies and institutions in the education and software industries. A separate encryption thread will be created for each item in the path list.”continues

ToxicEye RAT exploits Telegram communications to steal data from victims

Security Affairs

Experts also noticed that the RAT implements Ransomware features such as the ability to encrypt and decrypt victim’s files. ToxicEye is a new Remote Access Trojan (RAT) that exploits the Telegram service as part of it command and control infrastructure.

Cloud computing provider Blackbaud paid a ransom after data breach

Security Affairs

Blackbaud is a cloud computing provider that serves the social good community — nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare organizations, religious organizations, and individual change agents.

FTC Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with Dutch Data Protection Authority

Hunton Privacy

The Memorandum also discusses protective measures for transmitting information related to a request for assistance on a privacy-related matter, such as encryption or maintaining materials in secured, restricted locations. Federal Law Consumer Protection Cross-Border Data Flow Data Protection Authority Edith Ramirez Encryption Federal Trade Commission Information Commissioners Office Ireland Jacob Kohnstamm Netherlands United Kingdom

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) discloses ransomware attack

Security Affairs

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

GUEST ESSAY: A full checklist on how to spot pharming attacks — and avoid becoming a victim

The Last Watchdog

An SSL certificate ensures that the website is encrypted and secure. He likes to educate people about the latest technological threats. Cybercriminals use various techniques for conducting cyberattacks. One such popular way to infiltrate a system is Pharming. It is an online scam attack quite similar to Phishing. Related: Credential stuffing explained. The term Pharming is a combination of two words Phishing and Farming.

Payroll Provider Gives Extortionists a Payday

Krebs on Security

19, Apex was alerted that its systems had been infected with a destructive strain of ransomware that encrypts computer files and demands payment for a digital key needed to unscramble the data. Ian Oxman , the company’s chief marketing officer, said the ransomware never touched customer data, but instead encrypted and disrupted everything in the company’s computer systems and at its off-site disaster recovery systems.

UCSF paid a $1.14 Million ransom to decrypt files after Ransomware attack

Security Affairs

million to cybercriminals to recover data encrypted during a ransomware attack that took place on June 1. Threat actors accessed part of academic work and encrypted it, but due to the importance of the documents, the university decided to pay a portion of the ransom, approximately $1.14

FBI issued a flash alert about Netwalker ransomware attacks

Security Affairs

and foreign government organizations, education entities, private companies, and health agencies by unidentified cyber actors.” The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware attacks targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations.

Connecting the Bots – Hancitor fuels Cuba Ransomware Operations

Security Affairs

As of April 28, the site mentioned nine companies primarily from aviation, financial, education and manufacturing industries. Files are encrypted using ChaCha20 with 12-bytes length IV. The keys are encrypted with RSA-4096 algorithm.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 282

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A new round of the weekly SecurityAffairs newsletter arrived! Every week the best security articles from Security Affairs free for you in your email box.

Spotlight Podcast: Public Sector levels up to tackle Cyber Threats

The Security Ledger

» Related Stories Episode 179: CISO Eye on the Virus Guy – Assessing COVID’s Cyber Risks Episode 178: Killing Encryption Softly with the EARN IT Act. Sean McHenry is CISO of the Utah State Board of Education.

Meal delivery service Home Chef discloses data breach

Security Affairs

million $1,200 Minted 5 million $2,500 Styleshare 6 million $2,700 Ggumim 2 million $1,300 Mindful 2 million $1,300 StarTribune 1 million $1,100 ChatBooks 15 million $3,500 The Chronicle Of Higher Education 3 million $1,500 Zoosk 30 million $500.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 253

Security Affairs

Google sued by New Mexico attorney general for collecting student data through its Education Platform. Kr00k Wi-Fi Encryption flaw affects more than a billion devices. A new round of the weekly newsletter arrived! The best news of the week with Security Affairs.

New ‘PyXie’ Python RAT targets multiple industries

Security Affairs

“Analysts have observed evidence of the threat actors attempting to deliver ransomware to the healthcare and education industries with PyXie.” The threat actors behind PyXie were observed attempting to deliver ransomware to the healthcare and education industries with this new RAT.

iNSYNQ Ransom Attack Began With Phishing Email

Krebs on Security

Because of the quick reaction we had, we were able to contain the encryption part” to roughly 50 percent of customer systems, he said. “For these infections hackers take sometimes days, weeks, or even months to encrypt your data.” It wasn’t clear from Luchansky’s responses to questions whether the cloud hosting firm was also considering any kind of employee anti-phishing education and/or testing service.

Guy Fawkes Day – LulzSec Italy hit numerous organizations in Italy

Security Affairs

Included in the breaches were Italy’s National Research Center , The Institute for Education Technologies , the ILIESI Institute for the European Intellectual Lexicon , National Mining Office for Hydrocarbons and Geo-resources , Ministry of Economic Development , State Police Association , Fratelli D’Italia , Lega Nord Trentino , Partito Democratico Siena , TV Trentino , Technapoli Equitalia , State Archives S.I.A.S. National Association of Professional Educators.

Ariane Seiferth and Abi Aminu of Thales Recognized in CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel List

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

With the launch of the new Thales Accelerate program in 2020 her channel sales team was instrumental in guiding, educating and increasing adoption of the new program to drive growth with the Thales partner community. Encryption. Database Encryption.

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Boosting Your Data Protection Strategy in 2019

Archive Document Data Storage

Use Encryption Software. You can protect your data from hackers by encrypting your data. Encryption software scrambles your emails and files, so only authorised end users with the encryption key can unlock and read them. Several software providers offer high-security encryption software. Schedule ongoing training sessions to educate your staff about evolving risks and data breach prevention strategies. 2018 was a banner year for data breaches in the UK.

DePriMon downloader uses a never seen installation technique

Security Affairs

The group is very sophisticated and used zero-day exploits and complex malware to conduct targeted attacks against governments and organizations in almost every industry, including financial, energy, telecommunications, and education, aerospace.

Iranian hackers access unsecured HMI at Israeli Water Facility

Security Affairs

Experts noticed that the system still allows communications on port 502, which is used for Modbus protocol, that doesn’t require any authentication/encryption. This group also hit other American websites, including a governmental education website in Texas.

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BEST PRACTICES: Mock attacks help local agencies, schools prepare for targeted cyber scams

The Last Watchdog

Last September, a ransomware purveyor succeeded in encrypting access to the computer systems of 22 small South Texas towns, demanding ransoms for a decryption key. I asked Bastable what he expects, going forward, for local governments and the education sector.