Top CyberSecurity News For 13th June 2016

  1. SABC confirms hack attack on its websitesFrom Fin24.  Johannesburg – Public broadcaster the SABC has confirmed that its websites were hacked on Sunday. SABC websites ranging from those of its radio station 5FM to its main news portal experienced downtime for hours on Sunday. A Twitter account belonging to a hacktivist group dubbed Anonymous Africa claimed responsibility for the downtime of the SABC websites.
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Top CyberSecurity News For 9th May 2016

  1. Râmnicu Vâlcea aka Hackerville, a town in Romania is full of hackers.From Techworm. How would you react if your town or city is known as the global centre of cybercrime? Well, there is a town in Romania full of hackers and scammers that it has become famous as the global centre of cybercrime. Râmnicu Vâlcea which is also known as “Hackerville” rose to world fame its population of EBay and Craigslist scammers. Râmnicu Vâlcea is just three hours drive from the Romanian capital, Bucharest but it seems to get more attention than the capital city.
  2. OpIcarus Finds More Targets as Banks in Panama, Bosnia and Kenya Go OfflineFrom Hackread. It’s been over a week since Anonymous and Ghost Squad began conducting cyber attacks on banking websites worldwide. It’s the weekend now but the hacktivists aren’t taking a break; while you were sleeping they conducted distributed denial-of-service DDoS attacks on the websites of four International banks including the central bank of Kenya, National Bank of Panama, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Maldives Monetary Authority.
  3. Classified Documents Stolen From Israel Police Cybersecurity ExperFrom Haaretz. A file folder containing classified documents was stolen on Thursday from the central-Israel home of a police expert in computer security.
    The Walla Hebrew-language news site reported that the deputy head of the cyber security division of the Israel Police left the folder on a table after returning home. The assumption is that the unknown thief used a long-handled rake or other instrument to grab the folder, as well as the officer’s key ring, through a window. The thief then apparently entered the house using the keys and stole a wallet before fleeing.

Top CyberSecurity News For 4th May 2016

  1. Kenya: Walubengo – Hacked Again – Kenya’s Cyber Security Must Tighten, FastFrom AllAfrica.com. So government was hacked last week – yet again. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs experienced what is known as a ‘social-engineering’ attack. Social engineering is a pretty common attack that plays on the victim’s psychology by deceiving them into divulging confidential information. In this case, staff at the Ministry were tricked into sharing their email passwords with the hackers. Using these passwords, the hackers managed to log into the staff email and harvested some not-too-sensitive data.

  2. Hacking AirplanesFrom Slate. Some airplane security measures we are all too aware of—miniature bottles of shampoo and X-ray scanners, for instance—while others we know almost nothing about, including how airlines protect their in-flight networks and computer systems from interference or attack. In April, Sen. Ed Markey introduced the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act, or Cyber AIR Act, to address precisely this component of aircraft security by requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to develop cybersecurity guidelines for the aviation industry and also requiring airlines to report cyberattacks to the government.

  3. Anonymous Target Bank of Greece Website with Massive DDoS Attack. From Hackread. The online hacktivist Anonymous recently relaunched operation OpIcarus directed towards banking sector in Europe and the United States — The first bank coming under the fire is the Bank of Greece who had their website under a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks forcing the servers to remain offline for more than 6 hours. Anonymous’ Operation OpIcarus was launched in January 2016 and restarted in March 2016. The hacktivists behind the operation believe banks and financial giants are involved in corruption and to register their protest they had to take the war to a next level.

  4. New unit joins cyber warfareFrom Ramstein.Af.Mil.  The 691st Cyberspace Operations Squadron was officially activated during a ceremony April 21, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  Lt. Col. Michael Medgyessy assumed command of the unit from Col. Heather Blackwell, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group commander, who officiated the ceremony.  “I am proud of every one of you,” Blackwell said. “We took two different detachments, two varying cultures and put you together, and during the transition you all have performed absolutely phenomenally.”
  5. Heartbleed bug: What you need to know (FAQ)From CNET (Archive: From April 2014).  The Heartbleed bug, a newly discovered security vulnerability that puts users’ passwords at many popular Web sites at risk, has upended the Web since it was disclosed earlier this week. It’s an extremely serious issue, and as such, there’s a lot of confusion about the bug and its implications as you use the Internet. CNET has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help users learn more about the bug and protect themselves. The Heartbleed situation is ongoing, and we’ll update this FAQ as new issues arise.

Top Cybersecurity News For 26th April 2016

  1. Hackers Have Launched a War Against the KKK. From EpochTimes. Over the course of the last couple months, websites belonging to the KKK flicked off and on, members of the hate group have had their identities posted online, and their recruiting efforts have been attacked. This has been the work of several hacker collectives, including Anonymous and BinarySec, under a loosely-coordinated operation they’re calling #OpKKK.
  2. The Latest Data Breach Involves The Voting Records Of 93.4 Million Mexican Citizens. From Yahoo News. Yet another data breach has grabbed international headlines, and this one involves the voting registration records of some 93.4 million Mexican citizens. On April 14, Chris Vickery of MacKeeper discovered that he was able to access a tome of information, including names, birth dates, home addresses, ID numbers, and more, all on an unprotected Amazon cloud server.
  3. This one chart explains why cybersecurity is so necessary. From TrueViralNews (Infographic From BI Intelligence)cybersecurity20infographic

  4. Church website hacked by alleged terrorist group. From Fox17 West Michigan. A church in West Michigan is trying to figure out why their website was a target for hackers over the weekend. An alleged terrorist group is taking credit for hacking Lamont Christian Reformed Church’s website. It was 15-year old Elizabeth Storteboom who discovered the website was hacked. Friday night instead of the churches website she read “You have been hacked by the United Cyber Caliphate”, a group that claims to be a cyber army for the Islamic State.

  5. Vancouver student expelled for hacking high school email system. From Fox19 Cincinnati. A Vancouver Public School District spokesperson said Skyview High School email system was hacked early Tuesday morning by a student. Communications Director Patricia Nuzzo said the student was “emergency expelled” until appropriate disciplinary action can be determined.