Ghost hack – criminals use deceased employee’s account to wreak havoc – Naked Security

 

Many, if not most, organisations will tell you that they have processes and procedures that they follow when employees leave.

In particular, most companies have a slick and quick procedure for removing ex-staff from the payroll.

Firstly, it doesn’t make economic sense to pay someone who is no longer entitled to the money; secondly, many countries require employers to withhold payroll taxes automatically, to pay those taxes in promptly, and to account for them accurately.

Why get into trouble with the tax office over former employees when you can have a simple “staff leaving” checklist that will help to keep you compliant and solvent at the same time?

Unfortunately, we’re not always quite so switched on (or, to be more precise, not quite so good at switching things off) when it comes to ex-staff and cybersecurity.

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Chinese Antivirus Firm Was Part of APT41 ‘Supply Chain’ Attack — Krebs on Security

I find it hilarious that AmeriKKa doesn’t recognize China is their biggest threat and enemy… who they owe money AND outsourced our middle class to in the 90s & 00s…..

The U.S. Justice Department this week indicted seven Chinese nationals for a decade-long hacking spree that targeted more than 100 high-tech and online gaming companies. The government alleges the men used malware-laced phishing emails and “supply chain” attacks to steal data from companies and their customers. One of the alleged hackers was first profiled here in 2012 as the owner of a Chinese antivirus firm.

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Short film: Rats and Slaves | Buying Hacked Computers | Subtitled

This shit is so easy now even the script kiddies are selling them to anyone…. stay on ya shit techies! Be sure to turn on subtitles because this is in Dutch….

While you’re reading this, a worldwide and active market is working on remotely gaining access to computers. Most people consider themselves safe from hackers by using antivirus software. However, it turns out to be child’s play to hack into your computer. Someone might be watching you through your webcam in your living room at this very moment. Continue reading

Ransomware Attack Caused Power Outages in the Biggest South African City

Ransomware is no joke… stuff like this shows how nepotism and ish put people in jobs like cybersecurity they ain’t qualified for an everyone suffers…

Yesterday, some residents of Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, were left without electricity after the city’s power company got attacked by a ransomware virus.
City Power, the company responsible for powering South Africa’s financial capital Johannesburg, confirmed Thursday on Twitter that it had been hit by a Ransomware virus that had encrypted all of its databases, applications, and network. Continue reading

Trend Micro: Ransomware is now targeting smart TVs

Connecting everything may not be the greatest idea… security wise at least!

Ransomware is quickly becoming a favorite tool among financially-motivated hackers as it offers the opportunity for a quick payout without the risks associated with identity theft. But as security researchers work to improve defenses, cyber attackers are also busy looking for new outlets of infection.
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Makers of uncrackable ransomware hand over the key

Sounds fishy to me…

The creators of a virus that forces users to pay to recover their own files seem to have turned over a new leaf. Security researchers at ESET are reporting that TeslaCrypt's developers posted the master encryption key, enabling ESET to develop a free fix. According to the firm, the creators of the virus were "wrapping up" their activities, and when a researcher asked for the master key, it was simply handed over. ESET has subsequently been able to produce a decryption tool (available here) that'll enable anyone affected to get their files back.
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New form of ransomware uses disk-level encryption to lock users out of their computers

Scary stuff…. gotta be on your ish online these days

Ransomware is bad enough in its current form, but a new variant of the malware has been discovered that is possibly worse than what we’ve seen before. The malicious software, called Petya, doesn’t just target individual files, it encrypts entire hard drives.
While the majority of ransomware is spread via email attachments or is hosted in sites and delivered by exploit kits, Petya has been found in emails containing hyperlinks to a Dropbox storage location (since removed by the company), making it appear more legitimate.
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Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware released

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Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware is a new product by security company Bitdefender to protect Windows PCs against several ransomware families.

Ransomware describes a specific type of malicious software that has been designed to force users to pay ransom — usually in the form of Bitcoin — by encrypting data or locking the screen, and threatening users into action.

There are ways users can protect their data against ransomware attacks. This begins with the right security software but does not end there. Regular, offsite backups, can be important as well.

via Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware released – gHacks Tech News