David Ruchman

Cyberthreats targeting municipalities are on the rise

Local governments are increasingly being targeted by cyber threats. These attacks typically come in the form on ransomware, holding the municipalities’ data hostage until either the ransom is paid or data is restored from a backup. Examples of ransomware attacks in 2019: June 20, 2019: Riviera Beach, Florida, discloses ransomware attack and payment. May 7, 2019: City …

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Department of Homeland Security Phishing Scam

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is the Nation’s flagship cyber defense, incident response, and operational integration center. Its mission is to reduce the Nation’s risk of systemic cybersecurity and communications challenges. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a statement indicating that an email phishing campaign is in the wild that …

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Advanced Phishing Threat: malicious emails posing as Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Office365 message

We have received numerous reports and examples today of an advanced phishing email being used to harvest Office365 credentials. The email is sent through a compromised account of an individual that is familiar, such as a colleague, business partner, vendor, etc. The attacker gets your email address from the compromised mailbox and then sends you …

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773 million records of email addresses were breached – Have you been pwned?

Today, one of the largest data breach data sets was released containing roughly 773 million unique records of email addresses and passwords. Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Troy Hunt obtained the original data set, titled ‘Collection #1’ from a hacker forum. The original data set contained 2,692,818,238 rows of email addresses and passwords. That’s right, …

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