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Log4j vulnerability: what should boards be asking?

Background The Log4Shell critical vulnerability in the widely used logging tool Log4j has caused concern beyond the cyber security community. This is because Log4j - rather than being a single piece of software - is a software component that’s used by millions of computers worldwide running online services....

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Apache Log4j Vulnerability Guidance

Background Apache Log4j2 is a ubiquitous library used by millions for Java applications; the library is part of the Apache Software Foundation’s Apache Logging Services project. The vulnerability CVE-2021-44228, disclosed on December 9, 2021, allows for remote code execution against...

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Alert (AA21-291A) BlackMatter Ransomware : The Dark Side Returns

Background BlackMatter is a new ransomware threat discovered at the end of July 2021. BlackMatter is ransomware-as-a-service (Raas) tool that allows  the ransomware's developers to profit from cybercriminal affiliates (i.e., BlackMatter actors) who deploy it against victims. This malware started...

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Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (AA20-302A)

During COVID 19 pandemic, cybersecurity attacks related news have been followed more after COVID news. We have seen cyber criminals have responded to the crisis in different ways. Across the globe, we have seen a sudden rise in ransomware attacks....

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Woman Dies During A Ransomware Attack On Dusseldorf Hospital

It may be the first death directly connected to a cybersecurity attack. During a ransomware attack on Duesseldorf University Hospital, a woman in Germany died in what may be the first death directly linked to a hospital cyber - attack....

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“Ransomware, Phishing Attacks” Conquering US Headlines In 2019

Ransomware and phishing attacks conquered the US newspaper headlines last year. More than 70 state and local governments across the US and more than half of the organizations suffered from ransomware attacks. According to the bureau's Internet Core Competency Certification...

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Multi-Service Providers’ In Crosshairs Of Cybercriminals

Till a few years back, ransomware attackers focused on "quantity" rather than "quality".  We have seen several such incidents; one of the highest profiles among them was the WannaCry attack of 2017, which had hit a massive number of targets,...

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COVID-19: Beware Of The Virus, Beware Of The Scams!

"Coronavirus is officially declared as a pandemic"  The entire world is now striving hard to defend the systemic threats posed by COVID-19, but two unseen groups of people are poised to capitalize on the crisis:  Hackers and hand sanitizer vendors. ...

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Third-Party: The Road To Data Breach?

Data breaches are nothing new - continuing with their terrifying stories of 2019, the first quarter of 2020 has seen data leaks firmly taking their place in the news. While this included the prevalent phishing, malware, virus, and ransomware attacks,...

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2020 Cybersecurity Trends: Technology Is Smarter – But Are We? (Part 2)

With Blue Bear Software, an administration platform for educational institutions got recently hit by a cyber attack from Magecart, the wheels of 2020’s cybersecurity threats have started to set motion.  So, we rushed ourselves to come up with PART 2...

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