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Court charges dev with hacking after cybersecurity issue disclosure

  • A German court has charged a programmer investigating an IT problem with hacking and fined them €3,000 ($3,265) for what it deemed was unauthorized access to external computer systems and spying on data.

  • 3AM Three AM Clock Time

Researchers link 3AM ransomware to Conti, Royal cybercrime gangs

  • Security researchers analyzing the activity of the recently emerged 3AM ransomware operation uncovered close connections with infamous groups, such as the Conti syndicate and the Royal ransomware gang.

  • CompTIA

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    • JANUARY 20, 2024
    • 08:14 AM
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  • Instagram

Meta won't remove fake Instagram profiles that are clearly catfishing

  • Meta seems to be falling short of effectively tackling fake Instagram profiles even when there are sufficient signs to indicate that a profile is misusing someone else's photos and identity.

  • Microsoft

Russian hackers stole Microsoft corporate emails in month-long breach

  • Microsoft warned Friday night that some of its corporate email accounts were breached and data stolen by a Russian state-sponsored hacking group known as Midnight Blizzard. 

  • Court gavel

BreachForums hacking forum admin sentenced to 20 years supervised release

  • Conor Brian Fitzpatrick was sentenced to 20 years of supervised release today in the Eastern District of Virginia for operating the notorious BreachForums hacking forum, known for the sale and leaking of personal data for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

  • Payoneer

Payoneer accounts in Argentina hacked in 2FA bypass attacks

  • Numerous Payoneer users in Argentina report waking up to find that their 2FA-protected accounts were hacked and funds stolen after receiving SMS OTP codes while they were sleeping.

  • CISA

CISA emergency directive: Mitigate Ivanti zero-days immediately

  • CISA issued this year's first emergency directive ordering Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies to immediately mitigate two Ivanti Connect Secure and Ivanti Policy Secure zero-day flaws in response to widespread and active exploitation by multiple threat actors.

  • Location

FTC bans one more data broker from selling your location info

  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to target data brokers, this time in a settlement with InMarket Media, which bans the company from selling Americans' precise location data.

  • VMware

Chinese hackers exploit VMware bug as zero-day for two years

  • A Chinese hacking group has been exploiting a critical vCenter Server vulnerability (CVE-2023-34048) as a zero-day since at least late 2021.

  • VF Corp

Vans, North Face owner says ransomware breach affects 35 million people

  • VF Corporation, the company behind brands like Vans, Timberland, The North Face, Dickies, and Supreme, said that more than 35 million customers had their personal information stolen in a December ransomware attack.

  • VMware

VMware confirms critical vCenter flaw now exploited in attacks

  • VMware has confirmed that a critical vCenter Server remote code execution vulnerability patched in October is now under active exploitation.

  • Cisco

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    • JANUARY 19, 2024
    • 07:12 AM
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  • TeamViewer

TeamViewer abused to breach networks in new ransomware attacks

  • Ransomware actors are again using TeamViewer to gain initial access to organization endpoints and attempt to deploy encryptors based on the leaked LockBit ransomware builder.

  • Ivanti

CISA: Critical Ivanti auth bypass bug now actively exploited

  • CISA warns that a critical authentication bypass vulnerability in Ivanti's Endpoint Manager Mobile (EPMM) and MobileIron Core device management software (patched in August 2023) is now under active exploitation.

  • Windows 11

Microsoft tests instant access to Android photos in Windows 11

  • Microsoft plans to provide Windows 11 users with almost instant access to photos and screenshots they've taken on their Android smartphones.

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    • JANUARY 18, 2024
    • 02:02 PM
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  • Kansas State University

Kansas State University cyberattack disrupts IT network and services

  • Kansas State University (K-State) announced it is managing a cybersecurity incident that has disrupted certain network systems, including VPN, K-State Today emails, and video services on Canvas and Mediasite.

  • Haier

Haier hits Home Assistant plugin dev with takedown notice

  • Appliances giant Haier reportedly issued a takedown notice to a software developer for creating Home Assistant integration plugins for the company's home appliances and releasing them on GitHub.

  • Department of Justice DOJ

US govt wants BreachForums admin sentenced to 15 years in prison

  • The United States government has recommended that Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, the creator and lead administrator of the now-defunct BreachForums hacking forums, receive a sentence of 15 years in prison.



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