Experts noted that the sophisticated nature of this phishing campaign is what made it so tough to detect. The scam managed to affect 1 million accounts before Google was able to address the threat.
On Friday, May 12, 2017, hackers launched the WannaCry (WannaCrypt) ransomware that has infected over 200,000 Windows users. The global cyberattack has already reached 150 countries.
If infected, a device will lock up and display a message demanding $300 via Bitcoin — an online currency — to restore the encrypted files. The ransom would increase over time; if left unpaid the victim’s files would be locked indefinitely.
This ransomware attack has mostly affected business networks via a security flaw in the Windows operating system. Victims using computers with outdated security patches and targeted in phishing campaigns are especially at risk. Continue reading
American JobLink Alliance (AJLA), a web-based system that connects jobseekers to employers across the United States, recently reported a data breach affecting an estimated 4.8 million individuals.
The breach, caused by a hack, left jobseekers’ names, Social Security numbers and birthdates exposed. Hackers gained access into the company’s system by creating an account with the company, then exploited a vulnerability in the online application’s code.
The breach’s nationwide impact affected victims in ten different states.