Archive for December, 2019

Twitter Vulnerability Exposed in a Big Way

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Ibrahim Balic, a security researcher, recently exposed a flaw in Twitter’s app that allowed to match unique Twitter user accounts with 17 million phone numbers months ago.  He was able to accomplish this by uploading large lists of phone numbers by way of Twitter’s “Contacts Upload” feature that is available on the social media giant’s […]

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down New Orleans

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

It seems like something that only happens in movies and TV shows: It’s Friday the 13th.  You, your colleagues, your entire department, the entire city, in fact, receives the same command to power down their computers immediately and disconnect all devices from the network. But this wasn’t a movie and it wasn’t a TV show… […]

Sentara Doubled Down When They Should Have Folded

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

“Eight is Enough” A great, wholesome, family show from the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Also: what Sentara Hospital, with over 300 facilities across the states of North Carolina and Virginia, is telling the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being on the receiving end last month of this […]

Russian Hackers Hold Nursing Home Patients’ Data Ransom for $14M

Monday, December 9th, 2019

There is a reason hackers have started targeting hospitals and medical practices.  Not only is their cyber security known to be woefully lacking (despite the best efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] and HIPAA regulations), but the electric Patient Health Information (ePHI) can literally be life and death.  Meaning?  The […]

Cyborg Ransomware Delivers Via Fake ‘Windows Update’ Email

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Researchers at Trustwave recently discovered a malicious spam campaign.  The email comes as an executable file via email with a tell-tale two sentence subject line that reads “Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now! Critical Microsoft Windows Update!” There is only one sentence to the actual email itself. Disguised as a .jpg, the file really contains […]