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Cybersecurity Breach at Maryland Agency Spotlights Need for Blockchain

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The Maryland Department of Labor announced that a security flaw in its databases may have exposed the sensitive and personal data of around 78,000 people. The agency commented that the breach occurred earlier this year after nine employees fell victim to what cybersecurity experts call a phishing attack. This practice is similar to what happened last month when a data breach in Oregon’s...

First Bitcoin Cash Ransomware Makes It Impossible to Decrypt Files

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Ransomware extortionists have seemingly started using Bitcoin Cash (BCH) for ransom payments as well, according to a report published by Bleeping Computer. The first ransomware strain to use the cryptocurrency, dubbed Thanatos, makes it impossible for users to decrypt their files, even after paying. Per Bleeping Computer, the ransomware was first discovered by cybersecurity researcher...

Hackers Exploit Telegram Zero-Day Flaw to Mine Cryptocurrencies

According to Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs, hackers have been using a zero-day exploit in Telegram to infect its users with a cryptocurrency-mining malware, so as to mine privacy-centric cryptocurrencies like Monero, Zcash, and others. Only Telegram’s desktop app was targeted. The attack is the latest case of an ongoing cryptojacking trend that recently saw hackers hijack millions of...

New Hardware Wallet Giza Device to Become All-In-One Security Solution

This is a sponsored story. CCN urges readers to conduct their own research with due diligence into the company, product or service mentioned in the content below. The number of internet users crossed the 3 billion mark in 2017. This means that nearly half of the world’s population is now online, and that the number of people hackers and bad actors can target has increased. The internet can be...

Starbucks' Wi-Fi Found Using People's Laptops to Mine Monero

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Earlier this year CCN reported on The Pirate Bay’s efforts to use visitor CPU to mine Monero in order to monetize its traffic and replace the ads on its pages. The torrent index website used Coinhive, a JavaScript code that allows website admins to mine the anonymity-centric cryptocurrency with visitor’s CPUs. Ever since The Pirate Bay tested Coinhive on its website various actors starting using...

Google Kicks Malicious Bitcoin Exchange Apps from Play Store

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According to a recent report published by cybersecurity firm ESET, two malicious Android apps were recently removed from the Google Play store, as these were made to look like the official app of popular cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex in an attempt to obtain user credentials and, presumably, steal funds. The apps, in what was essentially a phishing scam, took advantage of Poloniex not having an...

Companies Are Acquiring Bitcoin to Pay off Hackers, Says Cybersecurity Firm CEO

In the wake of the HBO hack, in which hackers threatened to release 1.5 TB of data if they didn’t get about $6 million worth of bitcoin, a cybersecurity CEO stated that companies are acquiring bitcoin to pay off hackers. In HBO’s case, the company asked the hackers for more time and offered $250,000 as a “bug bounty” payment. On CNBC’s Mad Money, hosted by Jim Cramer, cybersecurity firm...

Top AlphaBay Phisher Made over $1 Million Due to Vulnerability

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Popular darknet market AlphaBay recently went down and while reporting on it, CCN advised users to watch out for phishing scams that could lead to hackers taking their bitcoins. Now it’s known that AlphaBay has been taken down by law enforcement, and a prominent phisher known as Phishkingz decided to do an interview with DeepDotWeb, about how he made over $1 million while taking advantage of new...

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