Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert.

December 28, 2017

 Nissan Canada’s finance business revealed on Thursday that all of its 1.13 million current and former customers may have had their details compromised in a data breach. The carmaker was keen to point out that no payment information was compromised, but said the following might have been: customer name, address, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN), credit score, loan amount and monthly payment.T he breach affects some customers that financed their vehicles through Nissan Canada Finance (NCF) and INFINITI Financial Services Canada, although the firm is still working out exactly how many are affected.

Coinbase – one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange websites – has temporarily disabled buying amid a massive sell-off following Bitcoin’s price plunge. “Due to today’s high traffic, buys and sells may be temporarily offline. We’re working on restoring full availability as soon as possible,” Coinbase wrote on its website at 4.35pm (local time).

Mimecast has released its latest Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) Report and it includes a lot of interesting statistics. For example, While many organisations still fear of malware being the main burden to their email cyber-resilience, the findings show only 15 percent increase in these type of email attacks compared to the last figures. As part of the ESRA program Mimecast analysed more than 55 million emails, finding that more than 9,055 contained dangerous file types and that of those 1,844 known and 691 unknown contained malware attachments. 18,971 impersonation attacks were missed by incumbent providers and delivered to users’ inboxes.
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Security researchers have discovered a new database floating around the dark web that contains a whopping 1.4 billion user names and password combinations in clear text. While scouring the dark web for stolen, leaked or lost data, researchers at 4iQ found the 41GB file with an interactive, aggregate database dubbed the largest ever found in the dark web to date.
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