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

September 12, 2019

Automated “all-in-one” credential stuffing tools are easily available. As data breaches continue to proliferate, credential stuffing attacks have become rampant – and heavily automated. A new report by Akamai today captures the scale: a mammoth 61 billion credential stuffing attempts in 18 months. Credential stuffing is the automated injection of breached usernames/password pairs in order to gain access to accounts.

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Recently a friend asked me about Huawei and to explain why the name continues to be in the news.  My answer: “It’s like watching a reality TV show. There is no shortage of drama and it’s more entertaining than I care to admit.” In May, President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain.”

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Cybercriminals are always looking for the next vulnerability to target. With the surplus of data in the enterprise, cybercrime is typically focused on stealing or accessing information. While these attacks are still used, cybercrime has both increased and shifted tactics in 2019, reported LexisNexis’s 2019 Cybercrime Report on on Tuesday. The report found a 13% increase in fraudulent activity between January and June of 2019, compared to the previous six months. These attacks shifted toward networked, cross-organizational, and cross-industry approaches.

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Researchers have uncovered an ongoing, sophisticated malware campaign aiming at U.S.-based targets with an interest in nuclear deterrence, North Korea’s nuclear submarine program and North Korean economic sanctions. The campaign, which researchers from Prevailion call “Autumn Aperture” and link with moderate confidence to the North Korea-based Kimsuky threat actors, sends victims trojanized documents via spear-phishing emails.

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The historic measure, which still needs to be signed into law, would prohibit biometric surveillance, including in bodycams. he California Senate has passed a bill (in a 22-15 vote) that would ban the use by law enforcement of body cams that use facial recognition. he move will send AB 1215, already passed by the California Assembly back in May on a 45-17 vote, to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom to be signed into law.

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