Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount

Alberto Nardelli, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Kateryna Choursina report: Ukraine’s worst cyberattack in four years brought down the websites of scores of government agencies for hours. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the source of the hacks, which took place as tensions with Russia intensified over its troop buildup across the border. Seventy government agencies were hit,...

Accellion reaches $8.1 mln settlement to resolve data breach litigation

Sara Merken reports:  Accellion Inc has reached an $8.1 million deal with a proposed nationwide class to end litigation over a breach of its legacy file transfer product, a platform that allowed companies to securely share large or sensitive files, according to settlement papers filed in California federal court. The Palo Alto-based tech company...

Microsoft Defender weakness lets hackers bypass malware detection

Ionut Ilascu reports: Threat actors can take advantage of a weakness that affects Microsoft Defender antivirus on Windows to learn locations excluded from scanning and plant malware there. The issue has persisted for at least eight years, according to some users, and affects Windows 10 21H1 and Windows 10 21H2. Read more at BleepingComputer.

Ca: City hall privacy breach affects staff

Susan Gamble reports: A privacy breach that may have exposed Brantford municipal staff job application records, vaccination status and personal addresses was announced by the city on Wednesday evening. A news release sent out by the city said the breach was in an internal intranet system, which is only accessible to city staff, and...

Kronos hackers stole personal info of Metro-North workers, MTA says

David Meyer reports: Ransomware hackers who breached the network of MTA timeclock provider Kronos made off with the personal information of several current and former Metro-North employees, transit leadership said Thursday. “Kronos recently informed us that some files containing personal information of some current and former MTA employees at one of our agencies – Metro-North Railroad...

Ransomware gang behind attacks on 50 companies arrested in Ukraine

Catalin Cimpanu reports: Ukrainian authorities have detained five members part of a ransomware gang that carried out attacks against more than 50 companies across Europe and the Americas. The arrests, which took place earlier this week, targeted the group’s leader, a 36-year-old Kyiv resident, his wife, and three acquaintances. Officials said the group hacked...

COVID testing appointment scheduling service discovers data breach

Jan. 13, 2022  /PRNewswire/ — On or around November 30, 2021, Practolytics LLC (“Practolytics”) learned that it experienced a data security incident. A client-generated report containing COVID testing appointment information, which would normally be deactivated following initial download, remained active. Upon discovery, Practolytics took immediate steps to deactivate and delete the download link to prevent...