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Recent OCR Newsletter Highlights Growing Cyber Extortion Threat for Healthcare Organizations

The OCR’s January 2018 newsletter details specific types of cyber extortion that healthcare organizations are currently encountering, including ransomware, denial of service attacks, distributed denial of service attacks and theft of protected health information (PHI).

Source: Recent OCR Newsletter Highlights Growing Cyber Extortion Threat for Healthcare Organizations

‘Cryptojackers’ Dig Into Your Phone to Mine Their Coins Cheaply

There’s a chance your computer or phone is quietly producing a cryptocurrency called Monero. Criminals looking to commandeer massive processing power to unlock new Monero coins have unleashed an epidemic of malicious software that burrows deep into victims’ web browsers to surreptitiously run calculations.

Source: ‘Cryptojackers’ Dig Into Your Phone to Mine Their Coins Cheaply – Bloomberg

Cryptojacking attack hits ~4,000 websites, including UK’s data watchdog

At first glance a CoinHive crypto miner being served by a website whose URL contains the string ‘ICO’ might not seem so strange. But when you know that ICO in this case stands for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office — aka the national data protection and privacy watchdog, whose URL (https://ico.org.uk) predates both Bitcoin and the current craze for token sales — well, the extent of the cryptojacking security snafu quickly becomes apparent.

Source: Cryptojacking attack hits ~4,000 websites, including UK’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

New global cybersecurity center announced at Davos

The World Economic Forum announced plans Wednesday to launch a new coordinating group to counter emerging cybersecurity threats and help connect leaders from business and government to collaborate on various security issues as well as share best practices.

Source: New global cybersecurity center announced at Davos – Cyberscoop

Dark Caracal: Good News and Bad News

Few days ago EFF and Lookout announced a new report, Dark Caracal, that uncovers a new, global malware espionage campaign. One aspect of that campaign was the use of malicious, fake apps to impersonate legitimate popular apps like Signal and WhatsApp. Some readers had questions about what this means for them. This blog post is here to answer those questions and dive further into the Dark Caracal report.

Source: Dark Caracal: Good News and Bad News | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Man Charged with Spying on Thousands of Mac Users for Thirteen Years

Thirteen years of spying is a long run. As Naked Security reported on January 12th , the technical description of the “Fruitfly” malware is “spyware.” But given the way it has allegedly been used, I agree that it might accurately be described as “creepware.” According to a 16-count indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, its creator, Phillip R. Durachinsky, 28, used it to spy on thousands of victims for more than 13 years.

Source: Man Charged with Spying on Thousands of Mac Users for Thirteen Years

Discovery of New Internet of Things (IoT) Based Malware Could Put a New Spin on DDoS Attacks

Slightly over one year ago, several major distributed denial-of-service (“DDoS”) attacks took place, including a major event affecting the domain name service provider Dyn , which caused outages and slowness for a number of popular sites, including Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Twitter.

Source: Discovery of New Internet of Things (IoT) Based Malware Could Put a New Spin on DDoS Attacks

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