ABC News (Australia): Online activity during COVID lockdowns sees surge in cyber attacks and espionage

ABC News (Australia): Online activity during COVID lockdowns sees surge in cyber attacks and espionage. “In its second annual threat report, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has revealed over 67,500 cybercrime reports were made in the last financial year, a jump of 13 per cent on the previous 12 months. About one-quarter of cyber incidents reported to the ACSC last year were associated with Australia’s critical infrastructure or essential services, including education, communications, electricity, water and transport.”

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do. “Some schools contacted about the leaks appeared unaware of the problem. And even after schools are able to resume operations following an attack, parents have little recourse when their children’s information is leaked. Some of the data is personal, like medical conditions or family financial statuses. Other pieces of data, such as Social Security numbers or birthdays, are permanent indicators of who they are, and their theft can set up a child for a lifetime of potential identity theft.”

Pattaya Mail: Thai Public Health Ministry’s database of 16 million patients hacked, probed

Pattaya Mail: Thai Public Health Ministry’s database of 16 million patients hacked, probed. “Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has ordered investigation into the report that the database of 16 million patients under the supervision of the Public Health Ministry was hacked. Mr Anutin said he received an initial report that the incident happened in Phetchabun province and people should not panic while concerned officials were responding to it.”

Krebs on Security: Gift Card Gang Extracts Cash From 100k Inboxes Daily

Krebs on Security: Gift Card Gang Extracts Cash From 100k Inboxes Daily. “Some of the most successful and lucrative online scams employ a ‘low-and-slow’ approach — avoiding detection or interference from researchers and law enforcement agencies by stealing small bits of cash from many people over an extended period. Here’s the story of a cybercrime group that compromises up to 100,000 email inboxes per day, and apparently does little else with this access except siphon gift card and customer loyalty program data that can be resold online.” Really interesting read.

NPR: China’s Microsoft Hack May Have Had A Bigger Purpose Than Just Spying

NPR: China’s Microsoft Hack May Have Had A Bigger Purpose Than Just Spying. “NPR’s months-long examination of the attack — based on interviews with dozens of players from company officials to cyber forensics experts to U.S. intelligence officials — found that stealing emails and intellectual property may only have been the beginning. Officials believe that the breach was in the service of something bigger: China’s artificial intelligence ambitions. The Beijing leadership aims to lead the world in a technology that allows computers to perform tasks that traditionally required human intelligence — such as finding patterns and recognizing speech or faces.”

NBC News: T-Mobile CEO apologizes after hacker stole millions of users’ personal information

NBC News: T-Mobile CEO apologizes after hacker stole millions of users’ personal information. “T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert published an open apology to customers Friday after hackers stole more than 50 million users’ personal data, including their Social Security numbers and driver’s license information.” As the article points out, T-Mobile has an extensive history of security issues.

Ubergizmo: Hacker That Stole $600 Million In Cryptocurrency Has Returned All Of It

Ubergizmo: Hacker That Stole $600 Million In Cryptocurrency Has Returned All Of It. “As some of you might have heard, about $600 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen from the Poly Network not too long ago. However, in an interesting twist, the hacker who stole it returned half of it. Some speculated that it was due to the difficulty of unloading stolen crypto, while the hacker claimed that it was always their intention to return it. That being said, an update from Poly Network has revealed that the full amount that was stolen has since been returned to them.”

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack. “Peterborough, a town of just over 6,000 residents, is located in southern New Hampshire, about 35 miles west of Manchester. [Tyler] Ward and [Nicole] MacStay said town officials learned on July 26 that the ConVal School District, which serves Peterborough and eight other surrounding towns, had not received its monthly $1.2 million transfer form the town.”

Engadget: T-Mobile confirms data breach affects over 47 million people

Engadget: T-Mobile confirms data breach affects over 47 million people. “As part of its ongoing data breach investigation, T-Mobile has confirmed the enormity of the stolen information. Roughly 47.8 million current and former or prospective customers have been affected by the cyberattack on its systems, the carrier confirmed on Wednesday. Of that number, about 7.8 million are current T-Mobile postpaid accounts and the rest are prior or potential users who had applied for credit, the company added in a press release.”