Report: Ransomware Disables Georgia County Election Database (News18)

News18: Report: Ransomware Disables Georgia County Election Database. “A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an election-related system in the 2020 cycle.”

CNN: Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election

CNN: Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election. “Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue. The company said Monday it took down the servers behind Trickbot, an enormous malware network that criminals were using to launch other cyberattacks, including a strain of highly potent ransomware.”

Johns Hopkins University: New website predicts likelihood of cyberattacks between nations

Johns Hopkins University: New website predicts likelihood of cyberattacks between nations. “The Cyber Attack Predictive Index devised by computer science professor Anton Dahbura along with cybersecurity lecturer Terry Thompson and former undergraduate Divya Rangarajan provides a predictive analysis of nations most likely to engage in the surreptitious strategy waged with keyboards, code, and destructive malware rather than soldiers, tanks and airplanes.”

BetaNews: Ransomware attacks rocket over the last quarter

BetaNews: Ransomware attacks rocket over the last quarter. “In the last three months ransomware attacks have grown by a global average of 50 percent compared to the first half of 2020. The figures look even bleaker for individual countries, with attacks up by by 98 percent in the US, 80 percent in the UK, 145 percent in Germany, 36 percent in France and 160 percent in Spain.”

Lifehacker: How to Avoid Malware on TikTok and Instagram

Lifehacker: How to Avoid Malware on TikTok and Instagram. “TikTok’s days as a viable social media platform might be numbered, at least in the U.S. (unless something changes before Trump’s recent executive order kills it for good), but the app still works for now, and its massive user base is as active as ever. And that includes shady app developers who are using the platform to spread scams and malware.”

BetaNews: Free tool helps security professionals improve ransomware defenses

BetaNews: Free tool helps security professionals improve ransomware defenses. “Endpoint detection and response company Nyotron is launching a new, free online tool called Ransomwiz that allows allows security professionals to check their defenses by generating actual ransomware samples using a variety of real-world attack techniques.”

Ars Technica: Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital

Ars Technica: Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital. “A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday.”

The Register: GCHQ agency ‘strongly urges’ Brit universities, colleges to protect themselves after spike in ransomware infections

The Register: GCHQ agency ‘strongly urges’ Brit universities, colleges to protect themselves after spike in ransomware infections. “GCHQ offshoot the National Cyber Security Centre has warned Further and Higher Education institutions in the UK to be on their guard against ransomware attacks as the new academic year (sort of) gets under way.”

ZDNet: Google ‘formally’ bans stalkerware apps from the Play Store

ZDNet: Google ‘formally’ bans stalkerware apps from the Play Store. “Google has updated its Play Store rules to impose a ‘formal’ ban on stalkerware apps, but the company has left a pretty huge loophole in place for stalkerware to be uploaded on the official store as child-tracking applications.”

The Register: Newcastle University, neighbouring Northumbria hit by ransomware attacks

The Register: Newcastle University, neighbouring Northumbria hit by ransomware attacks. “A cyber attack at Newcastle University has turned out to be a ransomware infection courtesy of the Doppelpaymer gang. Hackers have posted a small sample of files from the gang on a leaks website, a tactic increasingly used by ransomware criminals to pressure victims into paying up.”

CNET: Phones for low-income users hacked before they’re turned on, research finds

CNET: Phones for low-income users hacked before they’re turned on, research finds. “Adware isn’t a problem just for [Rameez] Anwar and other users who have the same phone model, made by American Network Solutions. Because the phones and their service plans were subsidized by a US program, taxpayers were funding the data that was used to display the promotional campaigns. On top of that, the adware prevented the phones doing their intended job: keeping low-income people connected to vital services via phone and internet.”

The Register: Utes gotta be kidding me… University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps

The Register: Utes gotta be kidding me… University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps. “The University of Utah has admitted to handing over a six-figure pile of cash to scumbags to undo a ransomware infection during which student and staff information was stolen by hackers. The American school that gave the world science fiction author Orson Scott Card, ballistic missile designer Simon Ramo, and NBA player Keith Van Horn says that last month it paid crooks $457,059.24 to reverse an attack on the network of its College of Social and Behavioral Science.”

MIT Technology Review: The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows

MIT Technology Review: The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows. “Shalev Hulio wants to explain himself. Normally, silence and secrecy are inherent in the spy business. For nine full years, Hulio never talked publicly about his billion-dollar hacking company—even when his hacking tools were linked to scandal or he was accused of being complicit in human rights abuses around the world. Lately, though, he’s speaking up.”

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do. “Another week, another batch of sketchy Android apps purged from the Google Play store. This time, it’s a group of nearly 60 apps that promised you free footwear, coupons or concert tickets if you left the apps installed. But the apps actually downloaded a secret web browser and used it to perform ad fraud — displaying hidden ads you’d never see but for which the app makers got paid.”