Europol report finds nation state attacks on the rise but ransomware still the top threat

Targeted attacks replace spam campaigns, but Europol’s annual cybercrime report also warns that cryptojacking malware “may overtake ransomware as a future threat”. The report, the fifth annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), is being presented today at the Interpol cyber crime conference in Singapore.

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State Department confirms data breach

POLITICO reported that the State Department suffered a data breach. According to reports, some employees had their personal information exposed by a breach of an unclassified email system. TechCrunch is also reporting that a report published earlier this year by administration watchdog Government Accountability Office said that the State Department had only rolled out some form of two-factor authentication to 11 percent of required agency devices, despite a legal requirement to secure all accounts with higher privileges.

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State Department email breach leaks employees’ personal data

Last night, it was reported that the State Department has suffered a data breach. According to reports, some employees had their personal information exposed by a breach of an unclassified email system. Other reports stated that a report published earlier this year by administration watchdog Government Accountability Office said that the State Department had only rolled out some form of two-factor authentication to 11 percent of required agency devices, despite a legal requirement to secure all accounts with higher privileges.

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US government payment service leaks 14 million personal records

It’s been reported this morning that a payment website – Government Payment Service Inc.-  used to process US government payments for traffic citations, court-ordered fines, bail payments and more has leaked more than 14 million customer records. The leak included names, addresses. phone numbers and sections of the credit card number used.

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GovPayNow data leak exposes critical records of over 14 million customers

It has been reported by Krebs that Government Payment Service Inc. — a company used by thousands of U.S. state and local governments to accept online payments for everything from traffic citations and licensing fees to bail payments and court-ordered fines — has leaked more than 14 million customer records dating back at least six years, including names, addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of the payer’s credit card. Full story is here: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/govpaynow-com-leaks-14m-records/

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Ava Group Selected to Safeguard the Indian Ministry of Defence Closed Data Network with Fibre Optic Intrusion Detection

Ava Group (ASX: AVA), a market leader in the provision of risk management services and technologies, has announced that an Ava Group Company solution has been selected to protect a major military closed data network from the threat of tampering and tapping. The project to deploy its fibre optic intrusion detection and location solution is valued at around US$11m and asserts Ava Group’s status as a world leader in data network protection.

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upiter Chain and Deloitte collaborate to deliver secure blockchain-driven data exchange platform for the Southeast Asia market

Singapore, 18th September 2018 – Singapore-based Jupiter Chain and Deloitte announced today a strategic collaboration to implement in Southeast Asia an innovative data exchange which provides consumers with a fully transparent avenue for monetising their data by connecting with businesses on the blockchain. The partnership will leverage the strength of Jupiter Chain’s blockchain solutions along with the breadth and depth of Deloitte’s technology and regulatory risk management services designed to improve business capabilities in the areas of technology, risk, governance, compliance and regulation. This style of exchange is seen as the next wave of data mining, in the wake of recent scandals involving unauthorised use of data and stricter regulations around the ownership and portability of data.

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