A week in security (December 7 – December 13)

By December 14, 2020Blog

Last week on Malwarebytes podcast we talked to Doug Levin, founder of the K12 cybersecurity resource center and advisor to the K12 Security Information Exchange, about how schools can plan for a cybersecure 2021.

We also released a Malwarebytes Labs report revealing that 50 percent of schools did not prepare for secure distance learning.

In our blogs we discussed defending against tax scams, the dangers of buying COVID-19 vaccines from the Dark Web, a VideoByte edition talked about why hospitals are being targeted by the Ryuk ransomware, and we reassured our customers that Malwarebytes detects the leaked tools from the FireEye breach.

Other cybersecurity news:

  • A Florida COVID-19 data manager was investigated, and raided for allegedly sending a mass text using a shared password. (Source: ArsTechnica)
  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) responsible for approving medicines like the COVID-19 vaccine has been the subject of a cyberattack. (Source: EMA website)
  • US cybersecurity firm FireEye disclosed a breach and subsequent theft of hacking tools. (Source: Yahoo! Finance)
  • A team of researchers in Belgium has uncovered one of the world’s largest known online disinformation networks, dubbed Indian Chronicles, which has existed for 15 years. (Source: Intelnews)
  • US agencies have warned K-12 educational institutions are being targeted by malicious actors for extortion, data theft, and general disruption of normal activity. (Source: BleepingComputer)
  • A web skimmer gang have been hiding their malicious code inside websites’ CSS files. (Source: ZDNet)
  • Microsoft warned that there’s an ongoing Adrozek campaign to distribute malware that modifies web browsers. (Source: The Register)
  • Engineers at Cloudflare and Apple say they’ve developed a new internet protocol that will shore up one of the biggest holes in internet privacy. (Source: TechCrunch)
  • Researchers discovered a sharp rise in gift card scams as cybercriminals launch tactics to take advantage of the giving season. (Source: Bolster)
  • The Federal Trade Commission sued Facebook for illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly. (Source: FTC website)

Stay safe, everyone!

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