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New Windows 10 Bug Hits Home Working; Outlook, Office 365, Teams Can't Access Internet

A new Windows 10 bug effectively interrupts internet access. If most workers are in the office, this will only affect certain workers. Now, with so many companies and organizations having people working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this becomes a major impediment to any productivity. 

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-windows-10-bug-hits-home-working-outlook-o365-teams-cant-access-internet/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=29017885593246285133005340243949

 

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Don't Let Hackers Trick You Into Being A Coronavirus Money Mule

Fooling people into laundering money has been around for years. The coronavirus simply provides hackers with a new way to get people’s interest and money. This one does it by creating fake companies and websites, then attracting people looking for a job. Funds are paid in return for menial work. Then the majority of the funds are sent to the fake company using bitcoin or another untraceable currency. 

 

https://cybersecurity-journal.com/2020/03/20/dont-let-hackers-trick-you-into-being-a-coronavirus-money-mule/

 

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Sextortion Scam Threatens to Infect Victims with COVID19

In a new twist on a scam that started with an email that said they had videos of you doing embarrassing things, this one says they have much information about you and can release it or even infect you and your family with the Covid-19 virus. The information they do have is from past compromises. One piece of information such as a password is divulged to prove their claims. The demand is to pay the ransom in bitcoin to prevent them revealing other information. 

 

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/sextortion-scam-threatens-infect/

 

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A Security Guide for Pandemic Planning: 7 key steps

140K Patients Impacted in Tandem Diabetes Care Phishing Attack

An employee of Tandem, a manufacturer of medical devices, clicked a bad link and had credentials stolen resulting in the compromise of information for 140,000 patients.  

 

https://healthitsecurity.com/news/140k-patients-impacted-in-tandem-diabetes-care-phishing-attack?eid=CXTEL000000294682&elqCampaignId=13857&utm_source=nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&elqTrackId=44add7867780493eaf575261c2f306d5&elq=562ce5addac54da781cdb9427d336373&elqaid=14558&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=13857

 

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Coronavirus: watch out for fraudsters exploiting the panic with these common scams

The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to  a plethora of new scams. Many are old approaches with new angles. But new or old, falling for them results in information compromise, reputation damage, and possible ransomware attacks. Be wary. 

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/coronavirus-watch-fraudsters-exploiting-panic-common-scams/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_iosshare_AvBgpVQtkcKy

 

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Fighting Coronavirus-Themed Ransomware and Malware

The world-wide pandemic has everyone’s attention, including cybercriminals. A difference in some of these attacks is that the target may not be personal information or even ransom, but rather, intellectual property to help another company or country, in the case of state-sponsored attacks, come up with cures or defenses without spending their own time or money.  

 

https://www.careersinfosecurity.com/fighting-coronavirus-themed-ransomware-malware-a-13966?rf=2020-03-19_ENEWS_SUB_CAIS__Slot3_ART13966&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWXpnNVlqWTJZVFJoWkdaaCIsInQiOiJnXC9YRmtEVlRaZkhGNUZUUWhzSXdSREVHQkU0bHFPN1dveHlITWJvUUpwVTM1NjdsVzJhT2ZMcHhEcFE1NVZRTVEzNlVOTGlnWENrWXhkcTM4Tzd4R0FJcWM0aXdyZ0JhME1mR3NnRFJ0c0ZDcGdCMGQxWG5RTkl6eFBMdHE4Q2EifQ%3D%3D

 

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Careless and Malicious Insiders: The Threat Persists

Despite repeated warnings, insiders still pose the greatest threats to cybersecurity. Sometimes it is just ignorance, sometimes carelessness, and sometimes revenge or an intent to hurt the company. 

 

The first two can be combated with good education, policies and procedures combined with secret testing. That is, sending your own phishing emails to see who takes the bait. The last one is harder to fight, but strong defenses, using zero-trust models, and granting minimum permissions can help. 

 

 

https://www.careersinfosecurity.com/careless-malicious-insiders-threat-persists-a-13816?rf=2020-03-19_ENEWS_SUB_CAIS__Slot7_ART13816&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWXpnNVlqWTJZVFJoWkdaaCIsInQiOiJnXC9YRmtEVlRaZkhGNUZUUWhzSXdSREVHQkU0bHFPN1dveHlITWJvUUpwVTM1NjdsVzJhT2ZMcHhEcFE1NVZRTVEzNlVOTGlnWENrWXhkcTM4Tzd4R0FJcWM0aXdyZ0JhME1mR3NnRFJ0c0ZDcGdCMGQxWG5RTkl6eFBMdHE4Q2EifQ%3D%3D

 

 

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Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow panic in West, EU document says

This article comes from the European Union and provides strong evidence that Russia is using the coronavirus to spread dis-information to undermine trust in governments and healthcare. 

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-disinformation/russia-deploying-coronavirus-disinformation-to-sow-panic-in-west-eu-document-says-idUSKBN21518F?fbclid=IwAR1ywTkGXZPw9dPJH_grNjM8BMKAR0i6HW4UF9f7rtLqa_SJYj6Nok2wveM

 

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Thousands of COVID-19 scam and malware sites are being created on a daily basis

This article echoes the reports in the other articles but puts a number to it showing how pervasive these attempts to steal information and credentials are. It also means that it is not practical to look to your IT department to add all these sites to a company’s blacklist to block them. Education is the best defense.

 

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/thousands-of-covid-19-scam-and-malware-sites-are-being-created-on-a-daily-basis/?ftag=TREc64629f&bhid=29017885593246285133005340243949

 

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