Ontario Construction Firm Victim of Ransomware Attack

A multi-million dollar Ontario construction firm, according to CBC News, Bird Construction of Mississauga, Ont., acknowledged that it was recently victimized, but didn’t give any details. “Bird Construction responded to a cyber incident that resulted in the encryption of company files,” the CBC quoted an unnamed company spokesperson as saying. “Bird continued to function with no business impact, and we worked with leading cybersecurity experts to restore More »

Ransomware Attack on Construction Company Raises Questions about Federal Contracts – CBC Reports

A construction company that’s won millions of dollars worth of contracts with the military and other federal departments has been hit by a ransomware attack — raising questions about how the federal government does businesses with outside firms open to cyber attacks. “Bird Construction responded to a cyber incident that resulted in the encryption of company files,” wrote a company spokesperson in an email to More »

PlanetDrugsDirect.com Warns of Data Breach

A Winnipeg-based online pharmacy is telling customers their information including medications and medical history may have been compromised in a security incident. PlanetDrugsDirect.com hasn’t been reachable for a few days, shortly after Bleeping Computer broke the news that an unknown number of people were being notified. The company says it has 400,000 customers. The site’s home page displays an error message as well as the statement, “This More »

The National Security Agency helps Microsoft

The National Security Agency recently discovered a major flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system — one that could potentially expose computer users to significant breaches or surveillance — and alerted the firm of the problem rather than turn it into a hacking weapon, according to people familiar with the matter. According to Ellen Nakishima   for the Washington Post: The flaw affects Windows 10 users, More »

Currency Exchange Travelex Held Hostage by Ransomware Attack

A ransomware attack has held London-based foreign currency exchange firm Travelex hostage since at least New Year’s Day, the company confirmed Tuesday after more than a week of vague updates. It appears that the Sodinokibi gang is behind the incident. The Sodinokibi gang runs a Ransomware as a service operation and brag that their affiliates have reportedly earned more than 2 Billion Dollars On Tuesday, More »

2020 Malware Predictions

As 2020 approaches, it comes the impending waves of new malware that businesses will have to defend themselves from. Myla Pilao, the director of technology marketing for cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, sees three major trends on the horizon: an increase in malware using unconventional behaviors, an emergence of Linux-based malware, and a continued increase in the volume and complexity of info-stealing malware. When it comes to the classification More »

LifeLabs Pays Ransom after Massive Data Breach

The Globe and Mail is reporting LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, Canada’s largest lab testing company, has paid a ransom after a major cyber attack led to the theft of lab results for 85,000 Ontarians and potentially the personal information of 15 million customers. The personal information stolen from the lab test provider could include a customer’s name, address, e-mail, login, passwords, date of birth and More »

Visa warns: Cybercrime attacks on the rise at North American gas stations

In its statement, Visa explained that cyberattacks on gas stations have been on the rise as business owners have been slow to upgrade their terminals to safer chip-reading technology, from magnetic stripe readers. The ability of hackers to access the merchant’s internal networks makes these attacks more sophisticated in nature, warns Visa, as compared to the more usual skimming scams in which card-skimming devices are More »

49% of workers, when forced to update their password, reuse the same one with just a minor change

We all should know by now that password reuse is a big problem. Many computer users make the mistake of trusting the same password to protect their different online accounts, not realising that if one site gets hacked that may provide the key for hackers to break in elsewhere. Malicious attackers use credential stuffing techniques to automatically throw databases of stolen usernames and passwords at More »

Ransomware Attackers Leak Stolen Data

Ransomware attacks have taken an unwelcome turn: A Ransomware Group called The Maze gang (yes they now brand themselves) reportedly has begun leaking a victim’s files to create pressure to pay a ransom. Security experts say that leaking data as part of a ransomware shakedown isn’t a surprising turn of events. But it’s unclear whether this tactic will catch on, they say, because simpler ransomware More »

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