Facebook says it disrupted two Palestinian advanced persistent threat groups that targeted victims across the Middle East as part of cyberespionage campaigns. The groups used malware and advanced social engineering tactics to target journalists, human rights activists and military groups.
Criminals love to amass and sell vast quantities of user data, but not all data leaks necessarily pose a risk to users. Even so, the ease with which would-be attackers can amass user data is a reminder to organizations to lock down inappropriate access as much as possible.
Facebook has been attempting to dismiss the appearance of a massive trove of user data by claiming it wasn't hacked, but scraped. No matter how the theft is characterized, 533 million users have just learned that their nonpublic profile details were stolen and sold to fraudsters.
A security researcher found more than 500 million Facebook records being offered for free on the darknet, exposing basic user information, including any phone numbers associated with the accounts. Facebook says this is “old data” previously reported as exposed.
A North Korean government-backed threat group that was detected targeting security researchers in January is once again staging a campaign against them using advanced social engineering techniques, Google reports.
The Florida teen whom prosecutors call the mastermind behind last year's hack of 130 high-profile Twitter accounts to wage a cryptocurrency scam pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to serve three years in a juvenile facility.
The recent manipulation of GameStop stock points to the need for public companies to carefully monitor mentions of their firm on social media channels to look for signs of emerging fraudulent practices, says Chase Cunningham, chief strategy officer at Ericom Software.
A newly-discovered phishing campaign posts harvested credentials using the Telegram messaging app's application programming interface to bypass secure email gateways, report researchers at the Cofense Phishing Defense Center.
Microsoft researchers say that a North Korean hacking group that the company calls "Zinc" - which is better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra - likely was responsible for targeting vulnerability researchers in an attempt to steal information via a backdoor.
President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives on a charge of inciting an insurrection after a riot at the U.S. Capitol led to the deaths of five people. Many experts don't believe the impeachment will have a direct impact on cybersecurity, but adversaries do look for opportunity in chaos.
Terabytes' worth of posts, images and videos from conservative social media site Parler have been forcibly obtained by security researchers who have archived the material for investigators in the wake of the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Twitter permanently suspended the official account of President Donald Trump, with the social media firm citing concerns over violence following the riot by pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol. Facebook had already suspended Trump's account through the remainder of his term.
Ransomware gangs entered 2020 with a full and dangerous set of weapons at their disposal and then rolled out additional tools such as extortion and new distribution methods, a trend that is expected to continue into 2021.
Ex-CISA Director Christopher Krebs revealed in a "60 Minutes" interview what made officials confident that the election results were accurate: paper ballots. Krebs didn't mention President Trump by name, but refuted claims by his administration and personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that the election was fraudulent.
After weeks of rising anxiety, Election Day proceeded in the U.S. with no public indications of interference. But experts say misinformation campaigns are still likely, and there's plenty of time for malicious activity as the vote tallying proceeds.