News – January 2024


  • Hacked Microsoft test account was assigned admin privileges

    January 27, 2024

    The hackers who recently broke into Microsoft’s network and monitored top executives’ email for two months did so by gaining access to an aging test account with administrative privileges, a major gaffe on the company’s part, a researcher said. The new detail was provided in vaguely worded language included in a post Microsoft published on Thursday. ...

  • The dangers of unused bank accounts and how to close them

    January 26, 2024

    If you’re like most people, you’ve likely got at least a few unused bank accounts floating around. However, there may be financial and security dangers associated with keeping these unused bank accounts active. Security risks of unused bank accounts Fraud exposure: Unused bank accounts can become targets for fraud. Closing these accounts minimizes the risk. Avoidance of fees: ...

  • Albabat ransomware

    January 26, 2024

    Albabat, also known as White Bat, is a financially motivated ransomware variant written in Rust that identifies and encrypts files important to the user and demands a ransom to release them. It first appeared in November 2023 with the variant Version 0.1.0. Version 0.3.0 was released in late December, followed by version 0.3.3 in mid-January 2024. ...

  • UK: Thousands of EU citizens ‘wrongly fined for breaching Ulez rules’ in potential record data breach

    January 26, 2024

    Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens were wrongly fined for driving in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez), amid claims of a record data breach. Several EU countries have accused Transport for London (TfL) of illegally obtaining the names and addresses of their citizens to issue the penalties, The Guardian reports. The paper said more than ...

  • UK councils remain downed by cyberattack

    January 26, 2024

    Three local councils in the United Kingdom continue to experience disruption to their online services, a week after confirming a cyberattack had knocked some systems offline. The councils for Canterbury, Dover, and Thanet — all of which are based in the U.K. county of Kent and have a combined population of almost 500,000 residents — said ...

  • The NSA buys Americans’ internet data, newly released documents show

    January 26, 2024

    The National Security Agency has been buying Americans’ web browsing data from commercial data brokers without warrants, intelligence officials disclosed in documents made public by a US senator Thursday. The purchases include information about the websites Americans visit and the apps that they use, said Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, releasing newly unclassified letters he received ...

  • Satellites and the specter of IoT attacks

    January 26, 2024

    In the vast expanse of space, satellites orbit silently, serving as the connected backbone of our modern world. A fast-proliferating network of satellites forms the critical infrastructure that supports global communication, navigation, weather forecasting, defensive operations and more. Today’s global space economy is huge, forecasted to total more than $600 billion annually in 2024. Internet of ...

  • Kansas City Area Transit Authority hit by ransom cyber-attack, affecting communications

    January 26, 2024

    The Kansas City Area Transit Authority announced this week that is was hit by a ransom cyber-attack. The incident was reported on Tuesday, Jan. 23. KCATA said all service is operating, including fixed-route buss, Freedom and Freedom-On-Demand paratransit service. KCATA said at this time regional RideKC call centers can’t receive calls or can any KCATA landline. Read ...

  • EASA Partners with IATA to Counter Safety Threat from GNSS Spoofing & Jamming

    January 26, 2024

    Cologne – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the conclusions of a workshop jointly hosted at EASA’s headquarters to combat incidents of GNSS spoofing and jamming. The workshop’s high-level conclusion was that interference with satellite-based services that provide information on the precise position of an aircraft can ...

  • Malicious ads for restricted messaging applications target Chinese users

    January 25, 2024

    An ongoing campaign of malicious ads has been targeting Chinese-speaking users with lures for popular messaging applications such as Telegram or LINE with the intent of dropping malware. Interestingly, software like Telegram is heavily restricted and was previously banned in China. Many Google services, including Google search, are also either restricted or heavily censored in mainland ...