New details on commercial spyware vendor Variston

Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has been tracking the activities of commercial spyware vendors for years, using our research to improve the safety and security of Google’s products and share intelligence with our industry peers. TAG’s research underscores that the commercial Read More …

Meta fined €265m over data protection breach that hit more than 500m users

Facebook’s owner has been fined €265m (£230m) by the Irish data watchdog after a breach that resulted in the details of more than 500 million users being published online. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) said Meta had infringed two articles Read More …

Ransomware gang targets Belgian municipality, hits police instead

The Ragnar Locker ransomware gang has published stolen data from what they thought was the municipality of Zwijndrecht, but turned out to be stolen from Zwijndrecht police, a local police unit in Antwerp, Belgium. The leaked data reportedly exposed thousands Read More …

European Parliament Putin things back together after cyber attack

The European Parliament has experienced a cyber attack that started not long after it declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism. The attack appears to have made part of the Parliament’s website inoperable and made access impossible for Read More …

Sweden boosts cyber, defense spending with NATO in mind

Sweden’s newly elected center-right government has prioritized spending on defense-strengthening measures in its draft budget bill for 2023, eying to edge the country closer to NATO’s target quota. Sweden, along with fellow unaligned Nordic nation Finland, is currently awaiting unanimous Read More …

Estonian duo accused of $575m cryptocurrency scam

Police in Estonia have arrested two men suspected of running a $575m (£485m) cryptocurrency scam involving hundreds of thousands of victims. Estonian police investigated the case with the FBI, and US authorities want to extradite the pair – Estonians Sergei Read More …

Donut extortion group also targets victims with ransomware

The Donut (D0nut) extortion group has been confirmed to deploy ransomware in double-extortion attacks on the enterprise. BleepingComputer first reported on the Donut extortion group in August, linking them to attacks on Greek natural gas company DESFA, UK architectural firm Read More …

Europe calls for joint cyber defense to ward off Russia

The European Commission on Thursday proposed a cyber defense policy in response to Europe’s “deteriorating security environment” since Russia illegally invaded Ukraine earlier this year. The Commission, citing recent cyber attacks on energy networks, transportation infrastructure and space assets, called Read More …

Greece: Report claims illegal surveillance software was used to spy on politicians, journalists and businessmen

Greece has been rocked by a ‘wiretapping’ scandal as a bombshell report claimed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ‘used state intelligence to spy on dozens of people including potential political rivals, journalists and businessmen’. Documento reported that the list of targets Read More …