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Cybersecurity Breaches and Attacks

MSSP Alert’s news coverage and analysis of cybersecurity breaches and attacks — including hackers, malware, viruses, worms, ransomware, distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), phishing, stolen passwords, social engineering and more.

Ernst & Young Investigates $800,000 Cape Cod Community College Hack

Ernst & Young (EY) inspects Cape Cod Community College network for malware after phishing attack triggered $800,000 theft from college’s financial accounts.

Spear Phishing Hackers Target CFOs in Fake Email Scheme

London Blue hacker group’s spear phishing campaign targets CFOs (chief financial officers) worldwide, Agari report reveals.

Phishing Attack: Hackers Steal $800,000 From College

Phishing attack: Hackers steal $800,000 from Cape Cod Community College. Next-generation endpoint security would have stopped attack, report suggests.

DHS, FBI Issue Ransomware Alert for SamSam MSIL/Samas.A

The FBI & Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issue an alert for SamSam ransomware — also known as MSIL/Samas.A. Here are the warning details.

How to Defend Against SamSam Ransomware Attacks

14 steps to mitigate and/or avoid SamSam MSIL/Samas.A ransomware attacks, according to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & the FBI.

How Bad is Marriott’s Starwood Data Breach? (Hint: The GDPR Fines, Lawsuits Could be Really Bad)

Marriott’s disclosure that it left vulnerable some 500 million customer records is pretty bad for sure. Will compliance fines from GDPR and others follow?

Massive Marriott Starwood Data Breach Pressures MAR Stock

Marriott discloses massive Starwood hotel data breach, triggering 5 percent Marriott stock (NYSE: MAR) drop.

U.S. Feds Peg Iranian Hackers as SamSam Ransomware Masterminds

The U.S. Justice Department has charged two Iranian nationals as the masterminds behind the destructive SamSam ransomware attacks that hit infrastructure in four U.S. cities earlier this year.

Report: Surprise, Surprise, Mysterious Tessa88 Hacker is Russian National

Cyber investigator Recorded Future said it has hunted down the real name and identity of a notorious hacker known as Tessa88.

Report: Hackers Hit 500,000 Italian Certified Email Accounts

Hackers breach a server holding roughly 500,000 Italian certified email accounts in what one local official called the “worst attack” in nearly a year.