The attack on Macs | This week in cybersecurity
A clever new attack is being used against influential social media users as a means to spread fake news according to a report from security research group Access Now. Activists and journalists in Venezuela, Bahrain, Myanmar and more have been targeted using this method. Read more.
The first instance of ransomware-as-a-service targeting Mac OS has been discovered for sale on the Dark Web reports ZDNet. This information is part of a new report from researchers at Fortinet who have dubbed it MacRansom. Read more.
Russia’s hacking campaign on the U.S. electoral system prior to the presidential included attacks in almost twice as many states’ voter databases and software systems than previously reported, according to Bloomberg. Read more.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a joint warning blaming the North Korean government for a string of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009. The U.S. government’s analysis referred to the state-sponsored hackers as “Hidden Cobra” and claimed this group has targeted the media, aerospace and financial sectors along with critical infrastructure. Read more.
For the second month in a row, Microsoft has released an assortment of security updates designed to block similar attacks to WannaCry. The alert the Redmond, Washington-based company issued highlights the risk of “potential nation-state activity”. Read more.
According to newly unclassified documents, an unnamed U.S. company refused to comply with an NSA top-secret order to facilitate government surveillance reports ZDNet. This is only the second known instance of an American company refusing to comply with a government surveillance order. Read more.
Samsung left millions of customers vulnerable to hackers after it let a domain expire that was used to control a stock app installed on older devices, reports Motherboard. Read more.