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Payment card thieves hack Click2Gov bill paying portals in 8 cities

In 2017 and 2018, hackers compromised systems running the Click2Gov self-service bill-payment portal in dozens of cities across the United States, a feat that compromised 300,000 payment cards and generated nearly $2 million of revenue. Now, Click2Gov systems have been hit by a second wave of attacks that’s dumping tens of thousands of records onto …

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New clues show how Russia’s grid hackers aimed for physical destruction

Joshua Lott/Bloomberg via Getty Images For nearly three years, the December 2016 cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid has presented a menacing puzzle. Two days before Christmas that year, Russian hackers planted a unique specimen of malware in the network of Ukraine’s national grid operator, Ukrenergo. Just before midnight, they used it to open every …

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Wikipedia suffers outages in Europe, Middle East due to sustained DDoS attack

Wikipedia was offline across several countries in Europe and the Middle East Friday after the popular online encyclopedia was targeted in a distributed denial of service attack. The Wikimedia Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia did not go into a lot of details about the attack but implied that the attack may have …

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French ‘cybergendarmes’ take down huge cryptomining botnet

French police have managed to take down a botnet of more than 850,000 computers that were being used to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. The operation, led by a team from France’s C3N digital crime-fighting center dubbed “cybergendarmes,” targeted the botnet after being tipped off earlier this year to its existence by antivirus firm Avast Software s.r.o., the BBC reported last …

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Update now: Cisco releases patch to address critical vulnerability in IOS XE devices

Cisco Systems Inc. is urging customers to update affected routers quickly after the discovery and disclosure of a severe vulnerability on devices running its IOS XE operating system. CVE-2019-12643, as it’s known, ranked as a 10 out 10 for severity. The vulnerability in the Cisco REST API virtual service container for Cisco IOS XE, revealed Wednesday, …

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