Cybercrime

2021: The Year Cryptocurrency Heists Went Nuclear

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology reached even greater heights of popularity in 2021, but it was also the year that hackers began to take full advantage of digital cryptocurrency exchanges stealing hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the year, including a single heist that totaled an amazing $600 million in stolen crypto.

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Hacker Who Stole $600 Million in Cryptocurrency Did It ‘for Fun’

The hacker behind the recent theft of almost $600 million in cryptocurrency from the decentralized finance platform Poly Network started that they hacked the platform “for fun.” The hacker has returned a considerable portion of the stolen crypto and the remaining balance of stolen Ethereum is being transferred back to Poly Network according to their Twitter account.

Participant hold their laptops in front of an illuminated wall at the annual Chaos Computer Club (CCC) computer hackers' congress, called 29C3, on December 28, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The 29th Chaos Communication Congress (29C3) attracts hundreds of participants worldwide annually to engage in workshops and lectures discussing the role …

Turkish Hackers Accused of Cyber Attack on Cyprus Parliament

Cyprus has said that Turkish hackers attacked its parliament’s website last month. The Cypriot Digital Security Authority investigated the cyber attack, which took place on April 5th, and found that the source came from internet protocol (IP) addresses linked to a Turkish hacker group.

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Feds: Hackers May Target Hospitals with Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released a report on Wednesday addressing the ongoing threats that hackers pose to American hospitals. In September, hackers successfully hobbled the computer systems at over 250 medical facilities operated by Univeral Health Services.

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Ransomware Hackers Leak Personal Data from Nevada School District

Confidential personal data was compromised by hackers that targeted the Clark County School District in Clark County, Nevada, last week. A cybersecurity firm claims that the hackers publicly released all of the documents they gained access to after the district refused to pay the ransom. The compromised data includes the social security numbers of district employees.

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Wawa Payment System Data Breach Hits ‘Potentially All’ Locations

A data breach based on malware in the payment system of iconic east coast convenience store chain Wawa that struck “potentially all” of its locations may have compromised the payment details of a large number of customers. Wawa leadership apologized to customers for the breach in a letter over the weekend.

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Hack Impacts 23K in Texas School District

The personal information of thousands may have been compromised by a security breach in San Antonio’s largest school district, only it happened in August and the affected students and staffers are first learning about it now.

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EU, Internet Giants Join Forces To Fight Online Extremism

The European Union launched a forum bringing together Internet firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter as well as law enforcement agencies to combat online extremism. The move comes amid growing alarm in Europe over the use of social media as

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UCLA Health Data Unencrypted–and No Policy to Report Lost Laptops

It is not surprising that hackers broke into the UCLA’s health system to try to gain access to some of the 4.5 million patients’ records, given the sheer scale of personal health data that has been compromised. But what is shocking is that those records were never protected with a basic encryption, and lost laptops were not required to be reported. Although UCLA said there was no evidence at this time that any patient files were taken, the investigation is ongoing.

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