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Hackers Breach 1M Smartphones, Brick Home Routers and Hold a Subway for Ransom

December 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Follow Nextgov's regulary updated index of cyber breaches, Threatwatch. Android Malware Infects More Than 1M Phones, Adds 13,000 Devices a Day A new strain of malware has breached more than 1 million Google accounts, allowing attackers to access data from users’ Google accounts including Gmail, Photos, Docs, Drive, Play and...

Hackers Turn ATMs into Piggybanks and Customer Databases into High-End Smartphones

November 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phone flaws, ATM malware and ways to turn data into real-life high-end phones: It's just another week in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. More Backdoors Found in Low-Cost Android Devices About 2.8 million Android devices have a vulnerability in the over-the-air update system that would allow attackers...

Hackers Mess with Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting, White House Social Media and Russian Banks

November 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Canadian Armed Forces Website Redirects to Chinese Page Anyone looking to sign up for Canada’s Armed Forces on Thursday instead found themselves looking at information about the Chinese government—in Mandarin. The Canadian Armed...

Hackers Go Post-Election Phishing, Turn Off Heat in Finland and Steal Cash From UK Bank

November 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Keep with the latest cyber incidents—politically or financially motivated—with Nextgov's Threatwatch. Cozy Bear Goes Phishing After Election After the U.S. presidential election, a group tied to Russian intelligence sent wave after wave of phishing emails to universities, think tanks and the State Department, according to Motherboard. The Dukes, a group...

Podcast: Would You Ride in a Driverless Car?

November 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do autonomous cars freak you out? Avid Uber user and Nextgov Staff Correspondent Mohana Ravindranath has been trying to hail one in Pittsburgh, which she discusses on “The Dave and Gunnar Show” podcast with Red Hat Chief Technologist Dave Egts and Product Management Director Gunnar Hellekson. The trio also chats...

Virus Shuts Down Hospitals, Microsoft and Google's Zero Day Spat, and the Shadow Brokers Resurface

November 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week's cyber incidents include a virus that takes out some hospitals instead of the other way around. Keep up with the latest threats from around the world with Nextgov's Threatwatch. UK Hospitals Cancel Operations Because of Computer Virus A computer virus caused three English hospitals to cancel operations and...

Hackers Find Blood Donor Info, Attack an Adobe Zero Day and Deface Russian Website

October 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Australian Red Cross Leaks Info of Half a Million Blood Donors The personal data of 550,000 blood donors was leaked online because of a human error. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service said...

Hackers Cause Massive Web Outages, Skim Republican Donors' Credit Cards; WikiLeaks Founder Has No Internet Access

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week's security incidents may have a big financial impact. Catch up on ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of cyber happenings. Widespread Outage of Popular Sites Because of DDoS Attacks If Twitter is down, where do the masses go to complain when their other favorite websites aren’t loading? Early Friday,...

Quiz: Are You A Hacker's Best Friend?

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Nextgov launched its Personal Cybersecurity Assessment, we expected most of our readers would score well. So far, 64 percent of the readers who have taken our quiz discovered they were good guardians, while 20 percent of you made the top of the class: certified cybersecure. To the one respondent...

Hackers Opens Security Doors With Implants, Block Access to Digital Wallets and Release a Ton of Podesta Emails

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here are the cyber incidents you missed in last week's Threatwatch. Hacker Uses Implanted Chips to Open Security Gates A Hungarian man can wave his hands to open security doors. His hands have two implanted chips: one near-field communications chip and one programmable radio frequency identification, or RFID, chip in...

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