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Close to 200K Phishing Domains Discovered in a 5-Month Span, 66% Targetted Consumers, Akamai Reports

Between December 2, 2018 and May 4, 2019, 197,524 phishing domains were discovered, 66% of which directly targeted consumers according to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai. more

A Seattle Woman Charged With Capital One Data Theft Affecting 106 Million People

Major US bank Capital One Financial Corporation confirmed Monday evening that unauthorized access was made by an outside individual who obtained "certain types of personal information" on credit card products and Capital One credit card customers. more

A 60% Rise Reported on Malware Designed to Harvest Consumers' Digital Data, aka Password Stealers

A significant rise has been detected in the use of malware aimed at harvesting consumer data, known as password stealers. more

Equifax Announces Comprehensive Consumer Settlement for the 2017 Data Breach

Equifax has announced a comprehensive resolution for its 2017 cybersecurity incident that includes a fund of up to $425 consumer fund. more

Majority of Popular Mobile-Only VPNs Are Run by Chinese Nationals or Located in China

While the current VPN market appears to be filled with numerous products by various companies, recent research that took a closer look into the market revealed very unexpected results. more

Mozilla Named "Internet Villain" for Supporting DNS-Over-HTTPS by a UK ISP Association

Mozilla was nominated as one of the three ISPAUK's 2019 Internet Villains for their proposed approach "to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK." more

Florida Cities Are Paying Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Ransom to Get Their Data Back

Lake City became the second Florida city to pay a substantial ransomware demand to hackers in less than a week. more

Demand for Cybersecurity Workers in the United States Has Nearly Doubled Since 2013

Cybersecurity job postings in the United States has nearly doubled since 2013 and is growing three times as fast as other IT roles, according to a new report from the labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies. more

United States Steps Up Digital Incursions Into Russia's Electric Power Grid, According to NYT

The United States has shifted its Russia strategy more toward offense and inserted potentially crippling malware inside Russia's electric power grid at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before, according to a New York Times's story that broke over the weekend. more

Notorious Hacker Group XENOTIME Expands Its Targeting Beyond Oil and Gas to Electric Utility Sector

XENOTIME, the notorious group behind what is regarded as the most dangerous malware targetting industrial control systems has expanded its targeting beyond oil and gas to the electric utility sector. more

Use of DNS Firewalls Could Have Prevented More Than $10B in Data Breach Losses Over the Past 5 Years

New research from the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) released on Wednesday reports that the use of freely available DNS firewalls could prevent 33% of cybersecurity data breaches from occurring. more

A New Project Called Handshake Wants to Decentralize DNS, Says It's Unlike Previous Attempts

An entity called the Handshake Network claims its newly developed open source project offers advantages over the traditional naming and signature systems. more

Microsoft Becomes the Latest Company to Join the Internet Society’s MANRS Initiative

Microsoft has joined the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative, supported by the Internet Society (ISOC) with the primary objective is to reduce the most common threats to the Internet's routing system. Microsft is the latest of a number of industry giants around the world - including Oracle, GÉANT, and Comcast - to join MANRS. more

UK Announces $28M Fund for Army Cyber Operations Centers

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced a £22m ($28 million) fund for the development of British Army cyber operations centers across the country. more

Baltimore Gets Hacked: Main Computer Systems Crippled, Experts Estimate Months to Recover

On May 7, hackers breached parts of the computer systems that run Baltimore's government, taking down essential systems such as voice mail, email, a parking fines database, payment systems used for water bills, property taxes, real estate transactions and vehicle citations. more

Industry Updates

Using WHOIS Domain Lookup Tools to Identify Malicious Domains and Prove Misuse

Fight Against Phishing: Email Address Verification as a Cybersecurity Process

How to Avoid IP Spoofing with a Reverse IP Address Lookup Service

CSC at RSA and the Cybersecurity Tech Accord Reception

The Perils of Typosquatting: The Likely Targets and the Price They Pay

Domain Squatting Disputes: How WHOIS Lookup Tools Can Help

Post-GDPR WHOIS Domain Search: Are Cybercrime Investigations More Difficult to Do?

How to Avoid Fraudulent Classifieds Sites with WHOIS Domain Name Search Tools

How Domain Reputation API Can Help Detect HTTPS-Protected Phishing Sites

Reverse Domain Hijacking and the Use of WHOIS and Domain Brand Monitoring Tools

DNS Hijacking: The Iranian Cybersecurity Threat That May Be Overlooked

Addressing Cybersquatting Dangers Using Brand Alert API and WHOIS Lookup

Retrospective: Post-GDPR Compliance Rates for Domain Enforcement

Fake Airline Ticket Scams: Domain Spoofing and Other Red Flags

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: What It Is and How to Avoid It through a Domain Availability Check