$5.9 million ransomware attack on farming co-op may cause food shortage

Enlarge Raphael Rychetsky Iowa-based provider of agriculture services NEW Cooperative Inc. has been hit by a ransomware attack, forcing it to take its systems offline. The BlackMatter group that is behind the attack has put forth a $5.9 million ransom demand. The farming cooperative is seen stating the attack could significantly…

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Nation-state espionage group breaches Alaska Department of Health

Enlarge / If Alaska's native Ursus arctos population could be enlisted for cyber defense patrols, attackers might need to paws for reflection before committing a criminal breach. Jared Lloyd via Getty Images Last week, Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) disclosed a security breach apparently made by a…

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Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers

Enlarge Tom Roberts Epik has now confirmed that an "unauthorized intrusion" did in fact occur into its systems. The announcement follows last week's incident of hacktivist collective Anonymous leaking 180 GB of data stolen from online service provider Epik. To mock the company's initial response to the data breach claims,…

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A new app helps Iranians hide messages in plain sight

Enlarge / An antigovernment graffiti that reads in Farsi "Death to the dictator" is sprayed at a wall north of Tehran on September 30, 2009. Getty Images Amid ever-increasing government Internet control, surveillance, and censorship in Iran, a new Android app aims to give Iranians a way to speak freely.…

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Cryptocurrency launchpad hit by $3 million supply chain attack

Enlarge Austin Distel SushiSwap's chief technology officer says the company's MISO platform has been hit by a software supply chain attack. SushiSwap is a community-driven decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that lets users swap, earn, lend, borrow, and leverage cryptocurrency assets all from one place. Launched earlier this year, Sushi's newest offering, Minimal Initial…

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Apple patches “FORCEDENTRY” zero-day exploited by Pegasus spyware

Enlarge / Pseudonymous researcher illusionofchaos joins a growing legion of security researchers frustrated with Apple's slow response and inconsistent policy adherence when it comes to security flaws. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images Apple has released several security updates this week to patch a "FORCEDENTRY" vulnerability on iOS devices. The "zero-click,…

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Security researchers at Wiz discover another major Azure vulnerability

Enlarge / This isn't how the OMIGOD vulnerability works, of course—but lightning is much more photogenic than maliciously crafted XML. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images Further Reading “Worst cloud vulnerability you can imagine” discovered in Microsoft Azure Cloud security vendor Wiz—which recently made news by discovering a massive vulnerability in Microsoft…

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