Security Alert!

Ransomware update
BBtech Dec Security 1Cryptowall is the largest ransomware campaign costing $325 million in just 2015. The newest variant, 4.0 adds new features like encrypting the file name and advanced malware droppers to avoid detection.
In addition to Cryptowall, another nasty strain called Chimera has been causing havoc. In addition to just encrypting your files, they are promising extortion and to release your files publicly if you don’t pay.Sources:
Threatpost
KnowBe4
Naked Security
Threatpost
Forbes
CIA Director’s personal email hacked
BBtech Dec Security 2
John Brennan, the director of the CIA had his personal AOL email hacked. While it is his personal account, he did use it to send some documents. The story of how the email was hacked, is quite interesting.
The hacker did a little recon, finding that he was a Verizon customer and found the last 4 digits of Brennan’s bank card. He posed as a Verizon technician and called Verizon, and was able to trick the employee into giving out his PIN and other info. The hacker then called AOL to reset John’s password, and he gave them the last 4 digits on the card and the info he got from Verizon. He was able to successfully social engineer 2 companies into giving info that lead to a breach.

Sources:
CNN
Wired
Wired

Hackers charged in J.P. Morgan hackBBtech Dec Security 3A trio of hackers were charged in the largest and most complex bank fraud to date, allegedly making more than $100 million, using 75 shell companies and 30 fake passports to keep it a secret.
Sources:
NBC
NBC
CNN
Bloomberg
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