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Kenya telecoms giant sued over 'data breach'

Kenya's biggest mobile service provider Safaricom is being sued for allegedly violating the data privacy of its 11.5 million consumers.

A subscriber has accused the telecom giant of exposing his sports betting history and biodata, according to a legal petition filed at the High Court in the capital, Nairobi.

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Two Florida cities paid $1.1 Million to ransomware hackers this month

In the last two weeks, Florida has paid more than $1.1 million in bitcoin to cybercriminals to recover encrypted files from two separate ransomware attacks - one against Riviera Beach and the other against Lake City.

Lake City, a city in northern Florida, agreed on Monday to pay hackers 42 Bitcoin (equivalent to $573,300 at the current value) to unlock phone and email systems following a ransomware attack that crippled its computer systems for two weeks.

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Major Hacks of the Week

A hacker assault left mobile carriers open to network shutdown

Hackers have quietly infiltrated more than a dozen mobile carriers around the world, gaining complete control of networks behind the companies' backs.

The attackers have been using that access over the last seven years to steal sensitive data, but have so much control they could shut down communications at a moment's notice, according to Cybereason, a security company based in Boston.

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NASA hacked! An unauthorized Raspberry Pi connected to its network was the entry point

A report by NASA states the agency was breached in April 2018 and remained undetected for nearly a year. The report says that hackers stole roughly 500 MB of data related to Mars missions from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

The attackers exploited a Raspberry Pi device that was connected to the IT network of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) without authorization or implementing proper security measures.

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Major Vulnerabilities Disclosed

Account takeover vulnerability found in popular EA games origin platform

Experts recently discovered multiple security flaws in EA Games'€™ login process that could allow an attacker to take over EA gamers'€™ accounts and steal sensitive data. Experts pointed out that over 300 million players are at risk, stolen gaming credentials are a valuable commodity in the cybercrime underground.

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Cybersecurity staff burnout risks leaving organisations vulnerable to cyberattacks

Cybersecurity professionals are overworked and stressed out to such an extent that it threatens to provide hackers and cybercriminals with a better chance of conducting cyberattacks against the enterprise.

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Legal, Regulatory and Corporate
Security and Beyond

SocialEngineered forum hacked and data leaked online

SocialEngineered.net, the forum dedicated to social engineering topics, announced it has suffered a data breach two weeks ago.

Hackers accessed data from tens of thousands of members and leaked them online on a hacker forum.

The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the MyBB forum to access forum data.

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Taiwan's civil service system reports data breach


Taiwan's civil service system reported an information security breach incident, with the personal information of at least 240,000 civil servants being compromised.

Through a notice published on its website, the Ministry of Civil Service MOCS said it received a tip-off on June 22 about the databreach, suggesting an information leak of more than 590,000 personnel in its database.

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Security Awareness Tip

Browser Security: Here's how you can secure your web browser against attacks!

Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera are some of the most popular and widely used browsers. No matter which browser used there are certain security leaks in each one of them.

Individuals and organizations choose browsers on the basis of their different features like interface, downloading speed, smart features, and compatibility for different sites. But have you ever considered the security feature of your browser as a selecting criterion? Have you ever wondered if your browser is secured?

Here’s what you need to know to protect your browsers against attacks:

  1. Updated Versions of Browser
  2. Configure Your Browser Settings
  3. Limit Plug-Ins Installation
  4. Install Anti-Virus Software
  5. Get Alerts

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Silensec Editorial Team

Editor: Dr. Almerindo Graziano
Dr. Graziano is the Silensec CEO. He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mobile Computer Security, both from the University of Naples, Italy. Dr. Graziano has consulted in information security for private and government organisations across Europe, Africa and Middle East over the last 15 years. He is also a BSI-certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor trainer and auditor

Vice Editor: George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc)
George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc) leads the Silensec Malware Analysis Lab (MAL). He received his BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Computing Security from the University of Bath in UK, where he pursued research in malware and vulnerability analysis. For many years George has also been the Head of Research and Development department of the Astalavista Security Community. George is also a frequent speaker at security conferences around the world on advanced malware analysis, reverse engineering and exploit development techniques.

Digital Editor: Salome Omondi (B.Com)
Salome Omondi leads the Silensec Marketing Department. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Management from Strathmore University. Miss Omondi publishes the weekly Silensec Newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest infosec news as well as improving information security awareness.


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