Top Weekly Cyber News: August 18-24, 2019

Hi folks! You may find below the latest news about global incidents, threats and attacks handpicked by our super XM Cyber team of experts.
Security Affairs – Mastercard data breach affected Priceless Specials loyalty program
August 24
Mastercard disclosed a data breach that impacted customer data from the company’s Priceless Specials loyalty program. The data leaked online includes customers’ names, payment card numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, gender, and dates of birth. [More]

Healthcare IT News – Data breach of nearly 10,000 people at Massachusetts General
August 23
“Another case of data breach déjà vu,” said one of four security experts who chime in. The breach came in June in two applications researchers use and was performed by an unauthorized third party, the prominent hospital said. [More]

BleepingComputer – Google Chrome to Warn If Logins Are Found in a Data Breach
August 23
Google is adding a built-in data breach notification service to the Chrome browser that will alert users when they are logging into sites with credentials that have been exposed by breaches. [More]

Infosecurity Magazine – City of London Hit by One Million Cyber-Attacks Per Month
August 23
The City of London Corporation has suffered nearly one million cyber-attacks each month for the first quarter of 2019. The security vendor wanted to find out more about the cyber-risks facing the local authority, which governs the part of the capital housing much of the UK’s financial center. [More]

BleepingComputer – Instagram Phishing Emails Use Fake Login Warning Baits
August 23
Instagram users are currently targeted by a new phishing campaign that uses login attempt warnings coupled with what looks like two-factor authentication (2FA) codes to make the scam more believable. [More]

Data Breach Today – Chinese APT Groups Target Cancer Research Facilities: Report
August 23
Chinese advanced persistent threat groups are targeting cancer research organizations across the globe with the goal of stealing their work and using it to help the country address growing cancer rates among its population. [More]

The New York Times – Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America
August 22
This has been the summer of crippling ransomware attacks. More than 40 municipalities have been the victims of cyberattacks this year, from major cities such as Baltimore to smaller towns. [More]

DarkReading – Microsoft Tops Phishers’ Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes
August 22
Cybercriminals often exploit victims’ familiarity with popular brands to manipulate them into falling for phishing campaigns. Microsoft is the most common brand to spoof, researchers report, with PayPal in second place and Facebook rapidly catching up in a close third. [More]

The Hacker News – Russian Hacking Group Targeting Banks Worldwide With Evolving Tactics
August 21
Silence APT, a Russian-speaking cybercriminal group, known for targeting financial organizations primarily in former Soviet states and neighboring countries is now aggressively targeting banks in more than 30 countries across America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. [More]


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