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  1. The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

    A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions of dollars worth of the increasingly scarce resource to online marketers. The allegations stemmed from a three-year investigation by a U.S.-based researcher whose findings shed light on a murky area of Internet governance that is all too often exploited by spammers and scammers alike.
  2. Patch Tuesday, December 2019 Edition

    Microsoft today released updates to plug three dozen security holes in its Windows operating system and other software. The patches include fixes for seven critical bugs — those that can be exploited by malware or miscreants to take control over a Windows system with no help from users -- as well as another flaw in most versions of Windows that is already being exploited in active attacks.
  3. CISO MAG Honors KrebsOnSecurity

    CISO Magazine, a publication dedicated to covering issues near and dear to corporate chief information security officers everywhere, has graciously awarded this author the designation of "Cybersecurity Person of the Year" in its December 2019 issue.
  4. Ransomware at Colorado IT Provider Affects 100+ Dental Offices

    A Colorado company that specializes in providing IT services to dental offices suffered a ransomware attack this week that is disrupting operations for more than 100 dentistry practices, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Multiple sources affected say their IT provider, Englewood, Colo. based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was hacked, allowing a potent strain of ransomware known as "Sodinokibi" or "rEvil" to be installed on computers at more than 100 dentistry businesses that rely on the company for a range of services -- including network security, data backup and voice-over-IP phone service.
  5. Apple Explains Mysterious iPhone 11 Location Requests

    KrebsOnSecurity ran a story this week that puzzled over Apple's response to inquiries about a potential privacy leak in its new iPhone 11 line, in which the devices appear to intermittently seek the user's location even when all applications and system services are individually set never to request this data. Today, Apple disclosed that this behavior is tied to the inclusion of a new short-range technology that lets iPhone 11 users share files locally with other nearby phones that support this feature, and that a future version of its mobile operating system will allow users to disable it.
  6. The iPhone 11 Pro’s Location Data Puzzler

    One of the more curious behaviors of Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro is that it intermittently seeks the user's location information even when all applications and system services on the phone are individually set to never request this data. Apple says this is by design, but that response seems at odds with the company's own privacy policy.
  7. It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name

    Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely misplaced, and that it is relatively straightforward for anyone to obtain their very own .gov domain.
  8. Sale of 4 Million Stolen Cards Tied to Breaches at 4 Restaurant Chains

    On Nov. 23, one of the cybercrime underground's largest bazaars for buying and selling stolen payment card data announced the immediate availability of some four million freshly-hacked debit and credit cards. KrebsOnSecurity has learned this latest batch of cards was siphoned from four different compromised restaurant chains that are most prevalent across the midwest and eastern United States.
  9. Hidden Cam Above Bluetooth Pump Skimmer

    Tiny hidden spy cameras are a common sight at ATMs that have been tampered with by crooks who specialize in retrofitting the machines with card skimmers. But until this past week I'd never heard of hidden cameras being used at gas pumps in tandem with Bluetooth-based card skimming devices. Apparently, I'm not alone. "I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a camera on a gas pump with a Bluetooth card skimmer," said Detective Matt Jogodka of the Las Vegas Police Department, referring to the compromised fuel pump pictured below. Apparently, I'm not alone. "I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a camera on a gas pump with a Bluetooth card skimmer," said Detective Matt Jogodka of the Las Vegas Police Department, referring to the compromised fuel pump pictured below.
  10. 110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

    A ransomware outbreak has besieged a Wisconsin based IT company that provides cloud data hosting, security and access management to more than 100 nursing homes across the United States. The ongoing attack is preventing these care centers from accessing crucial patient medical records, and the IT company's owner says she fears this incident could soon lead not only to the closure of her business, but also to the untimely demise of some patients.

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