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Friday Five: 8/19 Edition



It's Friday! Catch up on the top infosec headlines with our weekly news roundup.

1. Hackers Say They Hacked NSA-Linked Group, Want 1 Million Bitcoins to Share More by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

A new hacker group known as The Shadow Brokers has apparently stolen advanced hacking tools used by another hacking group linked to the NSA. The Shadow Brokers released a number of tools on Saturday and have demanded 1 million bitcoin in exchange for releasing more. Experts are divided on whether or not the sample files are real, but it is appearing increasingly likely that they are. For more information, read the complete article.

2. Potential Bon Secours Data Breach Affects 655K Patients by Elizabeth Snell

The weekly healthcare industry hacks continue, this time targeting South Carolina’s Bon-Secours Health System. A third-party vendor was updating its computer settings and unintentionally exposed patient information online. Medical records were not included in the breached files, but names, health insurance ID numbers, SSNs, and bank account information may have been leaked. Letters will be sent out to all 655 thousand patients that have been affected. Previous attacks have affected companies in Arizona, Ohio, New York, and other regions of the United States. For the complete story, read the original article.

3. Sage Data Breach Highlights the Risk of the Insider Threat by Michael Kan

An employee at Sage, a UK-based business software company, was arrested in relation to a recent data breach at the company. The 32-year-old employee was held for alleged fraud by the London police, and has since been released on bail. It is unknown what information has been leaked, but Sage has notified its customers of the hack. Up to 300 business clients may have been affected by the breach. The authorities know that the breach is from an unauthorized internal login, which leads them to believe the hacker was an insider. It is still under investigation. For more information on this insider hack, read the full article on IT World.

4. 20 Top US Hotels Hit by Fresh Malware Attacks by Charlie Osborne

More US hotels have been hacked by point-of-sales (POS) malware. 20 US hotels operated by HEI Hotel & Resorts may have leaked the financial data of customers due to POS malware that was installed at POS systems. These hotels include Starwood, Intercontinental, Marriott, and Hyatt. Some locations that were affected include Dallas, Miami, Washington DC, San Francisco, and more. The customer data that was released includes names, payment card account numbers, and verification codes. This hotel breach follows several other hotel breaches within the past few months. For more information about this breach, read the full article on ZD Net.

5. High-end Banking Malware Hits Brazil by Maria Korolov

Experts have recently seen sophisticated malware in Brazil, Zeus Sphinx and Zeus Panda. Malware this sophisticated is not usually seen in Brazil. Both of these types of malware target Brazilian computer users and then wait until those users access their bank accounts. The malware is then able to steal the users’ credentials and redirect payments. These two strains of malware are programmed to specifically attack Brazilian banks. Each strain targets a specific bank and certain stores. To learn more about these new types of malware, read the article on CSO Online.

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