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PYSA, the ransomware attacking schools

The education sector’s cybersecurity problem has compounded in the last few months. A recent warning from the FBI, in mid-March, put schools in the US and UK on notice of increased attacks from the threat actors behind the PYSA ransomware. If this is the first time you’ve heard of this family, read on. What is PYSA ransomware? Home page image of the PYSA data leak site (Courtesy of … [Read more...]

Steam users: Don’t fall for the “I accidentally reported you” scam

Suppose that, out of the blue, a Steam user tells you they’ve accidentally reported you for something you didn’t do, like making an illegal purchase, and that your Steam account is going to be suspended. They ask you to message a Steam admin, whose profile they kindly provide, to help you sort out this dilemma. What do you do? There are some scams on Steam which have stood the … [Read more...]

HelloKitty: When Cyberpunk met cy-purr-crime

On February 9, after discovering a compromise, CD Projekt Red (CDPR) announced to its 1+ million followers on Twitter that it was the victim of a ransomware attack against its systems (and made it clear they would not yield to the demands of the threat actors, nor negotiate). Cyberpunk 2077, the latest game released by CD Projekt Red and once hailed as the “most anticipated game of the decade”, … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Women in tech name their heroes

Happy Monday! And if you haven’t yet checked the significance of this day—March 8—before grabbing coffee, today is International Women’s Day (IWD). Since March 19, 1911, the year the very first IWD was observed in several European countries, millions of people have been calling for women to be given more rights, which includes the right to work, vote, and hold public office. A few years later … [Read more...]

Surviving college distance learning during the pandemic: a cybersecurity guide

Social distancing, the wearing of face masks, practicing hand hygiene, and disinfecting often-touched surfaces have become human necessities during the pandemic era. For schools, they’ve also had to adapt quickly to incorporate distance learning methods that let students continue their studies. But being in crisis management mode didn’t give higher educational institutions much time to … [Read more...]

The informed voter’s guide to election cyberthreats

Singapore held its most recent general election on July 10 2020, and although they used the electoral system called first-past-the-post (FPTP), a scheme favored by the US, UK, and most English-speaking countries, the road leading to Election Day was not without challenges and obstacles. While all voters used paper ballots (thus removing the exposure to risk that comes with using electronic … [Read more...]

How to keep K–12 distance learners cybersecure this school year

With the pandemic still in full swing, educational institutions across the US are kicking off the 2020–2021 school year in widely different ways, from re-opening classrooms to full-time distance learning. Sadly, as schools embracing virtual instruction struggle with compounding IT challenges on top of an already brittle infrastructure, they are nowhere near closing the K-12 cybersecurity … [Read more...]

The face of tomorrow’s cybercrime: Deepfake ransomware explained

While many countries are beginning to ease up on their respective pandemic lock downs—which, in turn, also means that everyone will soon ease into a life that is not quite post-COVID-19—we find ourselves once more on the cusp of change, an outlook that makes some feel anxious and others hopeful. But for forward-looking security experts, there are some futures they dread and, frankly, would … [Read more...]