Insurer in opposition to ransom repayments receives hit with ransomware

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Just a week after announcing that it would no longer cover ransomware payments in France, global insurance company AXA was affected by a targeted ransomware attack. The ransomware group Avaddon credited itself with the attack and said it to Bleeping Computer who also launched a DDoS attack against insurance websites in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines as additional pressure to pay the ransom amount. In addition, the group claims to have stolen 3TB of data, which it plans to start filtering to the public if AXA does not pay within 10 days. Data includes customer medical records, claims, payments, bank account information, identification cards, passports, and more.

“This is a clear example of cybercriminal gangs ‘challenging’ their business model,” says Luis Corrons, an Avast security evangelist. “If companies don’t pay, there wouldn’t be ransomware attacks. It’s as easy as it seems. AXA supports this idea and criminals do not like to talk because they are going to attack.” AXA told Bleeping Computer that the only compromised information was provided by his desk in Thailand.

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FOR US. The supplier of bags and purses Herff Jones suffered a data breach, discovered only when university students who bought training materials from the company were not questioned by their media partners about fraudulent collections in their letters of credit. The victims quickly realized that their common denominator was Herff Jones. Each claim had a different value, generally between US$80 and US$1,200, but a student claimed that a friend paid him US$4,000. On May 12, Herff Jones released a statement acknowledging the data breach, saying: “We sincerely apologize to those affected by this incident. We are working diligently. “This is a clear example of gangs of cybercriminals ‘defending’ their business model”, says Luis Corrons, evangelist for Avast security. “If companies don’t pay, there wouldn’t be ransomware attacks. It’s as easy as it seems. AXA supports this idea and the bandits will not like it, then they will attack.” AXA told the Bleeping Computer that the only compromised dice were on a Thai desktop.

How ransomware pandillas are going deeper underground

After President Biden hinted at a press conference that EE. UU. would take measures against ransomware gangs, and many of these gangs announce that they are solving or involving private individuals. Biden’s comments sparked a Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident that temporarily wiped out all oil operations in the US 45% last week. For my part, from Biden’s comments, three major forms of piracy would change his policies to no longer allow ransomware or ads. Darkside, the group responsible for the attack on the Colonial Pipeline, was the first to abandon its operations. Read more in El Registro.

The denunciations of cyber crimes in the USA. UU. more than 100% increase in 14 months

The FBI’s Internet Crime Reporting Center (IC3) reports that between March 2020 and May 2021, reports of cybercrime increased by 1 million. Previously, you had a delay of more than 29 months to verify the number of complaints, but a maximum quantity of these months was achieved in less than the target time since the pandemic began. The FBI attributes the increase in complaints to cyber-delinquents who take advantage of people who work from home, in addition to the increase in COVID-related stress. In its 2020 Internet Crime Report, the FBI lists the top 3 offenses of the year as phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion.

Android 12 promises more privacy controls

Google announced this week that one of the features of its new Android 12 mobile operating system, which will be released later this month, is a privacy panel. According to The Record, this new feature supposedly aggregates all permissions into a single section. Google comments that it will offer users “a simple timeline view and clear accesses in the last 24 hours to location, microphone and camera”. Some other new security features include indicators that a camera and/or microphone are in use. Apple’s iOS 14 does this, using a color point. Android will use camera and microphone icons. Also with iOS 14, Android allows you to compare an “approximate location” to the location of the precise direction.

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