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Radiohead Refuses Ransom, Releases Stolen Tracks

The band Radiohead
recently fell victim to a hack in which 18 hours of previously unreleased
sessions were ransomed for $150,000. Rather than pay the ludicrous fee, the
band instead opted to release the tracks through Bandcamp for a donation to
charity. The unreleased sessions were stored as archived mini discs the band
created during the years surrounding their third album, “OK Computer.”

US Border Protection Breached by Contractor

A subcontractor
for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is under scrutiny after
it was revealed that they had illicitly transferred thousands of images of both
license plates and travelers that had crossed the US/Mexico border in the last
month. In doing so, the subcontractor broke several mandatory security policies
written into a legal contract. While there is no sign of the images leaking
onto the dark web, there is very little redress for the exposed travelers without
proving actual harm.

Billions of Spam Emails Sent Everyday

The latest industry report on spam emails revealed
that around 3.4 billion fake/spam emails are distributed across the globe each
day. More worrisome is that the majority of these emails originate in the US
and regularly target US-based industries. While many industries have improved security
measures, larger enterprises have struggled to implement strong protection for
their entire staff.

Ransomware Hits Washington Food Bank

The Auburn Food Bank in the State of Washington recently fell victim to a ransomware attack that encrypted all but one of their computers, which was isolated from the internal network. Instead of paying the ransom, the nonprofit chose to wipe all computers, including their email server, and begin rebuilding from scratch. The ransomware variant has been claimed to be GlobeImposter 2.0, which requires the victim to contact the attacker to determine the ransom demanded.

Retro Game Site Breached

The account information was leaked for over 1 million users
of EmuParadise,
a retro gaming site that hosts all things gaming related. The breach, which
took place in April of 2018, affected 1.1 million IP and email addresses, many
of which were found in previous data breaches. It is still unclear how the
breach actually took place, though given the use of salted MD5 hashes for
storing user data it’s clear EmuParadise could have done more to properly
secure their users information.

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