Data of 1.6M possibly exposed in breach of Ore. agency | Hacking groups abuse WordPress zero-day firewall plugins | Survey: Urban schools worried about cyberattacks
March 22, 2019
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Data of 1.6M possibly exposed in breach of Ore. agency
Data of 1.6M possibly exposed in breach of Ore. agency
The personal data of the 1.6 million people served by the Oregon Department of Human Services may have been exposed in a January phishing hack. The department reports that nine employees opened phishing links that compromised 2 million department emails, some of which may have included sensitive information.
KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.)/The Associated Press (3/21) 
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2020 election at risk: Protecting democracy
In 31 states, time and money are running short to replace inadequate voting machines in time for the presidential primaries, the next major target for foreign cyberattacks. J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan engineering professor, urged Congress for more funding, Associated Press reports.
Security Tips and Tools
Hacking groups abuse WordPress zero-day firewall plugins
Two hacking groups recently breached zero-day vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, creating backdoors and redirecting traffic to malicious sites. A report released this year by cybersecurity firm Sucuri found that 90% of hacked content management systems were WordPress sites.
ZDNet (3/21) 
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Survey: Urban schools worried about cyberattacks
Schools in urban areas are more concerned about cybersecurity and privacy than their rural peers, finds a survey of 300 education tech leaders conducted for the Consortium for School Networking. One suggested reason: Many rural schools are more concerned about simply getting access to broadband service.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/19) 
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Managing Data
Learning vital for successful cybersecurity operations
As cyberthreats become more sophisticated, continual educational opportunities for employees are vital in order to maintain proper security within companies. With threats changing constantly, training has to be equally adept so employees are constantly on guard, anticipating attacks before they lead to large-scale breaches.
Chief Learning Officer online (3/21) 
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Smart moves can protect entrepreneurs from cyberattacks
Entrepreneurs can protect their companies' sensitive data by taking proactive steps, said a panel of experts. In addition to using firewalls and updating software, panel participants recommended protecting email, doing regular employee training and limiting access to private data.
The Next Web (3/22) 
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Government Security
N.J. looks to lure tech startups with fund proposal
N.J. looks to lure tech startups with fund proposal
Murphy (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New Jersey's governor wants the state to partner with venture capital funds in a bid to attract more startups. Gov. Phil Murphy's plan calls for teaming with venture capital firms to back startups in fields such as financial technology and cybersecurity.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/20) 
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British police targeted in ransomware attack
The Police Federation of England and Wales was hit by a ransomware attack that has encrypted many of the agency's servers, rendering email inaccessible. The ransomware attack deleted some backup data and is being investigated by the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit.
ZDNet (3/21),  TechCrunch (3/21) 
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