Servers linked to BlueLeaks breach are seized | Vulnerabilities found in WordPress ad plug-in | Extent of breach at Ariz. provider unfolds
July 9, 2020
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Servers linked to BlueLeaks breach are seized
The servers of Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), the activist group behind the BlueLeaks data breach of records belonging to more than 200 US law enforcement entities, have been seized by German police. Emma Best of DDoSecrets defended the breach and subsequent release of data as "journalistic publishing."
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Security Tips and Tools
A popular WordPress advertising plug-in, Adning Advertising, contains a bug that could allow remote code execution attacks and complete site takeovers, as well as a vulnerability that could allow file deletion. Users of the plug-in, which has more than 8,000 customers, are urged to update it to patch the problems.
Full Story: Threatpost (7/8) 
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Spotlight on Health Care
A ransomware attack on Magellan Health in April affected at least eight affiliates and compromised data on employees and 365,000 patients, according to HHS breach reporting tools.
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