Lucian Constantin

Romania Correspondent

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

IoT botnets target enterprise video conferencing systems

Attackers place cryptojacking apps in the Microsoft App Store

Attackers place cryptojacking apps in the Microsoft App Store

Microsoft has removed eight applications from its app store for Windows that were mining Monero cryptocurrency without users' knowledge.

Data breaches exposed 5 billion records in 2018

Data breaches exposed 5 billion records in 2018

New report from Risk Based Security shows a downward trend in number breaches and exposed records, Unclear if privacy regulations like GDPR are having an effect.

Report: Over 59,000 GDPR data breach notifications, but only 91 fines

Report: Over 59,000 GDPR data breach notifications, but only 91 fines

The low number of fines relative to the volume of reported breaches might be due to over-extended regulators, says a DLA Piper report.

451 Research: Security is top data management challenge

451 Research: Security is top data management challenge

A survey of highly qualified data management professionals by 451 Research shows that growing data volumes have made security their biggest concern.

Ursnif Trojan is back with fileless persistence

Ursnif Trojan is back with fileless persistence

Also known as Dreambot, this new variant can deploy GandCrab ransomware through Microsoft Word macros.

Multi-vector attacks target cloud-hosted technologies

Multi-vector attacks target cloud-hosted technologies

Securonix report outlines the threat posed by automated multi-vector, multi-platform attacks against cloud infrastructure.

Temporary micropatch available for zero-day Windows exploit

Temporary micropatch available for zero-day Windows exploit

A publicly disclosed Windows zero-day vulnerability could allow attackers to take full control of systems once they compromise a low-privilege account. Here's a fix.

Rocke coinminer disables cloud protection agents

Rocke coinminer disables cloud protection agents

Cryptojacker's new shell script A7 can remove cloud security agents from Alibaba and Tencent to avoid coinminer detection.

Shadow Brokers teases more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

Shadow Brokers teases more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged NSA exploits claims to have even more attack tools, as well as intelligence gathered by the agency on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs.

WannaCry attacks are only the beginning

WannaCry attacks are only the beginning

As the WannaCry ransomware attack evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from the vulnerability it exploits and similar flaws in the future.

Google will review web apps that want access to its users' data

Google will review web apps that want access to its users' data

In response to recent attacks where hackers abused Google's OAuth services to gain access to Gmail accounts, the company will review new web applications that request Google users' data.

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