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Twitter Temporarily Suspends Tweeting via SMS

Twitter has enabled SMS Tweeting in some geographic areas with limited internet access. It is sad that it took until Twitter’s CEO was hit by an attack for Twitter to respond. SMS “caller id” is not a sufficient authentication mechanism and should be used only for entertainment/low-security value functions. Twitter is right in saying that this a problem that they cannot fix and something that carriers need to address.

Read more in:
– www.zdnet.com
: Twitter disables SMS-to-tweet feature after its CEO got hacked last week
– www.cnet.com: Twitter temporarily shuts down ability to tweet via SMS

The botnets used the power of more than 800,000 compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

In a plea agreement submitted in a US federal court in Alaska, Kenneth Currin Schuchman has admitted that he and two co-conspirators operated multiple botnets and used them to offer distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for sale. The botnets used the power of more than 800,000 compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In his plea agreement, Schuchman also admitted that while he was on pre-trial release, he created another botnet and launched a swatting attack against one of his co-conspirators.
Read more in:
– www.theregister.co.uk
: Newb admits he ran Satori botnet that turned thousands of hacked devices into a 100Gbps+ DDoS-for-hire cannon

New Bedford, MA, Refuses to Pay $5.3 Million in Ransomware Attack

After the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts was hit with a ransomware attack in July, the attackers asked for a ransom of $5.3 million. The city offered $400,000, which would have been covered by its insurance company, but attackers rebuffed the offer. Rather than negotiate, New Bedford officials decided to recover the city’s data systems from backups. The attack affected just a small percentage of the city’s computers as most were still turned off for the US holiday the previous day.

Read more in:
– www.darkreading.com
: Attackers Hit Ceiling in Ransomware Demands

Classes Cancelled Due to Ransomware Attack

A ransomware attack that affected systems at the Flagstaff (Arizona) Unified School District has resulted in cancelled classes. The attack occurred on September 4; classes were cancelled on September 5.

Read more in:
– arstechnica.com
: Back to school: With latest attack, ransomware cancels classes in Flagstaff

NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate Will Step Up Digital Threat Information Sharing.
 Anne Neuberger, director of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) new cybersecurity directorate, says they plan to improve cyberthreat information sharing with its government and private sector partners. The directorate “is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base,” according to the NSA. The directorate is scheduled to begin operations October 1, 2019.

Read more in:
– www.nextgov.com
: NSA Cyber Chief Wants to Share Digital Threats Early and Often

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