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Issue #95 - April 29, 2024

Ransom Payments Surge by 500% to an Average of $2m

Source: Frontsight

Ransom payments have skyrocketed by 500% in the past year, with the average payment reaching $2 million, according to a report by Sophos. This marks a significant increase from the average payment of $400,000 in 2023, indicating that ransomware operators are demanding larger sums from their victims.




Deepfake of Principal’s Voice Is the Latest Case of AI Being Used for Harm

Source: Security Week

The most recent criminal case involving artificial intelligence emerged last week from a Maryland high school, where police say a principal was framed as racist by a fake recording of his voice.




Dropbox Breach Exposes Customer Credentials, Authentication Data

Source: Dark Reading

Online storage service Dropbox is warning customers of a data breach by a threat actor that accessed customer credentials and authentication data of one of its cloud-based services.




Verizon Breach Report: Vulnerability Hacks Tripled in 2023

Source: Verizon

68% of breaches involved a non-malicious human element, like a person falling victim to a social engineering attack or making an error.




UnitedHealth CEO Says Hackers Lurked in Network for Nine Days Before Ransomware Strike

Source: Security Week

The Alphv/BlackCat hackers lurked in Change Healthcare’s environment for nine days before deploying file-encrypting ransomware, the healthcare payment processor’s parent company UnitedHealth Group said.



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