Recently, Scott County Schools, in Kentucky, fell victim to a $3.7 million fraud phishing scam. According to Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub, a vendor informed the district that an invoice sent to the district had not been paid. In looking into the matter, the district found that someone else had been paid instead, via a fraudulent email disguised as the vendor. “This is a process that we use currently in Scott County Schools. It’s a way that we pay our vendors. …

The battle in Mosul is expected to become the largest battle fought in Iraq since the US-led operation in 2003. According to the Iraqi army, approximately 50 villages have been taken from the ISIS since last Monday, as the army prepares for the onslaught on Mosul, where 5,000 to 6,000 ISIS fighters are believed to remain.

The international coalition battling to eradicate ISIS in Mosul is a disparate assembly, lacking true cohesion as each has its own reasons for fighting in this offensive.

“It’s a very, very dangerous cocktail,” Marina Ottaway, a Middle East expert at the Woodrow Wilson International…

Recently, the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation released a public service announcement warning drivers to be on the lookout for hackers attempting to break into their cars. This public service announcement, titled ‘Motor Vehicles Increasingly Vulnerable to Remote Exploits’, cautions that opportunities for hackers to gain access to car systems have increased. “With this increased connectivity, it is important that consumers and manufacturers maintain awareness of potential cyber security threats,” the announcement stated.

The warning was issued following the recall of 1.4 million Chrysler cars in 2015 and the subsequent publishing of a…

A treasure trove of information on 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers is being sold on an underground cybercrime forum, according to Krebs on Security. Now, Verizon is in the process of notifying customers that their data has been breached. The customer info is reportedly being sold at a high price, “chunks of 100,000 records for $10,000, or the entire database for $100,000. Those interested can reportedly even purchase information about security vulnerabilities in Verizon’s site.”

The info is even being offered in multiple formats, including MongoDB, a cross-platform document database.

Verizon Enterprise solution’s email statement says that the security vulnerability…

The attacks in Belgium on Tuesday targeted Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station and were said to have been carried out due to Belgium being “a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State”, by the ISIS-linked Amaq News Agency.

Following the attacks, ISIS supporters on Twitter posted threats of future attacks and celebratory tweets. “What will be coming is worse”, one ISIS supporter tweeted. “With the permission of God, the lions came to take revenge for the killing of Muslims in Syria and Iraq,” tweeted another supporter of the Islamic State. …

The Global Coalition Against Daesh, which consists of 66 coalition partners, has launched a new website and corresponding Twitter account, focused on highlighting the international accomplishments of the campaign to defeat ISIS. Using the hashtags #CoalitionProgress and #DefeatDaesh the alliance has listed all the countries involved, the laws modified in order to try to disrupt the passage of foreign fighters seeking to join ISIS and the coalition’s efforts to cut off ISIS’ funding.

AnonSec, a group within the Anonymous collective, hacked NASA and was able to commandeer a drone. The hacked files are being hosted by Thomas White (@CthulhuSec on Twitter). White explains that he was, “asked to help host” the files in the public interest. “As a host of the file, I am not making any claims for the authenticity of the information or subsequent claims about what the data does or does not show. Conclusions should therefore be derived from the proper interrogation of the material,” White said.

Prior to the NASA hack, White sent out a tweet hinting that something…

Operation ISIS (OpISIS) is a project, launched by Anonymous hacktivists, for the purpose of countering terrorist activities online. Over time, there have been various Anonymous factions involved in OpISIS, the largest Anonymous operation to date. At this time, the main groups participating in OpISIS are GhostSec, Binary Sec, VandaSec and CtrlSec.

The operation has garnered widespread support, globally and across the political spectrum. It consists of individuals from various parts of the world who are frustrated with world governments’ inability to effectively handle the spread of terrorism online. …

France has a colossal problem on its hands. This past summer, French President Francois Hollande revealed that intelligence services were uncovering evidence of new terrorist plots every week. Moreover, ISIS’ declaration of an Islamic Caliphate has inspired a generation of French jihadists “and they have been enraged by French strikes against the group in Syria and Iraq.”

And, while surveillance files have been opened on upwards of 5,000 suspected Islamic terrorists in France, French security services only have the manpower to surveill a small percentage of them, around the clock. CNN reports that, “throughout Europe, more than 6,000 extremists are…

Ali Al Nimr, a young Saudi Arabian activist, has been sentenced to crucifixion — which could take place at any time now. Protests will take place on Friday, November 13th, in Washington D.C., at two locations: from 11:00–2:00 ET at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and at 2:00–3:00 ET at the White House. Click here for background on Nimr’s case.

MintPress News reports that Saudi Arabia has already carried out a record number of executions this year and still managed snag a seat on a significant panel which is part of the U.N. Human Rights Council. …

Candice Lanier

Journalist at Bleeping Computer, CISO @ CyberSec Express, Exec Director @ CyberSec Social, Stay Safe Online partner. Website: CandiceLanier.Com

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