Equifax Data Breach affect 143 million consumers.

Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29.

Equifax reports that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted.

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Ransomware attacks

The average ransomware payment rose to $1,077, up from $294 a year earlier, Symantec said.  Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to $1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.

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Double Agent attack can turn antivirus into malware

A zero-day attack called Double Agent can take over antivirus software on Windows machines and turn it into malware that encrypts files for ransom, exfiltrates data or formats the hard drives.
Based on a 15-year-old feature in Windows from XP through Windows 10, the attack is effective against all 14 antivirus products tested by security vendor Cybellum – and would also be effective against pretty much every other process running on the machines.
Double Agent was discovered by Cybellum researchers and has not been seen in the wild.
“The attack was reported to all the major vendors which approved the vulnerability and are currently working on finding a solution and releasing a patch,” according to a Cybellum blog.

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