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Articles of interest from the week of April 22, 2019


FBI Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3): Cybercrime Surges in 2018, Causing $2.7 Billion in Losses
This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its 2018 Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3). In 2018, the IC3 responded to over 350,000 complaints and observed an estimated $2.7 billion in financial losses as a result of reported cybercrime. This annual report provides readers a glimpse into the types of cybercrimes being reported to the FBI and the trending threats the Bureau has responded to in the last year. (By Harrison Van Riper, Digital Shadows)

Apple Edges Closer to Cursory Code Review for All Mac Apps
Apple will soon make a code review mandatory for all applications distributed outside its own Mac App Store by new developers, a first step towards requiring all Mac software to pass similar reviews. (By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld)

Which Employees Receive the Most Highly Targeted Email-Borne Threats?
Workers in R&D/Engineering are the most heavily targeted group of employees within organizations, a new Proofpoint report says, and lower-level employees are at a higher risk of email-borne cyber threats than higher-level management roles and executives. (By Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security)

Exploits for Social Warfare WordPress Plugin Reach Critical Mass
Active exploits for a recently disclosed bug in a popular WordPress plugin, Social Warfare, are snowballing in the wild – potentially putting more than 40,000 websites at risk. (By Tara Seals, Threatpost)

Global Insurer, Hiscox: Firms Still Struggling to Get Cyber-Ready
Nearly three-quarters of global firms fell short of adequate cyber-readiness, despite the majority ranking online threats as the number one risk to their business, according to Hiscox. (By Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine)

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