Hackers claim to have breached 20,000 Superdrug accounts

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UK high street pharmacy Superdrug disclosed late last month that personal information belonging to 20,000 customers may have been breached. A spokeswoman for the health and beauty company explained that they were contacted by hackers who claimed that they had obtained the details and would release them unless a ransom… Read more »

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British Airways latest airline to fall victim to hackers

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Major airline British Airways has recently apologised for a major hack to its website, BA.com. Over the course of two weeks in late August and early September, 380,000 credit card transactions were compromised, including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code. While investigating the incident, cybersecurity… Read more »

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Patient vitals vulnerable to hacking

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A McAfee security researcher has recently revealed that hackers are able to falsify patients’ vitals by taking advantage of weak communications protocol between the patient monitoring equipment itself, and the central monitoring system. At DEF CON 26 security conference, researcher Douglas McKee explained that he managed to reverse engineer the… Read more »

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Butlins falls victim to phishing attack

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British family holiday firm Butlins has said that up to 34,000 of its guest records may have been stolen by hackers. The information included names, addresses, arrival dates for holidays, and contact details. Butlins does not believe that any financial information was accessed, however. It is believed that the information… Read more »

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Medical records threatened by bugs

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Yet again a healthcare operation has failed to meet acceptable standards of cybersecurity. OpenEMR is an internationally-deployed patient and practice management software system, storing the medical records of nearly 100 million patients from across the world. Due to the timely intervention of Project Security, an information security education platform, the… Read more »

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Apple chip supplier halted by virus

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The world’s largest supplier of semiconductors and microprocessors has lost a whole day’s production due to a virus that has infected its computer system. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) estimates the cost of lost production will be around $250 million, but expects to make up the shortfall during the fourth… Read more »

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Middle East hacker targets US electrics

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The hackers, who are rumoured to be state-sponsored and Iranian in origin, have attempted to launch Industrial Control System (ICS) attacks on America’s electrical supply industry – adding weight to warnings issued by Dan Coats, President Trump’s latest Director of National Security – that the US utilities sector is likely… Read more »

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Malvertising campaign exploits WordPress glitch

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Malicious actors have exploited security flaws in the WordPress Content Management System to launch a major malvertising campaign. Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point was first to identify this operation and suggests that it could be responsible for as many as 40,000 attempted infections each week. According to Check Point, the… Read more »

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Reddit undermined by SMS vulnerability

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US online forum and news digest website Reddit has fallen victim to a hack, due to the inadequacy of its two-factor Short Message Service (SMS) security system. The hack took place in June and has compromised a relatively small number of accounts; exposing usernames, email addresses and passwords – some… Read more »

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Bank reluctant to compensate cyberfraud victims

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As the result of an email hacking scam targeting UK law firms, an Essex couple were tricked by fraudsters into transferring £120,000 into a bogus bank account – which they believed was their solicitor’s. Neither their bank, the police nor Action Fraud have so far shown much interest in helping… Read more »

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