Are your emails secure?

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S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a protocol for sending digitally signed and encrypted messages. So far, so good. Unfortunately, if you use Microsoft Outlook to send secure emails, any set-up employing S/MIME may not be encrypted after all – leaving the email contents wide open to snoopers. The trouble… Read more »

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More medical records exposed

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The general health of cybersecurity in the medical profession can only be described as parlous. Yet another case of lame practice has resulted in the sensitive medical records of 150,000 patients (including sensitive medical information such as blood test results), amounting to more than 47GB of data, being left for… Read more »

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Don’t always do what a pop-up tells you

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Be wary of plausible-looking log-in forms – they could be a phishing attack designed to steal your password.  An Apple iOS researcher has discovered that it takes hardly any time or expertise to knock together the coding for a bogus pop-up requesting a user’s credentials. Even Apple’s two-factor authentication is… Read more »

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Fintech company ignores hole in its software

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Despite repeated warnings from a number of security organisations, Swiss banking technology company BPC continues to maintain that its SmartVista ecommerce software system remains secure. BPC deploys its SmartVista product suite in sixty countries, either as an individual point solution to meet a specific need or implemented together to form… Read more »

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Yahoo breach even bigger than first thought

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It now looks as if every one of Yahoo’s 3 billion account holders was affected by the data breach in 2013, a figure dramatically larger than the original estimate of 1 billion. Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon’s media and telematics subsidiary Oath Inc, was breached again in 2014,… Read more »

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The changing face of cybercrime

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According to speakers at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Massachusetts, the world of cybercrime is shifting as hackers line up new targets. Not that anyone nostalgic for the good old days need worry – ransomware and critical infrastructure attacks aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. It’s some interesting insight… Read more »

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Deputy US Attorney General proposes open door policy

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Many a classic Western has at its core the basic premise of bad-ish guy ridding a town of even graver threats – turning into a redeemed hero in the process. It should be the same in the world of cybersecurity, according to Rod Rosenstein, number two at the US Justice… Read more »

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Massive Equifax leak apparently caused by single employee

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According to its now former CEO Richard Smith, the Equifax data breach that began in March this year was the fault of a single unnamed employee. This hapless member of staff had been tasked with communicating instructions to the security team to deploy a software patch that was issued as… Read more »

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Online trading apps insecure

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There’s always an element of risk in playing the stock market. However, traders now have to face the extra hazard of having their money or personal data stolen. Alejandro Hernandez, a researcher with personal experience of online trading, has identified that several leading mobile stock trading applications have a number… Read more »

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Lack of hospital cybersecurity puts patients at risk

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There’s probably no mention of malware in the Hippocratic Oath. However, malicious software is now posing as much of a threat to patient’s lives as a hospital superbug or a slip of the scalpel. While doctors battle to restore their charges to good health, their efforts are being under mined… Read more »

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