‘Hack and trade’ scheme uncovered

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Ponzi, Madoff, Enron and Boesky are all names that strike fear into the hearts of legitimate stock market traders. The latest and most technologically savvy addition to this rogues’ gallery is Pennsylvanian day trader Joseph Willner; who has just been indicted for running a lucrative cyber ‘boiler room’ scheme to… Read more »

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University perpetrates second data leak this year

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The communication of knowledge to students is an integral part of a university’s brief – but not when it’s confidential medical information on one of their staff members. The University of East Anglia has a history of accidentally leaking confidential health details. Earlier this year UEA circulated highly sensitive personal… Read more »

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Google launches malvertising counter attack

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In order to prevent its users from being steered onto bogus websites, Google is planning on launching three new Chrome security features in early 2018 – designed to counter the wave of malicious ads infesting its systems. This kind of malvertising-based URL redirection uses JavaScript code installed in iframes embedded… Read more »

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Search engines hijacked by banking Trojan

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Hackers are always eager to stay one step ahead of their victims. As internet users become more alert to the threat of phishing attacks, so attackers are dressing up their malware dumps in more imaginative ways. Their latest ploy is to use SEO to position bogus links at the top… Read more »

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New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, it is a new financial hacking team, dubbed ‘Silence’ by Kapersky Labs, that are taking inspiration from preeminent cybercrime outfit Carbanak, which is believed to have harvested over $1bn from the international finance sector. While the two… Read more »

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Aussies hit for six by data breach

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A hole in an Amazon S3 bucket has left 50,000 private and public sector workers in Australia exposed online. While the data breach has now been rectified, it’s still not clear whether any private and sensitive information has fallen into malicious hands. It appears that a third party contractor left… Read more »

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WordPress gets itself in a fix

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It’s bad news when you try to sort out a problem and the solution just makes matters worse. WordPress, the world’s most popular CMS and supporter of 60 million websites (28% of the total number), now knows this only too well. Back in September, WordPress issued a fix to rectify… Read more »

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Employees paying out for ransomware

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Ransomware is not only spreading like an infectious disease, but it is also having a psychological effect on its victims. A new survey reveals that nearly 60% of company employees are so panicked by becoming victims of a ransomware attack that they pay the ransom demand themselves – rather than… Read more »

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Bad Rabbit from same hutch as NotPetya

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It seems likely that the recent Bad Rabbit ransomware attack on Russia and Ukraine originates from the same source as the NotPetya infestation earlier this year. Since this article was originally published, there have been some German and Turkish victims of this bug. The actors behind both attacks go by… Read more »

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Study finds Millennials most susceptible to phishing

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You might expect the young and tech savvy to be less gullible than their parents’ generation when it comes to cybercrime. However, in surprising news and according to a recent Get Safe Online study, this is not the case. A youthful Millennial is twice as likely to fall for a… Read more »

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