US Government launches cybersecurity proposals

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Faced with an increasing threat from cybercrime, the US Government has published a draft report proposing that cybersecurity education should become a core part of the engineering degree curriculum. Another of its recommendations is that more must be done to alert the population as a whole to the potential dangers… Read more »

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Meltdown fix invalidates anti-virus software

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There is a new and sinister twist in the Meltdown/Spectre CPU saga. It now appears that the fixes issued by Microsoft to mitigate the problem are incompatible with several anti-virus systems. If the patch clashes with the device’s AV app it could cause ‘blue screen’ or ‘stop’ errors that prevent… Read more »

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Whose finger is on the nuclear button?

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A report from the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London has highlighted the risk of a cyberattack targeting nuclear weapons; whether by a rogue state, terrorist organisation or criminal gang. While the world’s nuclear arsenal has so far acted as an effective deterrent, the consequences could… Read more »

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Google Play hit by bogus security apps

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Google Play has come under attack from a cluster of authentic-looking Android apps masquerading as security tools. The thirty-six apps – which use names such as Guardian Antivirus, Smart Security, Deep Cleaner, Security Keeper and Advanced Boost – actually perform tasks that include scanning, junk cleaning, battery saving, app-locking and… Read more »

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Chips compromised by Spectre and Meltdown bugs

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By now you’ve heard plenty about Meltdown and Spectre, but this article by Bleeping Computer goes into a bit more technological detail about the background to the bugs, how they might be resolved, and the potential harm they can cause. Google has discovered that just about every Central Processing Unit… Read more »

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Researcher reveals longstanding macOS bug

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A hobbyist hacker codenamed Siguza has unearthed a macOS local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability that appears to have been lying dormant in the system since 2002. As macOS doesn’t fork out bug bounties, Siguza opted to disclose the discovery via Twitter on New Year’s Eve instead of privately alerting Apple…. Read more »

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Hackers jump air-gaps… again

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Air-gaps have long been considered immune to hacking – because they physically isolate a system from unsecured networks which themselves may be connected to the internet or a wider network. Researchers have forever been busy trialling and testing proof of concept hacks to bridge the air-gap, and they’ve successfully proven… Read more »

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New hacking group pulls off major bank heist

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According to Russian security firm Group-IB a new group of cyber criminals dubbed MoneyTaker has launched lucrative attacks on a number of US and Russian finance houses; harvesting millions of dollars. Its first incursion was in 2016 and, since then, it has robbed several US banks, plus other organisations in… Read more »

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