Another hospitality business suffers data breach

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Hotels and casinos provide a prime target for hackers, due to the fact that they hold valuable customer data such as passport and payment card details, as well as having multiple access points to their central booking systems. Their clientele also tend to be well-heeled. The customers of a number… Read more »

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Keep tabs on your phone

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The great smartphone dilemma is whether to opt for safe and boring or insecure and interesting. Anyone in possession of an all-singing, all-dancing mobile should make sure they are fully aware of its vulnerabilities and take preventative measures. Most people keep a treasure trove of valuable data on their phone,… Read more »

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Customers’ biometric data breached

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The stated mission of US payment kiosk vendor Avanti Markets is ‘to fundamentally transform the unattended retail market experience through innovative thinking, the use of technology and great customer service’. Unfortunately, these fine principles have been somewhat undermined by a malware breach that has placed its customers’ personal data, payment… Read more »

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UN agency releases global cybersecurity ranking

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Who should we turn to for advice on how to fight cybercrime? Why, Singapore; of course! Sometimes it helps being a centrally controlled city state… when it comes to cybersecurity infrastructure, for instance. According to a new UN report, with a few notable exceptions such as Singapore (1st spot) and… Read more »

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Ransomware a rare(r) but potent threat

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A recent report by AV-Test states that despite the amount of airtime and articles devoted to ransomware, this particular type of malware only accounts for a small percentage of global cyberattacks. Despite its relatively small share of the cybercrime market, the study by AV-Test, an independent organisation that evaluates antivirus… Read more »

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New UK cyber intelligence centre being kept busy

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Not even a year into its operations and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which only launched in October last year, has already dealt with 480 incidents. These have ranged in magnitude from 29 major episodes such as the WannaCry attack (which ranked as a C2 – almost a C1,… Read more »

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Consumer brand giant counts the cost of cyberattack

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British household goods company Reckitt Benckiser has put a figure on the cost of the cyberattack that clobbered it and numerous other businesses in June this year. In a statement released the week following the attack the businesses predicts that revenue will be down 2% on the same period in… Read more »

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Cisco & McAffee aim to stamp out human error

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Human nature dictates that, if we see something we know we shouldn’t touch, we nevertheless feel an overwhelming urge to do it anyway – fire alarms, wet paint, the link to a dodgy attachment. To save us from ourselves, networking giant Cisco is coupling McAfee’s Advanced Threat Defence (ATD) to… Read more »

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Vaccination against Petya ransomware

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Researchers have come up with counter measures to tackle the new strain of Petya ransomware that is currently infecting computers across more than 60 countries. The malware was for a short time feared to be ‘invincible’ as it had no kill-switch (WannaCry had a URL which allowed for quick deactivation)…. Read more »

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