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US heart patients have their records stolen

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EMMC, a hospital in Maine USA, has taken over a month to notify cardiac patients that their records have been stolen. An external hard drive containing the personal data and medical history of over 600 patients went missing just before Christmas. The hospital delayed letting the affected parties know in… Read more »

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Dummy servers expose attack techniques

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The BBC has commissioned a research exercise carried out by security company Cybereason that uses authentic-looking ‘honeypot’ servers to study the activities of internet bots. The results have revealed that it takes a bot little more than an hour to identify a new server and to check it out for… Read more »

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NCSC winning the war on phishing

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has foiled a number of attempted phishing exploits; including ones purporting to be from the NHS, HMRC and other high profile and respected brands. Phishing emails encourage recipients to open malicious attachments containing malware or to log in to bogus sites which allow the… Read more »

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Beware of bogus attachments

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The latest burst of malspam is using PDFs featuring bogus receipts to spread a new strain of ransomware called GandCrab. First an email arrives with a PDF attachment that contains a captcha to prove the recipient is a human being. A click on this will release a rogue Word document…. Read more »

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UK Government gets tough on cybersecurity

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In an attempt to concentrate the minds of organisations on cybersecurity, the British Government is planning to hit critical infrastructure businesses with heavy fines if their security defence systems are not up to scratch. If firms do not report incidents such as power outages, environmental threats, and hardware failure, fail… Read more »

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Bitcoin burglars hit the West Country

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It was only a matter of time before the first cryptocurrency hold-up occurred – and now it has. The sleepy South Oxfordshire village of Moulsford was stunned when four masked robbers broke into the house of Bitcoin trader Daniel Ashton brandishing firearms. They threatened his girlfriend and baby, forcing him… Read more »

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Winter Games targeted by hackers

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The Winter Olympics, which starts on 9th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea is already a target for hackers. Throughout the run up to the event, there have been apparent state-sponsored hackers, such as a campaign from Russia leaking Olympic documents, and possible North Korean hackers spying on South Korean Olympic… Read more »

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Hackers hit Japanese bitcoin exchange

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Attackers have stolen over half a billion dollars worth of digital currency from Coincheck, a leading Tokyo cryptocurrency trading exchange. The exchange has responded by suspending the withdrawal of virtually all digital currency and has alerted Japan’s Financial Services Agency and the police. This attack is not without precedent. Four… Read more »

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Cloud failure could be catastrophic

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If a major cloud provider was taken down – even for a few days – the cost to business could be astronomical. A new report from Lloyd’s of London and international risk modeller AIR Worldwide estimates that a three to six day cloud outage in the US might cost as… Read more »

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Google’s parent enters cybersecurity market

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Google’s parent company Alphabet has unveiled a new cybersecurity operation. The new venture, which trades under the name of Chronicle, will market security software to blue chip customers in an attempt to cash in on a cybersecurity market that is estimated to be worth $100 billion. Chronicle is based on… Read more »

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