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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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Apple file system hit by new glitch

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For the third time since its introduction a year ago, Apple’s high-end file system (APFS) has fallen victim to a bug. The latest vulnerability affects macOS High Sierra, leaving the encryption passwords of users with external storage devices exposed in plaintext – and therefore wide open to attack. Not all… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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US elections undermined by obsolete equipment

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The rickety US electoral system is once again under the spotlight. It now appears that some voting machines are so ancient that it is almost impossible to tell whether or not they have been hacked. More than three quarters of US states have voting machines that are over ten years… Read more »

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Did Russia use doctor’s computer to destroy Syrian hospital?

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It looks likely that Russian warplanes used co-ordinates from a British surgeon’s computer to destroy a Syrian hospital. Mr David Nott OBE, known as the ‘Indiana Jones of Surgery’, has personally performed many lifesaving operations on Syrian casualties. In this instance, he was using Skype and WhatsApp remotely from London… Read more »

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Russian cyberattack concerns puts UK infrastructure on high alert

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Following on from the Salisbury chemical attack and the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, there is continued concern for the safety of Russian exiles resident in the UK. Members of the intelligence community, however, are conscious that Moscow may look to utilise cyber-attacks as part of its next step…. Read more »

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Iranian firm accused of hacking into hundreds of universities

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The US justice department has accused an Iranian company and 10 individuals of carrying out cyberattacks, many of which were aimed at universities around the world. The Mabna Institute was set up in 2013, and prosecutors in the US believe that it was established to help Iranian organisations get their… Read more »

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US gets tough on Russian cybercrooks

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Wherever you look at present, it seems there are Russians up to some sort of monkey business. Hot on the heels of the punitive measures doled out by Britain following the Salisbury nerve agent incident, nineteen Russian ‘spies’ have had US sanctions slapped on them for alleged meddling in the… Read more »

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