Deputy US Attorney General proposes open door policy

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Many a classic Western has at its core the basic premise of bad-ish guy ridding a town of even graver threats – turning into a redeemed hero in the process. It should be the same in the world of cybersecurity, according to Rod Rosenstein, number two at the US Justice… Read more »

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Massive Equifax leak apparently caused by single employee

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According to its now former CEO Richard Smith, the Equifax data breach that began in March this year was the fault of a single unnamed employee. This hapless member of staff had been tasked with communicating instructions to the security team to deploy a software patch that was issued as… Read more »

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Online trading apps insecure

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There’s always an element of risk in playing the stock market. However, traders now have to face the extra hazard of having their money or personal data stolen. Alejandro Hernandez, a researcher with personal experience of online trading, has identified that several leading mobile stock trading applications have a number… Read more »

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Lack of hospital cybersecurity puts patients at risk

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There’s probably no mention of malware in the Hippocratic Oath. However, malicious software is now posing as much of a threat to patient’s lives as a hospital superbug or a slip of the scalpel. While doctors battle to restore their charges to good health, their efforts are being under mined… Read more »

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There’s a hole in my bucket

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Amazon’s S3 servers are proving to be distinctly leaky. Security advisers have identified that over a third of its cloud storage buckets appear to be unencrypted, and 7% are currently exposed online. Already this year, S3’s misconfiguration has resulted in several data breaches, including high profile leaks at Wells Fargo,… Read more »

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Botnets assemble

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A powerful and aggressive global army is on the march, and it isn’t Islamic State or North Korean or Russian – at least not specifically. It’s an army of botnets. According to cybersecurity specialist Symantec’s latest botnet tracker, the worldwide botnet army was swelled by 6.7million new bots during 2016…. Read more »

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Tech firms targeted through CCleaner backdoor

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It’s bad enough when a piece of security software installed on nearly three quarters of a million PCs turns out to be corrupted. It’s even worse when it appears that this may be a backdoor through which hackers can and have released malware into the affected systems. To find that… Read more »

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School’s out – thanks to some hackers

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Students in Flathead Valley, Montana recently found themselves with an unscheduled long weekend vacation, due to a cyber attack on the district’s education community by a hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord. The attackers are believed to have harvested sensitive information on past and present pupils, parents and staff at thirty… Read more »

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Record-breaking year for breaches

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The first half of 2017 has already witnessed more data leaks and thefts than in the whole of the previous year. So far 1.9 billion records have been compromised since January 1st, up from 1.37 billion in the whole of 2016 – that means, on average, every day over 10… Read more »

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Equifax compounds data breach fiasco

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Not content with falling victim to one of the worst data breaches in history, leading credit rating firm Equifax has been sending its anxious customers to a fake website to check whether or not they have been compromised. Fortunately for all concerned, the site’s developer had no evil intentions, but… Read more »

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