OnePlus hit by data breach

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has admitted that 40,000 of its customers have suffered credit card losses as the result of a breach to one of its systems. The accident-prone handset company has responded swiftly to the incursion; eliminating the malicious script, quarantining the compromised server and tightening up security in… Read more »

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UK must prepare for major cyberattacks

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In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, Ciaran Martin – CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre – highlighted the inevitability of a Category One cyberattack hitting the UK within the next two years. So far, the most serious incursion to affect Britain so far is been WannaCry. Despite causing… Read more »

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Cyber insurance increasingly important

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Confirming the World Economic Forum’s view that cyberattacks rank alongside natural disasters as the most serious threats to civilisation, Lloyd’s of London now estimates that a serious hack could cost the global economy as much as major recent hurricanes such as Harvey, Maria, Irma, and Katrina – in excess of… Read more »

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US hospital catches ransomware bug

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A hospital in Indiana has coughed up $60,000 to attackers who infected its information systems with Samsam ransomware. The opportunistic hackers capitalised on the severe weather and a serious flu outbreak to force the hospital into paying out four bitcoins to have its patient records unencrypted. The miscreants have now… Read more »

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Intel flaw leaves system backdoor open

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Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure has discovered a glitch in Intel’s processors that would take any malicious actor with physical access to a PC or laptop less than a minute to exploit. The vulnerability lies in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) remote maintenance feature, leaving a backdoor wide open to intruders…. Read more »

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Cyberattacks now a top three global threat

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Forget nuclear war, terrorism, and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, the three greatest threats to mankind are natural disasters, extreme weather and, you guessed it, cyberattacks. With so many aspects of modern day existence dependent on the Internet, the WEF’s Global Risks Report for 2018 cites ransomware… Read more »

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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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