Asia is ransomware central

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Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report reveals that ransomware is now the most profitable form of cybercrime, and that Asia is the part of the world that suffers the most ransomware attacks. The top three victims were Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela; with Japan, Finland and USA amongst the least affected…. Read more »

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US states split over election security

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Such is the current paranoia surrounding unfriendly foreign regimes meddling in democratic elections through hacking, some US states are seriously considering returning to traditional paper ballots. At present, there is no consensus. The states with the best security track record, Colorado and Rhode Island, exclusively use paper-based voting systems. Other… Read more »

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Android devices contaminated at source

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A malware Trojan called Triada has infected more than forty Android models, according to Russian cybersecurity outfit Doctor Web. Furthermore, it appears that the highly sophisticated bug is installed into the Android firmware during the manufacturing process – so each device is already spiked before the user even purchases it…. Read more »

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Games company zapped by data breach

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The US division of a Japanese video game developer and publisher has been hit by a major data breach. Customers of NIS America had their personal and financial details compromised in the early part of 2018. Between January 23rd and February 26th, hackers gained access to the addresses and payment… Read more »

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UK announces new IoT safety guidelines

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As part of its Security by Design review, The British Government is introducing a new code of practice to ensure that connected technology companies incorporate effective security systems into their IoT devices. Many manufacturers, service providers and developers have taken criticism for failing to make their products safe from hackers… Read more »

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Dating agency hackers caught in flagrante

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As part of an overall crackdown on hacking, the Ukrainian authorities have successfully prosecuted two cyber criminals who had been operating a distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion scheme for several years. The two miscreants – one male, one female – also ran a dating agency. Their first target was… Read more »

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German Government mauled by Fancy Bear

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The Federal Government of Germany’s IT network is currently under serious cyberattack, apparently from notorious Russian state-sponsored hacking group Fancy Bear – prime suspects in previous federal disruptions in Germany, as well as interference in the US presidential election. It appears that the principle targets in the latest offensive against… Read more »

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Tech companies fall foul of the Irish regulator

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A number of US tech companies have established European HQs in Ireland, due to the Emerald Isle’s favourable tax regime. However, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is not allowing them carte blanche. WhatsApp has incurred the DPC’s wrath for failing to deliver on its pledge to discontinue user data… Read more »

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Small Town, USA takes cyber hit

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You don’t have to be a big fish to attract the attentions of a predatory cybercriminal. Yarrow Point is a small village in Washington State with a population of little more than 1,000.  Despite this, it has suffered a succession of hacks that left its mayor with a red face… Read more »

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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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