SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

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Yahoo’s failure to disclose its infamous 2014 data breach has now resulted in a $35 million fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While the company has agreed to pay up, it is not actually admitting to any misconduct. Yahoo, which is now part of US telecoms giant… Read more »

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Hotel theft made easy

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Researchers at Finnish data security company F-Secure have devised a master key that could give felons access to thousands of hotel rooms. The two Finns have devoted numerous hours to finding a way of exploiting a vulnerability in the Vision by VingCard wireless locking system that secures millions of hotel… Read more »

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Europol busts major DDoS website

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An international crime-fighting coalition has cracked the team behind the Webstresser DDoS attacks on seven leading British banks in November 2017. The operation, led by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the Dutch police force and spanning eleven countries, has closed down the rogue website – which was making DDoS kits… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in poor health

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Investigations carried out in the wake of last year’s WannaCry cyberattack have revealed that all of England’s NHS trusts are failing to reach an adequate standard of cybersecurity. The NCSC pointed the finger of blame for the WannaCry attack in May 2017 at Lazarus, a North Korean hacking team. The… Read more »

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Something fishy about gambling house security

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The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network. With an increasing number of everyday appliances… Read more »

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Household chores app hit by databreach

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On the face of it, Ikea’s recently-acquired TaskRabbit app is a godsend for busy people. It helps the time-poor to hire freelance gardeners, cleaners, home movers and even assemblers of flat-pack furniture. Unfortunately, it now appears that TaskRabbit has suffered a data breach. While the company investigates further, it is… Read more »

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Are cyber battle lines the new nuclear deterrent?

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It seems that much of the next Cold War will be fought online. Security agencies in Britain and the US are working together to counter the increasing Russian penetration into western cyber networks. At the same time, the allies are infiltrating Russia’s own systems – so that they are in… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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Cisco highlights cyber threats

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Multinational tech heavyweight Cisco has issued a recent report emphasising the growing threat from ransomware. In the battle for control of the internet, hackers are deploying ever more sophisticated weaponry, while federal agencies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, malicious actors are exploiting the growth in encrypted web traffic… Read more »

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GWR passengers derailed by data breach

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Railway crime has moved on since the days of Ronnie Biggs and Buster Edwards. Most recently, hackers have breached the accounts of passengers on Great Western Railway. Furthermore, the message sent out to affected customers by GWR caused further consternation – in case it was also a scam. Admittedly a… Read more »

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