Tag Archives: 2014

Hack attack causes ‘massive damage’ at steel works

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A cyber attack on a steel mill’s plant network led to massive damage to one of the blast furnaces. Details emerged in the annual report of the German Federal Office for Information Security. Hackers used booby-trapped emails in order to steal logins that gave them access to the mill’s control… Read more »

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Sony’s hacking saga continues

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A series of recent hack attacks on Sony continues, this time shutting down the company’s online PlayStation store. Upon visiting the site, users are greeted with the message: “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” While the culprits of the recent attack on Sony Entertainment and the… Read more »

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Fin4 cyber gang focuses on theft of insider information

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Cyber thieves are increasingly targeting the email accounts of senior executives at financial institutions in an effort to steal insider trading information. The Fin4 gang has targeted over 100 companies in the last year, reports the BBC. Rather than stealing directly from the company, the gang makes its money by… Read more »

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North Korea does not deny Sony Pictures hack

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Sony Pictures is working to get back on track after its systems were hacked last week, followed by the online leak of a number of its unreleased movies. Many people believe that the perpetrator could be North Korea, but a spokesman for the the country only replied, “Wait and see,”… Read more »

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Phone scams on sharp incline in last year

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Phone scamming is on a sharp incline with thieves tricking unsuspecting victims out of a staggering £23.9m in the last year. That’s up over 300% on the previous year, which netted scammers £7m. Financial Fraud Action, a group which runs fraud prevention for the financial services industry, thinks that almost… Read more »

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Symantec discovers most sophisticated sypware ever seen

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Leading security agency Symantec has discovered a piece of malicious software called Regin, which is believed to be one of the most sophisticated ever seen. The agency believes that Regin has been in use for six years and was probably developed by a government in the West against a range… Read more »

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Sony Pictures Entertainment hacked

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Sony Pictures Entertainment was forced to shut down its computer systems on Monday after a large scale hack attack. According to BBC News, the attackers threatened to release data “secrets” if certain demands were not met, with a skull appearing on computer screens. The attack is being attributed to Guardians… Read more »

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Baby monitor streaming website shuts down

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A Russian-based website streaming life footage from thousands of web cams, CCTV cameras and baby monitors has shut down. The site, called Insecam, showed video feeds from across the globe whose owners had not changed the default security settings, including nearly 5,000 cameras in the US and over 500 in the… Read more »

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CryptoWall surpasses Cryptolocker infection rates

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With Cryptolocker seemingly out of commission, its less well-known twin CryptoWall has stepped out of the shadows and thrived, in a roughly five-month period infecting 625,000 victims worldwide, encrypting 5.25 billion files, collecting more than $1.1 million in ransoms and effectively surpassing its more famous sibling in infection rates, according to a… Read more »

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Shellshock: ‘Deadly serious’ new vulnerability found

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A “deadly serious” bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered. The flaw has been found in a software component known as Bash, which is a part of many Linux systems as well as Apple’s Mac operating system. The bug, dubbed Shellshock, can be… Read more »

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