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Ransomware made easy

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To coincide with Def Con and Black Hat, cybersecurity’s two biggest events, the BBC has been scrutinising the world of internet crime – in particular how easy it is to become a cyber criminal. The dramatic growth in ransomware is attributed to the ready availability, from a run-of-the-mill search engine,… Read more »

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Mobile phones continue to be hit by ransomware

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A recent discussion on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme featured individuals who have had either their phones or computers locked, coupled with a demand for money to release the device from its disabled state. This is called ransomware – the clue is in the name. The amounts demanded as ransom… Read more »

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Barclay’s bank customer data stolen and sold to brokers

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On Sunday 9th February UK bank, Barclays, reported that it was reviewing up to 2,000 files of customer data that was handed to them by the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The newspaper said in an article that it was given the files by a person it described as a ‘whistle blower’,… Read more »

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SpyEye bank hacking ‘mastermind’ pleads guilty

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A Russian programmer accused of creating one of the most widely used bank account hacking tool kits has pleaded guilty to a related charge in the US. It is alleged that Aleksandr Panin developed SpyEye, Trojan malware that uses a variety of techniques to siphon off victims’ savings. Panin has pleaded guilty… Read more »

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