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Profitable ransomware industry with a conscience

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Cyber security firm McAfee reports that ransomware attacks have increased by 128% over the past year, with one attacker netting $120m in just six months. Despite these stats, the story has a heart-warming element. On underground forums some of the usually rather more unscrupulous hackers have condemned their peers for… Read more »

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‘Paranoid’ Android under quadruple attack

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Security firm Checkpoint has identified that 900 million Android devices are currently at risk from hackers. Due to four new vulnerabilities – dubbed Quadrooter – hackers can potentially gain rooting privileges, which would then give them full control over the affected device. Google and hardware manufacturer Qualcomm have introduced measures… Read more »

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Russians could tinker with US election result

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Just when the US election seemed to have reached unprecedented levels of farce, a new joker has appeared in the pack. After the Bush/Gore vote-counting debacle in 2000, America introduced an electronic voting system. While this solved a lot of problems, it created a number of new ones – as… Read more »

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Internet of Things is full of holes

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The IoT is becoming increasingly prone to cyber attacks. With the connectivity between smart devices such as CCTV cameras, solar panels, thermostats, door locks and even sex toys, a cyber criminal can access the whole IoT ecosystem via a mobile phone, app or cloud interface. While individual IoT users are… Read more »

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Guardian Project offers protection for ‘smart homes’ from digital attack

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Guardian Project, a not-for-profit global collective of software developers, is using the Dark Net to keep hackers out of people’s baby monitors, toasters, light bulbs and fridges. It is utilising privacy software from the Tor Project’s anonymity network to turn the Internet-of-things hub into a hidden service. This will prevent… Read more »

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Ransomware attacks reach epidemic levels

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Security firm Symantec has revealed that ransomware attacks are growing in number, sophistication and menace. This has resulted in a rise of average demands from just over £200 to around £500 since the start of 2016. “Ransomware has quickly emerged as one of the most dangerous cyberthreats facing both organisations… Read more »

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Beware of the Great Train Hackers

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Forget emergency time tables and overcrowded carriages during rush hour – a bigger threat to commuters’ sanity and the UK’s railway network may well be cyber attacks. State-sponsored hackers have already been identified in the Network Rail system, though they are currently not actively influencing operations. However, they do have… Read more »

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Swift attacks on financial institutions continue

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The Bangladesh Central Bank is not the only financial institution to have suffered a cyber attack via its use of the Swift system, it has been revealed. Swift is a financial messaging system commonly used across the world to move huge sums of money and the latest attack will send… Read more »

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Cyber attacks on German state

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Recent attacks on the German parliament’s computer system have been attributed to a hacking collective ostensibly working for the Russian state. Though Russia has not responded to this allegation, German authorities believe the group to be Sofacy/APT 28, a collective closely allied with the Russian state. There has been a… Read more »

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National infrastructure at risk

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The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies has produced a study in collaboration with Lockheed Martin titled ‘The Integrated Infrastructure: Cyber Resiliency in Society’. The study was built around a fictional scenario involving total power outages in London and the south east of England. The various impact scenarios included… Read more »

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