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INTERPOL uncovers pervasive ASEAN cybersecurity flaws

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A major international cyber taskforce led by INTERPOL’s Cyber Fusion Centre and involving private sector organisations as well as investigators from the major Southeast Asian countries discovered widespread systems failure across the region. This included thousands of malicious Command and Control servers and hundreds of compromised websites – among them… Read more »

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Olympic hackers up their game

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Cyber-spoilsports are using the increase in social media activity surrounding the Rio Olympic Games as an opportunity to target both fans and brands worldwide with social media scams and malicious apps. Olympic-related social content has increased dramatically in the lead-up to the games. Malicious content – including profanity, pornography, trademark… Read more »

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Legal iTunes download scuppers leading torrent operator

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The FBI has collared Ukranian Artem Vaulin, the man believed to be behind KickassTorrents (KAT) – the world’s biggest purveyor of torrent files. If Vaulin is convicted, there could be major implications for the illegal downloading of music, movies and TV shows. Ironically, Vaulin’s identification as KAT’s supremo came about… Read more »

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Back when the Duke of Edinburgh was hacked

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The National Museum of Computing (based at Bletchley Park, pictured left) has recently come into possession of a hoard of documents dating back to the mid 80’s, when two men called Robert Schifreen and Steve Gold hacked into BT’s Prestel system. According to Schifreen, the hack initially was the result… Read more »

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The hack attack on Ukraine’s national power grid continues

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In December, the computers at a power station in western Ukraine took on a life of their own. Operators watched in complete bemusement as cursors began to operate seemingly of their own free will and took offline a substation – meaning thousands of people were left without heat or light…. Read more »

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Criminal law is catching up

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Criminal law is scheduled to change in the coming months, with new crimes being included in the statute books such as revenge pornography and penalties for online trolling. This development is part of an ongoing review into internet-based crime, based on the realisation that the law urgently needs to catch… Read more »

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Macs vulnerable to new malware

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Apple Macs may be at risk from a malware which has originated from a company called HackingTeam who, amongst other products, produce surveillance software for governments. Ironically, HackingTeam was itself the subject of an attack in July last year where a large quantity of sensitive data was revealed, including the… Read more »

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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Personal data leaked from Department of Homeland Security

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An unidentified individual hacker has leaked a quantity of data relating to employees of the US government all located within the Department of Homeland Security, with a stark warning that the FBI is the next target on the list. The data was first sent to Motherboard, the well known technology… Read more »

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