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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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Barclays now the ‘listening’ bank

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Barclays bank is leading the way in introducing voice recognition as a form of ID. The technology recognises a customer’s unique formation of words, cancelling the need for security questions or passwords. The bank assures its customers that the system is foolproof – it will still be able to distinguish… 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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Whistleblower Snowden designs spy-proof smartphone case

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Edward Snowden has announced he is developing a counter surveillance device. Taking the form of a modified iPhone 6 case, the device alerts users if their smartphone is transmitting information that could potentially be monitored – more effectively than switching it to ‘airplane mode’. Snowden is working in partnership with… Read more »

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New defense against car hacking

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Car-hacking has become a popular sport in the cyber security community, and recent news stories about Honda, Jeep and numerous other big automotive names being hacked have highlighted the vulnerability of new-age cars. Unsurprisingly, as cases of successful hacks rise so does the effort being put into developing defensive tools… 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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New ransomware is devil’s own work

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Satana, a new strain of ransomware believed to originate in Russia, is posing a fresh threat to computer security. On the one hand it has the ability to encrypt files. On the other, it can corrupt Windows’ Master Boot Record (MBR), blocking the booting process. Victims have to pay a… Read more »

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Is security software a Trojan Horse?

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Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has identified that, far from simply providing protection against hack attacks for computers, anti virus programmes could actually be offering a route in for hackers. The findings came as a result of Ormandy’s work on Symantec’s suite of security products, which he found to be… Read more »

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LizardStresser becomes IoT botnet-du-jour

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The LizardStresser botnet has allowed hackers to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to launch denial-of-service attacks on Brazilian banks, global gaming sites and government organisations. According to security firm Arbour Networks, an increasing number of criminals are using the botnet to hijack IoT devices by accessing them through users’… Read more »

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