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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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Rethinking two-factor authentication

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When it comes to account security it seems that the long-touted 2-factor authentication via SMS code is no longer up to the job. Two-factor authentication, in the form of a password and a temporary code sent to phones by SMS text message, is no longer viewed as adequately secure, following… Read more »

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Intel sheds cyber security arm

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As part of its major restructuring programme, Intel is reported to be considering the sale of its cybersecurity arm Intel Security (previously named McAfee – which it acquired in 2011). The chip-maker never quite succeeded in its quest to incorporate McAfee’s cyber security technology into its products and is now… Read more »

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