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Ransomware becoming more targeted

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Purveyors of ransomware have, until now, tended to adopt a shotgun approach; spraying malicious code across as wide a field (aka the Internet) as possible in the hope that some of it will hit a victim. It now appears that they have switched their weapon of choice to a sniper… Read more »

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New UK cyber intelligence centre being kept busy

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Not even a year into its operations and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which only launched in October last year, has already dealt with 480 incidents. These have ranged in magnitude from 29 major episodes such as the WannaCry attack (which ranked as a C2 – almost a C1,… Read more »

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UCL attack driven by malvertising

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The formidable AdGholas malvertising threat group is now believed to be linked to the recent ransomware attack on University College London. The malvertising group, which used its Astrum Exploit Kit to distribute the Mole ransomware, appears to be moving away from its traditional theatre of operations in banking malware in… Read more »

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Top university takes ransomware hit

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University College London, one of the world’s most eminent seats of learning, has suffered a ransomware attack that has severely affected access to the files of its academics. Initially the malware infestation, which circumvented the college’s antivirus system, was thought to be the result of a phishing excursion. It now… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Polish banks suffer cyberattack… from their regulator

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In any good detective story, the villain generally turns out to be the least likely suspect. So, true to the trope, when Poland’s banks investigated the source of the most serious malware attack in their history, they found that the unwitting culprit was none other than KNF – their own… Read more »

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Sharp growth in cybercrime insurance

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The Financial Times quotes a report compiled by CFC that shows a 50% growth in UK insurance policies taken out against cyberattacks during 2016. Lloyd’s of London has seen a huge increase in cyber insurance uptake, and has now introduced 15 different types of cover just for cyber crime, in… Read more »

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Madison Square Garden hit by hackers

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Hackers have harvested credit card data from sports and entertainment customers of the Madison Square Garden Company. The attacks, which were found to have been going on for a year, took place across the numerous venues owned by the company, and are thought to have exposed millions of customers’ names,… Read more »

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ATMs across Europe hit by cyber raids

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Long gone are the days when crooks needed a JCB to ram-raid an ATM. Nowadays hackers can use malware to force cash machines to spit out their contents. For example, a hacker group named Cobalt launched a series of bold cyberattacks on ATMs across Europe over the course of several… Read more »

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Cyber attack leaves Finns in the cold

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Mean-spirited hackers left residents shivering when they launched a recent DDoS attack on the heating systems at two apartment blocks in Finland. Using IoT devices, the cyber attack disabled the computer systems that control the buildings’ central heating and hot water distribution. Once the affected smart home systems had been… Read more »

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