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Tech firms targeted through CCleaner backdoor

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It’s bad enough when a piece of security software installed on nearly three quarters of a million PCs turns out to be corrupted. It’s even worse when it appears that this may be a backdoor through which hackers can and have released malware into the affected systems. To find that… Read more »

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School’s out – thanks to some hackers

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Students in Flathead Valley, Montana recently found themselves with an unscheduled long weekend vacation, due to a cyber attack on the district’s education community by a hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord. The attackers are believed to have harvested sensitive information on past and present pupils, parents and staff at thirty… Read more »

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Record-breaking year for breaches

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The first half of 2017 has already witnessed more data leaks and thefts than in the whole of the previous year. So far 1.9 billion records have been compromised since January 1st, up from 1.37 billion in the whole of 2016 – that means, on average, every day over 10… Read more »

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Bluetooth leaves gates wide open to cyberattacks

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Locking our house or car comes as second nature. Switching off our Bluetooth connection when we’re not using it should also be an automatic security measure. Why? Because researchers have identified an attack called BlueBorne that exploits a range of vulnerabilities inherent in Bluetooth’s implementation in several software systems –… Read more »

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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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