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Apple chip supplier halted by virus

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The world’s largest supplier of semiconductors and microprocessors has lost a whole day’s production due to a virus that has infected its computer system. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) estimates the cost of lost production will be around $250 million, but expects to make up the shortfall during the fourth… Read more »

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Middle East hacker targets US electrics

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The hackers, who are rumoured to be state-sponsored and Iranian in origin, have attempted to launch Industrial Control System (ICS) attacks on America’s electrical supply industry – adding weight to warnings issued by Dan Coats, President Trump’s latest Director of National Security – that the US utilities sector is likely… Read more »

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SamSam ransomware an increasing threat

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Since its inception in late 2015, the SamSam hacking group has racked up $6 million from its ransomware activities. A new report from Sophos estimates that the threat actor’s profits are currently running at about $300,000 per month, paid into a variety of Bitcoin accounts. Its headcount of victims currently… Read more »

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Hacked Alaskan civil servants revert to old technology

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A local government department in the state of Alaska has been crippled by a ransomware infestation. The attack encrypted 500 desktop computers and 120 servers; encrypting internal systems, emails and back-up data, and also the door entry and telecoms systems. While the borough’s antivirus software succeeded in spotting one part… Read more »

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Data breach infects Singapore healthcare group

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Yet another healthcare provider has fallen victim to a major hack – this time in Singapore.  SingHealth, the island city-state’s largest healthcare group, has been hit by a data breach resulting in the theft of personal details from 1.5 million of its patients over the past three years. The hackers… Read more »

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Russians infiltrate US utility network

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The temperature in the cyberwar between the USA and Russia has ratcheted up another notch. It now appears that a state-sponsored Russian hacking team penetrated the US electricity network in 2017 – and may still be lurking inside it. This gives them the potential to inflict multiple power failures. The… Read more »

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Indian smart phone scammers pose as Russians

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A small number of smart phone users in India have fallen victim to a highly-targeted malware attack by being conned into downloading an open-source mobile device management (MDM) software package onto their iPhones. The attackers, who are based in India but are masquerading as Russians, have been operating since 2015… Read more »

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Investors back new medical cybersecurity outfit

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The healthcare sector has suffered more than its fair share of cyberattacks in recent times. In order to protect hard-pressed medical organisations from crippling incursions resulting from the growing connectedness of medical devices, several new specialist security firms are entering the market. The latest is a New-York based start-up called… Read more »

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12 Billion Dollar Scam

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A public service announcement has been released as an update on the Business E-mail Compromise 12 Billion Dollar Scam that has targeted both businesses and individuals using wire transfer payments. This announcement includes new Internet Crime Complaint information along with updated statistics from between October 2013 and May 2018. Using… Read more »

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Macy’s hit by data breach

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Macy’s, the iconic US retailer, and its sister department store Bloomingdales have suffered a data breach. While only a relatively small number of the store’s online customers are affected, the attackers have had access to their account passwords and user names for nearly two months. The breached data includes names,… Read more »

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