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Iranian firm accused of hacking into hundreds of universities

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The US justice department has accused an Iranian company and 10 individuals of carrying out cyberattacks, many of which were aimed at universities around the world. The Mabna Institute was set up in 2013, and prosecutors in the US believe that it was established to help Iranian organisations get their… Read more »

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German Government mauled by Fancy Bear

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The Federal Government of Germany’s IT network is currently under serious cyberattack, apparently from notorious Russian state-sponsored hacking group Fancy Bear – prime suspects in previous federal disruptions in Germany, as well as interference in the US presidential election. It appears that the principle targets in the latest offensive against… Read more »

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Size doesn’t matter to cyber crooks

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It is not just the big-name corporates that are at risk from cyberattack, states leading UK insolvency consultant Business Rescue Expert.SMEs are equally likely to suffer attacks and are less likely to have initiated effective defense procedures. As well as hitting a small business in the pocket, a cyberattack can… Read more »

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Britain points finger at Russia over NotPetya

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The British government has openly accused its Russian counterparts of launching the NotPetya cyberattack last summer that cost western European companies such as Reckitt Benckiser and Moller-Maersk multiple millions of pounds. The attack, which was originally aimed at Ukrainian commercial and political targets, spread collateral damage across the wider international… Read more »

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Hackers hit Japanese bitcoin exchange

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Attackers have stolen over half a billion dollars worth of digital currency from Coincheck, a leading Tokyo cryptocurrency trading exchange. The exchange has responded by suspending the withdrawal of virtually all digital currency and has alerted Japan’s Financial Services Agency and the police. This attack is not without precedent. Four… Read more »

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Cloud failure could be catastrophic

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If a major cloud provider was taken down – even for a few days – the cost to business could be astronomical. A new report from Lloyd’s of London and international risk modeller AIR Worldwide estimates that a three to six day cloud outage in the US might cost as… Read more »

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Hackers jump air-gaps… again

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Air-gaps have long been considered immune to hacking – because they physically isolate a system from unsecured networks which themselves may be connected to the internet or a wider network. Researchers have forever been busy trialling and testing proof of concept hacks to bridge the air-gap, and they’ve successfully proven… Read more »

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New hacking group pulls off major bank heist

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According to Russian security firm Group-IB a new group of cyber criminals dubbed MoneyTaker has launched lucrative attacks on a number of US and Russian finance houses; harvesting millions of dollars. Its first incursion was in 2016 and, since then, it has robbed several US banks, plus other organisations in… Read more »

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Phishing pages become even more convincing

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If you believe you’re safe from online fraud or phishing attacks because you only browse websites which have EV SSL certificates, you are – sadly – wrong. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Extended Validation… Read more »

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Attackers use fake screenshots for extortion

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is the nightmare of any Windows user. What joyous announcement, then, that the next time you see it, you may ‘just’ be getting spammed. It goes like this: up pops the BSOD, accompanied by some irritating beeping, followed by a Windows Troubleshooter pop-up offering… Read more »

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