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Diner’s customers hit by offensive tweets

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Hackers recently hijacked the Twitter account of US diner and sports bar operator Buffalo Wild Wings and used it to post insulting tweets. The restaurant’s 700,000 followers were bombarded with racist and scatological tweets over a twenty-minute period before the company spotted the incursion and took them down. The chicken… Read more »

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UK attorney general talks tough on cyberattacks

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In a recent speech at Chatham House, Britain’s Attorney General has declared that state sponsored cyberattacks should be viewed as acts of war and punished accordingly. Singling out Russia and North Korea, Jeffrey Wright QC called for sanctions against any country that tries to interfere with democratic elections or disrupt critical… Read more »

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Look out for the Big One

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Like a giant tsunami or earthquake, IT security pundits are predicting that the world will be hit by a cataclysmic infrastructure cyberattack within the next five years – according to the findings of a report by IoT security specialist Pwnie Express. Pwnie’s 2018 ‘Internet of Evil Things’ survey amongst nearly… Read more »

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Durham students hit by WannaCry

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As well as the NHS and Nissan’s Sunderland car plant, students at Durham Sixth Form Centre also suffered collateral damage from the WannaCry ransomware attack last spring. Several students lost coursework that would have counted towards their A and AS results. Security experts have criticised the college for being panicked… Read more »

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New York beefs up its cyber defences

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In the best 21st century thriller traditions, a mysterious new organisation called NYC Cyber Command (NYC3) is now working night and day to protect New York’s unwitting citizens from cyberattacks. Set up just under a year ago, the new cybersecurity agency has assembled a small, hand-picked team to fight the… Read more »

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Charities a target for cyberattack

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The Third Sector has come under fire in a number of ways recently, and it now transpires that 20% of charities have suffered a cyberattack within the last twelve months. Larger charities with an income over half a million pounds are the prime targets – losing on average nearly £1500… Read more »

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Europol busts major DDoS website

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An international crime-fighting coalition has cracked the team behind the Webstresser DDoS attacks on seven leading British banks in November 2017. The operation, led by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the Dutch police force and spanning eleven countries, has closed down the rogue website – which was making DDoS kits… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in poor health

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Investigations carried out in the wake of last year’s WannaCry cyberattack have revealed that all of England’s NHS trusts are failing to reach an adequate standard of cybersecurity. The NCSC pointed the finger of blame for the WannaCry attack in May 2017 at Lazarus, a North Korean hacking team. The… Read more »

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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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