Tag Archives: Cybercrime

Russian hackers try to rig British votes

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Widely believed to have meddled in the US Presidential election, it now seems likely that Russian actors interfered with the Brexit vote and this year’s snap General Election in June as well. According to the head of National Cyber Security Centre (the subdivision of GCHQ launched in October 2016 to… Read more »

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‘Hack and trade’ scheme uncovered

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Ponzi, Madoff, Enron and Boesky are all names that strike fear into the hearts of legitimate stock market traders. The latest and most technologically savvy addition to this rogues’ gallery is Pennsylvanian day trader Joseph Willner; who has just been indicted for running a lucrative cyber ‘boiler room’ scheme to… Read more »

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New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, it is a new financial hacking team, dubbed ‘Silence’ by Kapersky Labs, that are taking inspiration from preeminent cybercrime outfit Carbanak, which is believed to have harvested over $1bn from the international finance sector. While the two… Read more »

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FBI requests help fighting DDoS attacks

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As part of its effort to stem the ever-growing flow of DDoS attacks, the FBI is asking corporate victims to share details of incidents. The kind of information they are looking for includes the attackers’ traffic protocols, IP, email and cryptocurrency wallet addresses, netflow and packet capture logs; plus the… Read more »

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The changing face of cybercrime

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According to speakers at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Massachusetts, the world of cybercrime is shifting as hackers line up new targets. Not that anyone nostalgic for the good old days need worry – ransomware and critical infrastructure attacks aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. It’s some interesting insight… Read more »

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Popular second hand tech retailer hacked

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In the old days, robbers and looters would break into an electronics store and make off with TVs, camcorders, stereos and whatever else they could carry. In the modern world they just steal its customers’ identities. CeX, a major retailer of second hand technology and computer games headquartered in London’s… Read more »

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Social media prompts growth in identity fraud

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A new report by not-for-profit fraud prevention specialist Cifas reveals that identity fraud in the UK is spiraling out of control. Due to the huge increase in data held online, criminals are increasingly using social engineering techniques to exploit flaws in human psychology to manipulate their victims into jeopardising their… Read more »

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Ransomware a rare(r) but potent threat

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A recent report by AV-Test states that despite the amount of airtime and articles devoted to ransomware, this particular type of malware only accounts for a small percentage of global cyberattacks. Despite its relatively small share of the cybercrime market, the study by AV-Test, an independent organisation that evaluates antivirus… Read more »

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The 10 most hacked countries

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At a time when interest in the popular music charts is on the wane, a new Top Ten has emerged – the Hacking Chart. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has produced a cyberattack map, revealing that the ten most hacked countries are Vietnam, Russia, India, Germany, US, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico,… Read more »

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Hijacking robots – more than just good sci-fi

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Researchers have identified ways in which hackers are able to seize remote control of internet connected industrial robots, allowing them to use the automated workforce in a variety of subversive and potentially dangerous ways. With an increasing number of manufacturing processes becoming computerised and automated, hacking presents a real threat…. Read more »

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