Tag Archives: Cybercrime

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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Over a quarter of SMEs still don’t train staff on cyber threats

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Running a small business is no mean feat – ensuring that the business is making a profit from day to day is a 24/7 job on its own, and the list of wider responsibilities that fall under the business owner’s remit is ever-growing. But in today’s tech age, SMEs now… Read more »

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Three Mobile hack larger than thought

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Three Mobile, Britain’s fourth largest mobile telecoms provider, has now revealed that nearly a quarter of a million of its customers were affected by its data breach in November 2016 – over 76,000 more than they first reported. The scam’s apparent master plan was to hijack a Three Mobile system… Read more »

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National Crime Survey shows significant rise in cybercrime

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Last week it was revealed that more than five and a half million cyber offences now take place in the UK each year, which accounts for around half of all crimes committed across the country. The stats were published as part of the annual Crime Survey of England and Wales… Read more »

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Net security undermined by Minecraft

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Internet supersleuth Brian Krebs has devoted ‘hundreds of hours’ to tracing the origin of the botnet that took out his blog last year – along with Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Talk Talk and the Post Office. Krebs reckons the Mirai botnet behind the DDoS attacks, the largest in internet history, can… Read more »

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Your toothbrush is watching you

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With the advent of the Internet of Things, intelligence agencies may soon be able to monitor our every movement – even the most private ones. The US Office of National Intelligence is already using six paradigms for collecting intelligence. They now have a new protocol called TEMPINT (temporal intelligence) which… Read more »

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Sharp growth in cybercrime insurance

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The Financial Times quotes a report compiled by CFC that shows a 50% growth in UK insurance policies taken out against cyberattacks during 2016. Lloyd’s of London has seen a huge increase in cyber insurance uptake, and has now introduced 15 different types of cover just for cyber crime, in… Read more »

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Nuclear industry likely target for cyberattacks

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The director of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed that a nuclear power station suffered a cyber attack during the last three years. He is urging the international community to take the issue of cyber attacks on nuclear-related facilities more seriously. While strikes on nuclear installations have… Read more »

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