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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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The cyber crimes that escaped the limelight

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Just as politicians like to use a big disaster story to divert attention from their smaller gaffes, so the massive Yahoo debacle has allowed a number of other security breaches to slip under the radar. As well as the previously chronicled attack on a nuclear power plant, a hacker has… Read more »

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State sanctioned hacking?

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The US Supreme Court has announced a procedural change which will allow magistrates to issue search warrants to access and investigate computers which are outside their immediate jurisdiction. The reasoning behind this is to enable the judiciary to pursue those who perpetrate crime across different states, exploiting legal border restrictions…. Read more »

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The entire internet could be hacked… seriously

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Both Google and the software firm Red Hat have independently discovered a flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), a vulnerability that is part of a universally used code which could spread havoc far and wide across the internet. The weak spot works by tricking browsers into looking up… Read more »

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Your mouse isn’t being controlled by you

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Not even your mouse and keyboard are safe now, as researchers have discovered a flaw in many leading models of wireless accessories. The protocols used to connect these wireless devices to a PC are usually unencrypted, leaving them wide open to outsider attack. Using a cheap over-the-counter USB dongle, a… Read more »

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Cyber sleuthing tracks hackers

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2014’s cyber attack against Sony made headlines around the world and caused considerably damage to the company in both reputation and financial accounts; it’s reputed to have cost Sony in excess of $30 million to deal with the immediate aftermath of the attack as well as long-term increase in security… Read more »

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Hospital cyber attack affects patients

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One of Melbourne’s largest hospitals has recently been the victim of a computer virus leaving a trail of chaos in its wake. As the majority of hospital processes, including appointment scheduling and medical history records, are reliant upon the use of a computer network the hospital has had to revert… Read more »

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Cyber attack on IRS system

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The US government’s tax collection office, the Inland Revenue Service, has uncovered a cyber attack which affected thousands of US citizens. Hackers were able to manipulate computer systems to file several thousand applications for tax return pin codes. The Agency stated that the criminals had apparently used individual social security… Read more »

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TalkTalk share price falls, but CEO maintains it will rally

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Shares for the troubled communications firm TalkTalk have fallen by 20% following recent news that their systems had been hacked and customer data stolen. TalkTalk’s Chief Executive Dido Harding has issued a robust statement maintaining that the company and its share values will recover in the longer term, and already… Read more »

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