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Medical records threatened by bugs

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Yet again a healthcare operation has failed to meet acceptable standards of cybersecurity. OpenEMR is an internationally-deployed patient and practice management software system, storing the medical records of nearly 100 million patients from across the world. Due to the timely intervention of Project Security, an information security education platform, the… Read more »

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Apple chip supplier halted by virus

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The world’s largest supplier of semiconductors and microprocessors has lost a whole day’s production due to a virus that has infected its computer system. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) estimates the cost of lost production will be around $250 million, but expects to make up the shortfall during the fourth… Read more »

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Middle East hacker targets US electrics

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The hackers, who are rumoured to be state-sponsored and Iranian in origin, have attempted to launch Industrial Control System (ICS) attacks on America’s electrical supply industry – adding weight to warnings issued by Dan Coats, President Trump’s latest Director of National Security – that the US utilities sector is likely… Read more »

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Malvertising campaign exploits WordPress glitch

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Malicious actors have exploited security flaws in the WordPress Content Management System to launch a major malvertising campaign. Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point was first to identify this operation and suggests that it could be responsible for as many as 40,000 attempted infections each week. According to Check Point, the… Read more »

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Reddit undermined by SMS vulnerability

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US online forum and news digest website Reddit has fallen victim to a hack, due to the inadequacy of its two-factor Short Message Service (SMS) security system. The hack took place in June and has compromised a relatively small number of accounts; exposing usernames, email addresses and passwords – some… Read more »

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Bank reluctant to compensate cyberfraud victims

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As the result of an email hacking scam targeting UK law firms, an Essex couple were tricked by fraudsters into transferring £120,000 into a bogus bank account – which they believed was their solicitor’s. Neither their bank, the police nor Action Fraud have so far shown much interest in helping… Read more »

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SamSam ransomware an increasing threat

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Since its inception in late 2015, the SamSam hacking group has racked up $6 million from its ransomware activities. A new report from Sophos estimates that the threat actor’s profits are currently running at about $300,000 per month, paid into a variety of Bitcoin accounts. Its headcount of victims currently… Read more »

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Hacked Alaskan civil servants revert to old technology

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A local government department in the state of Alaska has been crippled by a ransomware infestation. The attack encrypted 500 desktop computers and 120 servers; encrypting internal systems, emails and back-up data, and also the door entry and telecoms systems. While the borough’s antivirus software succeeded in spotting one part… Read more »

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Data breach infects Singapore healthcare group

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Yet another healthcare provider has fallen victim to a major hack – this time in Singapore.  SingHealth, the island city-state’s largest healthcare group, has been hit by a data breach resulting in the theft of personal details from 1.5 million of its patients over the past three years. The hackers… Read more »

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The key to Google staff security

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The use of USB security keys by Google staff has been so successful – with no known breaches during the last twelve months – that the company has decided to produce one of its own. The small physical device adds a second line of defence, particularly against phishing and man-in-the-middle… Read more »

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