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US heart patients have their records stolen

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EMMC, a hospital in Maine USA, has taken over a month to notify cardiac patients that their records have been stolen. An external hard drive containing the personal data and medical history of over 600 patients went missing just before Christmas. The hospital delayed letting the affected parties know in… Read more »


Dummy servers expose attack techniques

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The BBC has commissioned a research exercise carried out by security company Cybereason that uses authentic-looking ‘honeypot’ servers to study the activities of internet bots. The results have revealed that it takes a bot little more than an hour to identify a new server and to check it out for… Read more »


Beware of bogus attachments

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The latest burst of malspam is using PDFs featuring bogus receipts to spread a new strain of ransomware called GandCrab. First an email arrives with a PDF attachment that contains a captcha to prove the recipient is a human being. A click on this will release a rogue Word document…. Read more »


UK Government gets tough on cybersecurity

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In an attempt to concentrate the minds of organisations on cybersecurity, the British Government is planning to hit critical infrastructure businesses with heavy fines if their security defence systems are not up to scratch. If firms do not report incidents such as power outages, environmental threats, and hardware failure, fail… Read more »


Hackers hit Japanese bitcoin exchange

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Attackers have stolen over half a billion dollars worth of digital currency from Coincheck, a leading Tokyo cryptocurrency trading exchange. The exchange has responded by suspending the withdrawal of virtually all digital currency and has alerted Japan’s Financial Services Agency and the police. This attack is not without precedent. Four… Read more »


Google’s parent enters cybersecurity market

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Google’s parent company Alphabet has unveiled a new cybersecurity operation. The new venture, which trades under the name of Chronicle, will market security software to blue chip customers in an attempt to cash in on a cybersecurity market that is estimated to be worth $100 billion. Chronicle is based on… Read more »


OnePlus hit by data breach

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has admitted that 40,000 of its customers have suffered credit card losses as the result of a breach to one of its systems. The accident-prone handset company has responded swiftly to the incursion; eliminating the malicious script, quarantining the compromised server and tightening up security in… Read more »


UK must prepare for major cyberattacks

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In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, Ciaran Martin – CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre – highlighted the inevitability of a Category One cyberattack hitting the UK within the next two years. So far, the most serious incursion to affect Britain so far is been WannaCry. Despite causing… Read more »


Cyber insurance increasingly important

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Confirming the World Economic Forum’s view that cyberattacks rank alongside natural disasters as the most serious threats to civilisation, Lloyd’s of London now estimates that a serious hack could cost the global economy as much as major recent hurricanes such as Harvey, Maria, Irma, and Katrina – in excess of… Read more »


Intel flaw leaves system backdoor open

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Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure has discovered a glitch in Intel’s processors that would take any malicious actor with physical access to a PC or laptop less than a minute to exploit. The vulnerability lies in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) remote maintenance feature, leaving a backdoor wide open to intruders…. Read more »