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Ransomware becoming more targeted

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Purveyors of ransomware have, until now, tended to adopt a shotgun approach; spraying malicious code across as wide a field (aka the Internet) as possible in the hope that some of it will hit a victim. It now appears that they have switched their weapon of choice to a sniper… Read more »

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UN agency releases global cybersecurity ranking

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Who should we turn to for advice on how to fight cybercrime? Why, Singapore; of course! Sometimes it helps being a centrally controlled city state… when it comes to cybersecurity infrastructure, for instance. According to a new UN report, with a few notable exceptions such as Singapore (1st spot) and… Read more »

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Vaccination against Petya ransomware

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Researchers have come up with counter measures to tackle the new strain of Petya ransomware that is currently infecting computers across more than 60 countries. The malware was for a short time feared to be ‘invincible’ as it had no kill-switch (WannaCry had a URL which allowed for quick deactivation)…. Read more »

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WannaCry was only the beginning

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Sounding like something out of a John Le Carre novel, the Shadow Brokers are the mysterious hacking group that powered the recent crippling WannaCry attack. Believed to have connections with senior government in Russia, the Shadow Brokers are seen as one the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous cyberattack teams. Security… Read more »

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Salary bonanza for CISOs thanks to cybercrime

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At least one group of people (apart from the hackers, of course) is benefitting from the growth in cybercrime – chief information security officers (or CISOs for short). Due to the increased risk from cyber attacks, financial services companies in Europe are now paying their CISOs up to €1m, along… Read more »

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Target pays price for poor security

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The US retail behemoth Target has agreed to pay $18.5m as compensation for the 2013 data breach that affected over 60m of its customers and 41m payment card accounts across 48 states. Hackers used stolen credentials to exploit weaknesses in the company’s system, allowing them to infiltrate a customer service… Read more »

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Presidential WiFi networks lack security

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Donald Trump has a whole lot on his plate, and it seems lack of basic cybersecurity is one of those things. The WiFi network at his favoured retreat and summit venue Mar-a-Lago in Florida has anything but the best or even greatest security in place. Researchers were able to pick… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Stealing cars like candy from a baby

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Hotwiring cars could soon become just a quaint feature of period crime thrillers, as researchers have devised ways of hacking into a vehicle owner’s smartphone car key app. Because Hyundai’s Blue Link app (which is available on iOS and Android) was storing key user data in clear-text format, hackers could… Read more »

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INTERPOL uncovers pervasive ASEAN cybersecurity flaws

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A major international cyber taskforce led by INTERPOL’s Cyber Fusion Centre and involving private sector organisations as well as investigators from the major Southeast Asian countries discovered widespread systems failure across the region. This included thousands of malicious Command and Control servers and hundreds of compromised websites – among them… Read more »

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