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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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Start securing databases to stop data breaches

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Poorly secured databases are emerging as one of the biggest contributors to major data breaches. Culprits-in-chief are open-source NoSQL databases – you may recall several breaches involving MongoDB databases in the past year. NoSQL non-relational databases are quick, flexible and easy to use; but therein lies part of the problem,… Read more »

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Hey you, get off of My Cloud

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Information security consultancy SEC Consult has exposed a major vulnerability in Western Digital’s My Cloud storage devices, rendering them easy hijack targets. Anyone who can reach the administrative web server, either through the public Internet or a user’s private network, can execute arbitrary commands on the machine and upload files…. Read more »

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The GDPR: how will it change UK businesses’ approach to cyber?

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By Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer Only a few weeks ago, it emerged that popular high-street retailer Sports Direct had suffered a cyberattack, resulting in the names, emails, postal addresses and phone numbers of some 30,000 staff members being stolen. Yet, whilst internal systems detected the intrusion in September, the… Read more »

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Health firm fined for IVF security failure

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American healthcare giant HCA International, which owns a number of private hospitals in London, has received a £200,000 fine and a public rebuke from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after patients at its Lister Hospital in Chelsea had their IVF data leaked online. In 2015 a patient discovered that doctors’… Read more »

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Cisco warns ISPs of security glitch

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Cisco has revealed that its Prime Home remote management and provisioning solution contains a flaw that could expose users’ home routers and broadband gateways to hijacking. The US networking giant has urged all ISPs and vendors using its system to install a security update straight away. Prime Home gives ISPs… Read more »

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Ransomware epidemic goes corporate

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Whatever fate awaits the world economy as a whole, one element predicted to keep on booming is ransomware. After all, it is already a $1bn a year industry. Its technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and the attackers less scrupulous, leading to its targets becoming bigger and more lucrative – businesses… Read more »

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