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A thumbnail guide to fighting cybercrime

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While the growth of the information technology sector has given a major boost to the world economy, the corresponding increase in cybercrime is providing a negative counterweight. No organisation can now afford to underinvest in cybersecurity; as the costs associated with losing valuable data, sensitive information, disruption to products and… Read more »

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US hit by tax rebate scam

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While no one really enjoys paying tax, everyone loves a rebate. However, as the US tax season gets underway in earnest, cyber crooks are using client data stolen from accountancy firms to claim bogus tax refunds. Once the Internal Revenue Service has paid back the money, the hackers pose as… Read more »

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Tax office error gives access to confidential files

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An embarrassing security breach at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has allowed unauthorised parties to view the private tax affairs of over 16,000 local businesses – in some cases those of their competitors. While the breach remained open for six months until it was closed towards the end of January,… Read more »

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Asian hackers hit on romantics

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An ironically-named hacker group called Confucius is preying on seekers after romance by targeting singles sites. The South Asian bandits are using fake backdoor chat apps that function on both Android and Windows OS to implant malware that allows them to harvest victims’ data. So far, Confucius has targeted mainly… Read more »

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Britain points finger at Russia over NotPetya

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The British government has openly accused its Russian counterparts of launching the NotPetya cyberattack last summer that cost western European companies such as Reckitt Benckiser and Moller-Maersk multiple millions of pounds. The attack, which was originally aimed at Ukrainian commercial and political targets, spread collateral damage across the wider international… Read more »

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Supply chain sleepers behind Olympic hack

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It now appears that the hackers who disrupted the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, by taking down its website and baulking ticket sales, had been embedded in the supply chain for several weeks. Atos, the International Olympic Committee’s France-based IT service partner, is investigating a possible breach of its… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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