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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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Cisco highlights cyber threats

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Multinational tech heavyweight Cisco has issued a recent report emphasising the growing threat from ransomware. In the battle for control of the internet, hackers are deploying ever more sophisticated weaponry, while federal agencies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, malicious actors are exploiting the growth in encrypted web traffic… Read more »

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GWR passengers derailed by data breach

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Railway crime has moved on since the days of Ronnie Biggs and Buster Edwards. Most recently, hackers have breached the accounts of passengers on Great Western Railway. Furthermore, the message sent out to affected customers by GWR caused further consternation – in case it was also a scam. Admittedly a… Read more »

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UK cybercrime epidemic – police baffled

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Cyber fraud is now so prevalent in Britain, and across the world’s richest countries, that traditional street robberies and bank heists are almost a thing of the past. Furthermore, almost all cybercriminals go unpunished. At present, due to a lack of resources, Britain’s anti-fraud police are unable to cope. There… Read more »

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US states tighten up data breach legislation

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South Dakota is the latest US state to introduce a law specifying that any organisation which suffers a data breach must notify all affected parties. Forty-nine states are now signed up to this legislation – which covers personal details, financial data, health information, social security numbers, driving licences and biometric… Read more »

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Human factor remains the biggest risk

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When it comes to cybersecurity, human beings continue to be an organisation’s weakest link. Careless practice online plays into the hands of opportunistic attackers. Whether through falling for phishing scams, insecure disposal of sensitive information, failure to install fixes or leaving devices unencrypted, the vast majority of cybersecurity mishaps come… Read more »

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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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Russian cyberattack concerns puts UK infrastructure on high alert

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Following on from the Salisbury chemical attack and the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, there is continued concern for the safety of Russian exiles resident in the UK. Members of the intelligence community, however, are conscious that Moscow may look to utilise cyber-attacks as part of its next step…. Read more »

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