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Google launches malvertising counter attack

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In order to prevent its users from being steered onto bogus websites, Google is planning on launching three new Chrome security features in early 2018 – designed to counter the wave of malicious ads infesting its systems. This kind of malvertising-based URL redirection uses JavaScript code installed in iframes embedded… Read more »

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New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, it is a new financial hacking team, dubbed ‘Silence’ by Kapersky Labs, that are taking inspiration from preeminent cybercrime outfit Carbanak, which is believed to have harvested over $1bn from the international finance sector. While the two… Read more »

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Aussies hit for six by data breach

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A hole in an Amazon S3 bucket has left 50,000 private and public sector workers in Australia exposed online. While the data breach has now been rectified, it’s still not clear whether any private and sensitive information has fallen into malicious hands. It appears that a third party contractor left… Read more »

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Employees paying out for ransomware

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Ransomware is not only spreading like an infectious disease, but it is also having a psychological effect on its victims. A new survey reveals that nearly 60% of company employees are so panicked by becoming victims of a ransomware attack that they pay the ransom demand themselves – rather than… Read more »

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Study finds Millennials most susceptible to phishing

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You might expect the young and tech savvy to be less gullible than their parents’ generation when it comes to cybercrime. However, in surprising news and according to a recent Get Safe Online study, this is not the case. A youthful Millennial is twice as likely to fall for a… Read more »

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The art of phishing & how you can minimise risk

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As far as cyber security good practice is concerned, it is becoming increasingly important never to take anything at face value – particularly emails. If a message from the CEO drops into your Inbox, it may well be a hoax. The days of crude bogus mass mail shots are passing,… Read more »

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Record-breaking year for breaches

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The first half of 2017 has already witnessed more data leaks and thefts than in the whole of the previous year. So far 1.9 billion records have been compromised since January 1st, up from 1.37 billion in the whole of 2016 – that means, on average, every day over 10… Read more »

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Bluetooth leaves gates wide open to cyberattacks

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Locking our house or car comes as second nature. Switching off our Bluetooth connection when we’re not using it should also be an automatic security measure. Why? Because researchers have identified an attack called BlueBorne that exploits a range of vulnerabilities inherent in Bluetooth’s implementation in several software systems –… Read more »

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Intel forced to reveal ME kill switch

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For many years users have been complaining about Intel’s Management Engine feature, claiming that it was insecure and demanding that it should be permanently disabled. While it is a crucial component of Intel hardware, handling data streams between processor and external devices, the concern has always been that an attacker… Read more »

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Worrying shortage of cybersecurity staff

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When it comes to choosing a career in the world of cyber, security seems to be a less attractive option than hacking – judging by the severe shortage of qualified cybersecurity recruits. Just as there were ‘two girls for every boy’ for Jan and Dean, according to anti-virus guru John… Read more »

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