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Asia is ransomware central

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Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report reveals that ransomware is now the most profitable form of cybercrime, and that Asia is the part of the world that suffers the most ransomware attacks. The top three victims were Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela; with Japan, Finland and USA amongst the least affected…. Read more »

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UK announces new IoT safety guidelines

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As part of its Security by Design review, The British Government is introducing a new code of practice to ensure that connected technology companies incorporate effective security systems into their IoT devices. Many manufacturers, service providers and developers have taken criticism for failing to make their products safe from hackers… Read more »

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German Government mauled by Fancy Bear

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The Federal Government of Germany’s IT network is currently under serious cyberattack, apparently from notorious Russian state-sponsored hacking group Fancy Bear – prime suspects in previous federal disruptions in Germany, as well as interference in the US presidential election. It appears that the principle targets in the latest offensive against… Read more »

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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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Young people leave the door open to hackers

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Surprisingly, new research suggests that it is the younger generation of Brits who are most likely to use the same online password multiple times – leaving themselves more vulnerable to hacking. In particular, anyone using messaging systems to send sensitive information such as bank details, copies of passports or driving… Read more »

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UK councils fight ransomware threat

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The bad news is that more than a quarter of local councils in Britain have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. The better news is that, due to their effective back-up systems, only one amongst the 115 affected councils has actually paid a ransom to retrieve its data. Due to the… Read more »

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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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