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US Government releases cybersecurity findings

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With cyber attacks reaching unprecedented levels, the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has made public the results of a nine-month study into America’s cybersecurity problems. Amongst the list of action points are fixing the shambolic regulations (read: non-existent regulations) on security of IoT consumer devices such as routers… Read more »

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TalkTalk complacent about Mirai attacks

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Researchers are urging TalkTalk customers to change their passwords in the aftermath of the recent Mirai botnet attack that enslaved their routers. TalkTalk, however, is taking a relaxed view; leaving it to its users to decide whether or not to adopt any security measures. Security advisers are not impressed by… Read more »

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Mirai malware worms its way into routers

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A number of high profile communications businesses – including TalkTalk, Post Office and Deutsche Telekom – have recently suffered malware attacks on their routers, severing their customers’ internet connections. The unknown attackers used the Mirai worm, which is spread via hijacked computers and IoT devices and causes damage to equipment… Read more »

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The key to perfect web encryption

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Developers behind the Signal encrypted instant messaging app are championing Perfect Forward Secrecy as the most effective encryption protocol. PFS presents hackers with a moving target, by automatically and frequently changing the keys it uses to encrypt and decrypt information. If the latest key is compromised, it exposes only a… Read more »

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New lease of life for Enigma code cracking centre

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Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire gained legendary status for being at the centre of efforts to break the German Enigma code during WWII. One could argue it won a new legion of fans in recent years with blockbuster films centred on the lives and loves of its chief code-crackers. And now,… Read more »

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Antivirus software a waste of time?

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Antipodean Google security engineer Darren Bilby claims that traditional antivirus software is as much use as a dead canary in a coalmine. He made the bold comment at the recent Kiwicon hacking conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Bilby also suggests that manufacturers are shifting their security responsibilities onto users –… Read more »

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Let’s play in the cyber war room

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US tech giant IBM has opened a new security facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as part of its $200 million global investment in cyber security. As a counter to the growth in high-profile malicious hacks on both private and public sector organisations, IBM is setting up a ‘Cyber Range’ state-of-the-art war… Read more »

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No antidote for new PoisonTap tool

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American super-hacker Samy Kamkar has invented a plug-in device that could take PC vulnerability to a whole new level. The aptly named PoisonTap is an inconspicuous tiny USB dongle. An attacker only needs briefly to plug it into a computer – whether locked or unlocked – to open a series… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in parlous state of health

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As if budget deficits and junior doctor strikes aren’t enough, Sky TV has revealed that the NHS’ IT system is also in need of major surgery. It is not only patients’ sensitive health data that’s at risk – hackers could also shut down vital equipment and systems. Hospitals have become… Read more »

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