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State-sponsored hack revealed as lone hacker

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Surely everyone has at some time been the recipient of an amateurish email scam from Nigeria? Well, Nigerian scammers have just got a whole lot more professional – so much so that an international cybersecurity specialist mistook a lone 20-something chancer from the outskirts of Lagos for a full-on, nation-state… Read more »

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School fires IT admin, loses access to emails

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First rule of HR etiquette – never fire your IT staff without making sure you can access your computer system without them. The American College of Education in Indiana neglected this elementary piece of tech logic when they dismissed their IT Administrator a while back. After his departure, the college… Read more »

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Email – the root of all evil

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Amazingly, email has been around in one form or another for nearly 50 years – but is it finally past its sell-by date? As far as cyber crime goes, it is an unlocked door or unattended handbag; offering an irresistible opportunity to any light-fingered passer-by. Some would argue it is… Read more »

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Mass roll-out of encrypted emails soon?

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Some of the biggest players in internet technology have collaborated to develop encrypted email, aimed at preventing so-called MITM attacks – man in the middle hacks. Experts from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, amongst other leading technology firms, have are proposing a more modern take on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol,… Read more »

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Swiss email firm pays cyber ransom, attacks continue

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Protonmail, an email firm located in Switzerland, has reputedly paid a figure in excess of £3,600 to prevent cyber criminals from flooding its site with data, but attacks continue to cripple the company. The company was warned ahead of the initial distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack when a demand… Read more »

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CIA director allegedly hacked by high schooler

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The FBI is currently investigating claims that a high school student managed to hack into the private email account of the director of the CIA, John Brennan. Reputedly, the teenager was able to access sensitive documentation which Mr Brennan had forwarded to his private account, a move which in itself… Read more »

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Right-wing think tank falls victim to security breach

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US conservative think tank Heritage Foundation has been the victim of a security breach in which hackers obtained the details of donors and various sensitive email communications. A spokesman for the Heritage Foundation has confirmed the breach and stated that they are contacting everyone affected. Several weeks ago, the Heritage… Read more »

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London hospital mistakenly exposes HIV clinic attendee details

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A security breach affecting a London clinic has revealed the identities of nearly 800 people who attended HIV clinics. The cause of the breach? Simple human error. Names were included for all to see in an email newsletter; the document was sent to all recipients as a group message rather… Read more »

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Mistake email from Thomson reveals customer travel dates, addresses

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It has been revealed that the well-known holiday company Thomson has experienced a data breach which compromised the personal details of around 500 of its customers. The BBC reports that an email which clearly revealed customer details such as name, address and flight date, was mistakenly sent out. This could… Read more »

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Router company loses $50m in wire transfer scam

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Nearly fifty millions dollars has been stolen from router company Ubiquiti Networks by fraudsters posing as company officials. The money was transferred by the company’s finance department in June and the breach revealed in their quarterly report; some funds have been recovered since then. It is unclear whether the full… Read more »

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