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The hack attack on Ukraine’s national power grid continues

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In December, the computers at a power station in western Ukraine took on a life of their own. Operators watched in complete bemusement as cursors began to operate seemingly of their own free will and took offline a substation – meaning thousands of people were left without heat or light…. Read more »

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Russian hackers find major gaps in train network security

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A group of Russian hackers are claiming that they have been able to access European train networks’ computer systems. The group claim that the flaws they have discovered could allow a train to be controlled remotely and could ultimately lead to a hijack or even a derailment. These expert hackers… Read more »

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European Parliament to review EU-wide rules on cyber security

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MEPs are proposing new regulations under which some organisations will have to reveal any breaches to their cyber security. Additionally, these new rules will set out a minimum standard of protection which must be in place to protect customer data and this could apply to a wide range of organisations,… Read more »

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Bundestag malware infection deep-rooted

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A reported malware infestation at the German national parliament, the Bundestag, is much more serious and invasive than first thought. It is suspected that the attack last month originated from Russian hackers who gained access via a sophisticated trojan; similarities between this malware and others emanating from Russia have led… Read more »

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Pro-ISIS hackers take over French TV network in “unprecedented attack”

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French television network TV5Monde says that it was unable to broadcast any of its channels after pro-ISIS hackers took control of its systems, including its websites and social media sites. The hack caused a three-hour blackout and “severely damaged” the Paris-based company’s systems, according to the network’s director general, Yves… Read more »

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Encryption good for business, bad for law enforcement

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Although businesses and individuals are often encouraged to improve their cyber security through encryption, Europol’s Rob Wainwright recently warned that increasingly sophisticated encryption software is having a tangible effect on fighting crime. The BBC reports that Wainwright has said that tech firms should consider the impact of their encryption software… Read more »

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Websites hit by supposed Islamic State hack attacks

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Someone claiming to be affiliated with Islamic State has hacked into several American and European websites. The Huffington Post reports that the attacker changed the homepages of the various websites to show the words “Hacked by ISIS, we are everywhere” along with a black ISIS flag. Although the investigation is… Read more »

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Hotel chain loses credit card data to hackers

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Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has recently confirmed that 45 of its hotels in Europe and the US have been hit by point-of-sale malware. This has resulted in the loss of credit card data, the extent of which is not yet confirmed. A spokesperson for the chain explained, “While the… Read more »

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Fifteen arrested for computer hijacking

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Fifteen people in the UK and across Europe have been arrested in connection with the hijacking of computers, reports the BBC. Police say that those involved remotely controlled computers in an effort to steal information. Known as “ratting,” the practice gets its name from the use of Remote Access Trojans… Read more »

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Two million customers affected in Vodafone Germany hack attack

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Two million customers of Vodafone Germany have had some of their personal details compromised in a sophisticated server hack at the company. Having taken place deep within the IT infrastructure of the company, Vodafone has said that the attack could have only been “carried out with high criminal intent and… Read more »

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