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The siren call of infrastructure hacking

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Alarm bells are ringing in Dallas over a recent hack – literally. Infrastructure hacks are becoming more common in the US and can take many forms, but in this case hackers, whose identity and motivation remains unknown, set off all 156 Dallas emergency sirens late one recent night – a… Read more »

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Hackers steal an entire bank

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When it comes to robbing a bank, the days of stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns are long gone. Nowadays, it is possible to hijack a bank’s entire online operations from the comfort of your swivel chair. On a Saturday afternoon in October 2016, a team of ingenious cyber bank robbers… Read more »

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Holidaymakers exposed after ABTA hack

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The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is the latest organisation to take a cyber hit, exposing the personal details of thousands of UK travelers and hundreds of tour operators and travel agents after an attack on its hosting provider. While ABTA claims that it has the problem under control,… Read more »

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New malware snares with faulty font rendering

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Hackers like nothing better than laying a trap for the innocent computer user, then sitting back to watch them fall into it. We imagine it a little like a Hollywood ‘black hat’ film crossed with the slobby dude from Jurassic Park with a bag of popcorn thrown in. Anyway. The… Read more »

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Yahoo cookies not very palatable

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Attention all Yahoo account holders – you are not out of the woods yet. The cyber crooks who famously hacked Yahoo in 2015 and 2016 (and possibly 2013 too) succeeded in forging its website’s session cookies, which allowed them to log into potentially one billion user accounts without even needing… Read more »

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New malware attacks defy detection

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Unidentified hackers have launched a series of ‘invisible’ memory-based malware attacks on at least 140 organisations – including banks, telecoms companies and government agencies. The attacks, which are continuing, are spread across 40 countries; with the random list of US, UK, France, Ecuador and Kenya being the most heavily affected…. 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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UK customers will ditch hacked firms

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A Onepoll survey has revealed that almost half of its 1000 respondents would cancel their account if their provider suffers a data breach and over a third would avoid a company that has been hacked previously. TalkTalk, Yahoo, Three and Tesco Bank have all fallen victim to hacks in the… Read more »

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Cars held to ransom(ware)

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While technology has improved automotive safety in plenty of ways, the increase in internet connectivity also opens the door to potential cyber criminals. Nearly three quarters of new cars have telematics systems, giving hackers the opportunity to lock drivers inside or outside their vehicles or even freeze the ignition; leaving… Read more »

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DDoS attack caused in part by compromised devices

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Last Friday, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took down several major internet sites. It is now believed that Chinese electronics component manufacturer, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind internet-connected cameras and DVRs, may have played an inadvertent role in the attack. It has been found that weak… Read more »

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