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Researchers doubt Islamic State involvement in Tesla hack

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It seems likely that it was not Islamic State (IS) behind the recent cyberattack on Tesla motors, the famous American manufacturer of electric cars, but the prolific hacking group, Lizard Squad. The attack also breached Tesla’s Twitter account. On 25th April, all traffic to Tesla’s dot com website was redirected… Read more »

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Alabama schools hit with cyber attack

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Schools in Mobile County, Alabama were the victims of two cyber attacks this week. The incidents occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday but fortunately firewalls were not breached and no personal data was taken. The attacks centred around bombarding the school system’s firewall with so much information that the internet ground… Read more »

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Vatican denies Turkish hacking claims

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The Vatican has officially denied claims of interruption of service to two key websites by a Turkish hacker angry at Pope Francis’ comments about the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule. The hacker, who posted a screenshot of access failures to the Vatican’s website, claimed that he interrupted the… Read more »

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Legal firms increasingly open to cyberattacks

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The vulnerability of many law firms to cyberattacks is now in clear view. A corollary piece of bad news is that most attorneys do not grasp their vulnerability to such attacks. Also worrying is that many lawyers do not understand their reporting responsibility when it comes to cybercrimes that may… Read more »

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United bans security expert for joke tweet

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United Airlines has banned a passenger from flying with them after he tweeted that he could access the aircraft’s computer systems. Ironically, the man in question, Chris Roberts, is the founder of a cybersecurity firm called One World Labs and was on his way to San Francisco to give a… Read more »

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Watchdog reports aircraft exposed to in-flight wifi hacking

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report that criticises the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for not sufficiently guarding against the most significant cybersecurity threats. The report found that commercial airliners are vulnerable to terrorist attacks through the in-flight wifi. Concerns have been raised recently as the airline industry… Read more »

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Hack attacks affect British Airways frequent flyers, GitHub and Slack

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Customers of the British Airways frequent flyer program may have seen their points vanish recently after a cyber attack hit the large airline along with coding site GitHub and work chat service Slack. The BBC reports that some customers of BA’s Executive Club program started complaining that their points were… 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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Medical information of 11 million exposed

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Is 2015 the year of the healthcare hack? Health insurer Premera Blue Cross is the latest victim of a hack attack after it found that financial and medical information belonging to upwards of 11 million customers may have been exposed. The news comes just weeks after the large scale data… Read more »

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Target to pay out $10m following 2013 breach

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Following the large data breach it suffered in 2013, American department store Target has agreed to pay out $10m in damages to consumers. Pending court approval of the deal, each claimant will get up to $10,000. Part of the settlement also requires the company to improve its data security and… Read more »

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