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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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What you can learn from US election hacks

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The recent well-publicised hacking incursions into sensitive US election material have highlighted the need for more thorough cyber security protocols across the board. Wired magazine has come up with its own easy-to-do recommendations on ways in which everyone can tighten up their online security – including adopting better passwords, two-tier… Read more »

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The cyber crimes that escaped the limelight

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Just as politicians like to use a big disaster story to divert attention from their smaller gaffes, so the massive Yahoo debacle has allowed a number of other security breaches to slip under the radar. As well as the previously chronicled attack on a nuclear power plant, a hacker has… Read more »

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Leadership failure caused massive data breach

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A congressional report into a major cyber security breach at the US Office for Personnel Management – which manages HR for American civil servants – is pointing the finger at complacency and incompetence amongst senior staff allied to sloppy cyber hygiene and inadequate security technologies. The intrusion is believed to… Read more »

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Funds fly, fly away

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Hong Kong police have collared a Chinese fraudster who used ‘business email compromise’ (also referred to as a ‘fake president/CEO scam’) to con a leading Austrian aero-components manufacturer out of a whopping 42 million Euros. Along with ransomware, this form of scam is now the fastest growing cyber security threat… Read more »

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Once bitcoin, twice shy

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Bitcoin exchanges are proving to be particularly vulnerable to cyber theft and many of them do not appear to have the capital reserves to offer compensation to their customers. Ironic though it may seem, seeing as Bitcoin has been for a long time lauded as a secure transaction platform, it… Read more »

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Hackers check into US hotel chains

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Customers at twenty hotel properties owned by HEI Hotels and Resorts, including Starwood and Hyatt, may have had their credit card information stolen and leaked in a cyber attack earlier this summer. Targeting the hotels’ POS (Point of Sale) systems, hackers have potentially purloined guests’ card details while they were… Read more »

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Turbo-charged Russian hackers continue cyber spree

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Russian hackers are certainly going at it full throttle at the moment… After ‘bears’ hacking the DNC, the NSA related hack of zero day vulnerabilities and Taiwan’s ATM bank heist, Russia-based hackers are believed to have also hacked into several major Point of Sale (POS) equipment companies. These manufacturers make… Read more »

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Malware used to withdraw millions from ATMs

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Gone are the days of elaborate masked bank heists and dramatic getaway chases. Now is the age of the electronic bank heist, cyber attacks which steal millions of dollars quietly and discreetly, and obscure all trails of evidence behind clever coding. But, it appears, a combination of daylight robbery and… Read more »

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