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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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Rethinking two-factor authentication

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When it comes to account security it seems that the long-touted 2-factor authentication via SMS code is no longer up to the job. Two-factor authentication, in the form of a password and a temporary code sent to phones by SMS text message, is no longer viewed as adequately secure, following… Read more »

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Poor security allows massive Canadian hack

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Hackers have stolen information relating to around 45 million accounts from VerticalScope, a Canadian media company. They have breached over one thousand support forums and online community websites on home, tech and sports – leaving millions of users’ records exposed. The massive breach, which took place in February, has only… Read more »

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Democrats hacked by Russian Bears

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Hundreds of files of confidential political research produced by the Democratic Party continue to be leaked after last week’s hack attack. US security firm Crowdstrike had revealed that two groups of Russian hackers were implicated in the break-in targeting the Democratic National Congress’s computer network – stealing research on Republican… Read more »

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Operation Icarus’ impressive tally

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The hacking collective ‘Anonymous’ have lived up to their threat of making May the month of ‘Operation Icarus’, targeting 18 financial institutions in one week alone this past month. The peak of their current activity seems to have been on May 18th with 8 websites taken off line. Their trademark… Read more »

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SAP vulnerabilities remain a threat

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American security firm Onapsis has discovered a security breach in 36 international companies with potentially devastating consequences. The affected organisations are located around the globe and cover a range of industries, although none of them have been directly identified. The vulnerability appeared in an older version of the widely used… Read more »

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SQL attack used in political campaign

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A recent, very basic hack attack on a Florida county’s elections division has not only started a debate around cyber hygiene and vulnerabilities, but also around whether or not the culprit deserves jail time or commendation for exposing a public department’s cyber vulnerability. In order to obtain confidential data on… Read more »

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Swift attacks on financial institutions continue

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The Bangladesh Central Bank is not the only financial institution to have suffered a cyber attack via its use of the Swift system, it has been revealed. Swift is a financial messaging system commonly used across the world to move huge sums of money and the latest attack will send… Read more »

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