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Memory sticks chopped at IBM

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IBM’s security chief has placed a ban on staff using USB sticks and other memory devices, as she considers them to be a security risk. The fear is that they are vulnerable to hacking, malware, loss or misuse. While some external observers consider this to be a prudent safety measure,… Read more »

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Hackers penetrated Alaska’s election website

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It now appears that, along with Illinois and Arizona, the state of Alaska was also a victim of hackers during the 2016 presidential election. While the hacktivists succeeded in accessing Alaska’s main election website and claimed to have penetrated its online tabulation ballot, they failed to tamper with any content…. Read more »

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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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Did Russia use doctor’s computer to destroy Syrian hospital?

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It looks likely that Russian warplanes used co-ordinates from a British surgeon’s computer to destroy a Syrian hospital. Mr David Nott OBE, known as the ‘Indiana Jones of Surgery’, has personally performed many lifesaving operations on Syrian casualties. In this instance, he was using Skype and WhatsApp remotely from London… Read more »

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US gets tough on Russian cybercrooks

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Wherever you look at present, it seems there are Russians up to some sort of monkey business. Hot on the heels of the punitive measures doled out by Britain following the Salisbury nerve agent incident, nineteen Russian ‘spies’ have had US sanctions slapped on them for alleged meddling in the… Read more »

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British shipping giant Clarkson takes a cyber-hit

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British shipping services provider Clarksons is a big fish in international shipbroking waters. Recently, the company played by the best-practice-rulebook and refused to be bullied into paying a ransom demanded by… let’s call them cyber pirates. Apparently, the privateers breached a single isolated user account, allowing them access to Clarkson’s… Read more »

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The ultimate geek-out: DNA used to hack lab system

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Every aspect of daily life seems to be coming under threat from cyber attack – and now it appears that even DNA is not immune. The double helix has been a source of much progress in the bio-medical field – and now, it seems, also in the security field. A… Read more »

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Another hospitality business suffers data breach

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Hotels and casinos provide a prime target for hackers, due to the fact that they hold valuable customer data such as passport and payment card details, as well as having multiple access points to their central booking systems. Their clientele also tend to be well-heeled. The customers of a number… Read more »

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Green energy lacks cybersecurity

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They may hold the key to saving the planet, but wind farms are easy prey for malicious hackers. Researchers from the University of Tulsa have exposed the vulnerability of wind turbines to various kinds of cyberattack, demonstrating how easy it is to hack into one unit in order to bring… Read more »

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