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Middle East hacker targets US electrics

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The hackers, who are rumoured to be state-sponsored and Iranian in origin, have attempted to launch Industrial Control System (ICS) attacks on America’s electrical supply industry – adding weight to warnings issued by Dan Coats, President Trump’s latest Director of National Security – that the US utilities sector is likely… Read more »

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Supply chain sleepers behind Olympic hack

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It now appears that the hackers who disrupted the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, by taking down its website and baulking ticket sales, had been embedded in the supply chain for several weeks. Atos, the International Olympic Committee’s France-based IT service partner, is investigating a possible breach of its… Read more »

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Researcher reveals longstanding macOS bug

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A hobbyist hacker codenamed Siguza has unearthed a macOS local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability that appears to have been lying dormant in the system since 2002. As macOS doesn’t fork out bug bounties, Siguza opted to disclose the discovery via Twitter on New Year’s Eve instead of privately alerting Apple…. Read more »

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Attackers use fake screenshots for extortion

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is the nightmare of any Windows user. What joyous announcement, then, that the next time you see it, you may ‘just’ be getting spammed. It goes like this: up pops the BSOD, accompanied by some irritating beeping, followed by a Windows Troubleshooter pop-up offering… Read more »

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Sneaky! There’s a crypto-miner under my taskbar

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Crypto-miners are all the rage at the moment. When a movie pirating site ran one surreptitiously, it raised a few eyebrows, but then a well-respected news site was found out to do so as well, and now it seems the list of sites secretly using visitors’ browsers to mine for… Read more »

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Fashion shops hit by hack

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International fashion business Forever 21 is the latest retailer to suffer a databreach. The Los Angeles-headquartered clothing chain, which has over 800 stores all round the world, announced that hackers may have infiltrated the point-of-sale systems in some of its outlets, potentially stealing customers’ payment card details. So far, details… Read more »

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‘Hack and trade’ scheme uncovered

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Ponzi, Madoff, Enron and Boesky are all names that strike fear into the hearts of legitimate stock market traders. The latest and most technologically savvy addition to this rogues’ gallery is Pennsylvanian day trader Joseph Willner; who has just been indicted for running a lucrative cyber ‘boiler room’ scheme to… Read more »

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The art of phishing & how you can minimise risk

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As far as cyber security good practice is concerned, it is becoming increasingly important never to take anything at face value – particularly emails. If a message from the CEO drops into your Inbox, it may well be a hoax. The days of crude bogus mass mail shots are passing,… Read more »

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Are your emails secure?

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S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a protocol for sending digitally signed and encrypted messages. So far, so good. Unfortunately, if you use Microsoft Outlook to send secure emails, any set-up employing S/MIME may not be encrypted after all – leaving the email contents wide open to snoopers. The trouble… Read more »

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