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Profitable ransomware industry with a conscience

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Cyber security firm McAfee reports that ransomware attacks have increased by 128% over the past year, with one attacker netting $120m in just six months. Despite these stats, the story has a heart-warming element. On underground forums some of the usually rather more unscrupulous hackers have condemned their peers for… Read more »

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‘Paranoid’ Android under quadruple attack

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Security firm Checkpoint has identified that 900 million Android devices are currently at risk from hackers. Due to four new vulnerabilities – dubbed Quadrooter – hackers can potentially gain rooting privileges, which would then give them full control over the affected device. Google and hardware manufacturer Qualcomm have introduced measures… Read more »

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Beware of the Great Train Hackers

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Forget emergency time tables and overcrowded carriages during rush hour – a bigger threat to commuters’ sanity and the UK’s railway network may well be cyber attacks. State-sponsored hackers have already been identified in the Network Rail system, though they are currently not actively influencing operations. However, they do have… Read more »

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Facebook Messenger’s vulnerability

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Due to a security flaw in Facebook Messenger, users’ precious chats, photos, files and links could be altered, deleted and even become infested with malware. Hackers have been shown to be able to exploit this vulnerability in order to identify Facebook Messenger’s unique chat ID numbers, which allows them access… Read more »

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The woman behind bug bounty programmes

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Katie Moussouris is a woman with impressive credentials when it comes to helping organisations defend themselves against cyber attack. Building on her time at HackerOne where Moussouris was instrumental in convincing Microsoft that a bug bounty programme might be a neat idea, Moussouris is at the forefront of an emerging… Read more »

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Pentagon invites hackers to try their best (worst)

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So called friendly hackers have been invited to test out the Pentagon’s security systems by hacking into them, a commonly deployed move by commercial organisations keen to find any flaws in their systems before unfriendly hackers get there first. This is part of a growing US government backed move to… Read more »

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Cyber sleuthing tracks hackers

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2014’s cyber attack against Sony made headlines around the world and caused considerably damage to the company in both reputation and financial accounts; it’s reputed to have cost Sony in excess of $30 million to deal with the immediate aftermath of the attack as well as long-term increase in security… Read more »

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Easy-to-use ransomware packages now for sale on dark web

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Cyber thieves are turning entrepreneurs and are now selling ransomware packages on the dark web. Ransomware is a type of malware which, once installed on a machine, encrypts all the data making it unusable until a ransom is paid and the encryption is removed. One of the common packages for… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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Russian hackers find major gaps in train network security

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A group of Russian hackers are claiming that they have been able to access European train networks’ computer systems. The group claim that the flaws they have discovered could allow a train to be controlled remotely and could ultimately lead to a hijack or even a derailment. These expert hackers… Read more »

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