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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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Hacking group sets sights on PlayStation, Xbox over Christmas

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You may need to dust off Scrabble and Monopoly this holiday season after hacking group Phantom Squad has promised on Twitter that they will take down the PlayStation network and Xbox over the Christmas period. This is not an original idea; last year, another group called Lizard Squad did just… Read more »

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Wetherspoons website hit by small-scale hack attack

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has revealed that it has been the victim of a data hack and that card information from around 100 customers has been stolen. The company has described the breach as small-scale and stated that the data taken is not comprehensive enough to allow customer bank accounts… Read more »

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Crowdfunding site Patreon hit by hackers

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Crowdfunding site Patreon has fallen victim to a data hack with names, addresses and donations being released online. Patreon is a funding site which supports artists, and members of the public are able to make donations to promote individual projects. A representative from Patreon has confirmed that no credit card… Read more »

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Healthcare sector over three times more likely to be targeted by hackers

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A recent study has found that the healthcare industry is 340% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other sectors. The reason for this seems simply to be both the range and sensitivity of the information that may be kept about individuals in a healthcare context; information on health… Read more »

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