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Google declares war on phishing

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Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to phish and he’ll make millions from ransomware and identity fraud. Phishing is well-known threat and nobody is safe – not even one of the largest corporations on the planet. Google is the latest high… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Malware attack on Chipotle restaurants

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Customers of US fast food chain Chipotle have only just shrugged off the effects of E coli, but now it’s their wallets rather than their stomachs that are under attack. Chipotle, which has 500 outlets across the US, Canada, UK, France and Germany, recently detected that malware had been infecting… Read more »

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InterContinental hack worse than first thought

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UK-based hotel group InterContinental (IHG), the world’s second largest hospitality business, has discovered that the malware attack it suffered in autumn 2016 has affected more than a fifth of its 5000 plus properties – rather than the mere dozen or so it initially announced in February. The attack infected cash… Read more »

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Brickerbot malware damages IoT devices

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An unpleasant new strain of malware capable of destroying unprotected devices linked to the Internet of Things is now in circulation. Cyber security firm Radware has identified that the malware, known as BrickerBot.1 and BrickerBot.2, forces its way into IoT systems through configuration errors in the firmware, meaning a simple… Read more »

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Android vulnerable to malicious Wi-Fi attacks

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A researcher has found that Android phones in particular are vulnerable to drive-by wifi infections. Due to glitches in a widely used wifi chip, hackers are able to seize control of mobile devices without needing any user interaction. The flaw appears to reside in the wifi chipset made by Broadcom,… Read more »

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Polish banks suffer cyberattack… from their regulator

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In any good detective story, the villain generally turns out to be the least likely suspect. So, true to the trope, when Poland’s banks investigated the source of the most serious malware attack in their history, they found that the unwitting culprit was none other than KNF – their own… Read more »

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Bogus Siemens software found at industrial plants

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Cyber security specialist Dragos has revealed that at least ten industrial plants – seven of them in the US – have had bogus Siemens software running in their systems for the last four years. As yet, it’s unclear what the purpose or effect of this crimeware might be. Spooky? You… Read more »

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New malware snares with faulty font rendering

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Hackers like nothing better than laying a trap for the innocent computer user, then sitting back to watch them fall into it. We imagine it a little like a Hollywood ‘black hat’ film crossed with the slobby dude from Jurassic Park with a bag of popcorn thrown in. Anyway. The… Read more »

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New Trojan poses as Adobe Flash Player app

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Android smartphone users are at risk from new Trojan malware that cons victims by tracking and mimicking their activities in order to steal data. The malware uses a persistent update screen to encourage victims to download a bogus Adobe Flash Player app as a security measure. If the user succumbs… Read more »

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