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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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Is email past its sell-by date?

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Almost everyone complains about email at some point or other – both for its overuse and its susceptibility to viruses, Trojans, phishing and spam. Despite this, it has many virtues – borne out by the fact that over 2.5 billion people now use it. It’s free, easy to access, has… Read more »

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Are VPNs as private as they seem?

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While VPNs are being touted as one of the most effective means of keeping personal data away from the prying eyes of the outside world, it’s important to remember that they do allow nearly infinite access for the providers. These companies could easily decide to release users’ browsing history to… Read more »

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New malware attacks defy detection

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Unidentified hackers have launched a series of ‘invisible’ memory-based malware attacks on at least 140 organisations – including banks, telecoms companies and government agencies. The attacks, which are continuing, are spread across 40 countries; with the random list of US, UK, France, Ecuador and Kenya being the most heavily affected…. Read more »

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Ransomware epidemic goes corporate

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Whatever fate awaits the world economy as a whole, one element predicted to keep on booming is ransomware. After all, it is already a $1bn a year industry. Its technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and the attackers less scrupulous, leading to its targets becoming bigger and more lucrative – businesses… Read more »

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Antique malware evades detection

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A recently discovered strain of malware that targets Apple Mac computers may have been in existence for many years. The malware, which is known as Quimitchin, has been carrying out closely targeted attacks on US and European scientific institutions in order to steal biomedical research findings. Researchers from Malwarebytes suggest… Read more »

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Beware of bogus Android apps

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Never, ever download apps outside of authorised app stores. Never. Attackers are using Gooligan malware as a launch pad for rogue Android apps aimed at stealing users’ data. According to security researchers, the best way to avoid being stung is by steering clear of dodgy app stores and sticking religiously… Read more »

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