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Payment card data theft prolific in US

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When it comes to card security, shopping online is now much safer than shopping in-store, according to new research contained in Trustwave’s Global Security Report. While hacking attacks against sales tills (also referred to as Point of Sale, or PoS) rose by almost a third in 2016, e-commerce incidents decreased… Read more »

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The 10 most hacked countries

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At a time when interest in the popular music charts is on the wane, a new Top Ten has emerged – the Hacking Chart. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has produced a cyberattack map, revealing that the ten most hacked countries are Vietnam, Russia, India, Germany, US, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico,… Read more »

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PowerPoint malware runs near-automatically

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Regular PowerPoint users will be familiar with the instruction to disable macros when opening the Microsoft Office document. However, a new form of social engineering attack – using PowerShell commands embedded inside a PowerPoint file – can now embed malware without unwary victims needing to enable macros. It doesn’t even… Read more »

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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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