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Asia is ransomware central

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Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report reveals that ransomware is now the most profitable form of cybercrime, and that Asia is the part of the world that suffers the most ransomware attacks. The top three victims were Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela; with Japan, Finland and USA amongst the least affected…. Read more »


Meltdown fix invalidates anti-virus software

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There is a new and sinister twist in the Meltdown/Spectre CPU saga. It now appears that the fixes issued by Microsoft to mitigate the problem are incompatible with several anti-virus systems. If the patch clashes with the device’s AV app it could cause ‘blue screen’ or ‘stop’ errors that prevent… Read more »


Are your emails secure?

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S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a protocol for sending digitally signed and encrypted messages. So far, so good. Unfortunately, if you use Microsoft Outlook to send secure emails, any set-up employing S/MIME may not be encrypted after all – leaving the email contents wide open to snoopers. The trouble… Read more »


September Patch Tuesday contains crucial fixes

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In what’s become a regular fixture on the cybersecurity calendar, major tech giants recently issued a welter of updates as part of September’s Patch Tuesday. Adobe has repaired a couple of flaws in its Flash Player, released an update for its RoboHelp help authoring tool and mended four glitches in… Read more »


Skype hit by DDoS attack

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Playful hacker group CyberTeam claims that its recent DDoS attack on Skype was ‘all for fun’. Disgruntled Skype users across the globe were rather less amused by the outage, using social media to vent their spleen. CyberTeam utilised a network of zombie computers – a botnet – to carry out… Read more »


Microsoft tightens security on old OS

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In response to the WannaCry attack in April, Microsoft has issued critical security updates for previously unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Server 2003. While the tech colossus releases regular security updates as part of its Patch Tuesday, this is the first time it has made the updates… Read more »


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 »


Windows 10 is hanging on your every Word

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Anyone using Windows 10 should be aware that Microsoft is tracking, logging and storing their every keystroke. While no one seems to be quite sure as to why Microsoft would be interested in this kind of information, it sure is useful for hackers – keystroke tracking is a popular means… Read more »


Microsoft warns users of bogus warnings

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Beware emails purporting to notify Microsoft customers about fake pending charges on their credit cards this Christmas – as they are riddled with Cerber ransomware. The phishing email, which is full of inconsistencies and anomalies, urges users to follow the instructions in the attached Word document and to enable macros…. Read more »