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NCSC winning the war on phishing

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has foiled a number of attempted phishing exploits; including ones purporting to be from the NHS, HMRC and other high profile and respected brands. Phishing emails encourage recipients to open malicious attachments containing malware or to log in to bogus sites which allow the… Read more »

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Phishing pages become even more convincing

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If you believe you’re safe from online fraud or phishing attacks because you only browse websites which have EV SSL certificates, you are – sadly – wrong. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Extended Validation… Read more »

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Man arrested for attempted cyber jailbreak

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A man from Michigan has hacked into the computer system of his local prison to alter the records of a friend in order to secure his early release. After his early spear-phishing attempts failed to fool staff into giving him access to court records, he succeeded in persuading a handful… Read more »

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Barclays alerts customers to scam

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Bank customers are popular targets of cybercriminals, and no wonder as remote banking allows theoretically anyone to pilfer bank accounts with the right kind of information. Most recently, UK customers of Barclays Bank have been receiving bogus text messages in an attempt to harvest their passwords – an exploit sometimes… Read more »

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New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, it is a new financial hacking team, dubbed ‘Silence’ by Kapersky Labs, that are taking inspiration from preeminent cybercrime outfit Carbanak, which is believed to have harvested over $1bn from the international finance sector. While the two… Read more »

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Study finds Millennials most susceptible to phishing

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You might expect the young and tech savvy to be less gullible than their parents’ generation when it comes to cybercrime. However, in surprising news and according to a recent Get Safe Online study, this is not the case. A youthful Millennial is twice as likely to fall for a… Read more »

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The art of phishing & how you can minimise risk

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As far as cyber security good practice is concerned, it is becoming increasingly important never to take anything at face value – particularly emails. If a message from the CEO drops into your Inbox, it may well be a hoax. The days of crude bogus mass mail shots are passing,… Read more »

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HMRC phishing campaign hits UK businesses

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Not unnaturally, people greet any correspondence from HMRC that drops into their inbox with a slight feeling of dread. Until recently it has generally involved nothing more than a request to pay owed tax. Now, however, it could be something a bit more insidious – a Trojan that gives hackers… Read more »

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Don’t always do what a pop-up tells you

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Be wary of plausible-looking log-in forms – they could be a phishing attack designed to steal your password.  An Apple iOS researcher has discovered that it takes hardly any time or expertise to knock together the coding for a bogus pop-up requesting a user’s credentials. Even Apple’s two-factor authentication is… Read more »

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Equifax compounds data breach fiasco

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Not content with falling victim to one of the worst data breaches in history, leading credit rating firm Equifax has been sending its anxious customers to a fake website to check whether or not they have been compromised. Fortunately for all concerned, the site’s developer had no evil intentions, but… Read more »

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