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State-sponsored hack revealed as lone hacker

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Surely everyone has at some time been the recipient of an amateurish email scam from Nigeria? Well, Nigerian scammers have just got a whole lot more professional – so much so that an international cybersecurity specialist mistook a lone 20-something chancer from the outskirts of Lagos for a full-on, nation-state… Read more »

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Restaurants face backdoor cyber threat

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A formidable new Trojan is threatening to eat up the hospitality sector. It’s the brainchild of infamous hackers Carbanak (aka FIN7), who have previously cut lucrative swathes through the financial community. Using Bateleur, a sophisticated new JScript backdoor Trojan, the hacking team is launching phishing attacks on restaurants to harvest… Read more »

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Top university takes ransomware hit

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University College London, one of the world’s most eminent seats of learning, has suffered a ransomware attack that has severely affected access to the files of its academics. Initially the malware infestation, which circumvented the college’s antivirus system, was thought to be the result of a phishing excursion. It now… 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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Fake URLs hide in plain sight

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A security researcher has brought new attention to an old way for scammers to lure unsuspecting internet users onto bogus sites. The secret lies in the use of the Unicode computer text handling system. While Unicode offers the benefit of standardising text across most of the world’s writing systems, it… 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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Washington’s email scandal continues… with the RNC

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Having previously threatened Hilary Clinton with prosecution for using personal email accounts for government business, President Trump now has to contend with, according to Newsweek, some of his most senior lieutenants doing exactly the same thing. Oops. The use of private email for government business is frowned upon because laxer… Read more »

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Israeli soldiers fall into Hamas honey trap

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Palestinian fundamentalist organisation Hamas has left the Israeli military with pink faces after hacking into soldiers’ smartphones disguised as seductive temptresses. Having stolen the women’s identities from their social media profiles, the Hamas hackers persuaded the soldiers to install an app that gave them control over their phones. Once they… Read more »

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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 »

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