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Durham students hit by WannaCry

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As well as the NHS and Nissan’s Sunderland car plant, students at Durham Sixth Form Centre also suffered collateral damage from the WannaCry ransomware attack last spring. Several students lost coursework that would have counted towards their A and AS results. Security experts have criticised the college for being panicked… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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Cisco highlights cyber threats

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Multinational tech heavyweight Cisco has issued a recent report emphasising the growing threat from ransomware. In the battle for control of the internet, hackers are deploying ever more sophisticated weaponry, while federal agencies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, malicious actors are exploiting the growth in encrypted web traffic… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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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 »

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Small Town, USA takes cyber hit

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You don’t have to be a big fish to attract the attentions of a predatory cybercriminal. Yarrow Point is a small village in Washington State with a population of little more than 1,000.  Despite this, it has suffered a succession of hacks that left its mayor with a red face… Read more »

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UK councils fight ransomware threat

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The bad news is that more than a quarter of local councils in Britain have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. The better news is that, due to their effective back-up systems, only one amongst the 115 affected councils has actually paid a ransom to retrieve its data. Due to the… Read more »

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Beware of bogus attachments

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The latest burst of malspam is using PDFs featuring bogus receipts to spread a new strain of ransomware called GandCrab. First an email arrives with a PDF attachment that contains a captcha to prove the recipient is a human being. A click on this will release a rogue Word document…. Read more »

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US hospital catches ransomware bug

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A hospital in Indiana has coughed up $60,000 to attackers who infected its information systems with Samsam ransomware. The opportunistic hackers capitalised on the severe weather and a serious flu outbreak to force the hospital into paying out four bitcoins to have its patient records unencrypted. The miscreants have now… Read more »

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Cyberattacks now a top three global threat

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Forget nuclear war, terrorism, and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, the three greatest threats to mankind are natural disasters, extreme weather and, you guessed it, cyberattacks. With so many aspects of modern day existence dependent on the Internet, the WEF’s Global Risks Report for 2018 cites ransomware… Read more »

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