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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 »


Record-breaking year for breaches

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The first half of 2017 has already witnessed more data leaks and thefts than in the whole of the previous year. So far 1.9 billion records have been compromised since January 1st, up from 1.37 billion in the whole of 2016 – that means, on average, every day over 10… Read more »


The ultimate geek-out: DNA used to hack lab system

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Every aspect of daily life seems to be coming under threat from cyber attack – and now it appears that even DNA is not immune. The double helix has been a source of much progress in the bio-medical field – and now, it seems, also in the security field. A… Read more »


Green energy lacks cybersecurity

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They may hold the key to saving the planet, but wind farms are easy prey for malicious hackers. Researchers from the University of Tulsa have exposed the vulnerability of wind turbines to various kinds of cyberattack, demonstrating how easy it is to hack into one unit in order to bring… Read more »


Green light for Signal security

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Signal, the encrypted instant messaging and voice calling app for Android and iOS, has passed a security audit by the International Association for Cryptologic Research with flying colours. Five researchers from the UK, Australia and Canada subjected Signal to a rigorous workout, and have found that its cryptographic core stands… Read more »


Scottish lawyers get cyber smart

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New research by market research company Ipsos MORI which was commissioned by the Law Society of Scotland reveals that, while cyber security is a worry, most solicitors north of the border view technology as an aid to their practices. The findings unveiled at the Law Society’s Technology and Cybercrime Conference… Read more »


New USBee malware creates a buzz

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Israeli researchers have devised new malware that can jump air gaps and transform any USB device on an already compromised system into a data transmitter. Dubbed USBee due to its apian characteristics, the malware could prove valuable for both intelligence agencies and cyber crime syndicates. Jumping the air gap is… Read more »


Hacking a microchip

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Where is the best place to hide a security flaw in software? How about nowhere – but instead in the hardware itself. Deep within the recesses of the computer’s microchip, to be more precise. Researchers from the University of Michigan have proven that this is possible, and it’s earned them… Read more »


Cyber sleuthing tracks hackers

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2014’s cyber attack against Sony made headlines around the world and caused considerably damage to the company in both reputation and financial accounts; it’s reputed to have cost Sony in excess of $30 million to deal with the immediate aftermath of the attack as well as long-term increase in security… Read more »


Researchers create malware that communicates via ‘silent’ sound

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New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics suggests malware once dubbed “badBIOS” allows infected machines to communicate using sound waves alone—no network connection needed. The malware can transmit information between computers using high-frequency sound waves inaudible to the human ear. Tech duo Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz… Read more »