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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 »


Social media prompts growth in identity fraud

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A new report by not-for-profit fraud prevention specialist Cifas reveals that identity fraud in the UK is spiraling out of control. Due to the huge increase in data held online, criminals are increasingly using social engineering techniques to exploit flaws in human psychology to manipulate their victims into jeopardising their… 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 »


Email – the root of all evil

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Amazingly, email has been around in one form or another for nearly 50 years – but is it finally past its sell-by date? As far as cyber crime goes, it is an unlocked door or unattended handbag; offering an irresistible opportunity to any light-fingered passer-by. Some would argue it is… Read more »