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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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Britain points finger at Russia over NotPetya

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The British government has openly accused its Russian counterparts of launching the NotPetya cyberattack last summer that cost western European companies such as Reckitt Benckiser and Moller-Maersk multiple millions of pounds. The attack, which was originally aimed at Ukrainian commercial and political targets, spread collateral damage across the wider international… Read more »

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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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UK must prepare for major cyberattacks

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In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, Ciaran Martin – CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre – highlighted the inevitability of a Category One cyberattack hitting the UK within the next two years. So far, the most serious incursion to affect Britain so far is been WannaCry. Despite causing… Read more »

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New hacking group pulls off major bank heist

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According to Russian security firm Group-IB a new group of cyber criminals dubbed MoneyTaker has launched lucrative attacks on a number of US and Russian finance houses; harvesting millions of dollars. Its first incursion was in 2016 and, since then, it has robbed several US banks, plus other organisations in… 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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Russian hackers try to rig British votes

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Widely believed to have meddled in the US Presidential election, it now seems likely that Russian actors interfered with the Brexit vote and this year’s snap General Election in June as well. According to the head of National Cyber Security Centre (the subdivision of GCHQ launched in October 2016 to… Read more »

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Ever more Brits hit by Equifax breach

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It now appears that the massive Equifax data breach in early summer this year has had an even greater impact on its British customers than at first thought. The U.S. based credit rating giant holds data on over 800 million consumers and 90 million businesses around the world. Despite initially… 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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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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