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The simple way for SMEs to stay cybersafe

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By taking preventative measures, the world has largely wiped out diseases such as smallpox, polio and malaria. The next big challenge is to eradicate cyber crime. Almost four million cyber crime offences were committed in Britain last year, accounting for nearly 40% of all recorded criminal incidents. SMEs with finite… Read more »

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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 »

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New UK cyber intelligence centre being kept busy

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Not even a year into its operations and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which only launched in October last year, has already dealt with 480 incidents. These have ranged in magnitude from 29 major episodes such as the WannaCry attack (which ranked as a C2 – almost a C1,… Read more »

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Newest British aircraft carrier runs old Windows OS

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The computers on Britain’s new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth – seem to be armed with a not-so-state-of-the-art operating system. Journalists inspecting the British Navy’s next flagship spotted that it appears to be running on Windows XP, the very same OS that proved so vulnerable to the recent… Read more »

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UCL attack driven by malvertising

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The formidable AdGholas malvertising threat group is now believed to be linked to the recent ransomware attack on University College London. The malvertising group, which used its Astrum Exploit Kit to distribute the Mole ransomware, appears to be moving away from its traditional theatre of operations in banking malware in… Read more »

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Royal opening for UK cyber security centre

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The Queen has officially opened the UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London. The centre has in fact been in action since last October, and has already investigated 180 cyber attacks on citizens and businesses as well as foiled around 35,0000 potential attacks. Talk about a ‘soft opening’…. Read more »

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New malware attacks defy detection

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Unidentified hackers have launched a series of ‘invisible’ memory-based malware attacks on at least 140 organisations – including banks, telecoms companies and government agencies. The attacks, which are continuing, are spread across 40 countries; with the random list of US, UK, France, Ecuador and Kenya being the most heavily affected…. Read more »

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Google misdiagnoses NHS as botnet

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As one of the world’s largest employers with 1.2m staff, the NHS tends to have a lot of people using Google at any one time – clinicians in particular (which in our mind raises another set of questions…). It must have come as a shock, therefore, when Google decided to… Read more »

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