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FBI requests help fighting DDoS attacks

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As part of its effort to stem the ever-growing flow of DDoS attacks, the FBI is asking corporate victims to share details of incidents. The kind of information they are looking for includes the attackers’ traffic protocols, IP, email and cryptocurrency wallet addresses, netflow and packet capture logs; plus the… Read more »

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School’s out – thanks to some hackers

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Students in Flathead Valley, Montana recently found themselves with an unscheduled long weekend vacation, due to a cyber attack on the district’s education community by a hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord. The attackers are believed to have harvested sensitive information on past and present pupils, parents and staff at thirty… 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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Credit bureau suffers massive data breach

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Equifax, one of the big three international consumer credit reporting agencies, has recently become the victim of one of the largest data breaches ever. Equifax collects and aggregates information on over 820 million individual consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide. It appears that cyber crooks have gained access… Read more »

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Who turned the lights out?

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When the Bee Gees sang that ‘the lights all went out in Massachusetts’, they probably weren’t referring to a cyber attack on the US power grid. Fifty years later, if the predictions of security firm Symantec are correct, this may soon become a regular occurrence. Hackers have recently succeeded in… Read more »

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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 »

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Presidential WiFi networks lack security

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Donald Trump has a whole lot on his plate, and it seems lack of basic cybersecurity is one of those things. The WiFi network at his favoured retreat and summit venue Mar-a-Lago in Florida has anything but the best or even greatest security in place. Researchers were able to pick… Read more »

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Ex-employee’s scam backfires

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Not content with launching an unsophisticated payroll scam on his employers’ computer system, a Californian security officer had another go at them after he had been sacked. Having stumbled upon the credentials for the company’s payroll system, the officer began logging himself in for unworked hours of overtime. Once this… Read more »

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WikiLeaks exposes hacks by spies

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The latest revelations from WikiLeaks suggest that the CIA has been using its hacking tools to compromise hard and software products made by tech majors such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The report also claims the spy agency has developed an automated multi-platform malware attack and control system for… 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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