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Pentagon makes firm plans to tackle growing cyber threat

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been speaking about the growing threat to state security posed by cyber attackers during a recent address at Stanford University. He cited an occasion when Russian hackers accessed an unclassified US military network, but Carter also used his address to promote a new cyber… Read more »

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President Obama’s emails read by Russian hackers

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President Obama’s emails were read by Russian hackers last year it has been revealed. When this was initially reported, the White House denied that access had been gained to sensitive data, however a recent report in the New York Times suggests that the cyberattack was much more serious. The hackers… Read more »

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Researchers doubt Islamic State involvement in Tesla hack

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It seems likely that it was not Islamic State (IS) behind the recent cyberattack on Tesla motors, the famous American manufacturer of electric cars, but the prolific hacking group, Lizard Squad. The attack also breached Tesla’s Twitter account. On 25th April, all traffic to Tesla’s dot com website was redirected… Read more »

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Alabama schools hit with cyber attack

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Schools in Mobile County, Alabama were the victims of two cyber attacks this week. The incidents occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday but fortunately firewalls were not breached and no personal data was taken. The attacks centred around bombarding the school system’s firewall with so much information that the internet ground… Read more »

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Legal firms increasingly open to cyberattacks

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The vulnerability of many law firms to cyberattacks is now in clear view. A corollary piece of bad news is that most attorneys do not grasp their vulnerability to such attacks. Also worrying is that many lawyers do not understand their reporting responsibility when it comes to cybercrimes that may… Read more »

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Pentagon to ramp up cyber security personnel

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The US Pentagon has announced an initiative to recruit tech savvy private individuals to help protect the US infrastructure against cyberattacks. In the last few months, there have been a couple of high profile intrusions into US state systems including Russian hackers accessing President Obama’s private schedule. Since this intrusion,… Read more »

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US lottery security director allegedly hacked system to fix draw

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Eddie Raymond Tipton, former security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in the US, was arrested in January on suspicion of hacking the computer system used to generate random winning numbers. Prosecutors say that there is CCTV footage of him purchasing the still unclaimed winning ticket. Tipton is suspected of… Read more »

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Phishing attacks ensnare victims in 82 seconds

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A recent report by Verizon has found that 82 seconds is all it takes for phishing scams to work on unsuspecting victims. The report looks at almost 80,000 incidents hitting thousands of companies in 2014. The BBC reports that the lead author of the report, Bob Rudis, said that employee… Read more »

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Medical information of 11 million exposed

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Is 2015 the year of the healthcare hack? Health insurer Premera Blue Cross is the latest victim of a hack attack after it found that financial and medical information belonging to upwards of 11 million customers may have been exposed. The news comes just weeks after the large scale data… Read more »

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Healthcare industry new favourite of hackers

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that no industry is immune to cyber attacks, and lately, it seems that healthcare providers are the hackers’ new favourite. Attacks on these organisations have been ramping up in the last few months and a recent report on email trustworthiness found that emails appearing to come… Read more »

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