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Something fishy about gambling house security

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The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network. With an increasing number of everyday appliances… Read more »

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Are cyber battle lines the new nuclear deterrent?

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It seems that much of the next Cold War will be fought online. Security agencies in Britain and the US are working together to counter the increasing Russian penetration into western cyber networks. At the same time, the allies are infiltrating Russia’s own systems – so that they are in… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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US states tighten up data breach legislation

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South Dakota is the latest US state to introduce a law specifying that any organisation which suffers a data breach must notify all affected parties. Forty-nine states are now signed up to this legislation – which covers personal details, financial data, health information, social security numbers, driving licences and biometric… Read more »

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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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Iranian firm accused of hacking into hundreds of universities

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The US justice department has accused an Iranian company and 10 individuals of carrying out cyberattacks, many of which were aimed at universities around the world. The Mabna Institute was set up in 2013, and prosecutors in the US believe that it was established to help Iranian organisations get their… Read more »

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US gets tough on Russian cybercrooks

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Wherever you look at present, it seems there are Russians up to some sort of monkey business. Hot on the heels of the punitive measures doled out by Britain following the Salisbury nerve agent incident, nineteen Russian ‘spies’ have had US sanctions slapped on them for alleged meddling in the… Read more »

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