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US states split over election security

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Such is the current paranoia surrounding unfriendly foreign regimes meddling in democratic elections through hacking, some US states are seriously considering returning to traditional paper ballots. At present, there is no consensus. The states with the best security track record, Colorado and Rhode Island, exclusively use paper-based voting systems. Other… Read more »

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Games company zapped by data breach

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The US division of a Japanese video game developer and publisher has been hit by a major data breach. Customers of NIS America had their personal and financial details compromised in the early part of 2018. Between January 23rd and February 26th, hackers gained access to the addresses and payment… Read more »

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Tech companies fall foul of the Irish regulator

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A number of US tech companies have established European HQs in Ireland, due to the Emerald Isle’s favourable tax regime. However, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is not allowing them carte blanche. WhatsApp has incurred the DPC’s wrath for failing to deliver on its pledge to discontinue user data… Read more »

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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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A thumbnail guide to fighting cybercrime

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While the growth of the information technology sector has given a major boost to the world economy, the corresponding increase in cybercrime is providing a negative counterweight. No organisation can now afford to underinvest in cybersecurity; as the costs associated with losing valuable data, sensitive information, disruption to products and… Read more »

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US hit by tax rebate scam

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While no one really enjoys paying tax, everyone loves a rebate. However, as the US tax season gets underway in earnest, cyber crooks are using client data stolen from accountancy firms to claim bogus tax refunds. Once the Internal Revenue Service has paid back the money, the hackers pose as… Read more »

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US hospital catches ransomware bug

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A hospital in Indiana has coughed up $60,000 to attackers who infected its information systems with Samsam ransomware. The opportunistic hackers capitalised on the severe weather and a serious flu outbreak to force the hospital into paying out four bitcoins to have its patient records unencrypted. The miscreants have now… Read more »

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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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