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DDoS attack caused in part by compromised devices

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Last Friday, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took down several major internet sites. It is now believed that Chinese electronics component manufacturer, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind internet-connected cameras and DVRs, may have played an inadvertent role in the attack. It has been found that weak… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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Website building service Moonfruit taken down by DDoS attack

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Moonfruit, a website that helps users design and build their own websites, has been the victim of an attack on its main servers by a group called the Armada Collective. The Armada Collective overloaded Moonfruit’s servers with illegal traffic on December 10th, effectively creating a distributed denial of service (DDoS)… Read more »

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European Parliament to review EU-wide rules on cyber security

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MEPs are proposing new regulations under which some organisations will have to reveal any breaches to their cyber security. Additionally, these new rules will set out a minimum standard of protection which must be in place to protect customer data and this could apply to a wide range of organisations,… Read more »

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Swiss email firm pays cyber ransom, attacks continue

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Protonmail, an email firm located in Switzerland, has reputedly paid a figure in excess of £3,600 to prevent cyber criminals from flooding its site with data, but attacks continue to cripple the company. The company was warned ahead of the initial distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack when a demand… Read more »

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M&S customer info exposed in brief technical glitch

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Well-known retailer Marks & Spencer took its website offline for a couple of hours last week after complaints by customers that they could see personal data belonging to other people as they shopped. Marks & Spencer has denied that it was the victim of a hack attack and is instead… Read more »

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Two thousand British Gas logins posted online

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British Gas has revealed that account login information and passwords belonging to over 2,000 of its customers were posted online recently. Some unanswered questions remain, however, as British Gas has been quick to reassure affected customers that its secure systems were not breached by hackers but it has also said… Read more »

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Cyber extortion going nowhere but up

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Obtaining money by threatening to reveal information is a not a new phenomenon. Take, for example, the extortion demand issued against the Duke of Wellington in 1824 which gave rise to the famous phrase “publish and be damned”. Today, extortion is alive and well in the cyber world whether by… Read more »

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Data protection an increasing concern for majority of Britons

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YouGov’s recent survey of more than 2,000 British adults found that 72% of them worry about unauthorised access to their private information online. But it also found that just 32% would be willing to pay for data protection, with only 29% believing it was their own responsibility to safeguard their… Read more »

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Pro-ISIS hackers take over French TV network in “unprecedented attack”

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French television network TV5Monde says that it was unable to broadcast any of its channels after pro-ISIS hackers took control of its systems, including its websites and social media sites. The hack caused a three-hour blackout and “severely damaged” the Paris-based company’s systems, according to the network’s director general, Yves… Read more »

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