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The smartphone – your new flexible friend

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Not content with managing almost every aspect of our daily life, it looks as if smartphones are poised to become our main method of paying for our purchases. Businesses are constantly striving to find new ways to make it easy for customers to pay, while at the same time reassuring… Read more »

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WikiLeaks suffers DNS hijack

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In a classic case of the biter bit, the WikiLeaks website has fallen victim to a Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking – a technique that effectively allows hackers to raid the Internet phonebook. They can then use malicious software to seize control of a website by annexing its human or… 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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Exploit broker ups its payout rates for tip offs

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Zerodium is an American information security company that buys premium zero-day vulnerabilities from security researchers and then reports the research, along with protective measures and security recommendations, to its corporate and government clients. As part of its newly-published menu of rewards, Zerodium has recently announced that it will be paying… Read more »

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Worrying shortage of cybersecurity staff

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When it comes to choosing a career in the world of cyber, security seems to be a less attractive option than hacking – judging by the severe shortage of qualified cybersecurity recruits. Just as there were ‘two girls for every boy’ for Jan and Dean, according to anti-virus guru John… Read more »

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Over a quarter of SMEs still don’t train staff on cyber threats

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Running a small business is no mean feat – ensuring that the business is making a profit from day to day is a 24/7 job on its own, and the list of wider responsibilities that fall under the business owner’s remit is ever-growing. But in today’s tech age, SMEs now… Read more »

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WikiLeaks gets its WhatsApp wires crossed

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As a result of the Wikileaks data dump, rumours abound that the CIA can compromise Signal, WhatsApp and any other encrypted chat apps. Fear not, this isn’t true. Due to the end-to-end encryption used by the leading messaging systems, no one can access a private message while it’s in transit… Read more »

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Google Play users blackmailed into giving good reviews

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Online games players are being bombarded with pop-up ads by an aggressive Trojan Android app. They are then conned into thinking that the ads will disappear if they give the app a bogus five-star review. As well as contravening Google Play Developer Policy on placing phoney reviews, it also has… Read more »

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Hey you, get off of My Cloud

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Information security consultancy SEC Consult has exposed a major vulnerability in Western Digital’s My Cloud storage devices, rendering them easy hijack targets. Anyone who can reach the administrative web server, either through the public Internet or a user’s private network, can execute arbitrary commands on the machine and upload files…. Read more »

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Nuclear industry likely target for cyberattacks

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The director of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed that a nuclear power station suffered a cyber attack during the last three years. He is urging the international community to take the issue of cyber attacks on nuclear-related facilities more seriously. While strikes on nuclear installations have… Read more »

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