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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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The cyber crimes that escaped the limelight

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Just as politicians like to use a big disaster story to divert attention from their smaller gaffes, so the massive Yahoo debacle has allowed a number of other security breaches to slip under the radar. As well as the previously chronicled attack on a nuclear power plant, a hacker has… Read more »

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The entire internet could be hacked… seriously

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Both Google and the software firm Red Hat have independently discovered a flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), a vulnerability that is part of a universally used code which could spread havoc far and wide across the internet. The weak spot works by tricking browsers into looking up… Read more »

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Surveillance, toys and other cyber news

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Cyber security issues are always hot news, and so far February has seen a number of high-profile cases. But some of the stories which, for some reason, go under the radar can be just as interesting. Here’s a round-up of lesser-known, not as well reported cyber stories: Let’s start with… Read more »

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HSBC suffers days of online banking downtime

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HSBC, one of the world’s leading banks, struggled last week to repair its online banking system which didn’t function properly for over two days. Business accounts were performing slowly and personal banking customers were not able to log on at all. HSBC stated that it had not been subject to… Read more »

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Easy-to-use ransomware packages now for sale on dark web

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Cyber thieves are turning entrepreneurs and are now selling ransomware packages on the dark web. Ransomware is a type of malware which, once installed on a machine, encrypts all the data making it unusable until a ransom is paid and the encryption is removed. One of the common packages for… Read more »

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