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British Airways latest airline to fall victim to hackers

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Major airline British Airways has recently apologised for a major hack to its website, BA.com. Over the course of two weeks in late August and early September, 380,000 credit card transactions were compromised, including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code. While investigating the incident, cybersecurity… Read more »

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Patient vitals vulnerable to hacking

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A McAfee security researcher has recently revealed that hackers are able to falsify patients’ vitals by taking advantage of weak communications protocol between the patient monitoring equipment itself, and the central monitoring system. At DEF CON 26 security conference, researcher Douglas McKee explained that he managed to reverse engineer the… Read more »

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IoT tool vulnerable to downgrade attack

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Z-Wave protocol is a radio frequency-based communications technology created to facilitate the management of Internet of Things appliances. Unfortunately, despite its sophisticated encryption system, Z-Wave is vulnerable to a downgrade attack – a protocol that forces computers to abandon their high-quality mode of operation in favour of a less effective… Read more »

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Banks go to war on cybercrime

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With cyberspace the new global battlefield, the finance sector is finding itself in the firing line; and it’s having to draft in appropriate personnel to fight back – many of them former soldiers, spies or counter-intelligence agents. With cybercrime losses now amounting to $445 billion per annum, the need for… Read more »

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Can businesses afford to ignore cyber insurance?

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As the threat of cybercrime grows in quantity and scale, so too does the need for insurance cover. CFC, which recently came out top in the Insurance Times Cyber Product Report, is a pioneer in cyber insurance. The London-based specialist lines insurance provider has witnessed a dramatic rise in the… Read more »

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Botnets assemble

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A powerful and aggressive global army is on the march, and it isn’t Islamic State or North Korean or Russian – at least not specifically. It’s an army of botnets. According to cybersecurity specialist Symantec’s latest botnet tracker, the worldwide botnet army was swelled by 6.7million new bots during 2016…. Read more »

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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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