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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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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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