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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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Hacking group sets sights on PlayStation, Xbox over Christmas

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You may need to dust off Scrabble and Monopoly this holiday season after hacking group Phantom Squad has promised on Twitter that they will take down the PlayStation network and Xbox over the Christmas period. This is not an original idea; last year, another group called Lizard Squad did just… Read more »

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Looking for a new career direction? Experts say cybersecurity a good choice

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Anyone contemplating a career in the IT industry could do worse than consider specialising in the area of cybersecurity, where there are rich pickings to be had for those who are expert in this field. Such is the premium placed on data security, particularly after such recent, high-profile attacks on… Read more »

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Vtech data collection practices to be reviewed by Congress

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Digital toy-maker Vtech has been called to account by US authorities after data on children was harvested by cyber criminals in a high profile security breach. The company has been asked to explain how it gathers data, the content of the data it collects, and how it is stored. The… Read more »

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Adele fans notice site bug when purchasing tickets

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Since singer and songwriter Adele announced her new and long-awaited tour for 2016, her first since 2011, fans have been clamouring to purchase tickets. But some have told the BBC that they were able to see the addresses and credit card details of other customers as they made their purchase… Read more »

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Profiling employees for cyber habits good predictor of risk

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The University of Adelaide’s Business School has suggested in recent research that businesses should better understand the computer profile of their employees as certain behaviours may indicate a propensity to a greater risk of cyber security issues. This profiling is not necessarily about intended security breaches, but about lax behaviour… Read more »

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