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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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Anonymous launches campaign against IS

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Although hacker group Anonymous occasionally provides light relief in the world of internet security, it has recently taken up a more serious and combative tone. Following the recent terrorist atrocity in Paris, the group now has ISIS very firmly in its sights, launching a retribution campaign called Operation Paris. Anonymous… Read more »

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Remote access ruse latest cyber fraud development

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The latest development in cyber attacks has been revealed by a group called Financial Fraud Action, an organisation set up by the financial services industry. This new crime occurs when fraudsters trick companies into allowing them remote access to their systems and persuade employees to transfer large sums of money… Read more »

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Anonymous publishes list of KKK supporters

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Well-known hacker collective Anonymous has released details of hundreds of alleged Ku Klux Klan supporters in an apparent bid to counter racial violence and in response to a recent threat of action by Klan members. This is the second such publication of members’ details, the first one appearing not to… Read more »

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Cybersecurity information exchanges on the rise

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IT experts are increasingly pooling their resources, exchanging information about cyber security breaches. A recent report from the Ponemon Institute has discovered that IT professionals are swapping details about security attacks, an increasing problem within both the private and public sectors. This is a developing trend in the industry in… Read more »

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