CYBERCRIME: 2020

By C.J. McEleavy | News and analysis on current cybersecurity issues.

Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

<b>The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack.</b><p>It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections.<p>Experts said it could leave "the majority" of connections at risk …

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Adobe patches Flash bug used for planting spying tools

<b>Adobe has patched a new Flash security flaw that was being used by attackers to install spying tools on victims' computers.</b><p>The security bug was delivered using malicious Flash files embedded in Microsoft Word documents, sent as an email attachment to targets.<p>When the document was opened, the FinSpy …

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Adobe Flash Player users urged to disable software after it lets criminals infect computers

A “critical” security issue in Adobe Flash Player is putting computer users at risk.<p>The vulnerability is being exploited by a group called …

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Executive interview: David Mahon, CSO, CenturyLink

David Mahon, chief security officer of CenturyLink, discusses why cyber security is actually the business strategy

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London issues call to arms to cyber security community

Cyber security community called on to help educate capital’s small businesses about cyber crime and give them practical advice

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Cyber security a business necessity

Cyber security is a business necessity, according to the T-Mobile security chief in Poland

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Millions of Pornhub users tricked into downloading malware on their PCs in the UK and US

The large-scale malvertising attack was active for more than a year, exposing millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the UK<p>A large-scale …

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Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers

<b>The beleaguered credit reference agency Equifax has now admitted that 694,000 customers in the UK had their data stolen between May and July this year.</b><p>The firm's original estimate of its UK cyber-theft victims, made last month, was fewer, at nearly 400,000.<p>Equifax now says that it will contact its …

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Uber, Facebook Messenger Top List of Riskiest Apps in the Enterprise

<b>Corporate IT departments tend to be a nervous bunch when it comes to shadow IT and personal mobile apps that employees may be using on the same</b> …

Yahoo 2013 data breach hit 'all three billion accounts'

<b>Yahoo has said that all of its three billion user accounts were affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013.</b><p>The company, which was taken over by Verizon earlier this year, said an investigation had shown the breach went much further than originally thought.<p>The stolen data did not include …

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Poor Password Policy, Lack of 2FA Led to Deloitte Breach

The exploited admin account had just a single password and lacked two-step authentication.Another day, another major company hacked—this time …

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Deloitte Hack Exposes Confidential Email for World's Largest Companies—Report

<b>Accountancy giant Deloitte has been the victim of a cyber-attack that has compromised its global clients’ confidential emails and intellectual</b> …

C-Level Execs and Ex-Employees Pose Greatest Cybersecurity Risk

Hackerpocalypse. That is the term used by Cybersecurity Ventures to describe the onslaught of cyber-crime that cost $3 trillion globally in 2015 and …

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Alert over booby-trapped security software

<b>A security company has issued a warning after its software was compromised by malicious hackers.</b><p>Piriform told users a booby-trapped version of its CCleaner software had been made available in August and September.<p>Millions of people use the CCleaner program to remove unwanted junk from Android …

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The Equifax Breach and 5 Years of Missed Warning Signs

Reports that Equifax’s chief information officer along with their chief security officer were retiring should alleviate few concerns and not divert scrutiny from the company’s risk governance standards. While this is not the largest data breach in history, it is quite possibly the most damaging. …

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Researchers claim new security bypass could threaten 400M Windows devices

Checkpoint researchers developed a proof of concept method dubbed Bashware which they claim allows any known malware to bypass most common security …

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Equifax hack puts data of 400,000 UK customers at risk

US credit rating firm’s announcement comes after UK authorities order it to alert British clients of cybersecurity breach<p>About 400,000 people in the UK may have had their information stolen following a cybersecurity breach at the credit monitoring firm Equifax.<p>The US company said an investigation …

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2 top Equifax execs retire in wake of massive data breach - MarketWatch

Equifax Inc. announced Friday afternoon that two top technology executives had left the company and been replaced immediately, as the company …

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Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have …

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Equifax waives credit freeze fees after facing backlash

Equifax has learned the hard way that people don't appreciate having to pay $10 for protection when it's not their fault their personal details were compromised. <i>Especially</i> if that $10 solution has its own security flaw. That's why it's now offering to waive all credit freeze fees to prevent …

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Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax …

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We’re all Equif*cked

Every company is a tech company, and that’s a big problem. Or rather, either every company is a tech company but most suck at it, or most aren’t tech companies but should be. Either way, we’re gonna have a bad time. Stock photo companies oughta be making more images of hackers because that cat …

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'Serious' security flaws found on official UK tax site

<b>The UK tax office must improve its handling of website security problems, says an expert who spent 57 days trying to report a bug.</b><p>The researcher, called Zemnmez, found two separate flaws on HMRC's online tax service.<p>He said finding who to report the issues to was more challenging than finding the …

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Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

<b>About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed.</b><p>Equifax said cyber-criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident.<p>Some UK and Canadian …

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Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

<b>A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses.</b><p>The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind.<p>The addresses - and in some cases associated passwords - have apparently been gathered to help spread …

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Spambot leaks more than 700m email addresses in huge data breach

Millions of passwords also contained in breach, a result of spammers collecting information in attempt to break in to users’ email accounts<p>More than 700m email addresses, as well as a number of passwords, have leaked publicly thanks to a misconfigured spambot, in one of the largest data breaches …

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100% of government IT workers said employees are biggest threat to cybersecurity

Only 14% of government organizations consider themselves to be well-protected against cyber threats, according to a report from Netwrix. Here's …

It’s going to be years before Android can copy the iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 won’t only bring fans a massive redesign. It’s also a device that will pioneer various features for Apple, including some tricks that …

Identity fraud reaching epidemic levels, new figures show

Fraud prevention service Cifas says there were a record 89,000 cases of identity theft in the first half of this year<p>Identity theft has reached epidemic levels in the UK, with incidents of this type of fraud running at almost 500 a day, according to the latest figures.<p>During the first six months of …

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