CYBERCRIME: 2020

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

How the National Cybersecurity Center mitigates 90% of attacks reported

The National Cybersecurity Center helps SMBs, nonprofits, and governments fight cybercrime. Here's how your business can benefit from their …

Cybersecurity

Firms face £17m fine if they fail to protect against hackers

<b>Firms could face fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover if they fail to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, the government has warned.</b><p>The crackdown is aimed at making sure essential services such as water, energy, transport and health firms are safeguarded against hacking attempts.<p>Firms …

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Cybersecurity headhunter shares 10 secrets from Black Hat 2017

Recruiting cybersecurity talent has never been more difficult. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs …

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Cyber Security Investments: Experts Discuss Detection vs. Prevention

Enterprises are increasingly aware of the growing need to invest in sound security measures capable of securing valuable company data in the …

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A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future

"It will take the attention of the free society that built the internet to save it." —Alexander Klimburg<p>In 2012, the New York Times’s David Sanger broke a bombshell story detailing a joint US-Israel cyber attack on Iran that undermined its nuclear enrichment facilities. The computer virus, dubbed …

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Cyber criminal who laundered £3bn in bitcoin arrested in Greece

A Russian national suspected of being the mastermind behind a digital currency exchange has been indicted by a grand jury in California on money laundering charges.<p>Alexander Vinnik is accused of using the cryptocurrency exchange to launder more than $4 billion (£3bn) for people involved in crimes …

Cryptocurrency

Mac malware caught silently spying on computer users

Mac users typically think they're immune to malware. But a new strain used for spying reminds us even Macs can be compromised<b>.</b><p>Researchers have found an unusual piece of malware, called FruitFly, that's been infecting some Mac computers for years.<p>FruitFly operates quietly in the background, spies on …

The ultimate plain English guide to cybersecurity buzzwords

Words like worm, trojan horse and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they’re part of the reality of life online.<p>Now that we communicate, work and entertain ourselves on the internet, these familiar terms start to take on new meaning. They’re just a few of the cybersecurity …

Information Security

Could new data laws end up bankrupting your company?

<b>The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, radically changing the way organisations have to look after our personal data. Failure to comply could lead to huge fines, yet many businesses are far from ready. Here's why you should care.</b><p>What is GDPR …

Privacy

Mac spy malware OSX Dok mirrors banking sites to steal money and tracks victims with Dark Web server

Security experts said the malware is primarily targeting users in Europe.<p>Apple users are under threat from a recently discovered Mac malware dubbed …

Security

More small companies worried about cybercrime than Brexit, survey finds

Small companies are more concerned about the threat posed by cybercrime than they are about Brexit, a new survey has revealed.<p>A poll of 500 SMEs, conducted by Barclaycard, found that 44pc were worried about being hit by cybercrime or a data breach, following a spate of attacks that has hit …

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How to spot the three most common types of malware

The majority of data threats come from phishing attacks, malvertising and malicious redirects, exploit kits and drive-by downloads. Here's what to …

Ukraine hit by major cyber-attack

<b>Kiev's main airport appears to have been among the victims of a major cyber-attack in Ukraine.</b><p>Operator Boryspil said that it could cause flights to be delayed.<p>Shipping company AP Moller-Maersk, oil producer Rosneft and a number of Ukraine's commercial banks also said they had been hit.<p>The unknown …

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Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

<b>Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an anti-trust complaint to the European Commission by a security company.</b><p>In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed a complaint against Microsoft.<p>The security company claims the software giant is abusing …

WannaCry: Why this ransomware just won't die

As Honda and speed cameras in Australia have found out, WannaCry is still capable of infecting networks and could be for years to come - here's …

Cyber Attack At Honda Stops Production After WannaCry Worm Strikes

Honda was forced to halt production at its Sayama plant after WannaCry virus struck. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images<p>The WannaCry worm is still alive. Honda said this week that it was forced to halt production for one day at its Sayama plant near Tokyo after finding the WannaCry ransomware …

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Now I get it: Ransomware

On May 12, a computer worm called WannaCry began infecting over 300,000 Windows computers in 150 countries—and made headlines around the world. …

Cost of data breaches eases as more Irish firms held to ransom

Mike Lynch's cybersecurity startup Darktrace experienced a sales surge after the WannaCry ransomware attack

The WannaCry cyberattack crippled hundreds of thousands of computers but one organisation appears to have ended up benefiting from the ransomware attack in a big way.<p>Cambridge cybersecurity startup Darktrace experienced a significant uptick in sales enquiries immediately off the back of the …

Cybersecurity

How To Prevent Banking Infrastructure From Cyber Attacks?

The panel discussion on ‘Cyber Security in Banking’ held at <i>BW Businessworld’</i>s BFSI CXO Summit in Mumbai discussed the security measures to be taken …

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CIA has been hacking dozens of wifi routers for years, but seemingly not Apple ones

The latest documents posted by WikiLeaks reveal that the CIA has been hacking wireless routers for years. One particular hack, known as CherryBlossom, allowed the agency to monitor all Internet activity of a target, and even redirect their browser to government-created phishing sites …<p><i>ZDNet</i> spotted …

Wi-Fi

Weekly Threat Report 16th June 2017

MacOS security reputation challenged by new ransomware-as-a-service

Once viewed as nigh-on impregnable, Apple's reputation for secure products is being challenged once again, this time by ransomware-as-a-service.<p>Mac …

Apple Mac computers targeted by ransomware and spyware

<b>Mac users are being warned about new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers.</b><p>One is ransomware that encrypts data and demands payment before files are released.<p>The other is spyware that watches what users do and scoops up valuable information.<p>Experts said …

Cyber security in 2020: boosting protection with traps and tripwires

Originally written by Nick Ismail on Information AgeA cyber attacker determined to breach a business’s IT defences will do whatever they can to …

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What Happens When Your Small Business Is Hacked

Here are the most feared repercussions of a data breach and how startups can prepare for the inevitable.<p>News headlines continue to call our attention to the latest cyber attacks -- something that provides IT and security professionals with the daunting task of remaining steadfast on the …

Teaching our police force how to hack like the pros

Firebrand Training's Alex Bennett on training the next generation of police forensics experts<p>You’re more likely to be a victim of cybercrime than any …

Americans and Cybersecurity: Five Surprising Facts

News about cyber-attacks and data breaches has become so common that many of us accept them with resignation. The shock and surprise that greeted …

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Britney Spears: Malware planted in singer's Instagram page

<b>The comments section of Britney Spears' Instagram account has been used by cyber-thieves to co-ordinate attacks.</b><p>Security firm Eset found the gang controlled its malware, called Turla, by posting comments about images in the singer's gallery.<p>The comments looked like spam but once transformed by code …