CYBERCRIME: 2020

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

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 …

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Cyber Attack At Honda Stops Production After WannaCry Worm Strikes

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 in its computer network.<p>This virus is the same one that infected over one million machines worldwide after taking advantage …

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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. …

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

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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 …

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How To Prevent Banking Infrastructure From Cyber Attacks?

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

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here's what that would cost, and here's why it won't work anyway

This is a golden oldie, a classic piece of foolish political grandstanding. May's predecessor, David Cameron, repeatedly campaigned on this one, and …

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Security firm asks EU to investigate Microsoft

<b>Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission.</b><p>It claims that the software giant is abusing its market dominance by pushing Windows 10 users towards its own anti-virus software.<p>The European Commission confirmed it had …

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Former DoD official: U.S. 'more and more vulnerable' to cyberattacks

Vital U.S. industries like banking and telecommunications are more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks; the military systems that ought to deter …

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From Botnet to Malware: A Guide to Decoding Cybersecurity Buzzwords

Where real zombies and trojan horses live.<p>Words like worm, trojan horse, and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they're part of …

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Password manager OneLogin hit by data breach

<b>Encrypted information has been accessed during a data breach at the password management service, OneLogin.</b><p>It affects "all customers served by our US data centre" and perpetrators had "the ability to decrypt encrypted data", according to The Register.<p>Those affected have been advised to visit a …

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WannaCry ransomware: Everything you need to know

One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world.<p>You've heard the phrase "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions," right?<p>Well, a vulnerability first uncovered by the National Security Agency and then released by …

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What's Driving Tech Jobs -- Cyber Warfare

Mitchelle Schanbaum has over 25 years of experience in all phases of information technology security, training and consulting. After studying Business Administration at Texas Tech University and accounting at the University of North Texas, Mitchelle was recruited by Equifax where she flourished and …

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Get a Jumpstart on a New Career With This Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle

Don't miss out.<p>There's never been a better time to get into cybersecurity – especially with some high profile data hacks.<p>Qualified security experts …

RSA: Quarter of UK Consumers Boycott Breached Firms

Over a quarter of UK adults have boycotted companies that mishandled their data, according to new RSA research highlighting plummeting levels of …

Why Is Cybersecurity So Hard?

After nearly 20 years of trying and billions of dollars in investment, why are organizations are still struggling with cybersecurity? In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse, not better. Answering this question requires moving beyond a purely technical examination of cybersecurity. It’s true …

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Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm

<b>The majority of machines hit by the WannaCry ransomware worm in the cyber-attack earlier this month were running Windows 7, security firms suggest.</b><p>More than 97% of the infections seen by Kaspersky Lab and 66% of those seen by BitSight used the older software.<p>WannaCry started spreading in mid-May …

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WannaCry: What can you do to protect your business?

<b>The WannaCry cyber-attack infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, affecting government, healthcare and private company systems. But how easily could it have been avoided and how can firms protect themselves against future attacks?</b><p>On the face of it, the accepted narrative seems …

My job is to constantly think about cyber attacks — this is the first time I've been truly alarmed

I’ve spent nearly every moment of the past few years thinking about how to stop cyber attacks.<p>And this is the first time I’ve been truly alarmed.<p>Friday’s ransomware attacks that infected over 150 countries — most notably shutting down hospitals all over England — proved that a cyber attack can …

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