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Cyber Essentials – What you need to know!

May 22nd, 2017 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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WHAT IS CYBER ESSENTIALS? Cyber Essentials (CE) is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme that sets out a baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations. The scheme addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent around 80% of cyber attacks. The certification can server as a valuable indicator that the organisation has […]

UK to increase national cyber-defence grid

November 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Chancellor Philip Hammond will give details of the plans in a speech later. Other defences that intercept booby-trapped emails or shut down thieves impersonating bank websites will also be expanded. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37821867

28 years later: the malware landscape in 2016

October 27th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Back in November 1988, the Morris worm started the first widely recognised and reported malware-based cyberattack, infecting around 5% of all the computers connected to the emerging Internet. Read more: http://www.information-age.com/28-years-later-malware-landscape-2016-123462883/

Dyn DDoS – what can we do right now to help prevent the next attack?

October 25th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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There have been numerous rumours of what the attack was for, and why the attackers pounded Dyn with redundant traffic designed to harm the company’s ability to serve legitimate customers. Read more: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/24/dyn-ddos-what-can-we-do-right-now-to-help-prevent-the-next-attack/

Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled

October 25th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37750798

Ransomware Reaches the Malware Top 3 for the First Time

October 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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While everybody knows how dangerous and devastating a ransomware infection can be, the number of affected victims was regularly low, and never large enough to warrant a spot on the top 10, let alone top 3 most dangerous malware families around. Read more: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ransomware-reaches-the-malware-top-3-for-the-first-time-509552.shtml#ixzz4NzvcgEXN

Malware lurks in many corners of ‘the cloud’

October 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Malicious software is hiding in the cloud, and it may be very difficult to identify, new research finds. A study of 20 major cloud hosting services found as many as 10 percent of the repositories hosted by them had been compromised—with several hundred of the “buckets” actively providing malware. Read more: http://www.futurity.org/malware-cloud-hosting-1276682-2/

Is your IT department prepared for a ransomware attack?

October 20th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and started with tantalising reports that Internet giant Yahoo was secretly searching customer e-mails on behalf of American spy agencies. But in recent press releases from the FBI, Ontario Provincial Police and Interpol, it is the soaring frequency and sophistication of ransomware that is highlighted. Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/is-your-companys-it-prepared-for-a-ransomware-attack/article32443950/

Is your router taking part in DDoS attacks right under your nose?

October 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A BWAIN is a Bug With An Impressive Name that has been given special marketing treatment in the hope of getting the right people to wake up and do something about it. Read more: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/14/is-your-router-taking-part-in-ddos-attacks-right-under-your-nose/

Threats are constantly evolving and changing. It’s not a question of if you will be attacked, but when!

October 7th, 2016 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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Penetration testing or ‘pen testing’ is the most effective way of demonstrating that exploitable vulnerabilities within your company’s internet-facing resources have been identified, allowing suitable patches to be applied. The aim is to identify browser exploits, unpatched software, unsecure coding practices and weak encryption algorithms. A penetration test must be conducted by a certified ethical […]

Is Your Company Ready for a Ransomware Attack?

October 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Earlier this year, administrators at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital suddenly discovered they had lost access to their computers. Doctors were locked out of their patients’ medical records, and they couldn’t access their own reports. Their system data had been encrypted by malicious software. While all this data was being held hostage, staffers had to direct sick people […]

Why a massive DDoS attack on a blogger has internet experts worried

September 30th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Someone on the internet seems very angry with cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs. On 20 September, Krebs’ website was hit with what experts say is the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in public internet history, knocking it offline for days with a furious 600 to 700 Gbps (Gigabits per second) traffic surge. DDoS attacks […]

Ransomware: Coming To A Hospital Near You?

September 27th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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For a long time, particularly in the hard-core hacker underground, the idea of attacking hospitals and other institutions of goodwill was completely unacceptable. The consensus in these communities was that these should be “no-go” areas, totally off-limits to cyberattacks. Such hacker idealism praises the taking from the rich and strong to give to the poor […]

Tips for thwarting cybercrime

September 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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No one is immune from the threat of cyber crime. Its many forms include online identity theft, financial fraud, stalking, bullying, hacking, e-mail spoofing, information piracy and forgery plus much more. The results can vary from major annoyance to financial devastation or even endangered personal safety. The ever-increasing frequency of news reports about cyber crime […]

FBI Official Explains What To Do In A Ransomware Attack

September 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Businesses or consumers hit by ransomware should refuse to pay the ransom and immediately contact the FBI or file a complaint on www.ic3.gov, the federal government’s website for filing and sharing information about cybercrime, an FBI official said today. Will Bales, supervisory special agent for the FBI’s Cyber Division, said any information, whether it’s a […]

Malware infection is inevitable, so be prepared

September 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Malware is nothing new, yet malware infections are on the rise – but why is that?  Why aren’t the defences we have been putting in place for the past 20 years effective? Let’s look at why. Malware creation is no longer in the hands of expert hackers.  Anybody with a computer can make their own […]

28 NHS trusts admit attempts of ‘ransomware’ attacks

September 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Ransomware is a type of malware that can encrypt all the data on a computer, blocking access to data until the hackers are paid off. A large West Country teaching hospital was the target of an attempted cyber blackmail attempt, local press in Plymouth are reporting today. Hackers infected some devices at the city’s Derriford […]

More Than 40% Of Attacks Abuse SSL Encryption

September 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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There’s an important caveat about encrypted traffic from new research released this week: Encryption works so well that hackers are using it as cover. A new study from A10 and the Ponemon Institute found that 80% of respondents say their organisations have been the victim of a cyberattack or malicious insiders in the past year […]

Anatomy Of A Social Media Attack

August 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Social media threats are at an all-time high, ranging from account hijacking to impersonation attacks, scams, and new ways of distributing malware and executing phishing attacks. Sophisticated attacks target organisations of all sizes.  For example, Microsoft was the victim of a series of social media hacks by nation-state threat actors.  The attack campaign was extensive, […]

Anatomy of a cryptographic collision – the “Sweet32” attack

August 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Researchers at the Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation in France (INRIA) have come up with the latest BWAIN. A BWAIN is a Bug With An Impressive Name, and this one has a logo, too: Sweet32 is a way to attack encrypted web connections by generating huge amounts of web traffic, in the hope […]

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