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It’s not a question of if you will be attacked, but when!

November 14th, 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 […]

Hackers release new malware into the wild for Mirai botnet successor

November 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A group of cyberattackers has created a new strain of malware dedicated to transforming vulnerable IoT devices into slave components for DDoS attacks. Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-release-new-malware-into-the-wild-for-mirai-botnet-successor/

How hackers handle stolen login data

October 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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We’ve all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37510501

Almost 6,000 online shops hit by hackers

October 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The code has been injected into the sites by cyberthieves, said Dutch developer Willem De Groot. He found the 5,925 compromised sites by scanning for the specific signature of the data-stealing code in website software. Some of the stolen data was sent to servers based in Russia, he said. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37643754

Yahoo ‘state’ hackers stole data from 500 million users

September 23rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Yahoo says “state-sponsored” hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”. The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public. […]

Sophisticated hackers ‘aim to put net out of action’

September 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Unidentified hackers are carrying out a campaign to find out how to take down the net, warns a security expert. In a blogpost, security guru Bruce Schneier said “precisely calibrated” attacks on key net firms had been seen for over a year. The attacks sought weaknesses in the defences of organisations that oversaw critical parts […]

Obama warns of hackers creating cyber ‘Wild Wild West’

September 7th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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We’re moving into a “new era” where a number of countries have significant cyber weapons, President Obama told reporters at the G-20 international summit in China. But the US has “more capacity than anybody, both offensively and defensively,” he said. If we don’t all start acting responsibly with those weapons, the cyber arms race could […]

Hackers insert malware onto Thai ATMs, steal 12 million baht

August 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The central bank of Thailand (BoT) has shut down about half of its ATMs, suspecting an Eastern European gang of being responsible for planting malware on the machines in order to siphon off 12 million baht ($350,000, £263,000). The Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday that according to the president of the state-run Government Savings Bank […]

Hackers’ website breached by hacker

May 18th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The email addresses and private messages of more than 470,000 members of a hacking website have been leaked online following a huge data breach. The Nulled website was a popular marketplace for stolen account details and hacking tips. The leaked data contained more than 5,000 purchase records relating to the exchange of stolen information. The […]

Chinese hackers turn to ransomware

March 15th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Chinese hackers are launching sophisticated ransomware attacks – in which they hijack machines and demand payment to decrypt them, according to reports. Four separate security firms have spotted attacks they believe emanated from China in recent months, reveals Reuters. There is speculation that the “skilled operators” could be state-sponsored hackers. The Chinese government said it […]

Hackers behind Ukraine power cuts, says US report

February 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Hackers were behind an attack that cut power to 225,000 people in Ukraine, a US report has concluded. The December 2015 incident is thought to be the first known successful hack aimed at utilities. The report, written by the Department of Homeland Security, is based on interviews with staff at Ukrainian organisations that dealt with […]

Hollywood hospital pays ransom to hackers

February 18th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A Los Angeles hospital has paid $17,000 (£11,800) to hackers after its computer systems were taken offline by ransomware. Systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center had been affected for more than a week. Staff had been forced to carry out some tasks on paper. However, the hospital’s chief executive Allen Stefanek, said that the incident […]

Hollywood hospital held to ransom by hackers

February 16th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Ransomware is a growing menace for computer users – but when a hospital is targeted, it makes the disruption far more serious. Computer systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center have been offline for more than a week following a ransomware attack. According to local news sources, hackers were said to have demanded $3.4m (£2.4m) to […]

This Facebook bug could have allowed hackers to take over your account

January 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A UK security researcher who goes by fin1te has just published the fascinating story of a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bug he found in Facebook’s content delivery network. Fin1te (whose real name is Jack Whitton) reported the bug in July 2015, and apparently received $7500 for his efforts, but nevertheless waited until this week before going […]

Hackers have stolen €50 million from an aerospace parts manufacturer

January 28th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Yes, €50 million. Aerospace parts manufacturer FACC posted a notice on its website last week stating, “the financial accounting department of FACC Operations GmbH was the target of cyber fraud.” It continued: “The damage is an outflow of approx. EUR 50 mio of liquid funds. The management board has taken immediate structural measures and is […]

Malvertising – why fighting adblockers gets users’ backs up

January 15th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Making malware predictions is a popular but often frustrating pastime. It sometimes feels as if saying “X will happen” simultaneously makes it true and untrue. As though some crooks figure, “Well, if that’s where you’re focusing your attention, I shall go elsewhere,” while others say, “What a jolly good idea, I must try it at […]

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in 2015 – over 480 million leaked records

January 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’. There have been breaches of highly sensitive data (including that of children), targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag, and an alarming number of well-orchestrated DDoS […]

UK to create cybersecurity forces to fight off ISIS hackers

November 18th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The UK is boosting its cyber security efforts after government officials learned that ISIS is planning to launch cyber attacks on various infrastructures, such as hospitals, banks and air traffic control systems. According to Reuters, the nation plans to build “elite cyber offensive forces” to fight off hackers, and it’s pouring a lot of money into the project […]

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