22 Oct 2019

Prevention better than cure at preventing young users from getting involved in cybercrime

A new study by the University of Cambridge and the University of Strathclyde suggests that preventive approaches to fighting cybercrime are far more promising than reactionary measures. The researchers found that arresting people who used “booter services” to carry out denial of service (DoS) attacks only resulted in short-terms drops

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22 Oct 2019

Perceptions on the impact of data breaches and identity protection

44% of US citizens believe that their personally identifiable information (PII) has been compromised in a data breach, a recent survey by 4iQ found. 63% of respondents worry that previous breaches may result in identity fraud at a later date, while 37% think they have already been targeted by fraudsters.

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22 Oct 2019

Chinese Hackers Use new Microsoft SQL Server Backdoor Malware

Chinese state-backed hackers have been using a malware tool that enables them to access Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) systems using a special password and subsequently maintain a presence on those systems without getting detected. The threat actor, known as APT 41, Winnti Group, Blackfly/Suckfly, Wicked Panda and BARIUM, has been

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22 Oct 2019

Hacker Breached Servers Belonging to Multiple VPN Providers

A threat actor has obtained access to servers belonging to NordVPN, TorGuard, and possibly VikingVPN. NordVPN acknowledged that it suffered a data breach in March of 2018 in which a threat actor obtained private keys used by the firm for securing its web servers as well as VPN configuration files.

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22 Oct 2019

Consumers creeping and peeking, reveals HP survey

A new HP survey exposes the ‘secret behaviors’ of US workers that undermine the privacy of others. For instance, 73% of employees engage in creeping, i.e. looking at the computer screen of a co-worker, while the same number of people look at documents they find in shared office printer trays.

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22 Oct 2019

Major German manufacturer still down a week after getting hit by ransomware

German automation technology giant Pilz has kept the systems of its 76 locations across the globe disconnected from the main network for over a week as the result of a ransomware attack, the company has announced. On October 13 the company suffered a BitPaymer ransomware infection that impacted “all servers

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22 Oct 2019

How the under 30s expect new approaches to cybersecurity

A new report by NTT shows that employees under 30 pose a bigger risk security risk to companies than older workers because they are less inclined to follow cybersecurity best practices. When compared to employees aged 30-45 and 46-60, under-30s tend to be less concerned about the security implications of

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21 Oct 2019

Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria

US forces withdrawing from northeastern Syria have entered Iraq, but some troops may stay behind in order to help the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) protect oil fields from Islamic State militants. According to US defense chief Mark Esper, the government is considering to keep some troops stationed in the

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21 Oct 2019

NSA And NCSC Warning: Russian Hackers Disguised As Iranian Spies Attacked 35 Countries

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned on Monday that the Russian state-backed hacking group Turla (aka Snake or Uroburos) has been impersonating Iranian state-sponsored hackers in a campaign targeting organizations in the US, the UK and 33 other countries, many of

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21 Oct 2019

US Military Will Stop Using Floppy Disks to Operate Its Nuclear Weapons System

The Pentagon is finally abandoning its archaic nuclear launch systems that still rely on 8-inch floppy disks. According to an official, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) will start using a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” instead. SACCS, the communication infrastructure that transmits emergency action messages for

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