06 Feb 2017

Wanted: Cyber Experts for U.K. Boardrooms

“Only 5 percent of large U.K. companies say their boards include directors with expertise in information technology or cyber security, even though the vast majority identify hacking and other digital threats as serious risks, a report showed. In the event of a cyber attack, more than half of companies in

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04 Feb 2017

Google Paid Hackers $3M For Finding Security Flaws Last Year

“It’s not easy to keep complex software free of security bugs. That’s why a number of companies have set up bug bounty programs to reward independent hackers for helping out. Google’s one of those companies, and last year they paid more than $3 million in total bounties.” Source: Google Paid

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04 Feb 2017

Anonymous hackers shut down the largest host of dark web sites

“Freedom Hosting II, the largest host of dark web sites has reportedly been hacked and taken down by a group of hackers allegedly associated with Anonymous. The hackers breached Freedom Hosting II’s servers and stole thousands of GB worth data, according to reports. According to independent security researcher Sarah Jamie

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04 Feb 2017

Experts debate effects of government cybersecurity executive order

“At its core, the most basic way to measure your effectiveness is to measure the date of vulnerability detection to the date of mitigation. If that number is moving to the right, you are losing the battle. If that number is staying about the same, you are at least treading

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03 Feb 2017

Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government

“In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware. Although details are sparse, it’s clear that someone in the office caught a bug in a phishing scam or by downloading

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03 Feb 2017

Indian police bust $550-million internet scam that duped thousands

“Indian police have busted an internet scam in which around 650,000 people lost a combined 37 billion rupees ($549 million) after sending money to a company that promised they would earn cash by clicking on web links, police said on Friday.” Source: Indian police bust $550-million internet scam that duped

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03 Feb 2017

Security firms ‘overstate hackers’ abilities to boost sales’

“Computer security companies have been accused of ‘massively’ exaggerating the abilities of malicious hackers. Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, made the accusation in a speech. He said the firms played up hackers’ abilities to help them sell security hardware and services. Overplaying hackers’

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03 Feb 2017

Hacker Leaks Tools Stolen From Cellebrite

“The hacker who recently breached the systems of Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite leaked some tools on Thursday and promised to dump more of the stolen data in the future. While its investigation is still ongoing, Cellebrite has confirmed that someone had gained unauthorized access to its systems, stealing roughly

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02 Feb 2017

Hackers Offering Money to Company Insiders in Return for Confidential Data

“The insider threat is the worst nightmare for a company, as the employees can access company’s most sensitive data without having to circumvent security measures designed to keep out external threats.” Source: Hackers Offering Money to Company Insiders in Return for Confidential Data

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02 Feb 2017

Nile Phish: Large-Scale Phishing Campaign Targeting Egyptian Civil Society

“This report describes Nile Phish, an ongoing and extensive phishing campaign against Egyptian civil society. In recent years, Egypt has witnessed what is widely described as an ‘unprecedented crackdown,’ on both civil society and dissent. Amidst this backdrop, in late November 2016 Citizen Lab began investigating phishing attempts on staff

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