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December 3, 2016

Hackers Only Need Seconds to Figure Out Card Details

Experts from Newcastle University in England has found that hackers only need six seconds to figure out the card number, expiry date, and security code for a Visa debit or credit card by simple guesswork, according to a report from The Telegraph.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, in the U.K. the number of bank account fraud cases reported up to June 2016, from the beginning of the year, amounted to over 2.3 million.

The researchers found that all that a hacker needs is a computer and an Internet connection. It is believed that hackers simply utilize what is known as a Distributed Guessing Attack enabling them to get around security features [...]

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December 1, 2016

BoE asks FinTech Firms to Help Warn Banks About Cyberattacks

The Bank of England is recruiting FinTech companies to help prevent cyberattacks targeting financial institutions, according to a report from The Telegraph.

Earlier this year, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) conducted a survey, which found that cyber risks topped the list of financial service concerns. According to the survey, 56 percent of respondents ranked cyberattacks within the top five.

Speaking at the Telegraph’s Future of FinTech conference, Claire Sunderland Hay, head of the Bank’s FinTech Accelerator, said one study is focusing on threat intelligence tools.

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We hope [it] will lead to faster sharing of threat [...]

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November 29, 2016

A Familiar Tale as Bitcoin Extortionists Target German Bank’s Customers

Bitcoin extortionists have hacked a high-end European bank several days ago, and now blackmailing its customers. Valartis, a Chinese-owned bank in Lichtenstein, has reportedly been hacked by unknown extortionists, according to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

The hackers are demanding Valartis’ customers 10% of their life savings, paid in Bitcoin so they can  protect their anonymity. If they do not comply by the 7th of December, the hackers will reportedly release all of their account details. These will then be sent to finance authorities and the media.

According to Chief Financial Officer Fond Chi Wah, the bank did not know of any money losses and that customers [...]

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November 28, 2016

San Francisco Metro System Blackmailed for 100 Bitcoins by Ransomware Extortionists

On the 26th of November, the San Francisco Examiner reported the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) was hacked. Infected computers at Muni stations were reportedly downed by HDDCryptor ransomware, whose masters attempted to extort the station for bitcoin. As a result, passengers got a free ride throughout the weekend as the agency was forced to open up the gates, since they were unable to process fare payments.

Muni ticket machines, kiosks, employee laptops, email and printed services, payroll systems and SQL databases were compromised according to The Register. Out of a total of 8.656 PCs and Macs on the agency’s network, a total of 2,112 were compromised [...]

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