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61% were compromised by ransomware in 2016. Here’s how to stay safe

Posted on March 13th, 2017.

According to the CyberEdge Group’s 2017 Cyberthreat Defense Report, a whopping 61% of organizations was compromised by a ransomware attack in 2016. Of those infected, over one-third of companies decided to pay extortionists to regain access to their data. Refusal was risky: even though 54% of those who refused to pay regained access to...

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1 Billion Users’ Data from Yahoo Breach up for Sale on the Dark Web

Posted on December 20th, 2016.

In September, Yahoo announced it had been hacked, and that data from 500 million users had been compromised. A few days ago, the company announced it was hacked a second time, this time with 1 billion users’ data being compromised. Both attacks occurred back in 2013, and hacked data has reportedly been for sale on the dark web....

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Popcorn TIme Ransomware Pardons Victims, If They Infect 2 Other Victims

Posted on December 14th, 2016.

Ransomware has been around for a while, and it’s a pretty nasty thing as it encrypts users’ files and forces them to pay. Now, a group of hackers, allegedly from Syria, have create a new type that gives victims a choice: they either pay up, or they infect two new users to have access to their files again. This new type of ransomware,...

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Hackers Compromise Israeli TV Channels With “Divine Retribution” Message

Posted on December 1st, 2016.

Israel has recently been swept by a wave of, reportedly, over 250 large fires, which led to dozens of arrests on suspicion of arson. Tuesday night, hackers compromised two major Israeli news channels, unexpectedly interrupting the broadcast. The hackers then showed images of Muslim holy cities and suggested the recent wave of fires was...

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Hackers Seen Gloating on the Dark Net after Tesco Bank Theft

Posted on November 21st, 2016.

During the weekend of 5-6 November, Tesco Bank was hacked and £2.5 million pounds were stolen from its customers. Cybersecurity firm Cyberint probed the dark net for clues and caught hackers gloating. According to the Israeli company, hackers were gloating on a variety of dark net platforms, such as AlphaBays’ forum, Hacking Forum and...

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Cyberspace Is on High Alert Ahead of Election

Posted on November 8th, 2016.

“Don’t pull anything funny on Election Day, Russia,” New York Daily News wrote last week.  Apparently, tensions are high. New York Daily News goes on to outline how U.S. military hackers are preparing secret cyber weapons to hit back if Russian forces try to interrupt US networks on Election Tuesday. Intelligence officials are mum on...

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Presidential Voting Machines Are Vulnerable to Hacking, Says Cybersecurity Company

Posted on November 7th, 2016.

The day of reckoning will soon be upon millions of American as they head to the polls to elect its 45th President between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but according to one cybersecurity company, the voting machines used are vulnerable to hacking, reports CNBC. According to Real Clear Politics, Clinton currently has 203 of the...

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Cybersecurity Spending Doubles Threat Growth Sees UK Businesses Spend More On Security

Posted on October 5th, 2016.

As the threat of cybersecurity grows in the U.K. companies are reported to be spending twice as much to prevent their businesses from being targeted, reports City A.M. In 2016 budgets spent on cybersecurity more than doubled compared to that spent in 2015. It’s reported that, on average, the budget rose to £6.2 million per business as...

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India Ranks Fourth Globally in Ransomware Attacks

Posted on September 23rd, 2016.

India is facing a major issue as ransomware attacks continue to rise in the country as it ranks fourth in the country and the world.

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Opinion: Bridging the Cybersecurity Gender Gap

Posted on August 19th, 2016.

In an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor, more needs to be done to attract more women to the cybersecurity fields. According to the CSM, in 2015, a mere 25 percent of women held computing jobs while companies such as Twitter and Google have been widely criticized for not bridging the gender gap in the workforce. Not only...

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Lock Picking at Cybersecurity Conference Def Con

Posted on August 15th, 2016.

When you think of lock picking you might not put it with a cybersecurity conference such as Def Con. However, the recent conference in Sin City demonstrated that the traditional method of picking locks is essential to teaching individuals how to protect machines from digital threats letting them unleash their inner child. With remote...

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Whitepaper: Cybersecurity Risk for Connected Cars

Posted on August 10th, 2016.

A whitepaper has unveiled that design flaws could allow hackers to take control of connected vehicles. The cybersecurity division of IOActive reported in the whitepaper that 50 percent of cyber vulnerabilities discovered in manufacturer designs have the potential to be exploited. Furthermore, 71 percent of the vulnerabilities listed...

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The Future of Cybersecurity May Be with Supercomputers

Posted on August 5th, 2016.

Seven supercomputers recently took part in a virtual contest that saw them competing against one another in a bid to find software vulnerabilities. Taking place in Las Vegas at DEF CON, a cybersecurity event, the seven supercomputers participated in the Cyber Grand Challenge where they were tasked with playing the hacking game Capture...

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Black Hat Cybersecurity Leaders Prefer Clinton Compared to Trump

Posted on August 4th, 2016.

If anyone has learned the importance of cybersecurity, it’s Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, according to the founder of Black Hat, a conference for the best of the cybersecurity world. Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic party have been hacked, cybersecurity leaders are in favor of...

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UK-Based Llyod’s Bank Sees Decrease in Cyberattacks

Posted on May 30th, 2016.

Swimming against the torrent of relentless headlines highlighting the lack of cybersecurity among banks, government agencies, and popular websites, the Lloyds Banking Group has seen an 80-90% drop in cyberattacks. The reason? “Enhanced” cybersecurity measures. While banks around the world begin to accept the uncomfortable reality wherein...

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The Great Cyber Bank Robbery

Posted on February 9th, 2016.

The great cyber bank robbery of 2015 reached into twenty-nine top Russian banks and is now infamously known as the “Carbanak” criminal gang. The use of long standing APT tools, and the sophisticated computer entry with spear phishing emails into bank browsers allowed invasion of malicious malware. Once the victims made a request,...

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UK Intelligence Agency GCHQ Will Pay Student Hackers

Posted on January 18th, 2016.

The UK’s digital spy agency, the GCHQ has placed a notice for open applications for the surveillance agency’s two summer schools in 2016. Students will be paid £250 a week from the £3.2bn budget award set by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Peter Osborne. It has been a well-known fact that it uses computer network exploitation, CNE....

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Investigatory Powers Bill Makes Your Browsing History Available To UK Officials

Posted on December 29th, 2015.

A new Investigatory Powers Bill is making waves in the UK and has critics from government officials to Edward Snowden.  Home Secretary Theresa May announced the new Investigatory Powers Bill around Christmas. The bill stipulates that the browsing history of everyone in the UK will have to be stored for a year. Police and security...

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Blockchain Tech Hints At The Future of the Internet & Cybersecurity

Posted on December 27th, 2015.

Bitcoin, as the first successful blockchain implementation, is not an unprecedented breakthrough, but it is the first to be applied and adopted at a global rate. The blockchain technology comes from a history of cryptography and security research. The Merkle Tree and distributed hash tables, hit upon in the 1970s, meant autonomy, fault...