cyber security

The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps
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Internet of Things (IoT)

The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PTSI) Bill aims to address the connected devices security nightmare, but experts agree it …
19 Jan 2022
DHL overtakes Microsoft as the most imitated brand in phishing attacks
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phishing

DHL overtakes Microsoft as the most imitated brand in phishing attacks

Check Point Research reveals that the logistics giant accounted for almost a quarter of global phishing attacks in 2021
18 Jan 2022
NCA plots education drive to crack down on children exploring cyber crime
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hacking

NCA plots education drive to crack down on children exploring cyber crime

With children as young as nine being referred to the NCA for launching DDoS attacks, the new campaign aims to educate children in the consequences of …
18 Jan 2022
Ransomware: Why only the bravest businesses will survive
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ransomware

Ransomware: Why only the bravest businesses will survive

With ransomware attacks a matter of when, not if, the secret to protecting your reputation lies in honesty and transparency
17 Jan 2022
NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool
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virtual private network (VPN)

NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool

The unified speed-testing software can be downloaded from GitHub
14 Jan 2022
Ukraine government and embassies hit by "massive" cyber attacks
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cyber attacks

Ukraine government and embassies hit by "massive" cyber attacks

Russia is said to be most-likely behind the attacks as tensions between the two countries increases
14 Jan 2022
Ransomware is being rewritten in Go for joint attacks on Windows, Linux users
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ransomware

Ransomware is being rewritten in Go for joint attacks on Windows, Linux users

The Google-created programming language has become increasingly popular in the malware community for its speed and effectiveness in targeting more use…
13 Jan 2022
US gov issues fresh warning over Russian threat to critical infrastructure
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cyber warfare

US gov issues fresh warning over Russian threat to critical infrastructure

The FBI, NSA and CISA have urged network defenders to be on "heightened alert" for Russian cyber attacks
12 Jan 2022
Microsoft takes aim at critical RCE flaws with "massive" Patch Tuesday update
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cyber security

Microsoft takes aim at critical RCE flaws with "massive" Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft has kicked off 2022 with a score of security fixes for critical-rated vulnerabilities in some of the most widely used products used by busin…
12 Jan 2022
Nearly half of all Log4j downloads remain critically vulnerable
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vulnerability

Nearly half of all Log4j downloads remain critically vulnerable

The findings come as the US threatens legal action against those who fail to patch to the latest versions of the popular Java library
11 Jan 2022
QNAP warns of ransomware targeting internet-facing NAS products
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network attached storage (NAS)

QNAP warns of ransomware targeting internet-facing NAS products

The manufacturer has provided a guide to securing vulnerable products amid ongoing attacks
10 Jan 2022
FBI warns of hackers mailing malicious USB sticks to businesses
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cyber attacks

FBI warns of hackers mailing malicious USB sticks to businesses

The FIN7 cyber crime group is alleged to be behind the months-long wave of attacks against the defence, transportation, and insurance industries
10 Jan 2022
Simple Active Directory tweak helps block BlackMatter ransomware attacks
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ransomware

Simple Active Directory tweak helps block BlackMatter ransomware attacks

Security researchers reverse engineer the infamous ransomware strain and discover a way to stymie its file encryption process, even if it reaches a co…
7 Jan 2022
Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism
A sign displayed at a petrol station in Washington, US saying "Temporarily Out of Service" following a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline
ransomware

Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism

Most also believe it should be made illegal to pay ransoms to hackers
7 Jan 2022
A month in the life of a social engineer
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social engineering

A month in the life of a social engineer

With hackers finding more ingenious ways to exploit human flaws, we get inside the planning stages of a social engineering attack
6 Jan 2022
FTC threatens legal action against companies failing to patch Log4Shell
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cyber security

FTC threatens legal action against companies failing to patch Log4Shell

The agency appears to be cracking down on the widespread security flaw as attack attempts remained high over the holiday period
5 Jan 2022
Solving cyber security's diversity problem
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Careers & training

Solving cyber security's diversity problem

Why failing to address a shortage of women in senior cyber security positions may open businesses up to greater threats
5 Jan 2022
The scariest security horror stories of 2021
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cyber security

The scariest security horror stories of 2021

A crisis at Microsoft, the ransomware resurgence, and endless zero-days dominated headlines
28 Dec 2021
IT Pro 20/20: Does the UK stand a chance in the global AI race?
IT Pro 20/20: Does the UK stand a chance in the global AI race?
artificial intelligence (AI)

IT Pro 20/20: Does the UK stand a chance in the global AI race?

Lofty goals and a rich history in computer science may not be enough to stay relevant
21 Dec 2021
T-Mobile: Scam calls hit an all-time high in 2021
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cyber security

T-Mobile: Scam calls hit an all-time high in 2021

The carrier reported a 116% increase in fraudulent calls compared to 2020
21 Dec 2021
NCA donates 225 million passwords to Have I Been Pwned
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cyber security

NCA donates 225 million passwords to Have I Been Pwned

The move comes as both UK and US national crime-fighting agencies collaborate with the popular compromised credential checker
21 Dec 2021
What is the Log4Shell vulnerability?
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zero-day exploit

What is the Log4Shell vulnerability?

The critical flaw affecting products built using Java is set to cause headaches in the enterprise for months to come
20 Dec 2021
IT Pro News In Review: Log4Shell vulnerability, Google vaccine policy, most common passwords 2021
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vulnerability

IT Pro News In Review: Log4Shell vulnerability, Google vaccine policy, most common passwords 2021

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
17 Dec 2021