Cybersecurity 101: Understanding the Most Common Cyberattacks

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In a NetEnrich survey of IT professionals, 68 percent say protecting against security breaches is one of their top goals. Public sentiment generally agrees — people view cybercrimes as a serious threat — but there’s a stunning knowledge gap when it comes to the most common cyberattacks. In a poll…


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Man facing charges for alleged identity theft of dead child

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A Phoenix man is facing charges after he was accused of stealing the identity of a child that died more than three decades ago. The paper trail of Jeremiah Elton Ash’s deception began in 2012 when Ash filed paperwork at the Tempe Motor Vehicle Division offices, police said. He allegedly…


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Student hacker, 19, admits high-profile cyber-attacks on the websites of multinational firms including Amazon, Netflix, BT and the BBC

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A teenager has admitted carrying out a string of high-profile cyber attacks on the websites of multi-national firms. Jack Chappell, 19, of Stockport, committed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on NatWest, the National Crime Agency, Vodafone, the BBC, BT, 02 and Amazon. DDoS attacks involve crashing websites by flooding…


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LA County Computer Specialists Head To Hacking Convention In Effort To Secure Voting Systems

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As part of an effort to create a new voting system, Los Angeles County computer specialists are headed this week to Las Vegas and Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions, where attendees will try to compromise voting equipment, it was reported Wednesday. Mock Attacks On Voting Processes County…


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Six billion records hacked so far this year – researchers

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A surge in computer hacking has led to the breach of more than six billion records so far this year, topping the total for 2016, security researchers said Tuesday. Virginia-based Risk Based Security said in its mid-year report that it identified 2,227 publicly disclosed data compromise events through June 30…


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Car Washes Can Be Hacked to Trap You Inside or Smash Up Your Car

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A drive-through car wash can be more than a little scary for a kid, but here’s a reason to let it freak you out as an adult too. Smart car washes with internet-connected washing devices could be hacked to trap you inside a hurricane of water and soap, or even…


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Italy’s largest bank HACKED in major security breach as data from 400,000 accounts stolen

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ITALY’S top bank UniCredit has been targeted in a huge hacking attack in Europe’s largest banking security breach this year. Biographical and loan data from 400,000 client accounts was stolen in the hack as the bank insisting it “immediately took all necessary actions” to tackle the breach. Following an attack…


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SOFTWARE THEFT SHOWS THREAT OF MERCENARY HACKERS

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On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business’ computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded the thieves were a group of Iranians who sold the software to organizations within the…


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Fire Tablet Tool makes hacking Amazon’s 2017 tablets easier

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Amazon’s 2017 tablet lineup includes a new and improved $50 Fire Tablet with a 7 inch screen, and an updated $80 Fire HD 8 tablet that has a higher-resolution display, more memory, and more storage than the 7 inch tablet. While hackers haven’t found a way to root either device…


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300,000 records breached in ransomware attack on Pennsylvania health system

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The breach on Women’s Health Care Group of Pennsylvania was discovered in May, but hackers had unauthorized access to the system as early as January. The Women’s Health Care Group of Pennsylvania, with 45 offices throughout the state, has notified 300,000 of its patients that a ransomware attack has put…


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‘I didn’t mean to do it’: The UK’s hacker rehab program for teen offenders

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SMALL time cyber criminals are now being targeted for “weekend rehab” in an effort to get them to use their skills to save global networks, rather than destroy them. ONCE upon a time adolescent troublemaking meant sneaking out at night for some underage drinking and general shenanigans. But these days…


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What a computer mouse and the Trojan Horse have in common

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Have you ever considered the mouse in your hand is stealing data? What about your connected devices? Can you be sure that they are not spying on you? Government agencies have developed cyber weapons that can cause massive damage to enemies. These weapons were once top-secret tools, but in recent…


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American Mac Computers Hacked With ‘FruitFly’ Surveillance Malware

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American Apple Mac computers have been hacked with FruitFly malware, Forbes reports. The hack is thought to be for surveillance as hackers were able to jump into the webcams of the affected computers and take screenshots, though the FruitFly malware has the ability to take over the entire computer. “This…


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It’s a myth that most cyber-criminals are ‘sophisticated’

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Among the mistakes journalists sometimes make when covering cyber-security stories is calling an attack “sophisticated” when it’s anything but. And it tends to irritate security professionals. There’s no real definition of what a sophisticated attack is, but a more elaborate hacking incident might involve gathering intelligence on a specific, complex…


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‘Criminal mastermind’ of $4bn bitcoin laundering scheme arrested

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The Russian “internationally sought ‘mastermind’ of a crime organisation” accused of laundering more than $4bn in bitcoin, including funds obtained from the hack of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has been arrested in Greece. A US jury indicted Alexander Vinnik on Wednesday after his arrest in a small beachside village…


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Police warned to take notes on database access amid ‘computer hacking’ crackdown

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Queensland police have been warned to diarise their access to the internal database amid an ongoing crackdown by the corruption watchdog. Four officers have been stood down and charged with “computer hacking” since May over allegedly inappropriate access, with one officer, Senior Constable David Neuman found not guilty of the…


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CIA ability to trojan Apple OS exposed in latest hacking release

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The CIA’s alleged ability to trojan an Apple OS disk image has been exposed in ‘Imperial,’ the latest release from WikiLeaks Vault 7 series. This new batch is made of three hacking exploits, ‘Achilles,’ ‘SeaPea’ and ‘Aeris.’ ‘Achilles’ is detailed by WikiLeaks in a statement as producing one or more…


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Turkey’s Twitter Crackdown Ratchets Up, As State Says, ‘Click Now To Report A User To The Police!’

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On July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government’s handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. Less than two weeks later, Turkish police issued a warrant for film director Mustafa Altıoklar for tweeting dismissively…


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New Law Allows Israeli Security Agencies to Record Calls and Texts of Intel Workers

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A bill expanding the electronic surveillance powers of state security agencies over their employees was passed by the Knesset on Monday. It allows the heads of the Shin Bet security service and of Military Intelligence to record the phone conversations and text messages of intelligence employees with access to sensitive…


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Facebook funds Harvard program to fight election hacking

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LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) — Facebook is funding an initiative to prevent hacking that undermines the democratic process and political parties’ technology systems. The effort, called Defending Digital Democracy, was launched last week at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. As a sponsor, the social network will contribute $500,000 to the…


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