Bitcoin users are opening their wallets to hackers through mobile networks

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Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin make a big deal of their security; theoretically, they are almost impossible to hack. Every transaction is stored in a ‘digital ledger’, shared across multiple machines; an attacker would need to compromise every computer in the chain to successfully hack the system. However, the digital wallets that…


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10 Approaches You Can Take To Shield Yourself Against Ransomware Attacks

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The WannaCry attack earlier this year is one of the more notable ransomware attacks in recent memory. The attack, which hit everything from home users to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, locked key data inside an encryption and then demanded bitcoins in exchange for the key to the data….


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Hack to the future: HopHacks challenges students to solve problems using technology

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In rooms around Hodson Hall on Saturday night, clusters of students tapped away at their laptops amid a scattering of snack bags, soda cans, book bags, and belongings. Some took time out from their teamwork to study for a test. A few napped using balled up sweatshirts as pillows. It…


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Hacking fears take small businesses offline

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After Ken Taylor’s personal computer was hacked he is concerned about the impact hacking would have on his restaurant Templestowe Living Room. “I went into a website which was a bogus site and it basically took a hold of my computer,” Taylor says. “I got a phone call wanting to…


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Gov. Cuomo to credit bureaus: follow state cybersecurity laws or leave

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing new regulations to protect the personal information of New Yorkers, by requiring credit reporting agencies to register with the state and comply with New York’s nation-leading cybersecurity standard. The Governor’s announcement comes after Equifax announced last week the company had been targeted by computer hackers,…


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Hackers Hid Backdoor In CCleaner Security App With 2 Billion Downloads — 2.3 Million Infected

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Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in the tool. The tainted application allows for download of further malware, be it ransomware or keyloggers, with fears millions are affected. According to Avast’s…


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Cyber Security Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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In organisations both big and small, the important job of securing data and cyber systems is often left up to the IT department. However, in today’s environment, everyone has a responsibility to implement best practice in cyber security, from the lowest level employee to top-level directors and other senior members…


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Self-driving car bill leaves cybersecurity rules open to interpretation

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Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to clarify the federal government’s role in overseeing the development and release of self-driving cars. As the Senate reviews the bill, known as the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (Self-Drive) Act, security experts…


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No one is safe from internet attacks, and A.I. defenses can’t help, Google security veteran says

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A cybersecurity expert who has protected Google’s systems for 15 years said Monday no one is safe from internet attacks and software powered by artificial intelligence can’t help defend them. Heather Adkins, director of information security and privacy and a founding member of Google’s security team, also advised consumers not…


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Cyber security sector gets S$16m boost in grants

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More than S$16 million will be invested into new cyber security projects with the potential to be commercialised or to develop capabilities to meet Singapore’s cyber security needs, said the National Research Foundation (NRF) yesterday. Under the National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme grant call, S$15.6 million will be given…


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Toward Cybersecurity Without Trade Protectionism

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Information and communications technology (ICT) products are to the modern economy what iron and coal were to the industrial revolution: building blocks essential to innovation and progress. But with this productivity-enhancing, living standards-boosting technology comes parallel potential for nefarious goals. Protecting critical economic and national security infrastructure from cyber-malfeasance is…


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Cybersecurity and technology transfer seen as top priorities for NIST director nominee

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President Donald Trump has nominated Walter Copan, an expert in technology transfer, to be the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which supports physical sciences research and operates labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. The 63-year-old Copan is a Ph.D. chemist and president and CEO…


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SmartMetric Says Cyber Identity Fraud Cost The USA Consumer $107 Billion Over The Past Six Years

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According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study* more than $107 billion was stolen from consumers over the past six years. The latest Cyber theft of more than 134 million personal information identifiers such as driver’s license numbers and social security numbers now makes this information useless for identifying individuals. With…


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No, Apple’s Face ID Is Not A ‘Secure Password’

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Apple has announced its new smartphone, iPhone X. The device is extremely expensive, starting at $999 (or $1331 in the UK), so potential buyers are asking themselves: Is it really worth it? One factor that might influence your decision is the fact Apple seems to want more money for fewer…


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Togolese national accused of identity fraud after Fitbits mailed to Cape Cod

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When a man in Cape Cod stopped getting his mail for about a week, he decided to check out what was happening. Investigators soon learned the man’s mailbox was being used by someone else to ship what appeared to be stolen Fitbits. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation led…


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Woman accused of identity theft arrested in Piedmont

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PIEDMONT – Police are crediting an alert neighbor and license plate readers with helping them nab a Sacramento woman suspected of identity theft. Tatiana Tia, 20, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 on Hardwick Avenue near Oakland Avenue. Officers were initially dispatched to the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue…


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Hackers targeted Equifax months before a massive breach that affected 143 million Americans

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Hackers accessed Equifax systems months before the credit-reporting agency publicly announced a massive breach that potentially exposed the personal financial data of 143 million Americans, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The breach, which Bloomberg said Equifax had not previously disclosed publicly, took place in March. The…


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Inside the Shadowy World of Revenge Hackers

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The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The legal option—waiting for law enforcement to investigate and perhaps apprehend the hackers—would have taken too long. So the bank was willing to try something else, and a team…


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Authorities: Overseas Hackers Seeking to Extort Community with Cyber Threats

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Law enforcement has identified the source of recent cyber threats as an overseas hacking organization that is seeking to extort local residents. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry released a statement Monday night explaining the latest details of the investigation, including a seven-page ransom letter. Hackers emailed the lengthy ransom letter…


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Equifax breach proves bad employees are worse than good hackers

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The recent Equifax data breach has prompted a congressional review of the company’s security practices. This follows the announcement that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is also investigating the company. What, at first, appeared to be a situation where Equifax was as much the victim as more than 140 million…


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