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The WannaCry attack has been identified as the biggest ransomware outbreak in history. This is a cyber pandemic caused by a ransomware weapon of mass destruction. In January, CyberheistNews predicted that 2017 would be the year where we would see a “ransomworm,” and, unfortunately, it is here. The WannaCry ransomware…


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Malwarebytes offers tips on keeping cyber threats at bay

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Cybersecurity company Malwarebytes has advised local businesses and consumers to make sure their computers are using updated software to protect them against cyber threats. “Most of the people in Asia Pacific think that with having antivirus (software), they are already protected. The style of (cyber) attack has changed dramatically, and…


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Sophisticated cyber attacks set to increase

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It has been a turbulent month on the cyber security front, and let’s be clear – we can expect to see many more incidents of this scale or larger in the future. Anyone who assumed the recent NHS cyber attack was an isolated incident, restricted to the public sector, would…


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The need for internet security on your mobile

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Cybercriminals are constantly making advancements and finding new ways to compromise us. While they still target computers, hackers are also beginning to attack mobile devices. We are starting to see more threats such as ransomware attacks on smartphones. As hackers target mobile devices, it’s imperative to ensure that you are…


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Cyber-security experts warn of another WannaCry like attack

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A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by the recent WannaCry malware, cyber-security researchers warned on Thursday. Rebekah Brown of Rapid7, a cyber-security firm, told Reuters that there were no signs yet of…


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Don’t bury head in sand on cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is not always top of mind for companies. Sometimes it takes a heavy-hitting news story with details about a massive breach for leaders to stop and assess their internal controls. Sometimes it takes an employee opening a hacker’s phishing expedition and a system getting corrupted to move the cybersecurity…


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Credit card skimmers discovered locally

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A new method of stealing credit card information was recently discovered at two local convenience stores, only adding the ways electronic thieves can take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. According to Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, credit card skimmers were identified inside gas pumps at two separate stores by a delivery…


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Online Fraud: Keeping Your Finances and Identity Safe on the World Wide Web

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In today’s modern age of digital currency and intangible possession, identity theft can occur swiftly and silently, thousands of miles away from your location. Gone are the days of fending off thieves with a well-placed kick and a baseball bat, as crimes in the digital age, including online fraud, occur…


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Zomato working with ‘ethical hacker’ to improve security

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Restaurant and food delivery app Zomato has confirmed that it has been communicating with the hacker responsible for stealing the data of around 17 million of its customers. The company, which claims to boast over 120 million users, confirmed that information including email address and hashed passwords had been compromised,…


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The one fix needed to keep Trump’s cyber executive order from failing

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President Donald Trump recently issued the Executive Order for Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. Our nation’s first real cybersecurity initiative, however, began in 1981. As a young Air Force colonel, I was assigned to the National Security Agency as founding deputy director to provide technical leadership…


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The Information Age Needs Quantum Cybersecurity

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As WannaCry’s ransom deadline approaches for tens of thousands of cyber victims around the world, many would agree that global cybersecurity has not kept pace with the complexity and virulence of attacks. The hacking of American and French electoral candidates, theft of NSA malware tools, and subsequent ransomware attack have…


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Syncing individual privacy to global cybersecurity

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While it’s wise to guard data from ISPs, authoritarian governments’ access to personal info is a far more sinister threat to every global citizen. While most pundits agree that Trump’s first hundred days in office were underwhelming on the legislative front, he did manage to pass a measure on internet…


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Designing Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector

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The most recent ransomware attacks, currently estimated to have locked up more than 100,000 computers across 100 countries, yet again highlights the very real peril of cyber-threats in the virtual world. The Mirai botnet’s distributed denial of service attacks last year, soon followed by BrickerBot’s permanent incapacitation of several devices…


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Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Immediate and Aggressive Attention, says HCIC Task Force

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Earlier this month, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force issued a pre-release copy of its upcoming report on improving healthcare cybersecurity. In the report the Task Force calls for ‘immediate and aggressive attention’ to tackle growing healthcare cybersecurity threats. The HCIC Task Force was formed by Congress to…


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Companies ramp up recruiting veterans as cybersecurity urgency grows

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Managed security services provider Proficio, Inc., plans to grow its cybersecurity team from about 100 employees today to more than 450 people by the end of 2018. It may seem like a daunting task for most companies given the shortage of workers with cybersecurity skills, but Proficio executives believe they…


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Be ready for the next global cyberattack

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On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200,000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer’s data until a ransom is paid. In this case, $300 worth of the cryptocurrency bitcoin was demanded for infected computers. While the…


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Trump Is Ignoring America’s Looming Cybersecurity Threat

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The “ransomware” attack that crippled computer systems around the globe last week shows once again just how vulnerable the world’s computer systems are to criminals and hackers. The so-called “WannaCry” virus — which threatened to delete a victim’s files absent a $300 ransom — exploited a weakness in the Windows…


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U.S. banks use powerful cybersecurity to avoid WannaCry attack

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WannaCry ransomware has locked up IT systems at hospitals, government agencies and manufacturers around the globe, but U.S. banks have gone largely untouched, thanks to their embrace of powerful cybersecurity measures. U.S. banks managed to remain unscathed because they rapidly apply new software security patches and regularly back up data,…


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3 Cybersecurity Tech Solutions That Can Help Keep Your Small Business Secure

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Cybersecurity should be one of the most important focuses of your small business on a daily basis. If you have any sort of online presence within your organization, then you have the risk of being attacked through a myriad of possible security loopholes. Small, local businesses are also just as…


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Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from the Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Hack

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What can small businesses — especially those operating on the web — learn from the latest ransomware attacks. Recently, hackers dispatched ransomware called WannaCrypt. When it was opened on computers, it locked users from accessing necessary data. The only way to unlock the hack was to pay a ransom via…


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