THE RISKY BUSINESS OF BEING OVER-EXPOSED TO ONLINE CYBERSECURITY THREATS

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If your business is on the internet in Hong Kong, Samoa, or Zimbabwe, you are operating in one of the three countries in the world that are “most exposed” to cyberattacks, according to a June 14 report from security data and analytics software company Rapid7. Cybersecurity threats aren’t restricted by…


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The “Internet of Things” is way more vulnerable than you think—and not just to hackers

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Not far from San Francisco International Airport, San Bruno is a quaint middle-class residential suburb, yet underground in San Bruno was a gas pipeline controlled by SCADA software that used the Internet as its communications backbone. On Sept. 9, 2010, a short circuit caused the operations room to read a…


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Department of Homeland Security Cyber security Awareness Newsletter – May 2017

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Help Older Americans Protect Against Online Scams Americans young and old are using the Internet and mobile devices on a daily basis. Specifically, older Americans are increasingly utilizing mobile phones, tablets, and wearables to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends. This increased connectivity has many advantages, but…


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Passwords at centre of latest cyber security campaign

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A new cyber security campaign has been launched to help improve the ‘password hygiene’ of the Brock community. Brock ITS Services is reminding people to change their passwords regularly and to make them strong by including numbers, symbols and characters. In order to keep information protected, passwords should never be…


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Mucheru urges private sector to boost investment in internet security

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Mr. Joe Mucheru, the ICT Ministry Cabinet Sectretary has urged the private sector to bolster investment in cybersecurity to curb the growing incidences of cybercrime targeting Kenya’s digital economy. Though a recent report by Jumia Business Intelligence and GSMA Mobile showed that Kenya is leading Africa in internet penetration with…


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Why you may want to check your online wish list or gift registry

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Do you have an online wish list? Or a wedding or baby registry? Experts say they’re fast, high tech and make shopping a breeze. But, you may want to log-on and check your list. Experts say it could be revealing too much info about you. A robotic vacuum and soda…


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Columbia says it was hacked for 2 years in lawsuit against ex-staffer

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Columbia Sportswear has sued a former IT employee whom it contends hacked into its email system for more than two years in a bid to land more work for his new boss. Michael Leeper accessed the emails of Columbia’s senior executives and IT department in hopes of gleaning information that…


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How safe is your online data? Five flash points you cannot ignore

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reach of online data is emerging as a serious financial risk. It becomes all the more alarming when the government is universalising Aadhaar-based payment system as it prepares to turn India into a less-cash economy. Digital payments at such a large scale require adequate infrastructure and regulation. Moreover, internet is…


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Yahoo hackers accessed 32 million accounts with forged cookies

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In a regulatory filing, Yahoo revealed some additional details about data breaches that have affected over a billion accounts. Among that information is the news that hackers who obtained Yahoo’s code and were able to create their own cookies were able to access 32 million accounts through 2015 and 2016….


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Know the business risks of using the internet

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What are the main security risks associated with DNS and how are these best mitigated? If we are talking DNS (domain name system), then we are talking risk. Using the internet to do business is a risk, an acceptable one for most, but still a risk. And the assumptions we…


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A guide to staying online if the internet or social media gets blocked in your country

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For digital rights activists, an important milestone came in 2016 with the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting and protecting the freedom of users online. Yet, 51 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of 2016 in countries…


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EU to recruit hackers in crackdown on drug trafficking online

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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has devised a new strategy to fight the flow of illicit drugs after experts found most of substances had been sold online in the past six years. European Union citizens spend some 24 billion euros on illicit drugs every year,…


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Blockchain could facilitate exchange of threat intelligence among industries: Frost & Sullivan

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Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan recently highlighted the growing threat of cyber attacks, particularly as more industries are becoming increasingly connected to the Internet due to the Internet of Things (IoT). Analysts at the firm’s Asia Pacific Cyber Security practice shared their key cyber security predictions for 2017. Firstly, they…


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The best online security tips for startups

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Each year, almost 300 million people try to launch more than 150 million startups to give wings to their dreams. However, only a third of them survive the initial struggle period and become operational. There are various reasons due to which startups go down; poor online security shouldn’t have to…


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Police suspect social media used to spread mall violence

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Police officials in several cities said Tuesday that they suspect social media was used to organize some of the string of brawls and disturbances that broke out at more than a dozen shopping malls across the country a day earlier, marring one of the busiest shopping days of the year….


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ATO investigates issues as online services stop operating

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The Australian Taxation Office says no taxpayer information has been compromised after a hardware failure brought down its website and online services. The ATO announced on Twitter just before 9.30am AEDT on Monday its services were down. “We’re investigating issues with our online services, portals and our website as a…


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Hackers Leave 900,000 Germans Without Internet for Two Days

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Sunday, German company Telekom saw an outage that stretched into Monday. 900,000 customers were left without Internet, Phone, and Cable service. Routers across Germany were down for two days, and the company says that it wasn’t a problem with the network; it was identifying routers during the dial-up process. IT…


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UK law allows govt to track users’ internet use

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In Britain, Big Brother just got bigger. After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities – from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors – powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country. The…


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eScan launches Total Security Suite and Internet Security Suite for Businesses, with PBAE technology to provide protection from ransomware

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eScan, one of the leading anti-virus and cyber security solution providers, now brings you its latest security solutions: eScan Total Security Suite for Business and eScan Internet Security Suite for Business for small to corporate segments. These products are designed and developed with thorough research and feedback from decision-makers across…


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COMPUTER VIRUS CANCELS HUNDREDS OF SCHEDULED SURGERIES IN THE UK

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A computer virus has paralyzed three hospitals in the UK forcing them to cancel hundreds of scheduled surgeries, as it targeted computers of the National Health Service (NHS). Healthcare facilities located near Lincolnshire, in the east, were the most affected. Several medical institutions in the region share the same IT…


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