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The Student Loans Company (SLC) was hit by over five million email attacks last year, but appears to have weathered the cyber-storm from hackers. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued by law firm Griffin Law revealed the scale and nature of the email threat to the government-owned public body, which provides funding for over...
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This week we talk about why Let’s Encrypt might have to celebrate its billionth certificate twice, wonder if James Bond could hack Siri with ultrasound, and make backups surprisingly interesting. I’m joined by Sophos experts Greg ‘Fido’ Iddon and Peter Mackenzie. LISTEN NOW Click-and-drag on the soundwaves below to skip to any point in the...
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For the first time in cybercrime’s history, more attacks have been waged against mobile devices than have been hurled at desktops. This seminal shift in attack strategy was recorded by researchers at LexisNexis Risk Solutions during the creation of their latest cybercrime report, “Fraud Without Borders.” The report is based on the analysis of 19 billion transactions...
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A key highlight of any RSA Conference in San Francisco is the annual “Top 5 Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter Them” session led by experts from the SANS Institute. For the 2020 edition, however, many of the attack vectors presented weren’t entirely new, as old threats resurfaced. Additionally of note, while the title of...
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Nation states are actively attacking digital and internet-connected assets, but whether or not the US and other governments are doing enough to stop those attacks is a burning question that was debated in a session at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Sometimes there is a tendency for individuals or even organizations to question whether...
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The US and UK governments have both accused Russia of launching a cyber attack against the Georgian government last year. The attacks, mounted on 28 October 2019, came from Russia’s notorious GRU military intelligence unit, according to announcements from the US State Department and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. This is a rare statement...
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The deadline for filing taxes in the United States is eight weeks away, but new research has shown that small businesses are already being hit by tax season–related cyber-attacks. Research conducted by Proofpoint indicates that attackers are “aggressively jumping into tax season,” with the deployment of two main attack strategies.  The first strategy is to send tax-themed emails...
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Security researchers are warning that 12,000 cloud automation servers around the world could be hijacked to launch denial of service (DoS) attacks. Radware issued an emergency response team threat alert yesterday after discovering 12,802 Jenkins servers that are still vulnerable to a flaw patched at the end of January. Discovered by Adam Thorn of the...
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The National Portrait Gallery was targeted by 347,602 emails containing spam, phishing and malware attacks in the final quarter of 2019, according to Freedom of Information Act data obtained by think tank Parliament Street. The National Portrait Gallery is one of London’s most prestigious art galleries, welcoming between 1.1-2 million visitors every year, many of...
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A new study focused on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks has found that pornographic websites received by far the most attacks per site last year.  To produce their “Global DDoS Threat Landscape” report, researchers at Imperva studied attack data gathered between May and December 2019. Their findings, published yesterday, reveal that websites in the adult entertainment industry received...
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Security experts are warning of new phishing campaigns designed to capitalize on global fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus. Last week saw the first reported UK infections of the virus, known for now as 2019-nCoV, after it spread around the world from an epicenter in Wuhan, China. Concerns persist over whether the true extent of the virus,...
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An American businessman who co-founded a cybersecurity company has admitted to hiring criminals to carry out cyber-attacks against others. Tucker Preston, of Macon, Georgia, confessed to having paid threat actors to launch a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks between December 2015 and February 2016.  DDoS attacks prevent a website from functioning by bombarding it with so...
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The word “Burisma” is all over the news at the moment – it’s a Ukranian energy company that, according to some claims, was broken into by Russian hackers looking for sensitive data to steal. As you can imagine, the way the hackers got in is supposed to have been by means of phishing attacks. Phishing,...
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Business disruption was the main objective of attackers in the last year, with ransomware, DDoS and malware commonly used. According to the CrowdStrike Services Cyber Front Lines Report, which offers observations from its incident response and proactive services, a third (36%) of incidents often involved ransomware, destructive malware or denial of service attacks. Crowdstrike determined...
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Speaking at the SANS Institute Threat Hunting and IR Europe conference in London, Tom Hall, principal consultant for incident response and Mitch Clarke, incident response consultant UK&I, at Mandiant, talked about lessons learned from the APT41 detection last summer, and how tools are being used by different threat actors. The speakers said that they believed...
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