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A subsidiary of American insurance giant Aflac is to open a global IT and cybersecurity center in the Northern Irish capital city of Belfast.  Aflac Northern Ireland signed a 10-year lease with Belfast Harbor on 11,000 sq ft of office space within the ongoing multi-million-dollar waterfront development City Quays. With the opening of the new center on regenerated dockland, Aflac Northern Ireland will...
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Women-owned small business (WOSB) Sentar Inc. has been awarded a potential $164m task order to provide cybersecurity support to the Defense Health Agency. Sentar announced yesterday that it had won the task order from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) to provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with cybersecurity risk management operations support (RMOPS) services.  Under the terms...
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A major Australian freight company is experiencing operational difficulties after a cybersecurity incident caused an IT system shutdown.  Toll Group announced that it had experienced a “cybersecurity incident” on Friday. The company shut down a number of IT systems at multiple sites across the country in a bid to resolve the issue. “As a precautionary...
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Cybersecurity firm Expel Inc. has announced a $1.4m investment to expand its operations in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The huge injection of cash will be used to increase the size of the company’s Herndon headquarters and to create 164 new jobs in the company’s engineering, customer experience, IT, marketing, and sales departments over the next three years. News...
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A panel of experts from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications proposed a set of emergency cybersecurity measures on Monday ahead of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The measures were shared amid fears that Japan will experience a surge in cyber-attacks while hosting the world-famous sporting event this summer.   After making a series of...
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published a 10-page document detailing cybersecurity practices observed to be in use in the financial industry. The observations were gathered by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections (OCIE) and are based on thousands of examinations of broker-dealers, investment advisers, clearing agencies, national securities exchanges, and other SEC registrants. OCIE...
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Spring 2020 will see the launch of a new US cybersecurity resource designed to protect the space industry.  Space News reported last Thursday that the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Space ISAC, is currently in the process of setting up an unclassified portal where companies can share and analyze information on cybersecurity threats. The portal...
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As I reported earlier this month, there’s an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that is being exploited in targeted attacks. Microsoft still hasn’t issued an official patch for what is technically known as CVE-2020-0674, but did detail what it described as a “workaround” in its security advisory, suggesting that concerned users might want to...
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Earlier last week, Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric disclosed that it had suffered a security breach in June last year, which saw hackers access personal employee information and corporate materials. Local media reports related that the attackers – speculated to be members of a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group known as “Tick” – were able to exploit...
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Cisco, the makers of Webex, had warned users of the online conferencing service that a vulnerability allowed unauthorised remote users to listen in on private online meetings – without having to enter a password. The vulnerability, which was rated as high severity by Cisco in a security advisory it published on its website, could allow...
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About two weeks ago alarm bells rang over a newly-discovered (and unpatched) flaw in Citrix servers. The vulnerability, technically dubbed CVE-2019-19781 but also known as “Shitrix”, was found to be present on Citrix Application Delivery Controller and Citrix Gateway servers (formerly known as Netscaler ADC and Netscaler Gateway respectively) commonly used on corporate networks. Then...
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My hunch is that you wouldn’t be happy when you find out a company has been scooping up the personal photos you upload to Facebook or Twitter, and feeding them into its facial recognition database without your permission. But that’s precisely what a controversial firm you’ve probably never heard of called Clearview AI has been...
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Warnings have been issued in the United States after cybersecurity flaws were detected in medical monitoring devices manufactured by GE Healthcare Systems (GEHC).  Safety notices were published yesterday by both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems—Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) regarding vulnerabilities in certain...
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Sonos, the maker of wireless home sound systems, has got itself into some real hot water this week. On Tuesday, Sonos announced on its blog that from May 2020 it would no longer be pushing out software updates and new features to some of its legacy hardware. “This coming May, these legacy products—our original Zone...
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Someone at LastPass must be feeling 5!ck as a p4rr0t right now, after human error meant that the password manager’s browser extension was accidentally deleted from the Chrome web store. The LastPass extension in the Chrome Web Store was accidentally removed by us and we are working with the Google team to restore it ASAP....
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A new report into the state of ransomware at the tail end of 2019 has revealed that things aren’t getting any better. In Q4 of 2019, according to the new study published by security firm Coveware, the average ransom payment more than doubled – reaching $84,116, up from $41,198 in Q3 of 2019. Coveware’s report...
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America’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a warning yesterday after observing an increase in the number of targeted cyber-attacks that utilize Emotet. Emotet functions as a modular botnet that can steal data, send malicious emails, and act as a dropper, downloading and installing a wide range of malware onto a victim’s computer. This sophisticated strain of...
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I’ve been working in computer security for very nearly 30 years, and you know why it keeps my interest? There’s always something new out there to surprise me. Take this news story from earlier this week, for instance, from The Netherlands: Verkeer moet rekening houden met mist, gladheid en Citrix-files Het verkeer moest maandagochtend rekening...
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A hospital gets hacked because of an ex-employee’s grudge, robocalls are on the rise, and we share a scary story about the future of facial recognition. All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week...
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Companies and organisations are being hit by ransomware attacks all the time. And, normally, the impact on current and former customers of the affected firms are more likely to be inconvenienced rather than be put in any direct peril themselves. But the nature of ransomware is changing, as online criminals might seek to not just...
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