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  • NATO cyber defenders tested at world’s largest cyber drill

    April 20, 2018

    NATO cyber experts will test and train their ability to defend against cyber attacks in the in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields (23 April – 27 April). A team of 30 from the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) will be taking part in the week-long event, alongside 1000 national experts from around 30 ...

  • Milipol Qatar’s 12th edition to be held from 29 to 31 October 2018

    April 19, 2018

    Middle East’s leading homeland security exhibition incorporates Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference for the first time and calls upon industry experts to take part in the 2018 edition Doha, Qatar –  April 2018: Milipol Qatar, the leading international exhibition dedicated to homeland security and Civil Defence in the Middle East, returns for its 12th edition this year, for ...

  • Millions of scraped public social net profiles left in open AWS S3 box

    April 19, 2018

    US social network data aggregator LocalBlox has been caught leaving its AWS bucket of 48 million records – harvested in part from public Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles – available to be viewed by anyone who stopped by. Security biz Upguard wandered by on February 18, and found the publicly accessible files in a misconfigured AWS ...

  • Tools like Palantir illustrate how easily big data can be misused

    April 19, 2018

    Data privacy has become a topic of critical concern among tech and business leaders, following revelations that Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of some 87 million Facebook users to build targeted political content. However, Cambridge Analytica is only one of perhaps many firms doing similar work. Another company that has engaged in such controversial activity is Palantir, a ...

  • Facebook moving 1.5 billion users away from GDPR protection

    April 19, 2018

    If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users around the world would be protected by it. But the online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they ...

  • ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

    April 18, 2018

    Identity fraud in Blighty hit a record high of 174,523 incidents last year – and the vast majority of it happened online. According to the latest report by fraud prevention service Cifas, ID theft rose 1 per cent on last year. However, that is an increase of 125 per cent on 2007, the Fraudscape (PDF) report shows. Read more… Source: The ...

  • Gold Galleon Hacking Group Plunders Shipping Industry

    April 18, 2018

    Researchers have identified the hacking group behind several widescale business email compromise (BEC) attacks gouging the maritime shipping industry millions of dollars since last year. Attackers are taking advantage of the industry’s lax security and the use of outdated computers, according to a report released here at the RSA Conference Wednesday. Researchers from the Dell SecureWorks Counter ...

  • 75% of consumers won’t buy your product if they don’t trust you to protect their data

    April 17, 2018

    Consumers are increasingly concerned over their data privacy and security when deciding what products and services to use, according to a new survey from IBM conducted by the Harris Poll. Some 78% of the 10,000 consumers surveyed said that a company’s ability to keep their data private is “extremely important.” However, only 20% said they “completely ...

  • Automated Bots Growing Tool For Hackers

    April 17, 2018

    The use of automated bots is becoming more prevalent for novice attackers as tools become more available, researchers found. A honeypot experiment, detailed by Cybereason at this year’s RSA Conference, showed the commoditization of using bots to perform low-level tasks. The honeypot showed an automated bot come in and lay the groundwork – by exploiting vulnerabilities and ...

  • China’s ZTE deemed a ‘national security risk’ to UK

    April 17, 2018

    Britain’s cyber-security watchdog has warned telecommunications companies against dealing with the Chinese manufacturer ZTE, citing “potential risks” to national security. The US commerce department has imposed a seven-year-ban on companies selling products and services to ZTE – which makes mobile phones and network equipment – alleging it failed to crack down on personnel who sold sensitive ...

  • Proposal Gives EU Judges Power To Demand Data Across Borders

    April 17, 2018

    The ‘e-evidence’ law would force tech firms to hand over data within as little as six hours The European Commission is to publish proposed rules on Tuesday that would give national judges in the EU the ability to compel tech companies to quickly hand over information stored outside the bloc, in cases of serious crime. The digital evidence ...

  • Europe Tells ICANN Its GDPR Compliance Plans Need More Work

    April 16, 2018

    The internet supervisory body says it will continue to press for a moratorium on GDPR enforcement while it works to makes changes The European Commission’s data  protection advisory body has said it continues to have “concerns” about plans to bring the internet’s WHOIS service into compliance with sweeping new data rules set to come into force in Europe ...

  • US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

    April 16, 2018

    American and British crimefighters have launched another round of pin-the-tail-on-the-Russians – with a warning that Moscow-backed hackers are trying to subvert the world’s network devices. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Monday issued a joint Technical Alert describing a global assault ...

  • Casino Gets Hacked Through Its Internet-Connected Fish Tank Thermometer

    April 15, 2018

    Internet-connected technology, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), is now part of daily life, with smart assistants like Siri and Alexa to cars, watches, toasters, fridges, thermostats, lights, and the list goes on and on. But of much greater concern, enterprises are unable to secure each and every device on their network, giving cybercriminals ...

  • The cybersecurity skills gap caused 40% of IT pros to stall their cloud migrations

    April 15, 2018

    Though virtually all organizations are moving some assets to the cloud, a lack of cybersecurity talent is slowing migration for 40% of IT professionals, according to a Monday report from McAfee. Of the 1,400 IT professionals surveyed worldwide, 97% said their organization is using some type of cloud service—up from 93% last year. However, those with ...

  • Hackers Found Using A New Code Injection Technique to Evade Detection

    April 13, 2018

    While performing in-depth analysis of various malware samples, security researchers at Cyberbit found a new code injection technique, dubbed Early Bird, being used by at least three different sophisticated malware that helped attackers evade detection. As its name suggests, Early Bird is a “simple yet powerful” technique that allows attackers to inject malicious code into a legitimate ...

  • Britain Launches Cyber Attack Against ISIL Terrorists

    April 12, 2018

    Cyber offensive…UK conducts major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group The United Kingdom has made a rare public admission that it has carried out a cyber offensive against the Islamic State terrorist group. The admission, by the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ Jeremy Fleming, is the first time that this country has specifically eroded the ...

  • ‘Dark web’ targeted in crime crackdown by Government

    April 11, 2018

    Criminals are emboldened by the anonymity of the dark web, which has become a platform for horrific abuse, the Home Secretary will say today. New funding to crack down on the “dangerous” dark web will be launched by Amber Rudd in a speech at the Government’s flagship event for cybersecurity. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • Company insiders behind 1 in 4 data breaches – study

    April 10, 2018

    The admins among you will be unsurprised to discover that, more than a quarter of the time, data breaches across the world originated between the chair and the keyboard of organisation “insiders”. And no, we don’t mean they clicked on a dodgy link… The latest edition of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that 25 ...

  • Cisco mess from 2017 becomes tool for state-sponsored infrastructure attacks and defacements

    April 9, 2018

    Cisco’s Smart Install software has become the vector for a series of infrastructure attacks and politically-motivated defacements. Cisco’s own Talos security limb reports that bad actors, some likely state-supported, have been scanning Switchzilla devices to see if they run Smart Install. The tool is insecure-by design because its purpose is to allow deployment of brand-new switches ...