News – May 2017


  • More Hacking Groups Found Exploiting SMB Flaw Weeks Before WannaCry

    May 19, 2017

    Since the Shadow Brokers released the zero-day software vulnerabilities and hacking tools – allegedly belonged to the NSA’s elite hacking team Equation Group – several hacking groups and individual hackers have started using them in their own way. The April’s data dump was believed to be the most damaging release by the Shadow Brokers till the ...

  • Available Tools Making Dent in WannaCry Encryption

    May 19, 2017

    Tools are beginning to emerge that can be used to start the process of recovering files encrypted by WannaCry on some Windows systems. This takes on extra urgency because today marks one week from the initial outbreak, and files encrypted during that first wave are on the clock and close to being lost forever. Adrien Guinet, of ...

  • Cyber superweapons and Windows XP – 5 reasons why the NHS attack was so successful

    May 18, 2017

    The Wanna Decryptor (Wannacry) attack is being cited as the largest ransomware attack in history – it was certainly the largest and most disruptive cyber attack ever launched against the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The attack, which struck organisations across the globe on May 14 2017, knocked 40 NHS hospitals offline and cut access to ...

  • I gave up my job to retrain in cyber security with no experience of programming or coding

    May 18, 2017

    “Exactly how detailed are the background checks?” asked my uncle. “Do they look into your whole family?” Of all the responses my friends and family gave to the news I was changing careers to retrain in cyber security, this was probably the most curious – but also perhaps the most telling of the age we live ...

  • FDA, Industry Look for Gaps in Cybersecurity

    May 18, 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday kicked off a fortuitously-timed public workshop on medical device cybersecurity, the agency’s third on the subject to date. At the workshop, FDA officials, representatives from industry and researchers are trying to determine the current gaps in regulatory science as it relates to cybersecurity with the aim of ...

  • Sales of Cybersecurity Insurance Policies Jump in Israel After Global Attack

    May 18, 2017

    Sales of cybersecurity insurance policies jump in Israel after global attack. Israel came out relatively unscathed from the massive cyberattack on the world’s computers over the weekend. But the event was enough to spook many Israeli business owners and sales of cyberinsurance have jumped 30% compared with the same time last year, according to AIG Israel, ...

  • Cyber security audits on power transmission communication systems from July

    May 18, 2017

    New Delhi: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has said it is mandatory for Regional Power Committees to conduct third party cyber security audits on communication systems of electricity transmission towers from July It said the third party audit can be conducted only by CERT-In (India Computer Emergency Response Team). The commission has come out with directives ...

  • The Best Cybersecurity Investment You Can Make Is Better Training

    May 16, 2017

    As the scale and complexity of the cyber threat landscape is revealed, so too is the general lack of cybersecurity readiness in organizations, even those that spend hundreds of millions of dollars on state-of-the-art technology. Investors who have flooded the cybersecurity market in search for the next software “unicorn” have yet to realize that when it comes ...

  • Cyber security stocks rise in wake of global ‘ransomware’ attack

    May 16, 2017

    A global “ransomware” attack disrupting factories, hospitals, shops and schools spurred investors on Monday to buy stocks expected to benefit from a pickup in cyber security spending by companies and government agencies. The cyber attack began spreading across the globe on Friday and by Monday had infected 300,000 computers in more than 150countries. “These attacks help focus ...

  • 10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats

    May 16, 2017

    The cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving, with different strains of malware attacking network systems every day. Organisations are losing the cyber war and, as a result, cyber security needs to evolve to combat the growing problem created by cyber attacks. This may take the form of security systems integrated with AI or simply stricter ...

  • Embracing women in cyber security: bridging the talent gap while bringing in new talent

    May 16, 2017

    The gender gap has pervaded the technology industry since its formation, and the problem continues to persist. A recent report has found that women comprise only 11% of the global information security workforce. Women continue to be underrepresented and underutilised in the cyber security workforce, creating missed opportunities for information security companies who are looking to ...

  • Shadow Brokers teases more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

    May 16, 2017

    A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged U.S. National Security Agency exploits claims to have even more attack tools in its possession and plans to release them in a new subscription-based service. The group also has intelligence gathered by the NSA on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs, it said. The Shadow Brokers was responsible for leaking ...

  • Cybersecurity stocks boom after ransomware attack

    May 16, 2017

    The ransomware attack that disrupted the NHS and businesses around the world has led to a boom in share prices of cybersecurity companies – including the firm used by the health service to protect it against hackers. With governments and companies expected to increase spending on IT security after being caught out by the attack, cybersecurity ...

  • Ransomware attack inflames intelligence scrutiny

    May 16, 2017

    The “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack producing global shockwaves has renewed focus on the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and how the government decides to disclose cyber vulnerabilities to the private sector. The ransomware campaign, which broke out on Friday and has spread to at least 150 countries and 300,000 machines, is widely believed to ...

  • Don’t pay WannaCry demands, cybersecurity experts say

    May 15, 2017

    Cybersecurity experts have warned businesses against meeting hackers’ demands for money in the wake of the “unprecedented” attack on hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. The worm used in Friday’s attack, ...

  • Trade groups appeal to Beijing to postpone cybersecurity law

    May 15, 2017

    A coalition of 54 global business groups appealed to Chinese authorities Monday to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they warned violates Beijing’s free-trade pledges and might harm information security. The appeal by groups from the United States, Japan, Britain and other countries adds to complaints Beijing is improperly limiting access to its markets for technology products, ...

  • Japan and China wake up to global ‘ransomware’ cyberattack while Microsoft slams US government

    May 15, 2017

    Japan and China have fallen victim of a global “ransomware” cyberattack that has created chaos in 150 countries as Microsoft pinned blame on the US government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities. The initial attack, known as “WannaCry,” paralyzed more than 200,000 computers, including those which that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and other companies and government agencies ...

  • Europol director calls on ‘all sectors’ to take cyber security threat seriously

    May 14, 2017

    The malware attack that paralysed parts of the NHS shows that “all sectors” should take cyber security “absolutely seriously”, the director of Europol has said, Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Rob Wainwright warned the healthcare sector “in many countries” was particularly vulnerable, but that all organisations should ensure they prioritised cyber security and updated their ...

  • Europol Warns WannaCry Spread to Go Up on Monday

    May 14, 2017

    Europol is spreading bad news today as it announced that a new wave of WannaCry ransomware infections, even worse than the first, is coming on Monday. The European law enforcement agency estimates that so far there are some 200,000 victims of WannaCry and the number keeps growing. Furthermore, the number of affected countries has grown from ...

  • The government slashed NHS IT security contract despite warnings it would leave systems vulnerable to cyberattack

    May 13, 2017

    The UK government were repeatedly warned that NHS IT isystems were running on outdated operating systems that were vulnerable to attack, yet failed to ensure they were protected. Freedom of Information requests last sumer revealed that trusts across the country were still using Windows XP, despite a government contract with Microsoft to update protections for the system having ...