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  • Lizard Squad Threatens UK’s Labour Leader with Cyberattacks Against His Family

    November 15, 2019

    Lizard Squad, the well-known hacktivist cybergang, is pledging to mount personal cyberattacks on Britain’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. As the UK continues to be roiled by Brexit debate ahead of a Dec. 12 general election, the Labour Party said on Tuesday that it had been targeted by a “sophisticated and large-scale” cyberattack bent on taking ...

  • Labour Party says it has been hit by ‘large-scale cyber attack’

    November 12, 2019

    Labour says it has been hit by a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms. A party spokeswoman said the cyber attack “failed” because of their “robust security systems” and that she was confident no data breach occurred. “Security procedures have slowed down some of our campaign activities, but these were restored this morning and we ...

  • Canadian Nunavut government systems crippled by ransomware

    November 5, 2019

    Canadian government IT systems have been forced into lockdown after a successful ransomware attack. On Monday, government officials for the Nunavut region said that over the weekend, a “new and sophisticated type of ransomware” struck the territory. All government services — with the exception of an energy corporation — that rely on access to electronic information stored ...

  • Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads. Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware ...

  • Massive 7.5TB breach reveals secret Russian IT projects

    July 22, 2019

    Hackers breached the server of a major contractor working on behalf of the Russian intelligence service before stealing 7.5TB of sensitive data and sharing this freely with other hackers and journalists. Attackers infiltrated the company network of SyTech on 13 July, according to BBC Russia, and began a process of copying data while deleting masses of it. ...

  • Researchers Link ‘Sharpshooter’ Cyber Attacks to North Korean Hackers

    March 4, 2019

    Security researchers have finally, with “high confidence,” linked a previously discovered global cyber espionage campaign targeting critical infrastructure around the world to a North Korean APT hacking group. Thanks to the new evidence collected by researchers after analyzing a command-and-control (C2) server involved in the espionage campaign and seized by law enforcement. Dubbed Operation Sharpshooter, the cyber espionage ...

  • Looming retirement of legacy system custodians put global IT systems at risk

    February 22, 2019

    Government IT systems and critical infrastructure systems around the world are at risk due to legacy technology and the pending retirement of those who have historically maintained these older systems. Of the U.S. General Services Administration’s mission-critical IT staff, 20-50 percent will be eligible to retire by 2024 and 66 percent of U.K. companies have too few cybersecurity ...

  • IDA and CIT champion new ‘Cyber Ireland’ infosec cluster

    December 13, 2018

    Could ambitious endeavour make Ireland the Fort Knox of infosec? IDA Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have joined forces on an initiative to establish Cyber Ireland, a national cybersecurity cluster. Cyber Ireland will provide a collective voice to represent the needs of the cybersecurity sector across the country and will address key challenges including skills needs, ...

  • UK Conservative Party conference app leaks MPs’ personal details

    September 29, 2018

    A mobile conferencing app developed for the UK’s Conservative Party leaked the private details of people who registered to attend party conferences, including the details of party members and UK government officials. The leak was discovered on Saturday afternoon, September 29, by Guardian columnist Dawn Foster who posted her findings on Twitter.  Foster discovered that anyone who ...

  • DMARC Compliance Lacking in 28 Percent of .Gov Agencies

    July 30, 2018

    Despite a looming deadline, over a quarter of federal agencies are still not using basic email security tools. ` As phishing ploys continue to take their toll on businesses, federal agencies have yet to fully protect themselves against such attacks with basic defenses like DMARC. With only months to go before the federal Binding Operational Directive ...

  • Leafminer: New Espionage Campaigns Targeting Middle Eastern Regions

    July 25, 2018

    Active attack group is eager to make use of available tools, research, and the work of other threat actors. Symantec has uncovered the operations of a threat actor named Leafminer that is targeting a broad list of government organizations and business verticals in various regions in the Middle East since at least early 2017. The group tends ...

  • There’s a new £13.5m government-backed London office for cyber security innovation opening today at Plexal

    June 26, 2018

    The London Office for Rapid Cyber security Advancement (LORCA) has officially opened its doors today in East London. Launched by digital secretary Matt Hancock, LORCA will be run by tech innovation centre Plexal, located on the Here East digital campus inside Plexal City. The government-backed £13.5m centre will help the UK’s newest cyber security startups on their ...

  • UK Tax Agency Collects 5.1M Biometric Voice IDs, May Violate GDPR

    June 24, 2018

    Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK is under investigation by that country’s regulator over the collection of more than 5 million biometric voice IDs. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating the tax agency’s practice, which may violate the recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation, following an official complaint from watchdog group Big ...

  • UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

    February 15, 2018

    The United Kingdon’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally “attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government”, specifically the nation’s military. “The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity,” said a February-15th-dated statement from Foreign Office Minister for Cyber Security Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of ...

  • UK Government website offline after hack infects thousands more worldwide

    February 11, 2018

    More than 5,000 websites have been hacked to force visitors’ computers to run software that mines a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Users loading the websites of the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Student Loans Company, as well as the council websites for Manchester City, Camden, and Croydon – and even the homepage of the United States Courts ...

  • UK keeps up its legal losing streak over mass surveillance

    January 30, 2018

    Yet another defeat in the courts for the UK government’s use of mass surveillance as an indiscriminate and, as it frequently turns out, unlawful investigatory tool. Today the UK’s Court of Appeal handed down its ruling in a long running challenge to the 2014 Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) — judging that the regime’s bulk collection ...

  • UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

    December 3, 2017

    The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre has effectively banned the use of Russian anti-virus products from government departments and revealed it is trying to “prevent the transfer of UK data to the Russian state” from Kaspersky Labs software. A guidance note published last Friday and distributed to permanent secretaries of government departments, addressed “The issue of supply ...

  • Two Danish ministries taken offline by cyber attack

    September 28, 2017

    A Turkish hacker group has claimed responsibility for a cyber attack that has rendered the Danish Ministry of Immigration website inaccessible. The Ministry of Immigration, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, were hit Wednesday by a cyber attack thought to have come from a Turkish hacker group, reports broadcaster DR. The former ministry’s website ...

  • Kurat võtku! Estonia identifies security risk in almost 750,000 ID cards

    September 5, 2017

    The Estonian government has discovered a security risk in its ID card system, potentially affecting almost 750,000 residents. “When notified, Estonian authorities immediately took precautionary measures, including closing the public key database, in order to minimise the risk while the situation can be fully assessed and a solution developed,” according to an email by Kaspar Korjus, ...

  • UK Government issues cyber security guidelines for driverless cars

    August 7, 2017

    As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern. As a result, the UK government has issued new, relevant cyber security guidelines for connected and driverless cars. Cars are now becoming connected Wi-Fi hotspots, and are well on their way to autonomy. But, this leaves them vulnerable to hacking and ...