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Dean is Features Editor at IT Security Guru. Aside from cyber security and all things tech, Dean's interests include wine tasting, roller blading and playing the oboe in his Christian rock band, Noughts & Crosses.

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The Rise of the Machines: Cybercriminals are cashing in on their ‘Bot Army’ as attacks hit record high

Cybercriminals are driving up fraud levels to a record high by creating substantial armies of automated cyber robots – otherwise known as Bots. ThreatMetrix, The Digital Identity Company, has today released its Q1 Cybercrime Report revealing that 311 million Bot attacks were detected and stopped over a 90 day period. Although around for some time, Botnet attacks have become more ... Read More »

LinkedIn breach way bigger than expected – industry reaction

  So, it appears that the LinkedIn breach of 2012 was a lot more serious than previously thought. At the time, researchers found almost 6.5 million credentials belonging to site users, however the login credentials for more than 117 million LinkedIn accounts have now been put up for sale online with an asking price of $2,200. These credentials include email addresses, ... Read More »

The Navy’s new cloud network forms a tactical ‘kill web’

The US Navy is deploying a “tactical cloud” network that will tie together targeting data acquired from a range of sources in the sea, sky and space to form a lethal “kill web,” the U.S. Naval Institute reports this week. The network will essentially allow any aircraft, ship or submarine to draw targeting information from any other instrument in the ... Read More »

Criminal hackers who locked computers and demanded ransoms suddenly apologized and unlocked everything

In a surprising turn of events, the people who created TeslaCrypt, a kind of computer Trojan virus that locked certain Windows game files, and demanded money to restore them have closed up shop. More than that, when a security researcher from ESET, a maker of antivirus software, asked them if they would release the key so anyone infected by their malware ... Read More »

Utah man accused of hacking United Airlines

New details have come to light regarding the 2012 incident where a hacker was able to steal travel vouchers from the United Airlines website, then turn around and sell them for a profit. Ammon Cunningham from Saratoga Springs, Utah, is believed to be the culprit. The case affidavit claims that Cunningham emailed United Airlines telling them of a “massive hole” ... Read More »

Special Report: Cyber thieves exploit banks’ faith in SWIFT transfer network

Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Wells Fargo complied. Over 10 days, Wells approved a total of at least 12 transfers of BDA funds requested over the secure SWIFT system. ... Read More »

Cabcharge data exposure highlights need for mandatory breach notifications

Encouraging companies to be honest about data breaches isn’t enough, it seems. Some companies need more … persuasion. Cabcharge has a problem. It’s not just this week’s discovery of a significant data breach, although it relates to that. But let’s start with the data breach. Risk Based Security (RBS) is an information security intelligence, analysis, and vulnerability assessment firm headquartered ... Read More »

Separatists in Ukraine targeted by cyber espionage

ESET researchers have discovered malware that has eluded the attention of anti-malware researchers since at least 2008. Detected by ESET as Win32/Prikormka, the malware is being used to carry out cyber-espionage activities in Ukraine, primarily targeting anti-government separatists in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.  “Along with the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine, the country has been ... Read More »

General Data Protection Regulation: The compliance countdown has begun

New regulations governing how European organisations approach data security will soon be enshrined into law , imposing a host of new data security obligations for businesses operating within the EU. Chris Russell, CTO, Swivel Secure, explores the operational implications and why European businesses of all sizes need to get serious about their security, and fast. The aim of the EU’s new ... Read More »

Wither Blockchain

Dave Kearns,
Kuppinger Cole

Blockchain – it’s either the greatest technological advance since hypertext transport protocol (http, the protocol of the world wide web) or the biggest technological hype since FDDI and ATM were touted to be the 100 mbps protocol of the future some 20 years ago. In reality, both might be true. Certainly “blockchain” is being invoked by dozens and dozens of ... Read More »