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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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Wonga Data Breach – Be warned: data breaches provide a distribution hub for malware for years to come

Payday lender Wonga announced this week it had suffered a data breach which could affect 250,000 of its customers in the UK and a further 25,000 in Poland. Information reported to have been stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and bank account details. This has left those affected with a host of potential problems. With valuable private data ... Read More »

Pressures Security Professionals Face Have Become More Personal

While 53% of security professionals report increased pressure in trying to secure their organization, there has been a shift in the source of this stress, according to Trustwave. Security is now becoming more personal, with 24% of respondents citing pressure exerted by oneself as the second-biggest human pressure pusher, up 13% from the previous year. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: ... Read More »

Melbourne IT DNS Outage Has Been ‘Mitigated’

After suffering a DNS outage earlier on Thursday, Melbourne IT has said all impact has been mitigated. Australian domain name registrar Melbourne IT and its subsidiaries Netregistry and TPP Wholesale have recovered from a major outage experienced earlier on Thursday that affected DNS servers. As a result of the outage, many customer sites were unavailable. Melbourne IT posted an update ... Read More »

Aga app ‘Could Let Hackers Turn Off Oven’

An app that lets Aga cooker owners remotely control their ovens could be hijacked by hackers, a cybersecurity researcher has claimed. Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners was thinking of upgrading his Aga when he found vulnerabilities in the apps used to control the newest models. It means ovens could be turned on or off, though not in a way ... Read More »

IoT Devices Are Powering Affordable DDoS-for-Hire Services

Duncan Hughes, Systems Engineering Director EMEA,
A10 Networks

For as long as there has been cyber crime, there have been illegal exploit kits for sale. Sure, these vary from the elementary to the advanced, but the malicious tools needed to commit cyber crime, theft, hacktivism or participate in run-of-the-mill online havoc are only a click away. But the raw power, scale and sophistication for sale via those clicks ... Read More »

Cloud adoption and escalating threats accelerate encryption deployments, finds latest Thales Global Encryption Study

Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces the results of its 2017 Global Encryption Trends Study. The report, based on independent research by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales, captures how organizations around the world are dealing with compliance, increased threats, and the implementation of encryption to protect their most sensitive data. The report ... Read More »

New GTA Online Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Millions From Other Players

Some GTA Online fans on PC and last-gen consoles are being hit with a new exploit that hackers are using to steal millions of in-game dollars from unsuspecting players. While hacking GTA Online is nothing new, this new “trick” has some longtime fans vowing to stay offline until it’s fixed. Forum posts, Tweets, and videos are reporting that, over the ... Read More »

Hacking Tools in Vault 7 Data Dump Linked to Prolific Cyber Espionage Group

While security researchers and companies go through the collection of hacking tools contained in the data dump that the Shadow Brokers failed to sell, Symantec has tied hacking tools from WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 documents to “Longhorn,” a cyber espionage group whose activity they have been following for years. The encrypted file containing the data was already available for download, but the ... Read More »

Chasing Lazarus: A hunt for the infamous hackers to prevent large bank robberies

Kaspersky Lab has published the results of its more-than-year-long investigation into the activity of Lazarus – a notorious hacking group allegedly responsible for the theft of 81 million dollars from the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 2016.  During the forensic analysis of artefacts left by the group in South-East Asian and European banks, Kaspersky Lab has reached a deep understanding ... Read More »

Synack – Hackers for Hire company – Raises $21 million

Synack, leaders in crowd security intelligence and penetration testing, has today announced that the company has raised $21.25M in strategic investment from some of the world’s leading technology companies through a Series C round of funding, led by Microsoft Ventures. “The best defense is a good offense. Businesses can only stay one step ahead of the adversary by beating them at ... Read More »