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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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Seven in Ten C-Level IT Decision Makers Believe Government Should Have Done More to Explain the GDPR

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, released research today that reveals 74% of C-Level IT decision makers believe the government should have done more to explain to organisations what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, and how companies should best prepare. Simultaneously, more than half (52%) believe that the press and/or infosec marketing ... Read More »

Microsoft stops malware campaign spreading to 400,000 users in 12 hours

Microsoft revealed today that Windows Defender stopped a massive malware distribution campaign that attempted to infect over 400,000 users with a cryptocurrency miner during a 12-hour period on March 6, 2018. The Redmond-based OS maker attributes the detections to computers infected with the Dofoil malware —also known as Smoke Loader— a popular malware downloader. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: BleepingComputer Read More »

Aspiring cyber security professionals gain careers insight at Manchester Met

Budding cyber security professionals gained a valuable insight into the world of cyber security and how to pursue a career in the industry at last week’s event run by the not-for-profit Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and Cyber Security Challenge UK (CSC).     The event was organised as part of the IISP’s ongoing work with Universities to help ... Read More »

£820: All you’re worth on the dark web to criminals

Fraudsters on the dark web could buy your entire personal identity for just £820, according to the UK’s first Dark Web Market Price Index by Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison service Bank account logins, passport details and even access to your Netflix account are worth money to bidders on dark web markets – but the low price point of ... Read More »

Entersekt launches digital payments enablement product

Entersekt, an innovator in mobile-first fintech solutions, this week launched Connekt, a digital commerce enablement product. The company, known for its mobile app security and authentication technology, is offering Connekt to financial services providers to help them adapt to changing market conditions. Tech giants and a host of start-ups have come to dominate digital payments, inserting their brands directly in ... Read More »

The Many Faces of Cryptocurrency

Mike Mimoso, Director and Carles Lopez-Penalver, Analyst,

While it may be a bit harsh to label it the currency of crime, Bitcoin and its dozens of cryptocash cousins certainly have an underworld appeal. Profit-motivated cybercriminals are drawn to its decentralised nature and the anonymity that it affords. Cryptocurrency also simplifies cashing out for the bad guys, and the potential for extortion through ransomware and attacks on unsecured ... Read More »

Miner vs miner: attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency exploits

Cryptocurrency-mining malware-scum have started to write code that evicts rivals from compromised computers. The miner in question was first noticed by SANS Internet Storm Center handler Xavier Mertens. Mertens spotted the PowerShell script on March 4, and noting that it kills any other CPU-greedy processes it spots on target machines, he wrote: “The fight for CPU cycles started!” View Full Story  ORIGINAL ... Read More »

AlienVault Sees Strong End to 2017

Security vendor AlienVault has announced that the company’s threat detection and incident response platform, the Unified Security Management (USM), is on the rise with sales and growth exceeding expectations. By the end of 2017, AlienVault had increased its install base to over 7,000 businesses, which range from banks, healthcare providers, retailers, universities and governmental institutions. The growth is mirroring the ... Read More »

Data Stealing Malware Found Infecting Android Devices

Security researchers have discovered android devices carrying an extremely dangerous Trojan called Triada, which has the capabilities to perform various malicious activities without the user even knowing. View Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: IBTimes UK Read More »

Spectre and Meltdown: Firmware flaws finally factor into security strategies

Srilekha Veena, Marketing Analyst,

As the world reels from the effects of infamous ransomware attacks and the GDPR conundrum, another pair of cyberthreats has surfaced to make matters worse. Meet Spectre and Meltdown. These two newly discovered firmware-level vulnerabilities can create an opening for attackers to hijack passwords, cookies, certificates, IP addresses, and other sensitive information stored in the processor’s cache.   Meltdown has ... Read More »