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$300 million: the total cost for TNT after NotPetya

The NotPetya cyber attack has reportedly cost TNT division about $300m (£221m). The company was one of several to have its computer systems severely disrupted by the ransomware outbreak in June. Company executives also acknowledged TNT had yet to fully restore all its IT operations and was expected to do so only at the end of the month. And they ... Read More »

UK councils a top target for cyber attacks

Local government is a high target for cyber criminals after a study revealed that most UK local authorities have suffered cyber attacks in the past year. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Computer Weekly Read More »

Researchers use infrared and malware to control CCTV cameras

Security researchers were able to use infrared (IR) light to control the behavior of security cameras infected with malware, which can work with both professional and home security cameras. The technique was detailed in a research paper published on Monday. The technique is called “aIR-Jumper,” and it will work with both professional and home security cameras, according to press release from Ben-Gurion University ... Read More »

WhatsApp denies British Gov ‘backdoor’ access into encrypted messages

The instant messaging app WhatsApp has reportedly rejected a demand from the British government to create a backdoor into its secure network which would allow UK security services to access messages sent through the service. The reason for encrypted messages is to protect communications between users. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: IB Times UK Read More »

Iranian hacking group APT33 creators of destructive malware

Advanced Persistent Threat 33, an Iranian hacking group, has been linked to a series of breaches of companies in the aerospace, defense, and petrochemical industries in countries as wide-ranging as Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the US. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Wired Read More »

Gemalto Breach Level Index: More data stolen/lost in the first half of this year as in the whole of last

The latest results from the Gemalto’s Breach Level Index has shown that from the 918 data breaches so far this year has led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Help Net Security Read More »

Machine-learning system can pick which password you will use next

Researchers have produced an AI system that will study millions of passwords used by people online, to work out other likely passwords that maybe used in the future. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register   Read More »

Manchester police force still using Windows XP

Greater Manchester Police, England’s second biggest police force, has revealed that 1,518 of its PCs are still being running Windows XP, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used. This poses a serious risk for cyber attacks. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: BBC Technology Read More »

Hackers shut down Montana school district with cyberthreats

Hackers, going by the name of “TheDarkOverlord Solutions”, have shut down an entire school district in Flathead Valley, Montana, for three days after the schools were targeted with cyberthreats. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: IB Times UK Read More »

Pirate Bay Adds Bitcoin Miner to Some of its Pages

File sharing website Pirate Bay has added a bitcoin miner to some of its pages, causing some users to notice their CPU usage to increase dramatically when browsing some Pirate Bay pages.   View Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: Gizmodo Read More »