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How to win the ‘cyber arms race’

Dave Venable,

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recently said that businesses and law enforcement agencies are losing the ‘cyber arms race’ with online criminals. It says that the technical capabilities of criminal gangs are outpacing the UK’s ability to deal with their threats. As security professionals, it’s something we’re acutely aware of – it really is an arms race and it’s ... Read More »

North Korea Hacked Into Emails of Seoul Officials: Report

Investigations showed 56 people — including officials at the foreign, defense and unification ministries — had their email passwords stolen by a “North Korea-operated group” from January to June, Yonhap said, citing the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. The prosecutors’ office could not be reached for comment by AFP. Yonhap said the hackers set up 27 phishing sites using a free web-hosting ... Read More »

Russia Claims Uncovered Planned Cyber-Attack on Government, Military

The Russian secret service on Saturday said it uncovered a planned cyber-attack against some two dozen government and military organisations. In a statement, the feared FSB said it had detected malware “intended for use to spy online on some 20 institutions in Russia”. The organisations in question were government, scientific and military institutions, the FSB said. “The circumstances appear to ... Read More »

Safety of Our Data is ‘Unknown’

Citizens rely on government to keep their data safe, wherever it’s held and whatever technology they use, however, a recent survey into Central Government, Local Authorities and the Blue Light & Justice sector reveals that citizen data is handled precariously with a disturbing lack of confidence in exactly how (or if) it is protected when using cloud models. GovNewsDirect conducted Your ... Read More »

Open Source software now enables sites to be deployed rapidly

UK government websites can now be deployed within minutes by re-using the familiar http// theme produced by Government Digital Services (GDS) along with Bootstrap technology, allowing access from all devices. Open Source Software specialist OpusVL has made it possible to take the official Gov.UK website theme created by Government Digital Services with an Open license, and reproduce it quickly and ... Read More »

Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

Google saw a record number of data requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide during the second half of 2015 as the request total passed the 40,000 mark for the first time. That’s up from 35,365 in the first half of the year and 30,140 one year previous,according to the tech giant’s latest transparency report. Google’s transparency report is an important resource since it provides a ... Read More »

Researcher pops locks on keylogger, finds admin’s email inbox

Trustwave researcher Rodel Mendrez has gained access to the inbox of the criminal behind a commercial keylogger used to attack industries including finance, cloud services, logistics, foreign trade, and government. Mendrez’s reverse engineering effort found credentials buried within the Hawkeye keylogger that lead through redirection to the author’s inbox. Attackers behind Hawkeye were siphoning from compromised machines browser, email, and ... Read More »

Guest Post: Security Serious 2016 & The Unsung Heroes Awards

Eskenzi PR have once again decided to run Security Serious Week from 3rd TO 7th OCTOBER to encourage UK Plc to take security more seriously. The whole ethos of Security Serious Week is to garner the cyber-security community to give something back and encourage others to take security more seriously in the hope that together we can create a more ... Read More »

Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

Russian media outlets report that laws mandating encryption backdoors have been tabled in the Duma. If accurate, you could expect an exodus of US services from the country. This Russian-language report, once the Vulture South hack was able to untangle translations like “proposed a fine messenger”, sets down the basics: those providing messaging applications like WhatsApp and Telegram would face ... Read More »

Apple holds steadfast, refuses to help feds access seized iPhone in NY drug case

On Friday, Apple formally responded to the government’s demand that the company help unlock a seized iPhone in New York, which pre-dates the debacle that played out earlier this year in San Bernardino. As Ars reported last month, federal prosecutors have asked a more senior judge, known as a district judge, to countermand a magistrate judge who earlier ruled in ... Read More »