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How to Protect Yourself or Organization from Malware

Ransomware is one of the most infuriating kinds of cyber attack that’s cropped up over recent years, with hackers raking it in from hapless comouter users who just want their files back. Whilst we all hope for a perfect online community where such things wouldn’t happen, it’s evident that future is a long way away. So the team at AppRiver have ... Read More »

Hacker Steals 45 Million Records From 1,100 Home, Sports and Tech Support Forums

VerticalScope.com, a company that runs multiple support forums on various topics, has suffered a massive data breach in February 2016 when a hacker managed to steal over 45 million user records from its database. The records, which data breach indexing site LeakedSource has managed to acquire and analyze, contain details from over 1,100 tech support portals VerticalScope is running on ... Read More »

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Botnet

Dave Larson,
Corero Network Security

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll…bring your web application offline! The possibility of a business being targeted by some huge zombie army, or botnet, is enough to send shivers down the spine of many seasoned security veterans. Modern botnets are of vast size and power, with more sophisticated features and capabilities than ever before. Modern botnet attacks can be ... Read More »

Phineas Fisher’s Account of How He Broke Into Hacking Team Servers

Almost a year after carrying out his attacks, the hacker behind the Hacking Team data breach has published a step-by-step explainer on how he breached the company’s servers and stole all their data. Known as Phineas Fisher (past moniker FinFisher), the hacker posted a PasteBin over the weekend, in which he reveals how the attack unfolded, the tools he used, ... Read More »

Russian hacker group Buhtrap targeting largest EU banks

The Russian government has begun working with Russia’s Central Bank to develop a package of measures aimed at fighting Buhtrap, the recently discovered  hacker group, which, to date, has stolen around RUB 4 billion (£42 million) from Russian and Western banks, and is reportedly planning further attacks on the EU banking system. An official spokesman of Xenia Yudaeva, the first ... Read More »

Turkey Breach Spills Info on More Than Half Its Citizens

THE NATION OF Turkey has been reeling from terrorist bombings in its biggest cities, a teeming refugee crisis, and a president who wants to rewrite its constitution to give himself more power. Now, in the midst of those calamities, it’s also been hit with what appears to be an enormous data breach, one that affects the majority of the country’s ... Read More »

Notorious pro-US hacker Jester diverts DoS attack towards Israeli spy service Mossad

A high-profile US hacker has turned an attack on his website into an assault against the Israeli intelligence service. ‘The Jester’ – or th3j35t3r – claims that he diverted an attempt to overload his website to assault Mossad’s online presence. Haaretz reported that Jester’s website – jesterscourt.cc – was the victim of a denial of service (DoS) attack on the night of ... Read More »

Columbian hacker ‘rigged elections’ in favour of right-wing parties across Latin America for a decade

A Columbian computer expert has claimed he has single-handedly changed the results of major elections across Latin America for a decade, as part of an explosive new interview which throws open the region’s “dark side of politics”. Andrés Sepúlveda told Bloomberg that he accepted huge amounts of money to hack and disrupt elections in favour of right-wing candidates in Colombia, Costa ... Read More »

What’s a Russian DDoS Booter Making for its Proprietors?

At the end of 2014, ASERT presented research where we mapped some DDoS booter advertisements on Russian language forums to their behind-the-scenes DDoS botnet infrastructures. For this post, we will follow up on that research a bit by looking at another one of these mappings and trying to estimate the revenue generated by the DDoS service. It Starts With an ... Read More »

Cyber defence team raid hacker’s bedroom in competition to find UK’s best cyber security talent

This weekend saw Cyber Security Challenge UK team up with Protection Group International (PGI) to create the ultimate insight into a cyber criminals mind – a life-size recreation of a hacker’s bedroom. This event formed the first in a series of competitions for Cyber Security Challenge UK, which aims to find the UK’s best cyber security talent. Combining the unique ... Read More »