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76% of Ransomware Attacks Strike Via Email

Email remains the No. 1 threat vector for businesses, with a full 76% of ransomware attacks starting with a malicious message. According to a survey from Barracuda, phishing—and particularly spear phishing—has become a lucrative art. The attackers also do not discriminate based on company size. Email remains one of the most widely used business communications tools, as well as one ... Read More »

Discredit a journo? Easy, that’ll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

Nine out of 10 consumers and banking professionals want biometric authentication put in place, but a skills gap stands in the way. Both banks and their customers favour the use of biometrics in consumer financial services, but adoption remains sluggish due in part to the lack of technical know-how within financial institutions, according to a new study. Research carried out ... Read More »

Consumers ‘Overwhelmingly’ Prefer Biometric Security For Financial Services

Nine out of 10 consumers and banking professionals want biometric authentication put in place, but a skills gap stands in the way. Both banks and their customers favour the use of biometrics in consumer financial services, but adoption remains sluggish due in part to the lack of technical know-how within financial institutions, according to a new study. Research carried out ... Read More »

U.S. blames North Korea for hacking spree, says more attacks likely

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely. The joint warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that “cyber actors of the North Korean government,” referred to in the ... Read More »

Gartner Identifies the Top Technologies for Security in 2017

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top technologies for information security and their implications for security organisations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, being held in the US through Thursday. “In 2017, the threat level to enterprise IT continues to be at very high levels, with daily accounts in the media of large ... Read More »

CISOs, Your Cloud is 25 Times Larger than You Think

A recent global study from Symantec, a world leader in cyber security, reveals that U.K. CISOs still fail to grasp the security risks their organisations face due to the rampant use of unsanctioned cloud applications. From popular productivity apps to free file transfer services, cloud apps are becoming increasingly popular within organisations. However, many of them are unsanctioned and downloaded ... Read More »

Almost a third of the UK public want political parties to erase their data

Almost a third (30 per cent) of the general public would welcome the right to get their personal data erased from records held by political parties and associated organisations, according to a poll1 of UK attitudes commissioned by SAS. With political parties increasingly targeting voters based on demographic and psychographic information, the study investigated attitudes around how voters’ personal data ... Read More »

Israel reportedly hacked ISIS, then Trump told Russia

Cyber-experts working for the Israeli government were able to hack into ISIS’s computer systems. Israeli intelligence was able to discover that ISIS bombmakers were capable of creating explosives that looked like batteries in laptops, which would fool X-ray machines, according to the New York Times. President Donald Trump is accused of sharing the information with Russian’s foreign minister, Sergey Kislyak — a ... Read More »

Hong Kong privacy watchdog blasts electoral office for massive data breach

A report by the Privacy Commissioner found the electoral office failed to take adequate steps to protect the personal data of Hong Kong’s 3.78 million voters stored in one of two laptop computers that were stolen during the chief executive election in March. The report, released on Monday, accused the Registration and Electoral Office of lacking “the requisite awareness and vigilance expected ... Read More »

Android Ransomware Impersonates ‘King Of Glory’ Game

The ransomware encrypts the Android device’s files and then displays a ransom message imitating the notorious WannaCry malware. Hackers have begun distributing Android ransomware disguised as copies of the popular multiplayer online battle game King of Glory, which has millions of users, security researchers have warned. The malware has prompted “emergency” warnings to be posted on gaming forums and websites ... Read More »