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Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts new “Destruction of Service” attacks; scale and impact of threats grow

The Cisco® 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential “destruction of service” (DeOS) attacks. These could eliminate organizations’ backups and safety nets, required to restore systems and data after an attack. Also, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), key industries are bringing more operations ... Read More »

Thales: As GDPR approaches, retail data breaches remain unacceptably high

Two in five retailers across the globe have experienced a data breach in the past year, according to the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition, released today.   The report, issued by Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, in conjunction with analyst firm 451 Research, reveals that a staggering 43 percent of retailers had ... Read More »

2017: The Year of the CISO

Marc Lueck, Chairman,

The role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a comparatively new one in both the IT industry and enterprise. Yet, CISOs are arguably the most important technology stakeholder working in businesses today — dealing with a myriad of risks, threats, breaches, policies, regulations and user behaviour. These responsibilities are as complicated as they are important, and CISOs can ... Read More »

The race to own the home

Kevin Cunningham, Managing Director,

More and more connected devices are released onto the market every day, making the futuristic utopia of the sixties cartoon series The Jetsons, now seem an imminent reality. Hanna-Barbera’s futuristic imagination brought robots, holograms and flying cars to our TV screens. Over 50 years later, robots are entering our homes, holograms are taking the place of live performances and flying ... Read More »

If you use Wi-Fi on your iOS device, get this security update

Apple released a security patch on Wednesday that you should really consider updating to if you enjoy using Wi-Fi on your iOS devices. So, you know, just about everybody should update. The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses vulnerabilities with your Contacts, Messages, Notifications, Safari and other issues. One of the more potentially damaging exploits was hidden in the iPhone’s Wi-Fi chipset, where an ... Read More »

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

A Russian man who prosecutors say helped develop and distribute malware designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. Mark Vartanyan, also known as “Kolypto,” was sentenced by US District Court Judge Mark Cohen in Atlanta after pleading guilty in March to computer fraud, federal prosecutors said. Vartanyan received two years of credit for time served, ... Read More »

Publication of NukeBot trojan’s source code leads to new ‘operational’ samples

New “operational” samples of the NukeBot banking trojan have emerged months after its original creator published its source code. NukeBot’s source code leak, which occurred in late March 2017, apparently attracted the attention of malware developers seeking to push out their own threats. Kaspersky Lab’s Sergey Yunakovsky spotted some of those new samples in the wild. A few are “active,” but most ... Read More »

Security Flaws Are Everywhere. Even in Segway Hoverboards

Ninebot, the company behind Segway hoverboards, has issued new firmware to fix various security flaws that allow an attacker to connect to and take over users’ devices. The flaws were discovered last year by Thomas Kilbride, a security researcher for IOActive, who contacted the company in private and disclosed his findings. In a report published today, Kilbride details three major issues. The ... Read More »

TSB to roll out iris scanning tech

Imagine logging onto your bank account just by glancing at your phone. That’s what some TSB customers will be able to do from September when the bank introduces iris recognition to its mobile banking app. It will be the first bank in Europe to introduce the technology, but its arrival will test customers’ trust in biometric technology. Customers will need ... Read More »

Google rolls out new protections against phishing plugins

Google is making it even harder to accidentally install a malicious plugin. Today, the company announced new changes to the way Google services handle plugins, adding new warnings for users and a more involved verification system for apps. The result is more scrutiny on apps plugging into Google services, and more active involvement from Google when an app seems suspicious. The ... Read More »