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Ukraine finally battens down its leaky cyber hatches after attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password. It wasn’t the only symptom of lax IT security in a country suffering crippling cyber attacks. Sometimes pressing the spacebar was enough to open a PC, according to Dmytro Shymkiv, who became Deputy Head ... Read More »

SMBs exhibit false confidence when it comes to cyber threats

Whether it is underestimating cyber threats or overestimating employees’ ability to cope with an attack, almost all SMBs exhibit more confidence than they should do A survey of 600 SMBs worldwide (200 each in the UK, USA and Australia) has shown that, globally, fewer than 30 per cent consider themselves completely ready to manage IT security – and are underestimating ... Read More »

HBO hacked, attackers leak GoT script and some episodes

HBO has become hackers’ latest entertainment industry target: attackers have breached the company’s servers, and they claim to have syphoned from them 1.5 terabytes of data. The breach has been confirmed by HBO, who said that proprietary information, including some of their programming, was compromised as a result of the “cyber incident,” but did not specify what specific data was ... Read More »

Hackers scour voting machines for election bugs

Hackers attending this weekend’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas were invited to break into voting machines and voter databases in a bid to uncover vulnerabilities that could be exploited to sway election results. The 25-year-old conference’s first “hacker voting village” opened on Friday as part of an effort to raise awareness about the threat of election results being ... Read More »

SSD Advisory – McAfee Security Scan Plus Remote Command Execution

The following advisory describes a Remote Code Execution found in McAfee Security Scan Plus. An active network attacker could launch a man-in-the-middle attack on a plaintext-HTTP response to a client to run any residing executables with privileges of a logged in user. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Securiteam Read More »

Zillow: Machine learning and data disrupt real estate

Learn how big data and the Zillow Zestimate changed and disrupted real estate. It’s an important case study on the power of machine learning models and digital innovation. Anyone buying or selling a house knows about Zillow. In 2006, the company introduced the Zillow Estimate, or Zestimate for short, which uses a variety of data sources and models to create ... Read More »

Microsoft won’t patch SMBv1 flaw that only an idiot would expose

‘SlowLoris’ flaw could see a mouse of a machine take down an elephant of a server An SMBv1 bug described late last week at DEF CON won’t be patched, because Redmond says it only needs a suitable block on connections coming from the Internet. The 20-year-old bug was discovered by two RiskSense researchers combing code for vulnerabilities exposed by the ... Read More »

For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

A hacker says he turned finding and exploiting flaws in popular MMO video games into a lucrative, full-time, job. Manfred’s character is standing still in the virtual world of the 2014 sci-fi online multiplayer game WildStar Online. Manfred, the real life person behind the character, is typing commands into a debugger. In a few seconds of what seems to be ... Read More »

Ransomware on the rise: how to prevent an attack

Karl Simpson, CSO,
Calligo

If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that enterprises clearly need to take a long hard look at the cyber security they have in place.  One thing is clear – cyber threats now present a bigger risk to organisations than ever before.  Considering the huge growth in the number of new ransomware families (an increase of 752% ... Read More »

As many as 875,000 UK SMEs suffer cyber security breach in the last 12 months

Results from the latest Zurich SME Risk Index have revealed that almost one in six (16%) SMEs have fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, equating to more than 875,000 nationwide.* Businesses in London are the worst affected with almost a quarter (23%) reporting that they have suffered a breach within this period.   Of businesses that ... Read More »