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Ransomware becomes business staple for online crime

Ransomware has been through a meteoric rise over the past 12 months. Going from a barely known form of malware to one of the most commonly deployed threats around, the criminal world appears to be fully incorporating ransomware into its business model. That’s according to Palo Alto Networks, who’ve released a new report studying this form of attack. Considering 2016 has ... Read More »

Zero-day Numbers Exploded and 43m New Malware Variants Discovered in 2015

Symantec has today launched its annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), which reveals highly-skilled cyber criminals with skills sets that echo those of nation-state attackers, are fuelling an exponential growth in online crime. This is leaving businesses at risk of suffering more than 3 cyber-attacks a year according to new research from Symantec who are calling for CISOs to plan ... Read More »

Cyber security is a game – Businesses need to adapt

Ben Harknett,

Cyber security is often stated as a problem organisations need to deal with, but it’s an issue which is never going to be completely fixed. Instead of viewing cyber security as a problem, organisations need to start viewing their cyber security as a game and cyber adversaries as challengers in that game. The difference being that problems, like 1+1, have ... Read More »

Almost half of Endpoint Systems Compromised in the last 12 months, finds SANS Insititute

Cyber attackers are still riding the wave of success by attacking those surfing the web through their endpoint systems. All the valuable data – logins, access credentials and more – are still being regularly accessed by hackers, SANS has found in their 3rd endpoint security survey. After quizzing 829 IT professionals, they’ve concluded that there’s a clear need for a ... Read More »

Survey shows lack of concern around cyber security from UK students

Students aren’t concerned about cyber security despite 77% seeing it as a growing threat. Only 17% of students are genuinely concerned by cyber security despite it affecting many of them, finds a new survey by Jisc, the digital services and solutions organisation for UK education and research. Students are unsurprisingly more worried about grades (90%), but are also more often ... Read More »

Clark County water district hit with cyber attack

The Clark County Water Reclamation District has been hit with a cyber-attack but officials say operations haven’t been disrupted and no customer or employee information was hacked. The agency said in a statement Monday that its computer system was attacked late Friday night. Computers were shut down as a precaution but operations at all seven treatment facilities and customer service ... Read More »

Security Professionals Sick of Stupid Users, Bromium Finds

Bromium, the micro-virtualisation specialists from California, have just released the results of a survey conducted at RSA 2016 with some surprising results. Users take note! Asking 100 security professionals whether users were causing them the most headaches in their work, 70% of respondents replied “yes” – a pretty conclusive answer. What’s more Bromium have completed similar surveys in previous year ... Read More »

MIT paints giant target on new “hack-proof” chip

MIT researchers and Texas Instruments have developed a new radio-frequency (RFID) chip that it calls “hack-proof.” The high-security chip, if it hits mainstream adoption, could well be a game-changer that could help prevent credit card fraud (through contactless payments), for instance. That’s because it sets itself apart from other RFID-chips. The chip is able to resist power-glitch attacks, which can ... Read More »

Lincolnshire County Council ‘will not pay cyber ransom’

A council whose computer systems were closed down by a cyber attack has said it will not be paying out a ransom. Lincolnshire County Council’s systems were closed on Tuesday after an email was opened that triggered the malware attack. Initially thought to have been asked for a £1m ransom, the council said it was actually asked to pay $500 ... Read More »

AppRiver’s Jonathan French on Ransomware

Join Jonathan French, Security Analyst at AppRiver, as he breaks down ransomware and cuts through the jargon to explain what it really is, how people fall victim and what the latest trends are in this area of IT security. Jonathan covers some of the most prevalent and effective campaigns of recent years, so tune in to get the stats, stories ... Read More »