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Luxottica, who owns popular eyewear brands Ray Ban, Oakley, Micheal Kors, Prada, Chanel and many more has faced severe technical issues resulting in the shutting down of their offices in Agordo and Sedico, Italy as well as their online portal system. Customers reported that the websites for some of Luxottica's major retailers were not working, raising the question of a breach to their systems. Bleeping Computer has reported that a vulnerability in their Critrix ADX...

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Since Covid-19 and an increase of people working from home across the world, there has been an increase in cyberattacks in India. These cyberattacks typically focus on compromising digital systems of both public and private businesses. The Indian government has found that the country has experienced over 3.5 lakh cybersecurity incidents in July and August, which is triple the number of incidents experienced in Indian in the first three months of 2020. India is especially...

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released Emergency Directive (ED) 20-04 addressing a critical vulnerability— CVE-2020-1472—affecting Microsoft Windows Netlogon Remote Protocol. An unauthenticated attacker with network access to a domain controller could exploit this vulnerability to compromise all Active Directory identity services. Earlier this month, exploit code for this vulnerability was publicly released. Given the nature of the exploit and documented adversary behaviour, CISA assumes active exploitation of this vulnerability is occurring in the wild. ED...

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After 23 years of being a civil servant and the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Ciaran Martin is stepping down and passing the reins onto Lindy Cameron. The NCSC, a band of GCHQ was created to help protect and prevent hackers, from the likes of Russia and China infiltrating our infrastructures. Martin states that “In the six-and-a-half years that I was at GCHQ, Russia was the operational constant. It was a very...

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credit card fraud

Experian recently experienced a data breach, which they claim has been contained, but it appears that it has not been. The breach exposed the personal information of 24 million South Africans, 800,000 business, and the bank accounts of 25,000 firms. The credit information company claim to have seized and deleted all data, but it appears that on the contrary to this, the lost data has actually been enriched as ID numbers have been linked to...

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The University of Tasmania has realised an official apology after an email bugle released around 20,000 students personal details to the universities entire faculty. The information was made public from Microsoft Office365's SharePoint platform, which was used by the institution to store, share and access files. The information was accessible to all users who had access to a utas.edu.au email address.   It appears that the incident showed no association with any malicious activity, according to...

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Back at the beginning of the month, computers containing highly sensitive information about government officials and national security were compromised due to a breach at the National Informatics Centre, according to Delhi Police. The computers contained data regarding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) organises and supports government communications, technologies and security. According to a source from the Delhi Police, the attack came through in an email. When the employee who...

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Business owners in the UK have been targetted by a phishing scam which captured sensitive information, such as passwords and payment details. The scam impersonated Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as reported by accountancy firm Lanop Outsourcing. Business owners were targetted through emails supposedly from HMRC which claimed that the recipient's VAT deferral application had been rejected. This was in relation to the UK government's initiative which allowed struggling business to defect VAT payments...

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Online learning

An attack on the Newhall District in Valencia is one of the many ransomware attacks targeting the education sector in America. As children head back to school and learning moves online it seems that schools are becoming a major target for ransomware attacks. This most recent attack of Californian schools targetted 10 different elementary schools, affecting around 6,000 students, according to Valencia's city officials. The attack took place on Sunday night and ran into Monday...

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After an increase of cyber attacks on the education sector, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a new warning for schools, colleges and universities. Over the last few months, cybercriminals have attacked schools and universities with ransomware as they prepare to bring students back safely after the long pause due to the pandemic. The latest victim, Newcastle University was hit with a ransomware attack just last week. The NCSC is offering new guidance...

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