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US and Canada issue ransomware alert

A ransomware alert has been issued by the US and Canada to ensure that individuals and organizations are aware of the threat posed by this type of malicious software.

The security review: Remaiten, Trident and World Backup Day

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include insight into Remaiten, the Trident cybersecurity update and the value of backing up your data.

Banks ‘should not compensate’ victims of online fraud

UK Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has advised banks not to offer compensation to victims of online fraud.

US charges seven Iranians for bank-related cyberattacks

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has indicted seven people believed to have coordinated cyberattacks on banks between 2011 and 2013, all with links to the Iranian government.

FBI could ‘bypass’ Apple to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI has said it may no longer need Apple’s assistance in opening the locked iPhone belonging to an attacker in December’s San Bernardino, California shooting.

Twitter security noticeboard

As Twitter celebrates its 10th birthday, we take a look at things from a security point of view with our ‘noticeboard’ feature. Here’s to 10, 20, 30 and many more successful years of tweeting.

The security review: What you need to know about Locky

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include the threat from Locky, the nuisance of Robocalls and another celeb-related iCloud breach.

FBI warn that automobiles are vulnerable to cyberattacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a public service announcement warning drivers that automobiles are “increasingly vulnerable” to cyberattacks.

ProtonMail: Encrypted key to a more secure future

Encryption is “key” to a more secure future, ProtonMail’s co-founder and CEO Dr. Andy Yen has told We Live Security.

Google adds transparency to online encryption

Google has added a new category to its transparency report that serves to keep track of the internet’s encryption efforts.

Bangladesh central bank boss quits over $100m cyberheist

Bangladesh central bank boss Atiur Rahman has resigned after a $100m cyberheist, but the incident could have been even worse if not for spelling mistake.

Tech giants ‘to boost encryption services’

Some of the most prominent names in tech are pursuing the development of much tougher encryption technologies, it has been revealed.

Ottawa Hospital computers hit by ransomware

Ottawa Hospital has confirmed its computer network was hit with ransomware this week. No ransom was paid.

The security review: Android banking trojan poses as Flash Player

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include an Android banking trojan that not only has the ability to pose as Flash Player, but can also bypass 2FA security as well.

Ofcom experiences major data breach thanks to former employee

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom is investigating what could be the biggest data breach in its history. The incident was caused internally – former employee had been surreptitiously gathering data over a six-year period.

Android smartphones can be unlocked with 2D-printed fingerprints

Android smartphones offering biometric security can be tricked into unlocking with 2D fingerprints – and all you need is an Inkjet printer.

Businesses fail to prepare as cybercrime surges globally

Cybercrime is now the second most reported economic crime and has affected at least a third of organizations in the past 24 months, yet many businesses are still underprepared.

Verizon Wireless fined $1.35m in ‘supercookie’ privacy settlement

Verizon Wireless will pay a $1.35 million fine after the company inserted undeletable ‘supercookies’ into its users’ browsing sessions without consent.

The security review: Security is ‘easy’ – just ask someone at RSA

Welcome to this week’s security review, in which we’ll be assessing the buzzword-laden security startups of RSA, and rounding up the week’s biggest stories.

Just 1 in 7 security chiefs report to the CEO, despite boardroom concern

Most businesses now recognize internet security as a real concern, yet new research has found that just 1 in 7 security chiefs report directly to their CEO.

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