University of Calgary bows down to ransomware demands

The University of Calgary has handed over $20,000 CND to cybercriminals, who had launched a ransomware attack on the institution.

IRS’s new Get Transcript online service benefits from enhanced cybersecurity

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the US has relaunched its Get Transcript online service, which it says is delivers enhanced cybersecurity.

Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts accessed

Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been accessed without his permission or knowledge, it has been revealed.

The security review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden DNS

Welcome to this week’s security review, including the story of a DNS hijack that sets the victim’s computer to use specific DNS servers.

Nearly all phishing emails now contain ransomware

As many as 93% of all phishing emails now contain ransomware, according to a new report by PhishMe.

Beware online fraudsters jumping on the back of recent data breaches

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a public service announcement warning people about online fraudsters, who are attempting to exploit a recent spate of data breaches that have only just come to light.

Myspace data breach: 360 million accounts affected

Myspace has revealed that it was the victim of a data breach. The incident took place a few years ago and is thought to have affected close to 360 million accounts.

Decision makers at banks ‘in the dark’ about data breaches

Decision makers at banks are in the dark when it comes to data breaches at their organization, according to KPMG’s 2016 Banking Outlook Survey.

Phishing attacks on the rise

There has been a notable escalation in phishing attacks in 2016, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Financial industry ‘needs to come together to fight cybercrime’

The financial industry needs to come together to better understand the threat of cybercrime, according to an expert.

SWIFT announces security boost to thwart cyberattacks

Following a spate of recent incidents involving some of its customers, SWIFT has announced new measures it is looking to implement to keep cyberattacks at bay.

Teenager charged over Mumsnet hack and DDoS attack

An 18-year-old man has been charged by British police in connection with an internet attack that saw Mumsnet hacked, users’ accounts breached, passwords stolen, and the site blasted offline.

Financial institutions ‘need to prioritize’ cybersecurity

Financial institutions need to put cybersecurity at the top of their agenda, according to a new report titled Cyber and the City.

The security review: ESET release decryptor for TeslaCrypt ransomware

Welcome to this week’s security review, which includes ESET releasing a new decryptor for TeslaCrypt ransomware, new revelations about a 2012 LinkedIn data breach and expert insight into Operation Groundbait.

117 million LinkedIn members compromised by 2012 data breach

Over 117 million emails and passwords belonging to LinkedIn members have been put online for sale, it has been revealed.

Metadata from phone calls ‘reveals personal information’

Metadata that is generated through phone calls discloses a significant amount of personal information, a new study from Stanford University in the US has found.

Android apps ‘need to follow better security practice’

Many Android apps in Google Play are still not following best practice when it comes to authentication and authorization.

Cybercrime on the rise as economic crime ‘goes digital’

Incidents of cybercrime are on the rise, with a new study from PwC reporting it as the “only economic crime to have registered an increase”.

Location-tracking apps ‘breach of European data protection law’

A Norwegian-based watchdog has identified a breach of European data protection law by fitness tracking app, Runkeeper.

The security review: Online safety for families and TalkTalk

Welcome to this week’s security review, which includes an online safety guide for families over the years, the repercussions of last year’s data breach at TalkTalk, and a warning from Adobe of a Flash zero-day vulnerability.

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