Millions bagged in two bank cyber-heists

This hack is said to be reminiscent of a particularly brazen bank cyber-heist from February 2016, in which hackers successfully pilfered $81 million from the account of the central bank of Bangladesh at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

US forms dedicated office to help avert cyberattacks on infrastructure

The vulnerability of critical infrastructure, including energy grids, to cyberattacks has been a growing concern worldwide. Many nations have been scrambling to improve their defenses vis-à-vis threats faced by services that are critical to the continuity of our daily lives.

Concerns about data breaches hitting all-time high

A record-high proportion of organizations worldwide (67%) said that they had been breached at some point, up from 56% in the report’s previous edition.

Android ransomware in 2017: Innovative infiltration and rougher extortion

Ransomware in 2017 saw users and businesses across the globe trying to cope with campaigns such as Petya and WannaCryptor. Not to be outdone, Android ransomware had a year full of innovative infiltration and rougher extortion as highlighted by the latest ESET research whitepaper.

Patch now! Microsoft fixes over 50 serious security flaws

This week saw the second Tuesday of the month, and everyone who is responsible for protecting Windows computers knows what that means: another bundle of security patches have been released by Microsoft.

How safe are you around your smart TV?

Smart TVs afford us the opportunity to use them for purposes that are more commonly associated with computers. In fact, that’s what these TVs have become – internet-connected ‘computers’, much like mobile phones. It would no doubt help if we thought of them as such and treated them accordingly.

Blockchain Hardened devices: Can they restore privacy with security by design?

These developments show that security technology is now keeping up, or outpacing other technological and regulatory developments. Thus, while users’ wants often continue to trump their appreciation of risk, the industry has responded and in many cases gotten ahead of popular demand.

US and UK government websites hijacked to mine cryptocurrency on visitors’ machines

If undetected by a user’s security solution or content- or ad-blocker, the script ran in the background unbeknown to the user until the webpage was closed. A number of the affected websites, including that of the ICO, were also offline for hours in the aftermath of the attack.

All HTTP websites to soon be marked as “not secure” by Google Chrome

If you’re still running a website that is still using insecure HTTP then it’s time to wake up and drink the coffee. Because unless you take action soon, you’re going to find many of your visitors are going to distrust your website.

How will WPA3 improve WiFi security?

This is aimed at improving security at the time of the handshake, which is when the key is being exchanged. As a result, WPA3 is poised to provide robust security even if short or weak passwords are used, i.e. those that don’t contain a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

Global cybercrime behemoth busted, 36 people indicted

According to US authorities, the enterprise aimed at becoming the premier destination for the buying and selling of stolen payment card data and forged identification documents. It is believed that the losses that the Infraud Organization had intended to cause were north of $2.2 billion.

UK-led police operation quashes Luminosity Link RAT

The investigation showed that the tool, which required little technical knowledge to deploy, had over 8,600 users in 78 countries. Victims are believed to be in the thousands.

FBI warns of email scams claiming to be from Bureau

Another template attempts to scare, rather than thrill, the recipients. Upon learning that “your IP address and other identifying information were used to commit multiple online crimes”, the mark is urged to contact the sender by phone immediately.

Think you have a tracker on your phone? Learn how to make your device more resilient

While it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask for help from local law enforcement, know that even major cities may not have the expertise or the bandwidth to investigate compromised mobile devices. The most important objective is to take steps to make sure you’re safe. Ask for help, but do not wait for others to help you.

Vulnerabilities reached a historic peak in 2017

In 2017, the number of vulnerabilities smashed records set in previous years. According to CVE Details, more than 14,600 vulnerabilities were reported in 2017, compared to 6447 in 2016.

Smart, Smarter… Dumbest…

While the evolution of new smartphones creates more possibilities for the user, these new devices also creates more possibilities for hackers.

Google smashed over 700,000 bad Android apps last year

Google says that it is getting better than ever at protecting Android users against bad apps and malicious developers.

Privacy of fitness tracking apps in the spotlight after soldiers’ exercise routes shared online

People exercising on far-flung military bases are being exposed by their fitness tracker.

Babies’ personal data hawked on dark web

The price puts the data records at a significant premium when compared to other stolen datasets. While, in general, many adverts in the dark recesses of the internet are fake, children’s personally identifiable information (PII) has for long been viewed as a particularly valuable commodity.

FriedEx: BitPaymer ransomware the work of Dridex authors

ESET research has found that the ransomware FriedEx, also known as BitPaymer, is actually the work of the notorious gang responsible for the Dridex banking trojan.

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