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Cyber crime now at 4,000 ransom attacks a day: Europol chief

Cyber crime now at 4,000 ransom attacks a day: Europol chief

Written by on November 9, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

LISBON (Reuters) – The “remorseless” growth of cyber crime is leading to 4,000 ransom attacks a day and gangs’ technological capability now threatens critical parts of the financial sector, the head of Europol said on Wednesday. Online criminals have become so sophisticated that gangs have created “conglomerations” with company structures that specialize in different criminal […]

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Ransomware and hacking become online services – where will it end?

Ransomware and hacking become online services – where will it end?

Written by on August 18, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Cyber security is fast becoming a priority item for companies around the world as the headlines pile up about IoT botnets, ransomware and data theft (HBO). Most of the focus is on those kinds of elaborate technological attacks, and the measures that companies can take to thwart them – which is good. The problem is […]

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Cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity – who cares?

Cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity – who cares?

Written by on August 15, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If you thought matters around cybersecurity and internet privacy were complicated now, just wait and see what will happen in the coming year. Whilst the most recent news has been around cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity, no one seems to know what to do or who to turn to after the ‘proverbial’ hits […]

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WannaCry ransomware hero arrested on unrelated hacking charge

WannaCry ransomware hero arrested on unrelated hacking charge

Written by on August 4, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A cyber security researcher widely credited with helping to neutralize the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack earlier this year has been arrested on unrelated hacking charges, according to court documents unsealed on Thursday. Marcus Hutchins, a 23-year-old British-based malware researcher who gained attention in May for detecting a “kill switch” that […]

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Cyber security has become a C level priority

Cyber security has become a C level priority

Written by on May 23, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Security executives are under increasing pressure to keep sensitive networks, systems and data safe from threats which are rapidly increasing in both frequency as well as complexity. It’s no surprise, then, that CSOs and CISOs often find themselves in the hot seat when it comes to the topic of cyber security. Their roles are changing along […]

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North Korea’s envoy says blaming Pyonyang for WannaCry ridiculous

North Korea’s envoy says blaming Pyonyang for WannaCry ridiculous

Written by on May 22, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea’s deputy United Nations envoy said on Friday “it is ridiculous” to link Pyongyang with the WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that started to sweep around the globe a week ago or the hacking of a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions violations. WannaCry has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations. […]

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Most companies hit by WannaCry were running Windows 7

Most companies hit by WannaCry were running Windows 7

Written by on May 19, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Two-thirds of those caught up in the past week’s global ransomware attack were running Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system without the latest security updates, a survey for Reuters by security ratings firm BitSight found. Researchers are struggling to try to find early traces of WannaCry, which remains an active threat in hardest-hit […]

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Healthcare systems are the target of choice for ransomware

Healthcare systems are the target of choice for ransomware

Written by on April 18, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Another day and another healthcare ransomware attack. The latest healthcare ransomware target – Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo, N.Y.  ECMC and its long-term care at Terrace View facility got hit by a computer virus that prompted a computer system shutdown early Sunday.  As of April 13th, they are still working on bringing their […]

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San Francisco Muni public transport hit by ransomware attack

San Francisco Muni public transport hit by ransomware attack

Written by on November 28, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said on Monday it had contained a cyber attack, which disrupted its ticketing systems and forced it to offer free service to some customers during the Thanksgiving weekend. The agency, known widely as Muni, said it was the victim of a ransomware attack on Friday that affected […]

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Ransomware becomes a multi-level marketing activity – RaaS

Ransomware becomes a multi-level marketing activity – RaaS

Written by on August 3, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The current obsession with collecting as much data as possible, from whatever source, for the purposes of business analysis and improving customer experience will hopefully give way to a more focused approach on data that really matters. In the meantime, the wholesale collection of data and its storage presents an enormous problem for businesses because […]

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