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Cisco blocks Russian internet company implicated in ransomware

Talos, part of networking giant Cisco’s “collective security intelligence” ecosystem, has blocked a Russian internet company which, it claims, is heavily involved in hosting ransomware. According to a Talos analysis of the RIG exploit kit, which has been used to propagate ransomware, five of six blocks are operated by Russia’s Eurobyte – yet the Moscow-based internet service provider and web ... Read More »

Found an Adobe Flash zero-day? Flog it for $100k while there’s still time

Zerodium, the “premium exploit acquisition platform for high-end zero-days”, to quote the company itself, is dangling cheques for up to $100,000 in return for Adobe Flash zero-day exploits. It follows the announcement just before Christmas by Adobe, much maligned for the constant stream of security flaws in its Flash and Acrobat Reader client software, that it had rewritten the memory ... Read More »

European Space Agency login credentials released in Anonymous hack

Hackers have breached the European Space Agency (ESA) releasing names, logins and addresses of thousands of registered officials, collaborators and subscribers. The incident comes just hours before British ESA astronaut Tim Peake is set to launch on a mission to the International Space Station, so the hack has occurred at a time when the organisation is in the media spotlight. ... Read More »

SMBs vulnerable to cyber-crime due to lack of resources, warns report

Most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and hackers because they don’t have sufficient resources to protect themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report commissioned by cyber security firm Webroot that suggests that just 37 per cent of IT decision makers in SMBs feel that their organisation is “completely ready” to manage IT security and protect ... Read More »

Questions raised over Hilton Worldwide point-of-sale hack

Questions are being raised over the security breach at hotels group Hilton Worldwide, with testimony from customers suggesting that the breach could potentially have been more far-reaching than the company has so far admitted. Furthermore, as Dragan Pendic, the former chief security architect at drinks giant Diageo, and now vice president of consulting at Blockchain security company Guardtime, noted at ... Read More »

‘We can’t win the war against hackers’ says Thomas Cook cyber security chief

Organisations and businesses are in a cyber security war against hackers and criminals that they can’t win, so should focus more resources on damage limitation. That’s the warning from Dean Atkinson, global head of cyber security operations at Thomas Cook, who was speaking at Computing’s Enterprise Security and Risk Management Summit 2015. “I wonder if we need a paradigm shift ... Read More »

Cryptowall 4 ransomware now being spread in Nuclear Exploit Kit

Confirmation of Computing Research that indicates that ransomware is currently the fastest growing IT security threat has emerged with news that the Cryptowall 4 ransomware has been absorbed into the Nuclear Exploit Kit. Until recently, according to SANS ISC handler and Rackspace security engineer Brad Duncan, the devastating Cryptowall ransomware malware has been spread almost entirely via malicious spam and ... Read More »

Data breach at Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Cisco’s certification manager

Pearson VUE, the firm behind a certification tracking program used by the likes of Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Cisco and F5, has suffered a data breach that allowed hackers to access sensitive data. In its official statement, Pearson VUE said that an unauthorised third party placed malware onto the company’s Credential Manager System and this allowed it to “improperly access certain ... Read More »

JP Morgan hackers also attacked fraud prevention firm

An anti-fraud services company has emerged as another firm breached by the hackers who successfully stole data on 80 million customers from international bank JP Morgan in 2014. Listed as ‘victim-12’ in the federal indictment released recently is a “merchant risk intelligence firm”, which security expert Brian Krebs claims is actually G2 web services LLC. “According to multiple sources, Victim ... Read More »

First ProtonMail, now Zoho hit by DDoS attack by criminal gang Armada Collective

‘If people knew what bulk collection in Investigatory Powers Bill really meant, there’d be uproar’ privacy expert tells MPs Read More »

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