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Botnets ‘competing’ to attack vulnerable GPON fiber routers

A fiber router. (Image: file photo) Several botnet operators are targeting a popular but vulnerable fiber router, which can be easily hijacked thanks to two authentication bypass and command injection bugs. ZDNet first reported the bugs last week. In case you missed it: two bugs allowed anyone to bypass the router’s login page and access pages within — simply by ... Read More »

Patch Tuesday problems, fixes — but no cause for immediate alarm

Results are starting to roll in about this month’s Patch Tuesday, and it’s quite a mixed bag. For those of you struggling with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, there’s good news and bad news. The hand wringing about a new VBScript zero-day, thanks to our good old friend baked-in Internet Explorer, looks overblown for now. And ... Read More »

Iran ready to launch cyber attacks against the west, warn threat intelligence specialists

Iran is gearing up to launch a new wave of cyber attacks against Western government organisations and businesses. To do this, it has developed a sophisticated ‘hacker hierarchy’ over the years to respond to international sanctions or provocations with offensive cyber campaigns. These are the claims of Levi Gundert, vice president of intelligence and strategy at threat-intelligence firm Recorded Future. ... Read More »

Mingis on Tech: Lessons from RSA 2018

This year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco had a lot of ground to cover. Cybersecurity, of course. Fending off ransomware attacks. Building security best practices into employee training. But, according to CSO’s Steve Ragan, the hottest topics at the 2018 conference were this month’s looming GDPR deadline and blockchain, blockchain, blockchain. (In fact, the two are often part of the same ... Read More »

Budget 2018: AU$100m for Medicare IT and cybersecurity

Technology and science in the medical industry was a major focus in the Australian government’s 2018-19 Budget, with the government providing AU$106.8 million over four years to modernise Medicare’s IT systems. The funding will also be used to upgrade the systems across the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, aged care, and related payments. “This measure includes funding for replacing and decommissioning ageing ... Read More »

Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no)

As the EU prepares to roll out new data protection regulations this month, concerns are emerging that they could dissuade businesses from rolling out blockchain-based projects because the online transaction technology might innately break the new rules. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) targets citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII), providing transparency around its use and giving people the right ... Read More »

DDoS attacks cost organisations an average of £35,000, claims report

Non-malware attacks and ransomware take centre stage This report looks at research from over 1000 organisation, representing more than 2.5 million endpoints, to understand the prevalence and growth of non-malware attacks. Download now to find out more. Download Read More »

NSA says searches of Americans’ data spiked in 2017

NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md. (Image: file photo) New figures reveal a sharp increase in the number of searches of Americans’ calls and messages by the intelligence community during the Trump administration’s first year in office. The figures, published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), show a rise in targeted surveillance and searches of ... Read More »

Mingis on Tech: All about Android security

One of the many topics techies like to debate is whether Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS is more inherently secure. Sure, Apple has a closed system that makes it harder for iPhone users to get into trouble. But the frequent headlines about Android malware usually miss the point. As Computerworld‘s JR Raphael explains, an Android user would really have to work ... Read More »

Former NSA chief raises $78 million for critical infrastructure cyber security start-up

Non-malware attacks and ransomware take centre stage This report looks at research from over 1000 organisation, representing more than 2.5 million endpoints, to understand the prevalence and growth of non-malware attacks. Download now to find out more. Download Read More »

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