2017 in Figures: The Exponential Growth of Malware

Image credit: Pexels 2017 was especially hectic for cybercrime “2017 was especially hectic for cybercrime, especially when it comes to malware and its offshoots. The increased number of attacks and, above all, the professionalization of the techniques used by cybercriminals has been at the root of malware’s exponential proliferation. In 2017 alone (according to data…

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How to get rid of Superfish adware on Lenovo computers

How to get rid of Superfish adware on Lenovo computers “It was discovered that many Lenovo PCs released between September 2014 and January 2015 shipped with an adware application called Superfish. This application, while annoying, was almost harmless on its own, except for one big problem: it installed a root certificate authority on the computer…

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UK Government publishes report on Defence and Cyber Security

UK Government publishes report on Defence and Cyber Security “A report by the Defence Committee says the UK Government should tighten its cyber security methods Cloud Services A report, which was put together by Defence Committee MPs, says that the UK Government needs to take vigorous action in its approach to cyber security. The report…

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GoDaddy’s DNS Servers Go Down, Along With Thousands of Sites

GoDaddy’s DNS Servers Go Down, Along With Thousands of Sites “GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar and one of the biggest web hosts, is experiencing major downtime. The main GoDaddy.com domain is unreachable and websites hosted by GoDaddy are also down. The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its…

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O2 service status: Network is partially restored

O2 service status: Network is partially restored “02 has confirmed that its 2G network services have finally been restored, while 3G services should be back up and running later today O2 has confirmed that mobile calls and text messaging services on its 2G network have now been restored, however, problems with 3G continue, leaving thousands…

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The British Music Industry Now Controls Your Internet

The British Music Industry Now Controls Your Internet “One by one the UK’s ISPs are falling to a creeping censorship of the web led not by some secretive government organisation but by the UK’s music industry in the shape of the British Phonographic Industry, the British record industry’s trade association. There is no democratic check…

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LinkedIn confirms security breach, 'some passwords' affected

LinkedIn confirms security breach, ‘some passwords’ affected “Reports began swirling this morning that around six million passwords attached to LinkedIn accounts had been compromised, and after looking into the matter, the site has confirmed that “some of the passwords” attached to accounts of LinkedIn members have been affected. The network doesn’t specify the number of…

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Google founder issues free web warning, blames Facebook

Google founder issues free web warning, blames Facebook “The free internet is facing its direst threat, according to Segey Brin. The Google co-founder accuses everyone from China to Facebook and says Apple’s walled software garden is stifling online innovation Google’s Sergey Brin says internet freedom faces its biggest ever threat from ‘powerful forces,’ including governments,…

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Anonymous takes down Home Office website

Anonymous takes down Home Office website “The Home Office website was hit by hackers this weekend, with Anonymous claiming responsibility. A denial of service attack brought down the public-facing website on Saturday evening Anonymous succeeded, this weekend, in taking down the Home Office website in a pre-planned denial of service attack. The hacktivist group followed…

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Yahoo sues Facebook over 10 patents

Yahoo sues Facebook over 10 patents “As expected, Yahoo today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook. The online giant is claiming the social networking giant infringes on 10 of its patents. Yahoo is hoping to secure some portion of Facebook’s revenues moving forward. “Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research and development through the…

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New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread

New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread “Even though Google recently introduced a malware-blocking system called Bouncer to keep the Android Market safe from malicious software, crafty spammers and fraudsters are still managing to find ways around the restrictions to get their software onto users’ phones. The latest example? A malware program disguised, innocuously, as…

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Meltdown and Spectre, behind the first security hole discovered in 2018

Image credit: Pexels The security flaw affects virtually every operating system, in particular those based on Intel, AMD and ARM processors. “2018 could not have had a worse start from a cyber-security perspective as, yesterday, a major security hole was found in Intel, AMD and ARM processors. The critical flaw discovered in the affected computers’…

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Microsoft releases temporary fix for Word Vulnerability

Microsoft releases temporary fix for Word Vulnerability “Microsoft has found that the vulnerability affects all supported versions of Microsoft Word. The flaw in question makes remote code execution possible if you open a specially crafted RTF file using an affected version of Word, as well as if you preview or open a specially crafted RTF…

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Malware report highlights rise of toolkit attacks

Malware report highlights rise of toolkit attacks “A threat report published by antivirus company AVG has warned of the dangers of malware toolkits, mobile insecurities and pre-teen hackers AVG has published its latest quarterly report on malware and antivirus threats highlighting both the rise of off-the-shelf virus toolkits and the continued vulnerability of mobile devices….

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Meet the ‘Gauss’ Virus, Stuxnet and Flame’s New Cousin

Meet the ‘Gauss’ Virus, Stuxnet and Flame’s New Cousin “A new virus capable of spying on bank transactions and stealing sensitive data such as browser passwords, cookies and network information has been discovered infecting computers in Middle East. Called “Gauss,” the virus was designed to siphon data from several major Lebanese banks as well as…

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‘Leap Second Bug’ Causes Glitches for LinkedIn, Reddit, More

‘Leap Second Bug’ Causes Glitches for LinkedIn, Reddit, More “After an extra second was added to the clock on Saturday to better align it with the Earth’s rotation schedule, a whole slew of websites from LinkedIn, Foursquare and Reddit to Mozlila, Yelp and Gawker sites experienced technical issues. Known as a “leap second,” which is…

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Defamation Bill could see online monitoring increase

Defamation Bill could see online monitoring increase “A senior associate at a leading law firm has expressed concerns the new Defamation Bill could see monitoring reach levels seen during the London Riots A Senior Associate at a law firm has expressed concerns to T3 over the new Defamation Bill, suggesting that both innocent and suspected…

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Cost of a Cyberattack: $100,000 Per Hour for Some Retailers

Cost of a Cyberattack: $100,000 Per Hour for Some Retailers “If your business has ever been targeted by a cyberattack, you’re not alone: more than 300 businesses reported being the target of such an attack, according to a new study. Performed by Neustar, an Internet-analytics company, the study says businesses across many industries were targeted….

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600,000 Apple Mac users hit by password-stealing Trojan

600,000 Apple Mac users hit by password-stealing Trojan “Apple Mac computers are being struck by a variation of the Flashback Trojan. A Russian anti-virus site reckons 600,000 machines have been infected Over half-a-million Apple Mac users have been infected with a variation of the Flashback Trojan malware, according to a Russian anti-virus website. The Dr….

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UK planning second snooping bill

UK planning second snooping bill “The UK Government revealed on April Fools’ Day that it’s planning to offer law enforcement agencies unprecedented access to private communications. British Cellphone operators and ISPs will be required to harvest packet data — containing the parties to all calls, emails and social media communication, as well as the time…

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Anti-Piracy Agreement ACTA Is Falling Apart in Europe

Anti-Piracy Agreement ACTA Is Falling Apart in Europe “Bulgaria won’t be ratifying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) any time soon. On Tuesday, Bulgaria followed some of its European neighbors, including Germany and Poland, in halting approval of the controversial intellectual property treaty. Bulgaria will “practically stop its participation” until it sees a clear and unified…

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