Tag: Cybersecurity

12 Easy Ways To Improve Your Company’s Cyber Security

It’s a common misconception that cyber villains mainly attack large corporations. According to the Small Business Committee, 71% of all online attacks are aimed at companies with less than 100 employees, while only 40% of those manage to recover afterward. Not only are these an easy target since their security solutions are usually insufficient, but […]

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, powered by Stay Safe Online, an organization that promotes safe and secure Internet use. Stay Safe Online has partnered with Express VPN to help spread awareness of Internet security for children ahead of the next month. Check out this infographic below, which details the seven most important tips […]

Webcam-ready Spawn of Zeus Chthonic Hits 150 Worldwide

The newest version of Zeus has just hit the scenes, and now it’s after your webcam, so says fresh research from the boys down at Kaspersky Lab. The malware, known as Chthonic, weasels its way onto machines running Windows XP, 7, and 8.1, and hooks into software designed to handle the permissions for your webcam […]

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Agency Discovers Vulnerabilities In IRS Obamacare Fee Calculator

The IRS (Internal Revenue Agency) has not completely secured its system that calculates fees for pharmaceutical firms and health insurers under Obamacare, according to a report by an inspector general. Under the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is required to process sales information from drug manufacturers and premiums from health insurers for specific government-subsidized programs. […]

Hewlett Foundation Grants $45m to Security Research

The Hewlett Foundation is to pump $45m into cyber security research at three major universities – MIT, Stanford, and UC Buckley. The grant is aimed at establishing new major academic research centers. Hewlett is hoping to create a “marketplace for ideas” by addressing the growing issues surrounding online security globally. Each university is receiving $15m. […]

Mandiant Founder: Russia Responsible for Financial Breaches

Russia is behind the recent spate of cyber-attacks on financial institutions, claims cybersecurity expert Kevin Mandia, the founder of Mandiant Security. Mandia is currently in Australia ahead of this week’s G20 meeting in Brisbane, where Vladimir Putin will be in attendance. Mandia has accused Russia of sponsoring the cyber-attacks that recently rocked US finance, such […]

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Raytheon Scoops Up Cybersecurity Firm for $420m

Defense contractor Raytheon is to acquire cybersecurity and surveillance firm Blackbird Technologies for $420m, reports Reuters. Blackbird provides surveillance and security services to spy agencies, which include companies that work with the Department of Defense. Raytheon will use these services to expand its own operations in these fields. “Blackbird Technologies is a strong fit for […]

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Medical Devices Investigated For Cyber Security Flaws

About two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices are under investigation by the US Department of Homeland Security, according to a senior official. The devices under inspection by DHS’s Industrial Control Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) include implantable heart devices from St Jude Medical and Medtronic and an infusion pump from Hospira, […]

Cambodia Hackers Escape Jail, Will Work for Government

Two Anonymous hackers in Cambodia have escaped further jail time by joining forces with the government to provide their IT skills to agencies. The hackers, King “Black Cyber” Mongkolpanha and Chou “Zoro” Songheng, aged 21 and 20 respectively, hacked up to 30 Cambodian government websites as part of Anonymous’ “Operation Cambodia Freedom” in response to […]

FBI Might Break Into the Computers of VPN and Tor Users

A law professor claims that the DOJ wants to equip the FBI with the power to hack into computers located outside the United States. The proposal put forward by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to amend the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure will make it easier for law enforcement officials to […]

October is European Cyber Security Month

On September 1, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) published the dates and events planned for the 2014 European Cyber Security Month (ECSM). ECSM is an EU-based advocacy campaign that has taken place every October since 2012 across several EU member states. From the event’s dedicated website: ECSM aims to promote […]

Brits Careless About Mobile Security, Survey Shows

With the growing number of cyber attacks, you might think that an average user would take security measures to protect their data, but you would be wrong. A new UK consumer survey shows that most users do not take smartphone security very seriously. The survey conducted by OnePoll for ZenMate featured 2,000 respondents from the […]

NSA Caused Syrian Internet Blackout in 2012

Earlier this morning, Wired released a report which suggests that the Internet blackout in Syria, which took place over the course of two days back in 2012, was not the result of dissenting terrorists as the government had told the world, but rather the act of the NSA, according to statements from none other than […]

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Reporting Hacks Should be Like Disease Control, Say Experts

Dan Geer, famed cyber security expert, has called on mandates to be put in place on all companies that force them to disclose hacks and breaches, much like disease control. During his keynote speech at this year’s Black Hat conference, Geer made the suggestion that companies should face mandatory requirements, which need to be stronger […]

Former NSA Head Keith Alexander Prepares to Line His Pockets with Piles of Private Cash

The concept of government employees “retiring” into cushy private sector gigs is certainly nothing new. The practice, which has grown increasingly common as the relationship between large corporations and the public sector grows worryingly closer by the day, is often used as sort of a golden parachute for former employees of the United States who […]

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The State Of Data Breach In Universities

Lone-wolf hacker groups creating nuisance hacking tools in the basement have been replaced by sophisticated data-breach criminals as the top cybersecurity threat to universities. Hackers today are working around the clock to steal sensitive research, intellectual property, and personal information, costing universities millions of dollars and damaging their reputation in the process. The landscape of […]

Bank of England to Conduct New Hacking Tests

The Bank of England is scheduled to conduct a round of new security tests this summer to address hacking concerns. The tests are the first of their kind, combining government intelligence with standard security assessments, according to the BBC. Known as CBEST, the tests involve some outside agencies such as the cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows. […]