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February 2016

The Rise of Ransomware

Fri 26 Feb 2016

Gone are the notes with cut-out letters from newspapers: ransom messages have evolved with the times. Now, ransomware is the go-to tool for any cybercriminal looking to make some quick cash.Read More

In the wake of the arrest of Vincent Lauton, with regard to his alleged links to multiple bomb threat made across Australia, Europe, the US and Asia, an investigation has revealed something of an industry taking hold in the Dark Web. The investigation has found that bomb threats against British schools, hospitals and airports can be bought on the Dark Web for as little as £5 each, and executed at the rate of 20 per hour. French detectives believe that these services can be bought from a hacker collective, the Evacuation Squad, by paying the fees in Bitcoins.Read More

Domain-based Message, Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) is four years old. Today, it is something of an essential tool for those who want to take a solid stance against cyber-criminals. It works by allowing you to set policies by which people can send emails for your domain, based on other protocols including DKIM and SPF. Used in conjunction with DMARC, users can reject or quarantine emails from unknown sources and can also provide reports on email activity for their domain.Read More

2015 was the Year of the Hacker, breaking the record, previously held by 2012, for the number of reported data breaches. During those 12 months, 18,900 incidents were reported, exposing over 4.6 billion records. But, of those incidents, what was the most targeted information?Read More

Running small firms day to day can leave little time to think about anything but the most immediate and pressing concerns. But neglecting other risks can have serious consequences for the future of the business and sometimes jeopardise a firm’s chance of survival. Here are five issues which might not be at the forefront of a small business owner’s mind but should be.Read More

While awareness of cyber-scams has never been higher, consumers are still falling for uncomplicated phishing scams, with the latest wave being aimed squarely at Amazon customers.Read More

Cyber Attacks Target HMRC

Sat 13 Feb 2016

HMRC has revealed that it is aware of hackers targeting online, self-assessment tax returns in order to claim phoney refunds. However, it seems that HMRC’s systems have not been breached; they believe that tax-payers’ log-in details have been stolen from shared computers and have so far identified over 17,000 fraudulent attempts to acquire almost £100,000,000 in tax refunds.Read More

A new form of backdoor Trojan has been identified and is being used by hackers to gain personal information about Skype users.Read More

In his latest move against cybercriminals, the President of the United States has released details of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). However, the plan is not without its critics.Read More

Despite a number of security flaws being uncovered on its website, tech-based toy manufacturer, VTech, seems keen to place the responsibility squarely on its customers’ shoulders.Read More