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June 2016

Endpoint cybersecurity firm, Bromium, has put its money where its mouth is, in the wake of its Bring Your Own Malware Challenge, launched at Infosecurity Europe 2016. As part of the challenge, the company offered a £10,000 Bug Bounty for anyone who could find vulnerabilities in its technology. The reason behind this? Bromium stated that it was to highlight the importance of security-vendor accountability and to replace “marketing BS in favour of defensible design and rigorous evaluation.”Read More

Users of Google Chrome who haven’t restarted their browsers recently, really should; or run the risk of running a browser with a high-severity flaw in its PDF-reader. Researchers at Cisco Talos have identified this as a potential foothold for cyber criminals who could execute arbitrary code on the user’s system, by tricking them into opening a PDF document that contains a malicious image.Read More

After 43 years as members of the EU, the British public voted to leave in an historic referendum. Some of the hot topics behind this move have included the economy, immigration and self-government. However, one important factor that appears to have evaded the spotlight is the UK’s cyber-defences. Just how will Brexit affect Britain’s Cybersecurity?Read More

VerticalScope is the latest in an increasing number of high-profile companies to suffer at the hands of hackers. Despite the breach taking place in February of 2016, the information has only come to light in July – and that was thanks to the website, LeakedSource, which records the details of companies whose cybersecurity defences have been bypassed.Read More

Japan’s largest travel agency, JTB Corp, has been the victim of a substantial security breach which, in turn, has highlighted fundamental flaws in the country’s cybersecurity protocols. JTB Corp admitted on the 14th July that ‘unauthorised access’ may have compromised the data of around 7.93 million customers. The following day, the government-supported Japanese Tourism Agency claimed that JTB Corp had made a basic error in the way it stored its data; an error that is all-too-common, even amongst 21st Century companies.Read More

An underground web marketplace has been uncovered, where those with designs on launching their own cyber attacks can do so for as little as £4. Hosted on the Dark Web, the site, known as xDedic is advertising access to over 70,000 compromised computers, across the world. Many of these computers have been identified as being within governments, universities and businesses, in over 150 countries.Read More

Singapore authorities have announced that they will be shutting down their Internet capabilities, in order to bolster cyber security systems. It has already begun by disconnecting certain government employees and the move will expand to incorporate public sector employees, by 2017. It has been reported that the shutdown will affect more than 100,000 government computers, although the final tally – when including public sector workers – remains unknown.Read More

The University of Calgary has become the latest victim in the growing trend for cyber-attacks that use ransomware. On May 28th, the university was targeted in an attack that saw over 100 computers crippled and affected multiple systems, including Skype, email and wireless networks. While the attack was underway staff were advised to switch off anything that could be infected – and leave it off.Read More

After reports that 33 million Twitter usernames and passwords have been sold to the Dark Web, Twitter has finally been forced to address the breach. However, on the 10th June, a statement from the social networking site suggested that they were “confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter’s servers.” This is in spite of the fact that there was leaked data available on the Dark Web and a spate of high-profile users’ accounts have been hijacked. So has Twitter been hacked or not?Read More

With a recent spate of SWIFT-related security breaches hitting the headlines, SWIFT’s CEO, Gottfried Liebbrandt, has announced that the 11,000 banks currently using the SWIFT global messaging services need to tighten up their cyber-security protocols – or face the consequences.Read More