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Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from the Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Hack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from the Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Hack

What can small businesses — especially those operating on the web — learn from the latest ransomware attacks. Recently, hackers dispatched ransomware called WannaCrypt. When it was opened on computers, it locked users from accessing necessary data. The only way to unlock the hack was to pay a ransom via Bitcoin. More than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were affected …

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

Global governments should treat a massive international cyber attack that struck last week as a wake-up call and should feel a “renewed determination for more urgent collective action,” the chief legal officer of Microsoft has said. Writing in a blog post, Brad Smith said that the multinational technology company had been working around the clock since Friday to help customers …

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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

The federal government has conceded it can’t be certain public service departments are secure against major hacking attacks, as Malcolm Turnbull’s senior cyber adviser suggested Australia might have dodged the latest international crisis because it fell during the weekend. At least eight Australian businesses have been infected by the bug crippling some systems in Britain, Europe and the US, with …

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Hospitals Gain Control After Ransom Hack, More Attacks May Come

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Hospitals Gain Control After Ransom Hack, More Attacks May Come

Most U.K. health facilities whose computer systems were crippled in a global cyber-attack are back to normal operation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said, even as experts warned that hackers would probably launch a new round of attacks with many computers still vulnerable. About 97 percent of facilities and doctors affected are able to work normally, Rudd said Saturday after a …

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Russian charged with breaching U.S. firms says FBI attempted to coerce confession over Clinton hack

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Russian charged with breaching U.S. firms says FBI attempted to coerce confession over Clinton hack

A Russian man wanted by the Justice Department on charges connected to hacking U.S. companies now claims the FBI offered him immunity in exchange for accepting responsibility for cyberattacks targeting former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Yevgeny Nikulin, the alleged hacker, laid the claim to Russian media Thursday in a letter sent from a Czech Republic prison cell amid an international …

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Two Convicted of TalkTalk Hack

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Two Convicted of TalkTalk Hack

Two men have been convicted at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to hacking and fraud offences related to the 2015 breach of TalkTalk.

Matthew Hanley, 22, of Devonshire Drive, Tamworth, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act, including the hacking of the TalkTalk website, obtaining files that would enable the hacking of websites and supplying files to enable the hacking of websites to others. He also pleaded guilty to supplying an article for use in fraud – a spreadsheet filled with TalkTalk customer details.

Conner Douglas Allsopp, 20, of Ludgate, Tamworth pleaded guilty to supplying an article for use in fraud and supplying an article intended for in the commission of an offence under the Computer Misuse Act; a computer file to enable hacking.

Although Hanley encrypted his hard drives and studiously deleted incriminating evidence, his social media accounts betrayed him, revealing conversations in which he spoke of his involvement in the hack and his getting rid of key digital evidence.

Hanley is said to have done the main hacking and stealing of customer details, while Allsopp was tasked with selling them online.

The two will be sentenced on Wednesday but the investigation continues, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The 2015 breach affected just 160,000 customers, although TalkTalk has admitted it cost the firm in the region of £60m in clean-up costs, customer attrition and a £400,000 fine from the ICO.

However, the firm got off lightly, according to new analysis from NCC Group.

The security consultancy claimed that the ISP would have been hit with a staggering £59m fine if the GDPR had been in force.

In total, ICO fines from 2016 would have risen 79 times to roughly £69m if the European privacy law had been enacted, it claimed.

The GDPR will finally come into force on 25 May 2018, when the maximum fine will be 4% of global annual turnover or €20m, whichever is bigger.

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IOC creates advisory panel for cyber security after hack

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IOC creates advisory panel for cyber security after hack

Several months after a confidential document in its investigation of Russian doping was hacked and leaked, the IOC has announced the creation of a new panel on cyber security. The …

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Auditors were able to hack Arizona DES during routine cybersecurity review

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Auditors were able to hack Arizona DES during routine cybersecurity review

State auditors were able to access confidential information when testing cybersecurity at the Arizona Department of Economic Security, revealing vulnerabilities that could have put residents’ personal information at risk. More …

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Five reasons to worry about the ShadowBrokers hack

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WikiLeaks is getting headlines with its CIA documents, but leaks from the ShadowBrokers on possible National Security Agency hacking tools may be far more consequential. Since August, the group has been dropping apparent NSA hacking tools, outing NSA operations and …

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Money transfer hack: Threat is real and what to do about it

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Remittance transactions in the UAE continue to be vulnerable to hackers and financial institutions must work closely with intelligence units in order to mitigate the risk of customers losing millions of dirhams to cybercriminals, a currency firm said. The UAE … The post Money transfer hack: […]

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