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Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

13 Květen, 2021 - 19:44
Anonymous sources get into war-by-media counterbriefing

Colonial Pipeline's operators reportedly paid $5m to regain control of their digital systems and get the pipeline pumping oil following last week's ransomware infection.…

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Colonial Pipeline was looking to hire cybersecurity manager before ransomware attack shut down operations

13 Květen, 2021 - 14:35
Good luck to whoever got that gig

Stricken US bulk hydrocarbon conveyor Colonial Pipeline advertised for a new cybersecurity manager a month before that ransomware attack forced operators to shut down the pipeline as a pre-emptive safety measure.…

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Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet

13 Květen, 2021 - 12:01
They are personal data, you know. Wait – you did know that, right?

Exclusive  Manchester City Council exposed online the number plates of more than 60,000 cars slapped with parking tickets, breaking data protection laws as it did so.…

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When it comes to cybersecurity, there's always time for summer school or winter training

13 Květen, 2021 - 02:22
Get ready for SANS Institute's biggest ever Asia-Pacific training event

Promo  Whatever your plans for the third quarter of 2021, an emerging security vulnerability or a network security breach has the potential to throw them into disarray. Unless, of course, you’ve made the effort to hone your existing skills or expand your knowledge into new areas ahead of time.…

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Apple's Find My network can be abused to leak secrets to the outside world via passing devices

12 Květen, 2021 - 22:28
You gotta work hard for those three-bytes-a-second transfers, though

Apple's Find My network, used to locate iOS and macOS devices – and more recently AirTags and other kit – also turns out to be a potential espionage tool.…

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Happy to pay out to ransomware masterminds? Yup, we thought so

12 Květen, 2021 - 18:00
Join us online and learn about modern extortionware and how to frustrate it

Webcast  It’s shocking how blasé ransomware-toting criminals can be about freezing the operations of any organisation they can insinuate themselves into, including critical utilities or medical facilities.…

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Britain to spend £22m influencing Indo-Pacific nations' cybersecurity policies against 'authoritarian regimes'

12 Květen, 2021 - 14:15
So says Foreign Secretary in lacklustre speech to NCSC faithful

CyberUK 21  Britain is to spend £22m on training African and Indo-Pacific nations to stave off cyber influences from "authoritarian regimes", foreign secretary Dominic Raab said today.…

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Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

12 Květen, 2021 - 09:31
Preserving privacy is hard. I know because when I tried, I quickly learned not to play with weapons

Column  Nearly a decade ago I decided to try my hand as a cryptographer. It went about as well as you might expect. I’d gotten the crazy idea to write a tool that would encrypt Twitter’s direct messages - sent in the clear - so that your private communications would truly be private, visible to no one, including Twitter.…

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Beijing twirls ban-hammer at 84 more apps it says need to stop slurping excess data

12 Květen, 2021 - 07:19
Online lending apps and more given fifteen days to ‘rectify’ behaviour

China’s Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission has named 84 apps it says breach local privacy laws and given their developers 15 days to “rectify” their code.…

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South Korea orders urgent review of energy infrastructure cybersecurity

12 Květen, 2021 - 05:38
No prizes for guessing why, as Colonial Pipeline outage stretches patience and looks like lasting a week

South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Energy and Infrastructure has ordered a review of the cybersecurity preparedness of the nation’s energy infrastructure.…

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Tech industry quietly patches FragAttacks Wi-Fi flaws that leak data, weaken security

12 Květen, 2021 - 02:58
Dozen design, implementation blunders date back 24 years

A dozen Wi-Fi design and implementation flaws make it possible for miscreants to steal transmitted data and bypass firewalls to attack devices on home networks, according to security researcher Mathy Vanhoef.…

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SolarWinds CEO describes overhauled Orion build system after that 'very small, unique' security breach

11 Květen, 2021 - 21:59
'This can happen to anybody. There's always learning in any crisis. And we were no exception'

CyberUK 21  SolarWinds’ chief exec has described the 18,000 customers who downloaded backdoored versions of its Orion software as a “very small” number while giving a speech to an infosec event.…

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Microsoft emits more fixes for Exchange Server plus patches for remote-code exec holes in HTTP stack, Visual Studio

11 Květen, 2021 - 21:08
Plus: Grab your updates for Adobe, SAP, Android, Intel

Patch Tuesday  Microsoft's May Patch Tuesday brought a lighter-than-usual load of 55 fixes for 32 of the Windows giant's applications and services, which is about half what was served up in April.…

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UK's Computer Misuse Act to be reviewed, says Home Secretary as she condemns ransomware payoffs

11 Květen, 2021 - 18:00
Priti Patel doesn't say a word about encryption, though

CyberUK 21  Priti Patel has promised a government review of the UK's 30-year-old Computer Misuse Act "this year" as well as condemning companies that buy off ransomware criminals.…

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NHS App gets go-ahead for vaccine passport use despite protest from privacy groups

11 Květen, 2021 - 17:15
Big Brother Watch warns app contains too much sensitive medical information

Folks in England can from next week use the NHS App to confer their vaccination status, in the face of warnings that the technology could lead to identifiable medical information being exposed.…

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App Tracking: Apps plead for users to press allow, but 85% of Apple iOS consumers are not opting in

11 Květen, 2021 - 15:45
The data is in: most users do not opt in to third-party tracking

Mobile app analytics company Flurry is measuring how many users of iOS 14.5 are opting in to allow apps to request to track them - and so far only 15 per cent worldwide have done so.…

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Compsci boffin publishes proof-of-concept code for 54-year-old zero-day in Universal Turing Machine

11 Květen, 2021 - 11:15
Patch your devi... oh, hang on a sec

A computer science professor from Sweden has discovered an arbitrary code execution vuln in the Universal Turing Machine, one of the earliest computer designs in history – though he admits it has "no real-world implications".…

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Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

11 Květen, 2021 - 09:58
Someone at West Midlands Trains approved nasty cybersecurity drill

UK rail operator West Midlands Trains sent an email to 2,500 employees to thank them for hard work during COVID and promised a one-time bonus as a reward, but that lovely news turned out to be phishing training. Needless to say, it did not go over well.…

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Tencent research team scores free powerups for electric cars with Raspberry Pi-powered X-in-the-middle attack

11 Květen, 2021 - 06:04
Another auto-exploit saw rPi push Telegram messages over CAN bus to brick a car

Black Hat Asia  Researchers have used the Black Hat Asia conference to demonstrate the awesome power of the Raspberry Pi as a car-p0wning platform.…

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Indian government says 5G doesn’t cause COVID-19. Also points out India has no 5G networks

11 Květen, 2021 - 04:58
But won’t reveal who it wants banned from social media over less obvious disinformation

As COVID-19 continues to ravage India, the nation’s government has told it populace that 5G signals have nothing to do with the spread of the virus – if only because no 5G networks operate in India.…

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