‘One in five’ British businesses hacked by cyber criminals

One in five British companies has been hacked by cyber criminals over the past year, a new survey has indicated. While data breaches at web giant Yahoo, telecoms firm TalkTalk and the dating website Ashley Madison have hit the headlines in recent years, the survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows how problem is worryingly widespread. Further, only a quarter (24%) of the survey’s 1,200 respondents said their…

April 18, 2017
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1.5 Million Health Records Breached in March, Report Says

More than 1.5 million patient health records were breached in March, a sharp rise from January and February, according to a report by the Protenus “Breach Barometer.” There were 39 data breaches in March — either reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or disclosed on social media or through other sources — up from 31 each month in January and February. A total of 388,000 patient records were…

April 18, 2017
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Almost 40 per cent of industrial computers faced a cyberattack in the 2nd half of 2016

On average two-in-five computers, related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises, faced cyberattacks in the second half of 2016. This is a finding from Kaspersky Lab’s report “Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems. The second half of 2016.” The percentage of industrial computers under attack grew from over 17 per cent in July 2016 to more than 24 per cent in December 2016, with the top three sources of…

April 18, 2017
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Just another I.T. manic Monday? Automation can help

Okay, it’s true. I’m a big fan of the song “Manic Monday” by The Bangles. Released in 1986 by Columbia Records, the song—written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher”—was the band’s first hit. It’s a sure bet Prince didn’t have the IT Service Management (ITSM) world in mind when he penned the lyrics. But after reading the research report “Anatomy of the Service Desk in 2016” prepared by the Service…

April 18, 2017
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New research reveals that 30 percent of malware attacks are zero day exploits

Thirty percent of malware can be classified as new or zero-day because it cannot be caught by legacy antivirus solutions, according to research published today in WatchGuard’s first Quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting SMBs and distributed enterprises. The results from Q4 2016, confirm that cyber criminals’ capability to automatically repack or morph their malware has outpaced the AV industry’s ability to…

April 18, 2017
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Wonga Data Breach – Be warned: data breaches provide a distribution hub for malware for years to come

Payday lender Wonga announced this week it had suffered a data breach which could affect 250,000 of its customers in the UK and a further 25,000 in Poland. Information reported to have been stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and bank account details. This has left those affected with a host of potential problems. With valuable private data stolen, victims are now exposed to “additional attacks, either by…

April 13, 2017
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Pressures Security Professionals Face Have Become More Personal

While 53% of security professionals report increased pressure in trying to secure their organization, there has been a shift in the source of this stress, according to Trustwave. Security is now becoming more personal, with 24% of respondents citing pressure exerted by oneself as the second-biggest human pressure pusher, up 13% from the previous year. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Help Net Security The post Pressures Security Professionals Face Have…

April 13, 2017
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Melbourne IT DNS outage has been ‘mitigated’

After suffering a DNS outage earlier on Thursday, Melbourne IT has said all impact has been mitigated. Australian domain name registrar Melbourne IT and its subsidiaries Netregistry and TPP Wholesale have recovered from a major outage experienced earlier on Thursday that affected DNS servers. As a result of the outage, many customer sites were unavailable. Melbourne IT posted an update at 1:30pm AEST advising that all DNS impact had been…

April 13, 2017
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SAP’s TREX exposed HANA, NetWeaver

SAP has rushed out a patch for its TREX search engine, after security researchers found bugs in a 2015 patch. TREX is a search engine used in several SAP products, including its HANA database and its venerable NetWeaver application and integration platform. According to ERPScan, SAP thought it had patched the code injection vulnerability in December 2015. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register The post SAP’s TREX exposed HANA,…

April 13, 2017
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Aga app ‘Could Let Hackers Turn Off Oven’

An app that lets Aga cooker owners remotely control their ovens could be hijacked by hackers, a cybersecurity researcher has claimed. Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners was thinking of upgrading his Aga when he found vulnerabilities in the apps used to control the newest models. It means ovens could be turned on or off, though not in a way that makes the cookers dangerous. Aga has said it has…

April 13, 2017
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