The latest news from the world of cyber skulduggery from LinkedIn passwords for sale, the re-emergence of ATM malware, fears in the US about banking and shopping online and even real live pirates swinging from the rigging to descend on precious cargo identified by hacking a shipping company’s systems. You can also learn how to simply set a password that takes hundreds of years to crack. There’s a bit more too.
As the number of cyber-crimes seems to rise steadily year-on-year, the methods hackers use remain surprisingly consistent. Sometime there is a spike in a particular type of malware favoured by cyber-thieves but ‘tried-and-tested’ techniques such as phishing and exploiting web site vulnerabilities are still popular. It’s just that hackers are getting better at using them, which of course doesn’t bode well for the unprotected.
The sale of exploit kits on the dark web is surging as organised crime entrenches itself in the digital underground. Interpol’s hands are tied as government responses are hampered over concerns about citizen’s digital freedoms.
With many people using online banking as a preferred means of managing finances it’s absolutely vital that you know how to protect yourself from hackers, scammers and fraudsters keen to exploit vulnerabilities and a lack of awareness. Read on for protection tips.
Everything on the Bitcoin mining malware front has been quiet for a while – until now. A trojan has been discovered which targets Windows users. If you’ve got Bitcoins, read all about it here and find out what you need to do to stay safe.
With identity theft and online fraud growing rapidly you need some protection. Here are some tips and advice on how to safeguard yourself against these cyber-crimes.
Straddling the divide between autumn and winter Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Its origins lie in the period of time when the Celtic nations dominated Europe and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The idea of divide still holds today and perhaps nowhere more prominent than the surface and light world of the everyday internet and the dark, mysterious and sometime malevolent world of the deep web where hackers and cyber criminals have their being and surface to wreak havoc.
Viruses can be an irritating menace or they can be devastatingly destructive. We’ve put together an infographic that highlights the major viruses of the past three decades and just how vulnerable the internet can be to these destructive strings of code.
If you’re running a small business, even if you’ve only got two employees, do you realise you could also ruin your small business if your workers aren’t up to speed with data protection? Not the clunky legislative data protection acts that govern what data we store and how we use it, but the sensitive, operational, day-to-information such as sales figures and customer details. You can use all the technology you want to protect your business, and of course this is important, but if your employees are not ‘data educated’ your protection endeavours may just be pointless.
The past week has been full of stories about hacking military equipment and the potential for some sort of devastating cyber-attack. There’s also been the rather embarrassing incident for security software vendor BitDefender, who had a server hacked and customer details taken. And UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed what many people suspect, there’s a lot of smartphone addicts out there.