Banking Trojans target UK users, lots of dosh lifted by hackers and it barely raises a whimper in the mainstream media, potential problems for Asda online stores as the Walmart-owned company ignores information on vulnerability and a lot more including four million UK Facebook users posting their full address on the social network platform and the UK government thrashing around for voluntary cyber-security experts. Mmm.
It’s always busy in the world of cyber skulduggery and tech advancements, so much so that it’s impossible to cover off all the developments. That said there are some stand out stories from the last few weeks not least the artificial intelligence Barbie doll, that when discarded in the corner could well be spying on you. Yes, you read that right. Ransomware has also got a bit more insidious; it used to penetrate your computer via phishing emails but is now being implanted in software vulnerabilities. Hacktivist group Anonymous have also issued a ‘how-to hack-ISIS’ guide, Hilton Hotels has been hit by a big POS hack and UK chancellor George Osborne has implied that some of us are going to die if GCHQ’s cyber threats team doesn’t get more money. Mmmm.
Unsurprisingly this week’s headlines have featured a lot of jaw jaw about Talk Talk who with three cyber breaches in a year clearly do not listen listen. People are upset, disturbed and not a little angry. One website is advising customers how to get out of their contracts. M&S and British Gas have also experienced some cyber embarrassment – as have their customers who have had personal details put on public view. A botnet consisting of 900 CCTV cameras has been discovered while out of work Russian IT workers may just well be gearing up for an assault on Western critical infrastructure, because – they’re out of work.
Malware that scoops up banking details, UK cyber-crime officially recognised as a seriously growing threat, SSL padlock symbol fraud, Adobe Flash riddled with yet more flaws, near nuclear meltdown and drone hit list using mobile phone recognition numbers revealed.
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.
US law enforcement hauls high-profile hackers into the law courts, Russian government unsurprisingly supports hacking, WordPress sites targeted by malware, Tesco remains silent on photo site hack, chip giant Intel aims to protect computers on wheels (cars) and some cyber students creepily ‘kill’ human dummy – with remote hacks.
Lithuanian hacker zeroing in on Manchester (why?), banks developing ‘red teams’, spies clumsily revealing secrets, Android devices shipping with pre-loaded spyware, ten hackable baby monitors and the Internet of Things, and only pen and paper can provide the highest security level… it’s never a dull week in the world of tech security.
Online lovers and lusters exposed; identities, cloned cards and rigged football game information for sale; a critical warning for Internet Explorer users; hackers and stock traders busted for $100 million hacked press releases scam; fascinating insight into the future and more.
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.
The fall-out from the hack of the Milan-based Hacking Team continues with all sorts of revelations about how the powerful would like to continue spying on the largely powerless. Adobe Flash vulnerabilities continue to be revealed while the US National Security Agency will be pretty hacked off following the discovery of its latest spying techniques. Meanwhile users of a website that facilitates affairs must be feeling nervous as hackers promise to spill the beans on names, addresses and even sexual fantasies.