Ransomware – To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Ransomware such as WannaCry is used to extort money from people and organisations who are told that their important data is locked away until they pay a ransom. If you become a victim of ransomware, should you pay? Even if you do, will you get all of your data back?

Experts Say ‘Don’t Pay’

The WannaCry global attack has reportedly led to over 126,000 ransomware infections worldwide. PC users have been advised to update Windows to ensure that they are protected.

When vital and possibly irreplaceable data has been “lost” through forced encryption, £230 may seem like a small price to pay, but the expert advice for those affected by ransomware is ‘don’t pay’.

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3 Steps To Banking Security Heaven In The UK?

The results of an online survey by YouGov, sponsored by credit reference agency Equifax have shown that 55% of British people think that 3 or fewer verification steps are needed to keep their bank accounts safe from criminals. Internet Banking Security Login Key

Cyber Crime and Bank Fraud Levels Still High

Office of National Statistics (OFT) figures show that in a 12-month period from 2015 to 2016 2.47 million bank and credit account frauds took place in the UK. These were part of a 5.8 million cyber-crime explosion, where 1 in 10 people in England and Wales became victims of cyber-crime.

The results of this latest YouGov survey appear to show that things aren’t improving, as of the 2,000 people asked, 21% said they had previously had either their social media or email account hacked.

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27 Year Prison Sentence For Hacking. Yet More Kids Lured Into Hacking.

Hacking is bad kids… Youtube is putting on workshops around the UK to teach 13 to 18-year-olds about issues based around free speech, Internet safety and recognising ‘Fake news’. prison hacking fence

What’s The Problem?

Young people (particularly teenagers) spend the most time online, especially on social media.

The Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has faced criticism about not tackling ‘hate speech’ videos and inappropriate material on its website, even to the point where government and media adverts (including those of the BBC and Channel 4) were removed for fear of them being displayed next to such content. Continue reading “27 Year Prison Sentence For Hacking. Yet More Kids Lured Into Hacking.”

Scammers Burgling Airbnb Users… Again.

Scammers have used the stolen account details of Airbnb users to target properties for burglaries. burglar

What Is Airbnb?

An online marketplace that allows people to rent out their properties or spare rooms. Hosts can register on the site, set a price per night for their accommodation (which is typically lower than a hotel price), upload pictures of what’s on offer, and set house rules. Potential guests go to the Airbnb website, select their travel dates, and then pick from a list of options. Guests and hosts write reviews about each other.

Airbnb guests can verify their profiles by submitting identification (such as passport details) to Airbnb and ‘good’ guests with good ratings and reviews are preferred by property owners. Continue reading “Scammers Burgling Airbnb Users… Again.”

New Government Cyber Security Unit Encourages Business Co-Operation

After the opening of new National Cyber Security Centre in London in February (to act as part of GCHQ in Cheltenham), businesses are being encouraged to report serious data breaches to the NCSC in confidence.cyber crime anon sign


Peter Yapp, the deputy director for the incident management directorate has been reported as telling an audience of journalists in a recent meeting that such confidential disclosures would not be passed on to the ICO, the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights. Continue reading “New Government Cyber Security Unit Encourages Business Co-Operation”

Security Companies Exaggerating Hackers Skills?

cyber crime securityThe technical director of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has said in a security conference speech that computer security companies may be exaggerating the abilities of malicious hackers.

Exaggerating to Boost Security Sales

During a speech at the Usenix Enigma security conference, Dr Ian Levy of the National Cyber Security Centre appeared to say that computer security companies who specialise in cyber sec, may be simply playing up the abilities hackers’ as a means to boost sales of their own security hardware and services to frightened businesses.

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Biggest Data Breach in History For Yahoo

As if the data breach of 500 million users’ accounts in 2014 wasn’t bad enough, Yahoo has just discovered that it was the subject of the biggest data breach in history when, back in 2013, more than one billion user accounts were compromised.

What Happened? yahoo-1715856_1920

According to a statement from Yahoo, hackers used a method known as ‘forged cookies’ to enable them to gain access to users’ accounts. These cookies were pieces of code which, when planted in a user’s browser cache, the yahoo website didn’t require a login every time it was accessed. This meant that the cyber criminals behind the scheme were then able to use this vulnerability to pose and be misidentified as a user, and get into their account without needing a password.

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