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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Facebook AND Google Victims Of Massive Phishing Scam

Details have emerged of a phishing scam which took place from 2013 until 2015, allegedly run by one 48-year-old man who claimed both Google and Facebook as victims to the tune of £77 million.

Who?young boy phishing fishing

The man currently accused of running a criminal scam (that ironically claimed online security advocates and tech giants Google and Facebook as victims) is Lithuanian man Evaldas Rimasauskas. Mr. Rimasauskas is reported to be currently facing charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. Continue reading “Facebook AND Google Victims Of Massive Phishing Scam”

New Info On Russia Involvement in Brexit Vote

A UK lawmaker’s committee report appears to imply that a website (used to register for voting in the EU ‘Brexit’ referendum) may have been caused to crash by a cyber attack carried out by a foreign power. russia flag

DDoS Attack?

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) indicated that a crash of the vote registering website on June 7th last year, just before the cut-off point (which had to be extended because of the crash), may have been caused by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack. Continue reading “New Info On Russia Involvement in Brexit Vote”

Your PIN Number Can Be Guessed When You Tilt Your Phone

Researchers from Newcastle University have discovered that how you tilt your smart-phone when you type in your secret PIN and passwords could increase the likelihood of them been obtained by hackers due to mobile browsers and phone sensor vulnerabilities. Iphone unlock pin screen

Accessing Your Smartphone’s ‘Silent’ Sensors

The team from the university’s School of Computing Science believe that the many (typically 25+) silent sensors such as gyroscopes, rotation sensors, and accelerometers that are included in today’s smart-phones, tablets and wearables could provide a way for criminals to use malwpinare-loaded web pages (viewed through your mobile browser) to spy on what we type in. Continue reading “Your PIN Number Can Be Guessed When You Tilt Your Phone”

The Microsoft Office Hack – Patch Now Available!

Microsoft has moved to patch a vulnerability in its ‘Word’ program in order to stop hackers and scammers from exploiting it to spread bank account snooping malware.Microsoft Office

What’s Been Happening?

Emails containing Microsoft RTF [Rich Text Format] attachments, loaded with the trojan malware associated with a £20m British bank account theft 2 years ago, have recently been sent to millions of recipients across numerous organisations (primarily in Australia). Continue reading “The Microsoft Office Hack – Patch Now Available!”

Warning: Hacking Group Based in China Targeting UK Business Data

The National Cyber Security Centre and cyber units at PwC and BAE Systems have warned UK businesses about a hacking group, operating inside China, targeting UK-based B2B IT outsourcing companies with a view to reaching their customers. Continue reading “Warning: Hacking Group Based in China Targeting UK Business Data”

Sec’s Education? Kids To Now Get Cyber Security Lessons

Scrabble TeachA 5 year pilot scheme is being introduced to English schools, which will focus on teaching children cyber security skills in a bid to fill a skills gap in this area across the UK.

Cyber Crime Now an Important National Issue.

The risk of criminals (or foreign powers) hacking into critical UK computer systems ranks as one of the top four threats to national security. The importance of combating cyber crime as a national and an international issue has been brought into sharp focus over the last year by (for example) :

 

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1.5 Million WordPress Pages Hacked. Was Yours?

Anon hackker hacked hack face maskAn estimated 1.5 million WordPress pages were attacked and defaced in January via a vulnerability in the platform’s API.

What Vulnerability?

The vulnerability in the REST API (the Application Programming Interface of the REST architecture that makes up the pages) meant that unauthorised persons could modify the content of any post or page in a WordPress website. The fact that the vulnerability was there, and that attacks were taking place through it, was flagged up to WordPress by web security firm Sucuri on 20th January.

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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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Hotel Pays Ransom To Let Guests Back In To Rooms

Opening a hotel room door with electornic key cardA luxury Austrian hotel had to pay a €1,500 ransom to hackers to allow guests back in to their locked rooms after the hackers disabled the hotel’s hi-tech room locking system.

What Happened?

Guests at the Brandstaetter hotel at the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt resort in Austria found themselves locked out of their rooms and other areas of the hotel including the bar after the hotel was targeted by cyber criminals using a kind of malware known as ‘ransomware’.

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