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Office stationary supply superstore Staples is investigating a pattern of fraudulent transactions after banks traced suspicious activity on cards used at Staples branches in the US. If the claims made in a blog report by revered security expert Brian Krebs prove to be correct, it would make Staples ... 

Staples Investigate Payment Card Data Theft

Jacob Holcomb, an IT security researcher, has created a malicious worm that, if unleashed, could trawl the internet and attack vulnerable hardware. Holcomb wrote the worm as a ‘proof-of-concept’ to illustrate the vulnerability of data storage on insecure hardware to malicious attack. The worm is ca ... 

Malicious Worm Created To Expose Vulnerable Home Data Stores

Six UK universities have submitted master’s degree programmes which have been accredited by GHCQ as a part of the ongoing Cyber Security Strategy. The specialist degrees will offer a qualification in cyber security and is intended to boost Britain’s defences against hackers and cybercrime. "Through ... 

6 UK Universities to Offer ‘Cyber Spy’ Degrees

A modification to one of three Statutory Instruments (SI) in UK copyright law has suggested that photographer’s images should be allowed to be used in certain cases without the need to ask the creator for permission. According to The Register , there are many issues with copyrighted works and how t ... 

UK Government Suggest Using Copyrighted Material Without Permission

The UK government is set to rush through a new law designed to allow enforcement and intelligence agencies to continue to access phone and internet data in order to investigate crime. The Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill is being backed by all of the major parties and is being passed du ... 

‘Emergency’ Communications Monitoring Law to be Rushed Through

The newest variant of the Cridex trojan, a data stealing piece of malware that targets bank accounts, has been found to self-propagate by downloading a worm to the infected machine. The new variant is known as Geodo and it’s capable of turning every "bot in the botnet into a vehicle for infecting n ... 

Trojan Variant Downloads Worm to Spread

According to analysts at Gartner, the global security software market grew 4.9% in 2013, representing an overall decline for the second year in row. The figure illustrates a growth rate that was lower than expected and this was due to "commoditization of key subsegments and the decline in growth f ... 

Security Software Market Continues to Decline

According to analysts at Gartner, 75% of all mobile security breaches in the enterprise are due to the misconfiguration of mobile apps. This is a worrying statistic, not least because the analysts believe that by 2017 the focus will shift for attackers from PCs onto mobile and tablet devices as ... 

75% of Mobile Security Breaches Due to Misconfiguration

A new report has found that whilst 45% of all network security attacks are due to malware, many of these could be prevented if businesses had sufficient basic protection such as anti-virus and "effective vulnerability lifecycle management”. NTT Groups’ 2014 Global Threat Intelligence Report  ... 

Report Highlights Business Security Failings

Brian Dye, senior vice president for information security at Symantec, has said that antivirus software is dead and that the company no longer view it as a "moneymaker in any way”. It’s thought that the firm will now be focusing on helping businesses that have been hacked. This reflects what’s ha ... 

Symantec: Antivirus Software is Dead

It’s come to light that file sharing and cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box allow users to "inadvertently” leak their own files due to the way that public sharing links are generated. According to competitor Intralinks, it was able to find and access links which allowed it to access se ... 

Free Cloud Storage Services Leaking Sensitive Data

Security researchers have used the Heartbleed bug to access forums on the cyber-underworld where crooks trade data, according to a report from the BBC. According to one anti-malware researcher, known only as Stephen K, the bug has left many of the forums in a "critical” position and vulnerable to ... 

Heartbleed Used against Cyber-crooks

A new vulnerability affecting Microsoft’s browser IE versions 6 to 11 has been discovered which corrupts memory in such a way that it allows attacks to execute arbitrary code and essentially take over the target machine. The zero day flaw has so far prompted "limited attacks”, according to Micros ... 

IE Vulnerability Affects 56% of Web Browsers

The massive task of cleaning up after the Heartbleed bug could take months, according to leading research company Secunia. In an interview with The Register , Kasper Lindgaard, Secunia head of research said that "everybody is now playing catch-up", especially as more and more affected products co ... 

Heartbleed Clean-up Could Take Months

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support the initial release of Windows 8.1 from next month and has urged customers to carry out the update to ensure they have the latest version. However, last week many customers reported that they were having problems installing the update, especi ... 

Microsoft Announce End of Support for Windows 8.1

UK Unprepared for Cyber Attacks

10-Apr-2014  11:01

A new report has found that Britain’s police force are overall unprepared for cybercrime, with just three forces nationwide having developed a comprehensive strategy in their Strategic Threat and Risk Assessments (STRAs). Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report looked at the over ... 

UK Unprepared for Cyber Attacks

Support for Microsoft OS XP ends today, but despite having plenty of warning, many UK government machines will continue to run the software. This has led to the government paying for a one year extension at a cost of £5.5 million, the Guardian reports . The cost will cover support for XP, ... 

UK Government Shells Out £5.5m for Extended XP Support

LinkedIn Hack Extension Disabled

03-Apr-2014  12:01

A browser extension which allowed users to scrape hidden LinkedIn email addresses has been disabled by its makers after a cease and desist notice was issued by the professional networking site. The extension, known as ‘Sell Hack’, allowed users to access the email address that was associated with ... 

LinkedIn Hack Extension Disabled

An initiative designed to tackle national cybersecurity incidents has been officially launched in the UK to help protect businesses and government from cyber-attacks. CERT-UK (Computer Emergency Response Team) is based on the National Cyber Security Strategy which was published in 2011 and is a ke ... 

UK Launch Computer Emergency Response Team

A vulnerability affecting all supported versions of Microsoft Word has been reported which allows remote code execution when a targeted user opens a RTF file using the software. Currently, Microsoft say that it has detected "limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010”. The maliciou ... 

MS Word Bug Leaves Machines Vulnerable

The latest tech leader to speak publically against the US government’s mass surveillance programs has this week been Google co-founder Larry Page, speaking at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference held in Vancouver this week. Earlier in the week, Edward Snowden made a surprise ... 

Larry Page Criticises US Government at TED

A recent study carried out on UK ecommerce sites has found that many of the country’s top retailers don’t do enough to help customers protect their data through passwords. The research looked at the top 100 ecommerce sites in the UK and found that 63% of all the sites studied didn’t implement any ... 

Top UK Ecommerce Sites Fail on Password Security

Security expert Bruce Schneier has warned that cyber crooks will soon have the ability to adopt tactics similar to those used by the NSA at the RSA 2014 Conference taking place in the US this week. "The NSA techniques give about a three to five year lead on what cyber-criminals will do," he said ... 

Cybercriminals Will Adopt NSA Tactics

Angela Merkel has suggested to the German nation that Europe should have its own "portion of the internet” in the wake of the revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The plan, in theory, would mean that European data would remain in the EU and not be routed across the Atlantic. However, th ... 

German Chancellor Suggests Cordoning Off EU Internet

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs has this week revealed that ‘Mask’, a sophisticated form of malware thought to be one of the most advanced threats ever seen, has been targeting victims for seven years. Mask, the name of which is taken from the Spanish ‘Careto’, a word that appears reg ... 

Kaspersky: Mask Malware Been Around for 7 Years

A recent study carried out by dataIQ has indicated that data and its security is now a "board room issue”, with more than 60% of data professionals questioned confirming that data security is addressed at this level. The results indicate that data security and compliance are now being taken more ... 

Data Security Now a “Board Room Issue”

It’s nothing new to read that yet another high-profile website has been hacked by either malware or hacktivists these days, the most recent example being that of Microsoft this week. Whilst the Microsoft attack was carried out by the Syrian Electronic Army, it’s common knowledge that botnets and ma ... 

Shape Security Introduce Anti-Botnet Software

In the wake of the news that we published on Tuesday concerning the amount of government machines that are still not ready for XP support, Microsoft has caved in to the pressure. The company will now continue to release updates for its security software into 2015. Support for XP is due to be pulled ... 

Microsoft Extends XP Security Support

Thousands of PCs belonging to UK public sector organisations are expected to miss the deadline for upgrading from Windows XP in April 2014. It’s thought that this will mean that some of the UK’s most important government departments, such as HMRC and the NHS, will still be running the old OS follo ... 

HMRC & NHS Unprepared for XP Support Deadline

2014: The Year of ‘Madware’?

27-Dec-2013  14:01

2013 has, as always, brought new security threats thanks to the ever-increasing world of cybercrime. We’ve seen Cryptolocker, a type of ransomware that originally targeted businesses, before moving on to attack the more lucrative (and easier) home PC market. It’s thought that the malware has now i ... 

2014: The Year of ‘Madware’?

A backdoor exploit found in several models of domestic router made by D-Link will be closed by Halloween, D-Link say, following revelations that many of the firm’s consumer-grade devices allow unauthorised access to the admin web page that controls the device. On Monday, The Register reported&nbs ... 

D-Link Router Vulnerability to be Fixed by Halloween

Microsoft has released a temporary fix for a zero-day exploit which affects all versions of Internet Explorer 6-10. The company don’t often step outside their usual bug-fixing patch Tuesday, but as this exploit is "actively attacking” the browser, it’s been forced to. An advisory allows users to ... 

Microsoft Release Patch for Zero-Day IE Bug

The US cloud computing industry could lose as much as $35bn, following the NSA’s PRISM scandal, warns a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Whilst the true impact of the scandal can’t yet be properly measured, as it’s still early days, a survey carried out recently ... 

Impact of PRISM Could Lose US $35bn in Cloud Industry

New laws on cyberattacks voted in by the European parliament will allow any business found to be engaging in hacking or any other cyber crime to be closed down. The new framework  will require member states to "take necessary measures” to make sure that firms who indulge in any kind of cybe ... 

EU businesses can be shut down by new cyber law

A research team at Bluebox Security has found that all Android phones released in the past four years have an operating system vulnerability, which could allow complete control by hackers and malware to be easily planted on a device. The bug allows the APK code to be modified without breaking the c ... 

99% of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Businesses in the UK are coming in for cyberattacks on an "industrial scale”, according to GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban. In an interview with the BBC , Sir Lobban said that some companies had been affected for up to two years, with Britain seeing about 70 "sophisticated” attacks each month. "Peopl ... 

Britain’s businesses attacked on “industrial scale”

According to the third annual Mobile Threats Report from Juniper Networks, mobile malware threats have grown a huge 614% in the period March 2012 to March 2013. This shows that the "rapid growth and evolution of mobile malware” is swiftly becoming a highly profitable business for cybercriminals. Th ... 

Mobile malware growing at rate of 614%

In the wake of the NSA leak, Apple has joined fellow technology giants in disclosing how many surveillance requests it received from the US government. On Friday, Microsoft and Facebook made similar disclosures. Apple says it has received 4000-5000 requests about its customers since December 2012, ... 

Apple releases surveillance information

A Swiss security blog has accused Microsoft of achieving little more than a "PR campaign” with the recent takedown of botnet Citadel, which has actually harmed a lot of projects carried out by security researchers. Last week, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) carried out an operation dubbed O ... 

Microsoft Citadel takedown a “PR campaign”, says security blog

The global security technology and services market is set to reach an overall figure of $67.2bn this year, according to analysts at Gartner, representing an expected increase of 8.7%. Additionally, it’s thought that the market will reach over $86bn by 2016 due to security being one of the "top IT c ... 

Growth "assured" in IT security market due to targeted attacks, BYOD trends

The Conservative and Labour parties could join forces in order to push through the Communications Data Bill, overruling opposition from the Lib Dems, whose objections led to the bill being dropped. According to the BBC, former Tory leader Lord Howard said Prime Minister David Cameron has to "act in ... 

Amended Data Communications Bill To Go Ahead?

A little over a year ago, sci-fi imprint Tor Books made the decision to do away with DRM (Digital Rights Management) on all of its UK and US ebook listings. A year on and the publishers have revealed that in that time, there has been little or no discernable increase in piracy for its titles. The ... 

DRM Doesn’t Stop Piracy, Tor Books Find

News organisations from around the world have been warned to tighten security by social network Twitter, following a series of high-profile hacks carried out by a hacking group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The warning comes after the Guardian was the latest news publication to be targ ... 

Media Warned to Tighten Twitter Security

A report from UK technology job site Technojobs has revealed that whilst jobs in the technology sector continue to rise, there are not enough graduates to fill vacant positions. This, they say, is in danger of leaving the UK economy exposed as future generations fail to show enough interest in the ... 

IT Skills Gap Could Harm UK Economy

A report from Total Telecom, one of the leading sources for global telecommunications information, has found that the FBI and other security agencies are monitoring the internet for terrorist activity. The report cites Google as the source for this, as it released figures under the Google Transpar ... 

FBI Monitoring Web for Terrorist Activity

A National Audit Office (NAO) review on the cybercrime strategy has found that whilst the strategy is beginning to deliver benefits, the lack of IT skills could harm efforts to fight cybercrime in the long term. The UK Cyber Security Strategy was published in November 2011 and set out government p ... 

IT Skills Gap Could Affect Fight against Cybercrime

Flash Update for Zero-day Flaws

11-Feb-2013  11:01

Adobe has released two critical updates to address zero-day flaws, which are both under "active attack” by hackers. Windows and Mac users are both affected, although one of the exploits is being used in targeted attacks that tricks users into opened an email attachment. The attachment is a Word doc ... 

Flash Update for Zero-day Flaws

All versions of Internet Explorer (IE) from 6 to 10 will need to install updates from Microsoft this month in order to address critical vulnerabilities in the browser. This month is set to be a bumper month all round for Microsoft software, with a total of 57 security holes in IE, Windows XP, 2003 ... 

Bumper Patch Tuesday to Fix IE Vulnerabilities

Antivirus software from Russian security firm Kaspersky has left thousands of Windows XP users unable to connect to the internet after installation of the latest update. The update was released on Monday and before long, users were reporting that they couldn’t connect to the internet or company net ... 

Antivirus Disables Net for XP Users

Two US newspapers have suffered hacking attacks which they claim have been tracked back to China. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that it had been a victim of sustained hacking for around four months and this morning the Wall Street Journal said it has suffered a similar attack. The New Yo ... 

US Media Attacked by Chinese Hackers

A leading privacy expert has warned that European businesses who store their data using US cloud services could find it being spied on. In a new report, Casper Bowden sets out how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (FISAAA) allows authorities in the US to monitor cloud data. Mr ... 

US Authorities can Spy on EU Cloud Data

US Boost Cyber Defences

29-Jan-2013  11:01

The Pentagon is planning to substantially increase its Cyber Command department, which currently employs around 900 people, to protect the US infrastructure and "exert dominance over the digital battlefield”. It’s thought that the staffing increase will amount to around 4000 and will begin later th ... 

US Boost Cyber Defences

Hackers claiming to be a part of hacktist group Anonymous have attacked the US Sentencing Commission website in protest of the way that fellow hacker Aaron Swartz was treated by the authorities. Mr Swartz, 26, recently took his own life whilst he was awaiting trial for the hacking of online journal ... 

Anonymous take down US Sentencing Commission

Experts at Symantec, the makers of Norton security products, have warned that a new study carried out by them shows that "rogue cloud” is an issue in three quarters of all organisations worldwide. Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud asked IT executives at more than 3000 organisations in 30 countrie ... 

Three Quarters of Organisations use Rogue Cloud

A US general in charge of cyber security has warned that Iran will become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to global cyber-attacks, due the amount of times the country itself has suffered malware attacks. Gen William Shelton warned that the country will represent a threat to the United Sta ... 

Iran: a Cyber-force to be reckoned with

A new phishing kit has been discovered by security experts at RSA which targets its victims specifically, depending on their computer set-up and email address. RSA report  that phishing attacks grew again last year, a huge 59% higher than 2011, at a cost to the global economy of $1.5 billion. ... 

“Bouncer” Phishing Kit 'Laser-targets' Victims

US Developer Outsourced to China

17-Jan-2013  11:01

A software developer working for a US company which is described as being a "critical infrastructure” company has been found to be outsourcing all of his programming work to China, whilst he spent his days surfing the web. Telecommunications provider Verizon were called in to investigate, following ... 

US Developer Outsourced to China

Java Still Insecure, Despite Fix

15-Jan-2013  11:01

A fix has been released for Java, following reports last week that the latest version of the software had a vulnerability which could affect any user on any platform and allow hackers to take control of a computer. Oracle released the fix on Sunday in an attempt to patch the security exploit but s ... 

Java Still Insecure, Despite Fix

Yet another Java vulnerability has been discovered which attacks versions Java 7 update 10 and below and is already being used to attack PCs, even if you have a fully up-to-date and patched version of the software. The vulnerability is exploited when users visit an infected website and allows the a ... 

New Java Zero-day Exploit Discovered

Proposed changes to the EU data protection laws could mean that websites who gain user consent with pre-filled tick boxes will not be deemed to have legally obtained consent. Jan-Phillip Albrecht, a rapporteur for the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Justice and Home Affairs Committee on the p ... 

Consumer Shouldn’t Have to Opt Out in Data Protection Reform

A new report from Europol shows that the majority of credit card fraud that takes place in the EU originates in the US, with "established” criminals making around £1.2bn annually in illegal transactions. The report states that the EU is exposed to the threat of illegal transactions increasing ... 

US Data Breaches Responsible for EU Fraud

McKinnon Charges Dropped in UK

17-Dec-2012  10:01

Following a ten-year battle, 46 year old UK citizen Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome will not face extradition to the USA for hacking US military systems and will not have to face charges in the UK either. Mr McKinnon admitted hacking into US government computers, saying he was looking fo ... 

McKinnon Charges Dropped in UK

Three people have been arrested in Staffordshire on suspicion of running a ‘ransomware’ scam. These types of scams come in various forms now, with one of the most popular claiming to be from Microsoft which locks a PC until a fee is paid. Two men and one woman from Stoke-on-Trent were arrested "on ... 

Three Arrested in UK Ransomware Scam

Clegg Opposes ‘Snooping’ Bill

11-Dec-2012  11:01

Nick Clegg has said that the draft Communications Data Bill, which gives the authorities the right to monitor net users email and internet use, needs a "fundamental rethink”. Whilst many of the changes have been agreed, a number of MPs have criticised the ‘scope’ of the Bill and Clegg says he wi ... 

Clegg Opposes ‘Snooping’ Bill

According to a recent publication from the UK’s Cabinet Office, 93% of large organisations and 76% of SMBs suffered some form of cyber breach this year. "With the cost for a security breach estimated between £110,000-250,000 for large businesses and £15,000-30,000 for smaller ones, thes ... 

93% of Corporations Suffered 2012 Security Breach

Pay by Phone Parking Scam

28-Nov-2012  12:01

A new phishing scam is doing the rounds which emails victims telling them they have outstanding parking tickets, having used a pay by phone parking system. The spam comes in as an attachment in the form of a zip file. It’s disguised as a notification from Pay By Phone, a parking credit scheme offer ... 

Pay by Phone Parking Scam

A group of researchers from Cambridge are to study the risk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) taking over the human race. Not only this, but "many scientists” are concerned that human technology developments may "pose extinction-level risks to our species as a whole”. This is due not only to the thr ... 

Cambridge Scientists Study Skynet Risk

Malware Targets Smartcards

20-Nov-2012  10:01

Researchers have created a proof-of-concept (POC) piece of malware that allows cybercrooks to take control of a USB smart card reader which is connected to the net. The malware only infects Windows computers and installs a separate driver which allows connected devices to be shared with the attacke ... 

Malware Targets Smartcards

Just weeks following the launch of the new Windows 8 phone platform, a teenager has developed a proof-of-concept code for a trojan that poses as a legitimate app and has the ability to steal private user data such as contacts, texts, pictures and so forth. Shantanu Gawde will demonstrate the code a ... 

Windows 8 Malware Proof-Of Concept Code Revealed

Google’s Android mobile OS has come in for a lot of criticism over the past couple of years or so, with malicious apps on the rise all the time. Now researchers have found a new vulnerability which they refer to as a potential "smishing” flaw in all of the popular Android platforms. These allow an ... 

SMS-Phishing Vulnerability on Android

A study carried out by German researchers at universities in Hannover and Marburg has found security flaws in 1074 (8%) of apps on Google Play. The study looked at 13,500 of the most popular apps downloaded on the Google app store and discovered that those with security flaws used SSL/TLS code whi ... 

Study Reveals SSL Flaws in Android

False LinkedIn 'invitation to connect' emails are doing the rounds which appear genuine but actually lead users who click on the links to malware infected websites. The email appears to come from members of popular businesses and recipients are invited to click on the usual "accept” or "ignore” but ... 

Bogus LinkedIn Invites Lead to Malware

Cyber Attacks 9/11 Warning

15-Oct-2012  11:01

The US defence secretary Leon Panetta has warned that cyber-attacks on the country could inflict as much damage as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He said that intelligence has shown that "foreign actors” were already targeting US systems and that the country is preparing to take pre-emptive action t ... 

Cyber Attacks 9/11 Warning

Skype Hit by Ransomware Worm

10-Oct-2012  11:01

A variant of the Dorkbot worm is infecting Skype users by sending malicious instant messages which are designed to infect Windows PCs. The message is sent bearing the legend ‘lol is this your new profile pic’ alongside a link which, when clicked, downloads zip files that contain executable files. T ... 

Skype Hit by Ransomware Worm

Google has launched an Adwords ‘credit card’ in the UK in a bid to get smaller businesses to spend more on their advertising campaigns with them. However, the Adwords Business Credit card doesn’t allow users to make purchases on anything other than Google Adwords, although there is no annual fee, a ... 

Google Launch Business Credit Card

Hague Warning on Cybercrime

04-Oct-2012  10:01

Foreign Secretary William Hague is to warn the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace that cybercrime is now easier than ever, as a part of the UK’s strategy to become a world leader in cyber security. He is expected to warn delegates at the conference on the growing dangers of cybercrime and it’s thoug ... 

Hague Warning on Cybercrime

Adobe has released a security advisory after it found that one of its build servers had been compromised and used to create malicious files for signing digital certificates. All security certificate issued by the server from June 10th this year are expected to be recalled by the 4th October 2012. W ... 

Adobe Server Compromised by Hackers

Mobile Malware Continues to Rise

27-Sep-2012  10:01

A recent study from ABI Research has found that mobile malware continues to rise at a staggering rate, with unique variants growing by a huge 2180% reaching a total of 17,439 strains between Q1 2011 and Q2 2012. "With the increasing popularity of smartphones, mobile threats are on the rise,” said M ... 

Mobile Malware Continues to Rise

Microsoft has issued a security update for Windows 8, despite the fact that the latest version of Windows has not yet been commercially released. The security advisory addresses vulnerabilities in Flash for IE 10, where Flash is included as a component of the browser, rather than a third-party plu ... 

Microsoft Issue First W8 Security Update

Zero-day Exploit Hits IE

19-Sep-2012  09:01

A new piece of malware dubbed ‘Poison Ivy’ has been discovered which attacks Internet Explorer versions 9 and below. The trojan is designed to steal data such as banking information and take remote control of a user PC. Microsoft has said that it I working on developing a security patch to address ... 

Zero-day Exploit Hits IE

Tiny URLs used as Phishing Links

04-Sep-2012  10:01

Tiny URLs, traditionally used to shorten web addresses for use on social networking sites, are now being used as phishing links in web pages. Whilst in the past, these have sometimes been found to be embedded in websites that have been compromised, or ones that are owned by attackers, they are now ... 

Tiny URLs used as Phishing Links

Just days after the release of a critical update for Java, ahead of Oracle’s usual quarterly patch release, another exploit has been discovered by Polish security experts. However, whilst the exploit affects the latest Java SE Update 7, no incidences have yet been found in the wild. It seems the "b ... 

Additional Java Exploit Discovered

Second Energy Firm hit by Virus

31-Aug-2012  11:01

One of the world’s largest petroleum gas producers has been attacked by malware following the attack on oil company Aramco. It’s not known if the virus is ‘Shamoon’, which was blamed for the Aramco attack, although this has not been confirmed by the company themselves. Qatar-based RasGas said that ... 

Second Energy Firm hit by Virus

As we reported last week, a virus was detected, dubbed Shamoon, which was thought to have attacked the Saudi Aramco energy plant. It’s thought that the malware targeted the whole of the Saudi energy sector but last week it was only confirmed that one plant had been affected. However, Saudi Aramco s ... 

Saudi Restore Service Following Shamoon Hack

A new form of malware has been discovered that infects Mac OSX, Windows and VMware. The infection was first reported last month as malware for Mac which the makers of Norton, Symantec, dubbed OSX.Crisis. It seems that following this initial discovery, Kaspersky found that the infection arrives via ... 

New Malware Hits Windows, Mac OSX & VMware

New Virus Attacks Energy Sector

20-Aug-2012  12:01

A new virus, dubbed Shamoon, has been discovered by security experts which targets the infrastructure of the energy sector. As opposed to Stuqnex, the virus doesn't target an actual nuclear plant’s machinery, but wipes important files from infected computers and overwrites the master boot record, r ... 

New Virus Attacks Energy Sector

A new prototype system is to be detailed this week which can detect DNS-changing botnets without the need for complex and time-consuming reverse-engineering. The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of technology are due to present a paper on the system at the Usenix Security Conference in B ... 

New Prototype Detects DNS-Based Botnets

Apple iCloud Attacked

07-Aug-2012  11:01

A US journalist has had his entire ‘digital life’ deleted after Apple’s support team were tricked into resetting his iCloud account. Mat Honan not only lost control and data on all of his Apple devices; an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air, but the attacker also took over his Twitter, Gizmodo and Google ... 

Apple iCloud Attacked

Google Breach UK Privacy Laws

30-Jul-2012  10:01

Google is in trouble over data collected during its Street View mapping project again, after it emerged that the search company still hasn’t deleted user data that it agreed to do in November 2010. The company came forward with the information, stating that a mistake had led to some of the informat ... 

Google Breach UK Privacy Laws

Spam and Malware on the Rise

27-Jul-2012  10:01

Spam and Malware are once more on the rise, according to German email security researchers Eleven. Whilst India remains the top spam-sending country, spam has risen in all countries with the UK taking eighth place, coming in behind the USA, which was placed at number six. This is despite the fact t ... 

Spam and Malware on the Rise

The UK government has launched a competition, which will begin as "an online treasure hunt” to help defend the country against ‘cyber-warfare. At present, it seems there are no computer science degrees in the UK which address the growing problem of protecting Britain’s national infrastructure. Th ... 

UK Gov Launches Competition to find cyber-experts

Concerns over the possible impact of botnet trojan DNSChanger could be unfounded after the FBI servers were taken down yesterday, as reports suggest that ISPs have stepped in with their own DNS servers so that infected machines have even more time to clean up, whilst still being able to access the ... 

ISPs Take DNSChanger Over from FBI

For once, it’s not just the Android platform that has hit the news this week due to malware, although a new outbreak is thought to be affecting up to 100,000 users and is thought to be ‘hidden’ in a variety of apps. However, it seems that another, separate attack has affected both Google Play and ... 

Mobile Malware Hits Android and Apple

The European Parliament has voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) which was proposed to curb online piracy. The agreement has created a wave of opposition online from campaigners who felt it would curtail online freedoms. Acta was supported by a number of coun ... 

European Parliament shoots down anti-piracy agreement

Searches for Mac anti-virus software have increased by 310% over the last few days after Apple dropped the idea that Macs are immune to malware from its marketing strategy. Earlier this year about half a million Macs were infected by the Flashback trojan, the largest botnet ever to hit Apple compu ... 

Mac Owners 'Panic-buy' AV Software

Ofcom Release Anti-Piracy Code

27-Jun-2012  12:01

Ofcom has published a draft code which will require ISPs to inform consumers if it’s suspected that their internet connection is being used for illegal downloads. The new measures are a part of the on-going Digital Economy Act 2010 and will allow customers to appeal against any possible action take ... 

Ofcom Release Anti-Piracy Code

MI5 Cyber-attack Warning

26-Jun-2012  10:01

MI5 chief Jonathon Evans has warned that UK internet vulnerabilities are allowing for an "astonishing” level of cyber-attacks on British industry. He said in a speech on Monday evening that these weaknesses were being taken advantage of by both cyber criminals and states alike. Last year, the MOD ... 

MI5 Cyber-attack Warning

Milicenso Trojan hits printers

25-Jun-2012  15:01

A new outbreak of two-year-old trojan ‘Milicenso' has hit printers worldwide, with the worst affected areas being the US and India, followed by Europe and South American, including the UK. The trojan sends massive print jobs to print servers, resulting in pages upon pages of gobbledegook characte ... 

Milicenso Trojan hits printers

MEPs Vote No to ACTA

22-Jun-2012  12:01

MEPs on the European trading committee have voted to reject the controversial anti-piracy bill, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by 19 votes to 12. The agreement is just one in a series of bills which global governments are attempting to push through in an attempt to combat online pi ... 

MEPs Vote No to ACTA

A senior advisor to Hilary Clinton has warned at the LeWeb London conference (held on 19th and 29th June) that the biggest threat to global innovation within technology will come from governments, as they move to take power from citizens in the wake of opposition to acts such as SOPA. Alec Ross w ... 

Governments Pose Biggest Threat to Innovation

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