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Cyberattack leaves millions without mobile phone service in Venezuela

Caracas - A massive cyberattack that took down government websites in Venezuela earlier this week also has left seven million mobile phone users without service, the government said Thursday.

Digital health users need to be mindful of security risk

The transition of more and more health information into a digital format can lead to many benefits, especially in terms of the speed of analysis. It can also present risks, in terms of cybersecurity. Risks are highlighted in a new report.

Cyberattacks: What businesses can do

The threat from the destructive piece of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry, has dissipated, but this doesn’t mean businesses are no longer vulnerable to attack. We take stock of the best advice for businesses.

WikiLeaks reveals CIA malware for hacking Linux computers

The CIA has developed strains of malware specifically designed to target Linux computers. The existence of the malware, known as OutlawCountry, was revealed by WikiLeaks. It demonstrates the CIA is intent on accessing all kinds of computer system.

'Ransomware' wave seemed aimed at old flaw and Ukraine

San Francisco - A global wave of cyberattacks exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target, according to computer security specialists.

Britain's brand-new aircraft carrier 'runs Windows XP'

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's new £3.5 billion aircraft carrier, reportedly uses Windows XP as its computer operating system. The flagship vessel left the dockyard for the first time this week. It quickly sailed into fears of a potential cyberattack risk

Pacemakers and other medical equipment vulnerable to hacking

We now live in a world where our very lives are tied into the technology we have created. From banking to defense systems, governments and medicine, every aspect of our lives are subject to software glitches and hacking, including pacemakers.

Hackers find way to hijack PCs using malicious subtitle files

Hackers have discovered a way to take control of computers using a creative exploit of subtitle files in media players. Researchers found that several highly successful multimedia programs house a subtitle flaw that could hand attackers complete control.

Improving email security against cyber attacks

A new study aims to help organizations improve email filters. This is based on analysis as to why phishing scams are successful and how computer systems can be better protected.

Pirated Windows copies helped to spread the WannaCry ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware that made its way around the globe last week may have been aided by the use of pirated Windows versions. According to security researchers, the widespread use of illegal copies gave it a foothold in some regions.

After massive cyberattacks, Microsoft criticizes U.S. government

Microsoft has criticised the US government following a massive ransomware cyberattack that hit computers around the world Friday, after it emerged that the malware made use of a software exploited developed by the NSA.

NHS hit by massive cyberattack, PCs are 'under their control'

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been targeted by hackers in a major cyberattack this afternoon. According to unconfirmed reports, the perpetrators have control of NHS computers. The organisation is diverting emergency patients away from A&E.

NATO sees sharp rise in state-backed cyber attacks: Stoltenberg

Berlin - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the alliance is coming under an increasing number of state-sponsored cyber attacks as he called on the bloc to boost its online defence capabilities.

Yahoo: 'State-sponsored' actors behind biggest data breach ever

Yahoo has said it believes "state-sponsored" actors were behind a massive data breach in 2013 that it only revealed today. The company said one billion user accounts could be affected. Customers have been advised to change all their passwords.

Carleton University computer system infected with ransomware

Ottawa - Carleton University confirmed that its IT network was attacked by ransomware, which is a virus that holds files hostage in exchange for payment.

Smart home devices weaponised to cause massive internet outage

Hackers hijacked internet-connected smart home devices including security cameras, printers and digital video recorders to mount the "massive and sustained" cyberattack on the Internet's infrastructure last week. Scores of websites were made inaccessible.

Mobile network flaw puts millions of phones at risk of hijacking

A flaw in code used by essential components of the world's telecoms infrastructure could allow cybercriminals to gain complete control of mobile networks and millions of smartphones. The bug is present across the industry and will never be fully patched.

German spy service says Russia behind major cyber attacks

Berlin - Germany's domestic secret service accused Russia on Friday of a series of international cyber attacks aimed at spying and sabotage, in "hybrid warfare" that also targeted the German parliament last year.

Twitter warns users targeted in state-sponsored cyber-attacks

Twitter has warned some users that they may have been targeted in a recent state-sponsored cyber-attack. The site now issues notices if a government tries to compromise user accounts, following Facebook and Google.

TalkTalk warns of 'significant and sustained' major cyber-attack

UK broadband provider TalkTalk has said its website has been targeted by hackers in a "significant and sustained" cyber-attack. The company's four million customers may have had personal details and card data stolen as an investigation begins.

Anti-abortion group hacks Planned Parenthood, FBI notified

On Sunday night, hackers who oppose Planned Parenthood's abortion practices released the non-profit's website databases along with names and email addresses its employees.

Affair site AshleyMadison hacked; worse online threats loom

AshleyMadison confirmed hackers accessed the company's adulterer database, but has managed to remove leaked information. Government and business leaders are unprepared for even greater cybersecurity threats in the future, security experts say.

98% of UK firms have no cyber-attack insurance

A new UK government report has found that nearly all large firms do not possess any form of insurance that would help them to recover from a major cyber-attack, despite 81% of those surveyed having experienced a security breach in the past 12 months.

FBI may have made embarrassing mistake investigating Sony hack

A confidential bulletin sent by the FBI to companies across the US warning of further cyberattacks by the Sony hackers may have been based on fake posts and messages created by a prankster.

Signs suggest a cyberattack against North Korea

North Korea appears to be suffering a cyberattack that has made the country's internet connection intermittent since Sunday evening.

Op-Ed: Addressing security holes, vulnerabilities and mitigation tactics

The year 2014 has been characterized as problematic due to a fairly rising number of cyber-attacks, data breaches and incidents around security vulnerabilities.

TopFinds: Crimea secedes from Ukraine, biggest cyberattack found

Learn about how the Ukraine crisis is reaching a boiling point. Who was affected by a massive cyberattack? Our sports reporters break down the latest trade rumours in Major League Baseball. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Meetup.com fights off hackers, refuses to pay $300 ransom

Social networking website Meetup.com is fighting a sustained battle against cyber-criminals who are demanding $300 to call off an attack that has kept the site offline for much of the past four days.

50 million customers affected in LivingSocial cyberattack

Washington - Popular daily deals website LivingSocial announced a massive cyberattack on its database. It is estimated 50 million customers across the globe are affected.

35-year-old Dutch man arrested for Spamhaus cyber-attacks

Barcelona - According to the media the 35-year-old Dutchman that was arrested in Barcelona as a suspect in cyber-attacks against Spamhaus is CyberBunker spokesman, Sven Olaf Kamphuis.
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