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How to avoid falling foul of New Year's Zoom cyberattacks Special

With lockdowns increasing throughout most countries, forcing family and friends to social distance, people have turned to Zoom beyond just business use to interact and connect with loved ones. This has led to a rise in cyberattacks.

Healthcare beware: 2021 will see more cyberattacks Special

Enterprises face a range of new challenges in 2021, including the expectation that cyberattacks will increase and, at the same time from the remediation front, a lack of available skills among the IT workforce.

Defanged, social media destruction: 2021 predictions Special

Among the challenges that consumers and companies face in 2021 are the activities of social media companies, especially in terms of data privacy, and the activities of the major tech companies, which could be curtailed.

Ransomware attack hits Baltimore County schools Special

The education sector is under increased threat from cyberattacks, especially as more learning platforms mover online and educational resources are provided from afar. The latest attack has struck schools in Baltimore County.

Potential state-backed cyber attacks against vaccine development Special

According to Microsoft, state-backed hackers from North Korea and Russia have been targeting organizations working on a coronavirus vaccine, using 'brute force' tactics to get into accounts.

Spies called in as cyberattacks again halt NZ stock exchange

Wellington - Cyberattacks forced New Zealand's stock exchange to halt trading for a fourth straight day Friday, with the country's spy agency called in to help combat the ongoing security breaches.

Changing workplaces: User-focused attacks increasing Special

The fourth part of Digital Journal's conversations with experts about how COVID-19 is changing workplaces together with the security implications considers user-specific attacks.

US cyberthreat at 'critical point': US intelligence chief

Washington - The threat of cyberattacks against the US is at a "critical point," the country's intelligence chief has warned, branding Russia the most "aggressive foreign actor" ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Cyberattacks using Microsoft PowerShell soar by over 400%

Microsoft's PowerShell scripting engine is becoming the target of choice for attackers looking to sneak exploits onto Windows systems. Research conducted by McAfee found the use of "fileless" hacking, using scripts instead of programs, is rapidly growing.

Microsoft joins calls for a 'national cybersecurity agency'

Microsoft has advocated a "national security agency" to avoid a "national security quagmire." The company has compiled guidelines to follow when establishing a federal cybersecurity agency. It said it would create a "focal point" for cyber defence.

Tesla servers hijacked by cryptocurrency miners

Tesla cloud servers were "crypto-jacked" by attackers who used the resources to mine cryptocurrencies. Security researchers discovered Tesla had failed to take basic steps to secure its account, which had no password protection.

Cybersecurity company hit by man-in-the-middle attack

The Dutch security company Fox-IT has announced it was hit by a man-in-the-middle attack that allowed criminals to hijack its servers and intercept confidential client data. Fox-IT responded promptly to the targeted attack against the company.

25% of small firms 'doing nothing' to defend against cyberthreats

Most small business owners feel "underprepared" to deal with cybersecurity threats, according to a study of digital trends published today. 25% of firms said they feel they're "doing nothing" to keep data secure, although digital adoption is growing.

Google launches hardened security options for at-risk users

Google has announced several new account security options aimed at consumers at particular risk of cyberattack. The company's Advanced Protection program offers extended protections to prevent phishing attacks and safeguard data for at-risk users.

Homeland Security forces federal agencies to secure their emails

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that federal agencies must improve their cybersecurity within the next 90 days. The decision, praised by the Global Cyber Appliance, will force agencies to use HTTPS and secure email accounts.

World's top stock trading apps full of security flaws

Some of the world's most popular trading apps are riddled with security flaws which could allow remote attackers to hijack accounts and steal users' names, money, and other data, according to new research from IOActive.

Cyberattack risk grows as businesses embrace IoT

The Internet of Things is gaining momentum as businesses aim to get ahead in the race to digital. The rush to adopt IoT tech is raising the cyberattack risk. Often, IoT devices are poorly secured and inadequately maintained, turning them into targets.

Shipping industry at risk of cyberattacks by hackers and pirates

Hackers are increasingly targeting shipping firms to extract business information, attempt audacious frauds and steal goods from vessels. Members of the security industry warned shipping firms are often unaware of the dangers.

Microsoft sees cyberattacks as part of the 'fabric of society'

Microsoft has warned that artificial intelligence could "reset" cybercrime and the techniques used to combat it. AI is being used to tackle emerging threats but is also powering a new generation of malware created by elite attackers.

Obama's cybersecurity advisor: We need to tackle 'statecraft'

Obama's former cyber advisor Michael Daniel has said we need to reconsider our approach to cybersecurity. He called for more companies to share information about common threats as states and governments step up their use of cyberattacks.

Focus on defences as users scramble after global cyberattack

Kiev - Thousands of computer users across the globe scrambled to reboot on Wednesday as calls grew to step up defences after a fresh wave of ransomware cyberattacks spread from Ukraine and Russia worldwide.

Fresh cyberattack likely 'more sophisticated' than WannaCry: Europol

Den Haag - The wave of cyberattacks hitting Europe and North America is similar to last month's WannaCry ransomware havoc, but appears potentially "more sophisticated," the European police agency said Wednesday.

Chernobyl's radiation monitoring hit by cyberattack: spokeswoman

Kiev - The radiation monitoring system at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear site has been taken offline after a massive cyberattack, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels, officials said Tuesday.

Cyberattack: List of victims

Paris - A major cyberattack unfolded on Tuesday, striking banks, corporations and infrastructure in Ukraine and Russia before spreading to western Europe and then the United States.

Cyberattacks show new method of taking down the Internet

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier wrote an essay last month warning that someone was "learning to take down the Internet," and it seems especially prescient after a number of major websites were taken offline Friday amid a major cyberattack.

PC users given a break from malware as infections slump to a low

A report has found the number of malware infections this year has fallen significantly since 2015. It could suggest that people have become more vigilant about security in the wake of large cyber-attacks, or indicate a larger decline in cyber-crime.

Time Warner Cable: Up to 320,000 email passwords possibly stolen

Time Warner Cable Inc. reported Wednesday that email passwords for up to 320,000 customers may have been stolen. The company also said it hasn't determined how the information was harvested, but there no indications of a breach at Time Warner Cable.

Millennials most vulnerable to hacking, cyberattacks, says study

While teens and young adults are usually thought to be more tech savvy then middle-aged adults, new research suggests millennials are more lackadaisical about being safe online.

Feedly and Evernote suffer cyber-attack

The news site Feedly and popular online notes and web clippings service Evernote have both come under attack from cyber criminals, which is preventing users from accessing its service.

Op-Ed: Obama wants target list for U.S. offensive cyber-attack program

Washington - President Obama has directed his national security and intelligence officials to create a list of potential US targets for US cyber-attacks according to a top secret document obtained by the UK paper, the Guardian.
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