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UK firms must 'urgently' improve cybersecurity
A Government survey of the FTSE 350 has revealed 68% of board members have not been trained to deal with cybersecurity incidents, potentially leaving their businesses in danger.More than half of board...
CBSN On Assignment preview: Cyber soldiers
The medical industry has become the number-one target for hackers. Cyber crooks can sell credit card numbers for about 15 cents each, but someone's medical records could be worth hundreds of dollars. Vladimir...
6 tips to protect your personal information when using public Wi-Fi
As the Internet has become a crucial part of everyday life, so too has the need to access it virtually anytime, anywhere.In fact, according to a recent survey completed by Symantec, over 66 per cent of...
WannaCry ‘hero’ has been arrested on malware charges
The cyber expert who managed to successfully stop the WannaCry ransomware attack on the British National Health Service (NHS) has been arrested in America on charges of being involved in crimes relating...
Here's what keeps Obama's former cyber policy advisor up at night
For months, the world has been captivated by the slow drip of information about Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. R. David Edelman, a former advisor to President Obama on technology...
WRAPUP 3-Ransomware virus hits computer servers across the globe
The malicious code locked machines and demanded victims post a ransom worth $300 in bitcoins or lose their data entirely, similar to the extortion tactic used in the global WannaCry ransomware attack...
Ukraine crippled by major cyberattack
Banks, the state airline manufacturer and electricity distributor were also targeted.Russia simultaneously said its state oil giant Rosnet and steelmaker Evraz were hit by the "powerful" hack.Ukraine's...
UK lawmakers hit by cyber attack preventing them from accessing emails
The British parliament has been hit by a cyber attack that is preventing lawmakers from accessing their emails when not in Westminster, politicians and media reports said on Saturday.The Telegraph newspaper...
U.S. blames North Korean group ‘Hidden Cobra’ for cyber attacks dating back to 2009
The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubbed “Hidden Cobra,” saying the group was part of the North Korean government and that more attacks were likely.The...
Leaked file details Russian 'cyber espionage'
The National Security Agency (NSA) report claims that Russian military intelligence "executed cyber espionage operations" against an American company "to obtain information on elections-related software...
US draws on Israeli cyberpower and sells to Saudi Arabia
Some other estimates come out slightly lower but the numbers are impressive either way. Ben Israel is clear about what has made Israel so advanced in the field: the fact that it has been under cyberattack...
Russian cyber criminals use malware planted on mobile devices to rob bank customers
Russian cyber criminals used malware planted on Android mobile devices to steal from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest, investigators and sources...
Group Behind Leak of Tools Used in Ransomware Attack Says Ready to Sell More Code
The hacker group behind the leak of cyber spying tools from the U.S. National Security Agency, which were used in last week's "ransomware" cyberattack, says it has more code that it plans to start selling...
Should U.S. “stockpile” web vulnerabilities?
As hundreds of thousands of companies in more than 150 countries come to grips with the largest coordinated ransomware attack in history, revelations that malicious hackers used an exploit likely developed...
NHS trusts told about security patch last month
NHS Digital has confirmed to Sky News that the patch was made available on its cyber portal on 25 April, and a link sent to NHS IT staff on 27 April.A spokesman said: "Our understanding is that if that...
NHS braced for repeat of cyber attack chaos
Cyber security experts have warned that the ransomware virus, that affected one in five NHS Trusts last week, could be reactivated by computers and devices that have not yet been switched on.On Sunday...
Ransomware like WannaCry is an ‘escalating threat,’ says Europol Director
Friday’s cyber attack hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and that number could grow when people return to work on Monday, the head of the European Union’s police agency said on Sunday. Story...
Global Cyberattack Fuels Concern About US Vulnerability Disclosures
A global cyberattack on Friday renewed concerns about whether the U.S. National Security Agency and other countries' intelligence services too often horde software vulnerabilities for offensive purposes,...
English hospitals divert ambulances after 'ransomware' cyber attack
Hospitals and doctors' surgeries across England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments on Friday after a nationwide 'ransomware' cyber attack crippled some computer systems in the state-run...
U.K. hospitals crippled by suspected cyber-attack
LONDON – Hospitals across England were being forced to divert emergency cases on Friday after suffering a suspected national cyber attack.Among them was the Barts Health group which manages major central...
Fifth of British firms hit by cyber attacks
A survey by the ish Chambers of Commerce (BCC). found 42% of big businesses had fallen victim to cyber crime, ompared with 18% of small companies.Only a quarter (24%) of those questioned said their business...
Hacker ransoms are on the rise thanks to connected devices
Cyber security experts are warning that over the past year they have noticed increasing numbers of people are falling victim to ransomware attacks on their connected devices.Ransomware essentially involves...
China Warns Against Cyber 'Battlefield' in Internet Strategy
The strengthening of cyber capabilities is an important part of China's military modernization, the government said on Wednesday, warning that the internet should not become "a new battlefield." China,...
'Cyber curriculum' to defend against attacks
The Cyber Schools Programme aims to train 5,700 teenagers aged between 14 and 18 over the next five years to develop some of the key skills they would need to work in cyber security.A "cyber curriculum"...
Draft Cyber Executive Order calls for immediate 60-day cyber miracle
Enlarge / President Trump has tagged Defense Secretary James Mattis to lead the charge to fix all the cyber things and smash the cyber adversaries.Getty | Sara D. Davis reader comments 9 Share this story...
Lloyds a victim of cyber attack that hit banking services
Such campaigns may be part of attempts to extract ransom from these organisations or part of efforts to distract security teams in order to find other ways to break into an organisation's network in order...
SEC probing Yahoo over previously disclosed cyber breach: filing
By Suzanne Barlyn The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a previously disclosed data breach at Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O), the company said in a filing.Yahoo said in a November 2016 quarterly...
More, cheaper, bigger, faster: The defense and cyber strategy of Donald Trump
Enlarge / Where's the defense and cyber-weapon procurement budget going, Mr. President-elect?Getty Images | Joe Raedle reader comments 22 Share this story Since Election Day, President-elect Donald Trump...
Who’s winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course
Beware its furry cyber-wrath.Washington State reader comments 19 Share this story WASHINGTON, DC—For years, the government and security experts have warned of the looming threat of "cyberwar" against...
Abbott releases cyber updates for St. Jude devices after government probe
Abbott Laboratories is releasing cyber security updates for its St. Jude heart devices, it said on Monday, some five months after the U.S. government launched a probe into claims they were vulnerable...
New York revises, delays new cyber rules after industry complaints
(Reuters) - New York's financial regulator said on Wednesday it was revising proposed cyber security rules for banks and insurers doing business in the state to incorporate industry feedback, delaying...
Exclusive: SWIFT confirms new cyber thefts, hacking tactics
LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on the global banking system have continued - and succeeded - since February’s heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank, underscoring the continuing...
White House voices concerns about China cyber law
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the...
International cyber crime ring busted by FBI, European authorities
Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Europe broke up an alleged network of cyber crooks who allowed other criminals to use their servers to hack computers around the world. Victims of the scheme lost...
It's Hard to Notice We're Living in an Era of Constant Cyber Warfare
NEWS ANALYSIS: The rules of traditional warfare don't apply in the world of cyber war, even to the point where it's hard to tell if the war has actually started or with whom you're fighting. PITTSBURGH,...
Russia says to foil cyber attack by foreign spy agencies
MOSCOW Russia's Federal Security Service said on Friday it was taking measures to foil a plot by foreign intelligence agencies to launch a cyber attack on the Russian banking system.The FSB said in a...
Cyber Monday 4K TV deals: here are the best Ultra HDTVs on sale today
There’s almost too many good TV shows out there these days. From Game of Thrones and Westworld on HBO to House of Cards and Daredevil on Netflix, everywhere you look there’s an amazing, binge-worthy series...
Cyber Monday PS4 wireless controllers are $20 cheaper
Squaring off with friends at Street Fighter V? Need to tag in a fellow striker for some Rocket League? Got a few extra bucks burning in your pocket after picking up that PS4 Pro for $60 off this Cyber...
Cyber Monday fights to keep its crown after blockbuster Black Friday for online shopping
Black Friday's blockbuster online sales don't appear to have come at Cyber Monday's expense. As of 10 a.m. Eastern, retail websites had raked in $540 million on the reigning champion of digital shopping...
This is the best New Nintendo 3DS XL deal for Cyber Monday
The best deal for a New Nintendo 3DS probably isn’t the one you’re hoping for, but it’s an excellent value nevertheless.Amazon’s exclusive lime green New Nintendo 3DS XL bundle is still in stock for $199,...
The best John Lewis Cyber Monday deals 2016
It's almost Cyber Monday and but the powers that be behind John Lewis' Black Friday offers have deemed that the bargains shall continue! This year John Lewis has focussed on price matching other major...
Bletchley Park to house cyber security college
During the Second World War, Alan Turing and his team of computer scientists broke the system used by the Nazis in what many believed to be the single biggest contribution to Allied victory.And now, some...
Alibaba, Tencent back Chinese cyber law facing overseas critics
WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd rallied behind Beijing's recently-imposed cyber security law on Thursday, following criticism of it from overseas technology...
Asia financial body says China cyber security law could make risk management harder
HONG KONG (Reuters) - The chief of one of Asia's most prominent financial trade bodies on Tuesday said new cyber security rules in China could make it harder for foreign companies operating in the country...
After cyber attacks, Internet of Things wrestles with making smart devices safer
SINGAPORE/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Recent cyber attacks harnessing everyday devices such as cameras, video recorders, printers, routers and speakers are a wake-up call to the hidden dangers of the Internet of...
US hackers ready to hit back if Russia disrupts election
U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the...
UK government vows to sink $2.3 billion into new cybersecurity plan
EnlargeDefence Images reader comments 4 Share this story The UK government has promised to spend nearly £2 billion over the next five years to try to tackle the growing problem of cyber attacks in the...
UK will 'relentlessly pursue' cyber attackers
The strategy, running from 2016 to 2021, will be supported by a £1.9bn investment made in last year's Defence and Security Review. The amount is more than double the period covered by the previous strategy.Three...
The hackers are winning
London banks are reportedly stocking Bitcoin to pay off future hackers. THE threat of debilitating attacks launched by hackers has become so concerning that financial institutions in London are reportedly...
Hired experts back claims St. Jude heart devices can be hacked
(Reuters) - Short-selling firm Muddy Waters said in a legal filing on Monday that outside cyber security experts it hired have validated its claims that St. Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants are vulnerable...
FBI investigating cyber attacks on Twitter, Paypal and Spotify
The FBI is investigating a series of cyber attacks that hit Twitter, Paypal and Spotify. The attack was on an internet infrastructure company called Dyn. Stuart McClure is the President and CEO of the...
St. Jude forms cyber panel after claims of heart-device bugs
By Jim Finkle Medical-device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said on Monday that it planned to set up a medical advisory board focused on cyber-security issues affecting patient care and safety.St. Jude said...
Terror fears for Australia’s cyber security
Local government networks suffered 1095 serious cyber assaults in the 18 months to June 30 this year. Picture: Supplied. TERRORISTS could soon have the ability to infiltrate and wreak havoc on secure Australian...
IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack
BERLIN (Reuters) - A nuclear power plant became the target of a disruptive cyber attack two to three years ago, and there is a serious threat of militant attacks on such plants, the head of the United...
Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber security company on Wednesday asserted that the hack of 500 million account credentials from Yahoo was the work of an Eastern European criminal gang, adding another layer...
Trump: “The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough”
Enlarge / Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shook hands after the Monday debate.Drew Angerer / Getty News ImagesCampaign 2016 Journalists...
UK to face 'first order hostile cyber attack'
The NCSC will open in October and be part of GCHQ, the signals intelligence agency.In his first public speech as CEO, Ciaran Martin told an audience in Washington that "development of lawful and carefully...
McCain vows to block proposed separation of NSA, cyber command
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday he would use his power to block the confirmation of a key cybersecurity official if necessary to prevent any Obama administration move to...
The World Series of Hacking—without humans
reader comments 1 Share this story LAS VEGAS—On a raised floor in a ballroom at the Paris Hotel, seven competitors stood silently. These combatants had fought since 9:00am, and nearly $4 million in prize...
Mil Officials Push to Elevate Cyber Command Unit
For months, experts have recommended boosting the stature of Cyber Command to help speed its fight against ISIL. According to a report, progress may be coming. As cyber-defense becomes an increasingly...
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