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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...
Hackers reveal their secrets at Black Hat summit
An international gathering of hackers is helping companies and organizations tighten cyber security. The Democratic National Committee was the latest major target of cyber thieves. Past victims include...
US Cyber Pros: Hackers Could Hit Electric Voting Machines Next
U.S. cyber security professionals say suspected foreign hackers who recently attacked computer systems of the Democratic Party could do something even more sinister in the future. The cyber pros, who appeared...
US: 'Revolution' of Cyber Attacks Prompts New Protection Efforts
The U.S. warned Tuesday of a "revolution" of computer hacking threats against the country from foreign governments and non-state actors like the so-called Islamic State, and it issued new guidelines to...
Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank has ended a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate February's online theft of $81 million, turning down a proposal to extend the agreement,...
Office users targeted by security threat
Using a different password for every online site and service is critical to your cyber security. Personal Technology Columnist Geoffrey Fowler shows you how password manager programs can help keep track...
China’s big threat to peace in 2030
A high-ranking Chinese official spoke stridently against U.S.-led criticism of China?s activities in the South China Sea, ahead of economic and security talks between the two countries in Beijing which...
Indonesia, South Korea central bank websites hit by cyber attacks; no losses
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The central banks of Indonesia and South Korea have been hit by cyber attacks on their public websites since activist hacking group Anonymous pledged last month to target banks across...
MPs: Fine Firms That Fail On Cyber Security
By Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent A commons select committee has recommended that companies should be fined in they fail to guard against cyber attacks, in the wake of last year’s TalkTalk hack....
Pentagon Unleashes Cyber Effort to Counter Militants on Battlefield
The Pentagon has launched a new cyber task force to counter the Islamic State group, and officials say it is creating advantages both in cyberspace and on the battlefield. The task force, JTF-Ares, was...
When will Australia create a cyber militia?
Andy Ozment of the Department of Homeland Security discusses whether or not a new law passed by Congress will better protect companies from cyber attacks with WSJ?s Naftali Bendavid. Cyber warfare is crucial...
Exclusive: Congress probes Fed's cyber breaches, seeks records dating back to 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee has launched an investigation into the Federal Reserve's cyber security practices after a Reuters report revealed that the U.S. central bank had been...
Brazilian companies rank worst among major economies on cyber security: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies based in Brazil scored “significantly poorer” in aggregate on a variety of cyber security indicators than those based in other major world economies, such as the United...
Why reusing your passwords is riskier than ever
Do you use the same password for two, three, maybe dozens of websites?In a new report, security experts are sounding the alarm about recycling old passwords, which they say is riskier now than ever before.In...
Cyber War Versus Islamic State ‘Work in Progress’
For months now, U.S. government hackers have been setting their sights on the Islamic State terror group, intent on wiping the self-declared caliphate from cyberspace much like U.S. and coalition aircraft...
James Clapper: Hackers targeting 2016 candidates
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that there are "indications" of cyber attacks targeting the websites of the 2016 presidential candidates, and he expects to see more before...
Criminals Planting Keyloggers On Smartphones
By Mark White, Home Affairs Correspondent Smartphones will become the number one target for cyber criminals within five years, according to police and security experts. Sky News has been shown how hackers...
Bangladesh heist linked to attack on Sony: BAE researchers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Malicious software used in February's $81 million heist at Bangladesh Bank is linked to other cyber attacks, including the high-profile 2014 attack on Sony's Hollywood studio, according...
IBM teams up with 3 Canadian universities to fight cyber crime
FREDERICTON – IBM will get help from three Canadian universities as it teaches its Watson computer system to tackle cybercrime.Watson – IBM’s question answering computer system – was originally designed...
UK cybersecurity is catching up with the rest of the world
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As US drops “cyber bombs,” ISIS retools its own cyber army
The new, "improved" United Cyber Caliphate—the power of four jihadi hacktivist cells fused together like some sort of cyber-Voltron.The Islamic State has been deft in its use of the Internet as a communications...
Exclusive: SWIFT network says aware of multiple cyber fraud incidents
(Reuters) - SWIFT, the global financial network that banks use to transfer billions of dollars every day, warned its customers on Monday that it was aware of "a number of recent cyber incidents" where...
Google's next app will make photo editing more social
Google isn't usually shy about launching experimental new apps and then closing them back down again if they don't work, and it sounds like the tech giant's next testing of the app waters will revolve...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
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