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Revised 'Broadband 2.0' report: 6.7m Brits suffer 'sub-10Mbps' speeds

MP Grant Shapps has released the final version of his latest report into broadband speeds in the UK, which concludes 6.7 million people may not receive speeds above 10Mbps. In his foreword to the cross-Parliamentary Broadband 2.0 report, signed by 57 MPs, Shapps notes that Ofcom's current connectivity data "fails to …
Kat Hall, 31 Jul 2017

Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

Commercial software is riddled with old critical open source flaws that are largely hidden from the eyes of enterprises, according to Black Duck Software. The manual audit report The State of Open Source Security in Commercial Applications [PDF] by the open source security tester studied 200 applications over a six month …
Darren Pauli, 4 May 2016
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Hacked-corporate-email-as-a-service costs just US$500 a seat!

Want to read a business rival's email? Dell wonks say hacked-corporate-email-as-a-service operators can deliver for just US$500. That low, low, price is offered by one accomplished hacker on a popular cyber crime forum and detailed in a Secure Works report on the cost of hacking services. The hacker charges less for raiding …
Darren Pauli, 6 Apr 2016
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Bloody Danes top world happiness league

If you're feel a bit glum, then get yourself off to Denmark, which has secured top spot in the 2016 World Happiness Report. Based on responses to the Gallup World Poll, in which people were asked to rate their existence on a scale of one to 10, the Danes scored a heart-warming 7.526. Switzerland was only marginally less happy …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2016

Criminal are mostly hacking-by-numbers with exploit kits

Exploit kits are dominating the criminal hacking industry, but even though code fiends prefer colour-by-numbers cracking kits that isn't stopping them from assembling a vast command and control army domain name servers linked to popular kits are up 75 percent in the third quarter compared to 2014, according to a report. It …
Darren Pauli, 19 Nov 2015

Malvertising set to wreak one BEELLION dollars in damage this year

Records have fallen as malvertising clocked its most prolific month in history, making it one of the biggest threats to endpoint security. If the scourge continues, criminals will have inflicted a billion dollars in damages by the end of the year from a paltry US$12,000 investment, according to researchers at security firm …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2015

Hackers use 'cartons' with 'sticks', may be foiled by 'watermelons'

Gaining an invite to the best of the nearly 60 websites powering the cybercrime underground is only half the fight for researchers; they also need to know that credit cards are called 'cartons', PayPal a 'stick', and bulletproof servers 'watermelons'. The linguistic mind-meld is thanks to the slang employed in the Russian …
Darren Pauli, 4 Aug 2015
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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

The emergency 999 call system needs a radical digital shake-up to incorporate text and social media responses, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has said in a report today (July 8). The report, Contacting Emergency Services in the Digital Age, recommends the blue light services move away from landlines to …
Kat Hall, 9 Jul 2015

DDoSers call 1988 and want its routing protocol hacked

Attackers are exploiting an ancient networking protocol to enslave small home and office routers in distributed denial of service attacks, Akamai says. The May attacks, described in a report by the global networking company, exploit routers operating version one of the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) developed in 1988 and …
Darren Pauli, 6 Jul 2015

There's TOO MANY data-leaking healthcare firms, growls Symantec

Security software company Symantec is being drenched in calls from breached health organisations that have lost devices or suffered an information security snafu. Some 80 per cent of the calls its incident response team has received since December are from healthcare firms, topping the charts for the number of breach incidents …
Darren Pauli, 15 Apr 2015

Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

Facebook has responded to Belgian researchers' claims that the company violates European data law in an exhaustingly pedantic press release. Last week, a team of Belgian researchers reported that the social network giant had been illegally tracking the web browsing habits of every visitor, even if they aren't account holders, …
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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

More vulnerabilities were discovered in Google Chrome last year than any other piece of core internet software – that's according to research that also found 2014 clocked record numbers of zero-day flaws. The Secunia Vulnerability Review 2015 report [PDF] is built on data harvested by the company's Personal Software Inspector …
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015
QL launch: Micro Men style

UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

The UK must stop obsessing over startups and instead channel its resources into growing companies, a wide-ranging report has said. Britain now starts more companies per head than the US, but has a lower proportion of businesses gradually scaling up to become large companies, compared with the US and other nations, said the …
Kat Hall, 18 Nov 2014

EvilToss and Sourface hacker crew 'likely' backed by Kremlin – FireEye

Russia is "likely" sponsoring a hacking outfit that targets foreign governments and security organisations, the US intelligence firm FireEye claims. "APT28", a group operating for possibly more than a decade, has attacked governments in Georgia, Eastern Europe, as well as NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation …
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2014
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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

A European academic has rubbished claims by the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) group that digital piracy cost the EU more than €20bn between 2008 and 2011. Making the assumption that the creative and service sectors performed at the same level, a grand total of around one million jobs and €47bn of …

Australian whistleblower laws weaker than China's, report finds

Australia's private sector whistleblower laws are weaker than those in most G20 countries including Turkey, China, and Indonesia, according to researchers at Melbourne and Griffith universities. The report Whistleblower Protection Rules in G20 Countries: The Next Action Plan found while in roads had been made to improve …
Darren Pauli, 10 Sep 2014

Robin Hood virus: Chinese hackers target nation's wealthy

It seems China's state-supported hackers are being overshadowed by the black hat scene as the latter appears to have doubled in size – with some brazen crackers turning to carding the nation's wealthiest. A Trend Micro report dubbed The Chinese Underground in 2013 [PDF] issued this week reveals the black hat hacking scene has …
Darren Pauli, 5 Sep 2014

CERT Oz report: 76 orgs popped in targeted attacks

Seventy six businesses have owned up to targeted attacks getting past their defences, according to the government's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which released the findings in an annual report late yesterday. The mostly Australian businesses represented 135 organisations reporting to the CERT Australia survey and …
Darren Pauli, 30 May 2014

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