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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

Hackers are trying to break into Scottish Parliament email accounts weeks after similar campaigns against Westminster. MSPs and Holyrood staff were warned on Tuesday that as-yet unidentified hackers were running "brute-force" attacks on systems in the devolved assembly, The Guardian reports. Similar attacks on Westminster back …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2017

Insurers may have to adjust policies to reflect 'silent' cyber risks

Insurers whose policies could give rise to claims for damage as a result of cyber attacks may have to adjust their policies or premiums to better reflect these risks, UK financial services regulatory bod Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has warned. Firms should also carry out regular ‘stress tests’ to ensure that they are …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2017
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TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

UK ISP TalkTalk has confirmed 9,000 customers abandoned its broadband services in the first three months of fiscal '17 ended June – and that overall group sales were pretty much flat on the prior year period. The provider did not release the exact turnover for the period - that comes at the half way point of the year - but it …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016

TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

TalkTalk's profits plunged by 56 per cent during 2016 to a mere £14m, but chief exec Dido Harding claimed the company "bounced back strongly in the final quarter". That quarter was certainly unusual. The firm recorded its lowest ever churn in Q4 despite experiencing a massive data breach just seven months ago. The fall in …
Kat Hall, 12 May 2016

TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

TalkTalk confirmed on Saturday afternoon that incomplete bank details were lifted by crims, even though its core systems were not targeted in the attack on its business earlier this week. The budget telco said that its website had been plundered by malefactors. However, TalkTalk claimed that complete credit card details of …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015
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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding went from one Blighty news broadcaster to another on Friday, admitting that the budget telco had screwed up but declining to commit to compensating customers affected by the major criminal attack on its system. The ex-jockey claimed that it was too early for TalkTalk to know the extent of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015
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More than 13,000 emails swiped in Edinburgh council cyber assault

Edinburgh council has been targeted by a cyber attack, leading to the details of more than 13,000 email addresses being stolen. In an email to people who have an online account with the council, the local authority said the attacker had penetrated the security of one of its website service providers, based in a UK data centre …
Kat Hall, 8 Jul 2015
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Meat puppet security sucks... let machines find your flaws

Commercial organisations have cash to burn on stopping hackers getting into the network, but relatively little to spend on dealing with a breach. This poses a challenge for Darktrace, a two-year-old organisation founded by former members of the intelligence community and backed by former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch’s investment …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015
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Cyber crims put feet up for Chrimbo: 2014's seasonal retail breaches fell

Shoppers flocked online for retail bargains during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014, but cyber criminals seemingly decided not to join the scrum. Despite a record-breaking surge in online shopping during late November’s online discount binge, cyber breaches actually fell, according to IBM. That’s the good news. The bad? …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Jan 2015

EFF claims Vietnam targeted its staff with spear phishing attack

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned of an uptick in targeted malware attacks by “state-aligned actors” in Vietnam against foreign activists and journalists. In a blog post this week the group complained of a new campaign targeting its own staff – the first of its kind. A suspicious looking email …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2014

State-backed hackers: You think you're so mysterious, but you're really not – report

Nation-state driven cyber attacks often take on a distinct national or regional flavour that can uncloak their origins, according to new research by net security firm FireEye. Computer viruses, worms, and denial of service attacks often appear from behind a veil of anonymity. But a skilful blending of forensic “reverse-hacking …
John Leyden, 2 Oct 2013

NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

Portly peoples' hero dictator Kim Jong-un has put the brakes on North Korea’s efforts to haul itself into the 21st century after appearing to ban mobile internet services for tourists less than a month after a historic decision was taken to relax 3G data restrictions. The news came in the form of a brief update posted by …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013

NORKS says USA attack took it offline ... as if anyone could tell

North Korea is warning that the US and its allies “should be held wholly accountable” after claiming that a massive cyber attack has taken the country offline over the past two days, despite virtually no one in the secretive state being allowed on the interwebs. The axis of evil state’s Korean Central News Agency blamed the US …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2013
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North Korean crackers hit South Korean hacks

Tensions on the Korean peninsula flared again this week after Seoul accused its northern neighbour of two separate hacking attacks targeting the press. South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Thursday that a web server in the office of the presidential transition team had been attacked by suspected state-sponsored villains …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2013
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Sacre Bleu! US fingered for Flame attack on Élysée Palace

US-sponsored snoopers hacked into the computers of the Élysée Palace earlier this year ahead of the French presidential election and lifted top secret information, using what appears to be the notorious Flame malware, a French newspaper has alleged. The attack, which occurred in May a few days before the second round of the …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Nov 2012
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Iran says its infosec defences foiled oil hack

Iran is claiming to have successfully deflected yet another large scale cyber attack on critical infrastructure in the country, this time targeted at its offshore oil installations. A brief report on the Iranian Students’ News Agency site on Monday seemed to accuse Israel and China of being behind an attack on the National …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Oct 2012
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Japanese boffins plumb darknet for cyber attack alerts

Japanese boffins at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have been showing off a new real-time alert system designed to help security teams spot and visualise cyber attacks more effectively. The DAEDALUS (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security) system has been in …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
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Hong Kong firms also at risk from Chinese hackers

Security experts have warned multinationals with bases in Hong Kong that they are not immune to cyber attack from China despite the shared sovereignty between the Special Administrative Region (SAR)and its mainland parent. The Chinese authorities have long been blamed for either officially sanctioning cyber espionage attacks …

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