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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

Security experts have poured scorn on plans by US president Donald Trump to work more closely with Russia on cybersecurity. After the summit in Helsinki on Monday, both Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin deflected questions related to the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia attempted to interfer in the …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2018
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UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche

Matt Hancock, the only UK government minister to have his own social networking app, opened a £13m London infosec creche this morning. The Minister of Fun cut the ribbon on the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, which styles itself LORCA – though any connection with the early 20th century Spanish poet and …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2018
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Deck the halls with HALs: AI steals the show at Infosec Europe

Artificial intelligence and machine learning - rather than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation – emerged as a key theme of the Infosecurity Europe Conference. Many security vendors - particularly in the field of endpoint security - have been talking up the potential for artificial intelligence for years. That’s the …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2018
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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

WannaCry ransomware killswitch hero* Marcus Hutchins faces fresh charges in relation to separate malware the security researcher is alleged to have created. Hutchins, a British citizen, has been held in the US since August last year, after visiting the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences in Las Vegas. He was collared at …
Kat Hall, 7 Jun 2018
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Just a third of Brit cops are equipped to fight crime that is 'cyber'

Just one in three police forces in the UK are able to tackle cybercrime such as DDoS, malware attacks and online fraud, a Home Affairs Committee heard today. Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, told MPs that research conducted last year revealed a lack of skills across the country's 43 police forces …
Kat Hall, 5 Jun 2018
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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

Every industry has its collection of shocking stories, but Britain's cyber-insurance sector can always be relied on to top the lot. Take the unnamed British medium-sized enterprise that recently found itself staring at a ludicrous £1m ransom demand after attackers sneaked off with some very important data. This was a straight …
John E Dunn, 30 May 2018
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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

While Australia's federal government scrambles to hose down a hacking incident, it's important to ask why a defence contractor of any size could run a network so insecure it exposed default administrative interfaces to the Internet. An Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) presentation to the Australian Information Security …

Welcome to the Rise of the Machine-to-Machine. Isn't it time to 'block off' some data ducts?

Sysadmin blog Do you remember Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and so forth? It's marketing terminology that was popular at the turn of the millennium and was as used and abused as "cloud" is today. Underneath all the fluff, however, were solid and reasoned ideas about how technology would evolve and the benefits they'd bring. To understand where …
Trevor Pott, 1 Aug 2017
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Australia' Smart meter leaders lag in securing devices

Default passwords, unpatched firmware, unencrypted traffic: according to a report from a Canberra University research organisation, Australia's smart electricity meter rollouts are characterised by n00b-level security gaffes. The warning comes from the University's Centre for Internet Safety, which published its Smart Meters: …

FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

FireEye has bid farewell to two of its top executives, who are departing on the heels of the hundreds of staff who left following CEO Kevin Mandia's restructure of the business last year. The enterprise cybersecurity outfit is still “on the path to profitability” according to Mandia, who announced the departures of his …

Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

Updated Vulnerabilities in a network attached storage (NAS) devices made by QNAP Systems create a potential means for hackers to steal data and passwords, execute commands or drop malware on vulnerable kit, say security researchers. Researchers at F-Secure claim they have found a series of weaknesses in the firmware update process of …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2017

Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

TappLock, a startup promising the "world's first smart fingerprint padlock" has claimed that issues with manufacturing in China were behind the months of silence which provoked aggrieved backers to contact The Register, fearing fraud. The padlock business had managed to raise over $320,000 on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo …
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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

A UK insurance business has been fined £150,000 for its lax security practices after a hard drive containing customers' unencrypted information was stolen. The hard drive disappeared from the offices of Royal & Sun Alliance insurance (ironically it prefers the abbreviation RSA) back in 2015. It contained 59,592 customers' …
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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

Law enforcement bods at Europol have arrested 34 users of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack tools and interviewed and cautioned 101 suspects in a global crackdown. Unsurprisingly, the users identified by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) were mainly young adults under the age of 20. The body worked …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2016

NCC stirs in 'lumpy' bits of Fox, produces sales gravy. But market still chokes

UK-based infosec outfit NCC Group has weathered a tricky summer period that involved some contract deferrals and cancellations while still managing to post a profit. Group revenues for the four month till the end of September increased £79.6m compared to £58.5m in the same June to September period last year. The increased …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016
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Singapore slings millions into ASEAN infosec

Singapore is slinging S$10 million (around US$7.2 million) into a fund to help infosec in ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations). According to Singapore's Today Online, the money is for “resources, expertise and training”. The program was announced by Singapore's minister for communications and information, Dr …
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US National Security Agency gets CREST smile

CREST, the UK-based certification and accreditation body for the infosec industry, has signed an agreement with the National Security Agency to take over its incident response accreditation programme. Supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK, which is seeking to promote the UK's professional cyber security …
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

UK Labour man Owen Smith: If you wanna be a leader, you gotta stop with that lens

The campaign for a leadership candidate for the UK's Labour party, Owen Smith, accidentally tweeted a photo that showed the login details for the campaign's phone bank system over the weekend. Security experts have chided the Labour leadership candidate for the cockup, which follows similar mistakes by organisers of the World …
John Leyden, 6 Sep 2016

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