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Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

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Even though deals could be found online for days, shoppers still pulled out their phones and laptops to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving, with sales on track to hit a record $ 9.4 billionBy JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterDecember 2, 2019, 8:47 PM3 min read Cyber Monday is still holding up as the biggest online shopping day of the year, even though many of the same deals have been available online for weeks and the name harks back to the days of dial-up modems. Shoppers are expected to spend a record $ 9.4 billion on purchases made on their phones and computers Monday, up about 19% from last year’s Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions at 80 of the top 100 U.S. online stores. The busiest time is expected to be in the hour before midnight, as people race t
Labour hit by ‘sophisticated, large-scale cyber attack’

Labour hit by ‘sophisticated, large-scale cyber attack’

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Labour says it has been hit by a "sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack" on its digital platforms.A party spokeswoman said the cyber attack "failed" because of their "robust security systems" and that she was confident no data breach occurred. "Security procedures have slowed down some of our campaign activities, but these were restored this morning and we are back up to full speed," she said."We have reported the matter to the National Cyber Security Centre."Sky News' Technology Correspondent Rowland Manthorpe said apparently it was a DDOS attack - a Distribute Deniable Of Service attack. Advertisement "What that is is it involved bombarding websites or digital services with large numbers of traf...
House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is unaware of the scope of environmental and cyber threats to its military bases, members of the House Armed Services Committee charged. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., chair of the intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, at a hearing this week cited four U.S. military bases which collectively sustained over $ 10 billion in damage from weather events. He referred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Tyndall AFB, Fla., overwhelmed by hurricanes last year; the flooding of Offutt AFB, Neb., by overflowing rivers; and earthquakes in July 2019 which damaged China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif. The hearing on Wednesday came after the subcommittee requested an assessment by the Defense Department of its risk exposure to weather events...
US launched secret cyber strike against Iran after Saudi oil attacks

US launched secret cyber strike against Iran after Saudi oil attacks

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The US launched a secret cyber attack against Iran following the September attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.Two US officials have told the Reuters news agency that the operation took place in late September and was aimed at stopping Tehran from spreading "propaganda." One of the officials said the strike affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details.The operation also follows the downing of an American drone in June and an alleged attack by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on oil tankers in the Gulf in May.Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, the United States and Germany have blamed the September attack on Iran. Advertisement Tehran has denied any involvement, although the Iran-aligned Houth...
Man jailed for cyber attacks against police in revenge for bomb hoax conviction

Man jailed for cyber attacks against police in revenge for bomb hoax conviction

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By Emily Mee, news reporter A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 16 months after launching cyber attacks against police websites.Liam Reece Watts used specialist software to overload the Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police websites in separate attacks which temporarily brought down the sites. He said the attack on Cheshire Police was in retaliation for a previous conviction over a bomb hoax which he made days after the Manchester Arena bombing.The systems were targeted in distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks, in which websites are targeted by a network of computers, or botnet.The attack on the Cheshire Police website also targeted the Cheshire police and crime commissioner's site. ...