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Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

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Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found.Since many companies use fax machines that are also printers and photocopiers, they often have a connection to the internal network.The malicious images exploit protocols established in the 1980s that define the format of fax messages.The research was presented at the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas.The two researchers said millions of companies could be at risk because they currently did little to secure fax lines.No security"Fax has no security measures built in - absolutely nothing," security researcher Yaniv Balmas, from Check Point software, told the BBC. Mr Balmas uncovered the security holes ...
UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

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The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber-campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed.The operation hindered the group's ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary's online efforts in a military campaign.Mr Fleming made the remarks in his first public speech as GCHQ director."The outcomes of these operations are wide ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester."In 2017 there were times when Daesh found it almost impossible to spread their hate online, to use their normal channels to spread their rhetoric, or trust their publications."Mr Fleming said the cyber-operations had disrupted the grou...
Equifax boss resigns after huge cyberattack

Equifax boss resigns after huge cyberattack

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The boss of credit reference agency Equifax has stepped down from his post less than a month after it was revealed the company had been the victim of a massive data breach.Richard Smith, who had been chief executive and chairman of the firm since 2005, will be replaced on a temporary basis by Paulino de Rego Barros Jr while a search is conducted for a more permanent chief executive.Equifax has been under intense pressure in the wake of a massive hack that compromised the data of 143 million US customers.Details stolen included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers.Some 209,000 US customers also had their credit card details accessed in the attack.Around 400,000 people in the UK are also thought to have been affected by the breach.Video:Equifax data hac...
Customers 'furious' with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

Customers 'furious' with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

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When Leah Charpentier ordered a vintage coffee table, on 8 June - a birthday present for her brother - she didn't think it would take more than six weeks to be delivered.She also didn't expect for the furniture to arrive with one of its casters broken off.This particular coffee table was just one of hundreds of thousands of items caught up in an extraordinary meltdown at courier TNT, which was badly affected by the NotPetya cyber-attack that hit many companies around the world on 28 June.Businesses in Ukraine were hit hardest, and since many TNT operations and communications are based in the country, a significant proportion of its systems were infiltrated and data encrypted - locking employees out - as a result."Manual processes" are still being used to put packages through the system, an...
Hacker who ended NHS cyberattack charged

Hacker who ended NHS cyberattack charged

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A British hacker credited with helping to stop the global WannaCry attack has been arrested by the FBI and indicted on several criminal counts, US officials have said.Marcus Hutchins was charged with creating and distributing banking malware, according to court filings.The case is unrelated to the WannaCry attack that struck the NHS in May, the US Justice Department said.Hutchins was arrested at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after he tried to fly back from the Def Con hacking conference, according to a friend in the IT security industry.The security website Motherboard, which first reported news of his arrest, said Hutchins was initially held at the Henderson Detention Centre in Nevada and then moved to another facility.A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We...