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Warnings over hackers at South Korean Olympics

Warnings over hackers at South Korean Olympics

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The US Government has warned its citizens to be aware of cybersecurity risks during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.The warning comes as researchers and experts identify North Korea as an increasingly aggressive threat in cyberspace.Hackers in Pyongyang are believed to be behind a series of sophisticated cyber heists targeting the SWIFT global financial messaging service between 2015 and 2016, and the WannaCry ransomware which hit the NHS last year.A message issued by the the Department for Homeland Security and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warned that "at high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message".:: North Korean athletes arrive for Winter OlympicsImage:A North Korean delegation of 32 athletes a...
Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

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The Netherlands' spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday. Reports carried in the respected daily Volkskrant and by the current affairs show Nieuwsuur said hackers working for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service penetrated the computers used by the group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, in mid-2014 and watched them for at least a year, even managing to catch the hackers on camera. Dutch Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren, interviewed by reporters in The Hague before the government's weekly Cabinet meeting, declined to address the report, saying only that she was "very happy that we have...
Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

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Hackers are using the web's advertising networks to trick people into downloading malware using fake security updates and Adobe Flash.Many internet users will be familiar with tech support scams and fake software updates suggesting they download Adobe Flash.Good anti-virus software from a reputable vendor will catch this malware as well, as one of the benefits of it being so widespread is that it is easy to detect.Image:The redirection flow of the advertisements. Pic: ConfiantThe largest criminal operation trying to infect people using these advertising networks in 2017 - which bought over a billion ad impressions - has been detailed in a new report by Confiant.According to the cybersecurity company, a criminal organisation called the Zirconium Group created and operated 28 fake advertisin...
Russian hackers 'targeting UK energy sector'

Russian hackers 'targeting UK energy sector'

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Russia has attempted to attack the UK's media, telecommunications and energy sectors, an intelligence chief has said.Ciaran Martin, the chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, said the UK is facing "two significant groups of threats in cyberspace": hostile states and rampant criminality."The Prime Minister sent Russia a clear message on Monday night - we know what you are doing, and you will not succeed," Mr Martin said at a meeting held in London on Wednesday.Theresa May accused Russia of "seeking to weaponise information" as she accused Moscow of meddling in elections and hacking Denmark's defence ministry and the German parliament.She also accused Moscow of "deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an at...
Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

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Old and sloppily written code is exposing businesses to hackers, new research has warned, with the financial sector at the highest risk.After reviewing more than 278 million lines of code in 1,388 applications worldwide, researchers have found 1.3 million weaknesses which could allow hackers to take advantage of corporate systems.Research by software company CAST found that financial services institutions had the worst code, according to a benchmark called the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE).CWE is a repository of known security weaknesses hackers could take advantage of and covers software architecture as well as the code itself.Software in the financial sector has the most coding mistakes and non-secure coding practices for every thousand lines of code in its applications - its CWE den...