Connor Jones

Connor Jones is a Staff Writer at IT Pro covering cyber security, domestic and international tech policy, privacy, and more. He’s a full-purpose journalist who reports breaking news, in-depth feature writing, hardware reviews, and multimedia journalism while dabbling in software development in his free time.

Proudly trained at the University of Sheffield's UK-leading journalism department, he has a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English Language from Sheffield Hallam University.

Connor first joined IT Pro in 2018 as a graduate and returned in 2021 following a brief spell in PR. He got his first break in journalism after being scouted by Red Bull Esports for the role of contributing Counter-Strike Expert and has gone on to write for a range of top publications including UNILAD Tech.

You can reach Connor at connor.jones@futurenet.com or on Twitter at @ConnorLBJones 

12-year-old Linux root privilege flaw has been "hiding in plain sight"
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Linux

12-year-old Linux root privilege flaw has been "hiding in plain sight"

Researchers were quick to highlight how easy it was to exploit the vulnerability, recommending urgent patches
26 Jan 2022
NCSC project will help UK businesses identify security vulnerabilities
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC project will help UK businesses identify security vulnerabilities

The scripts will be developed and reviewed regularly to target the most pervasive issues in enterprise security
26 Jan 2022
Dark Souls servers taken offline after RCE flaw identified
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vulnerability

Dark Souls servers taken offline after RCE flaw identified

Experts say PowerShell scripts could have been launched on other players' machines as a result
25 Jan 2022
Belarusian hacktivists target railway in bid to halt Russian military
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hacking

Belarusian hacktivists target railway in bid to halt Russian military

The incident is thought to be one of the first times ransomware has been used in hacktivism
25 Jan 2022
NCSC Cyber Essentials overhaul takes effect
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC Cyber Essentials overhaul takes effect

Changes to the scope of the government-backed cyber security certification represent the biggest change since the scheme's launch in 2014
24 Jan 2022
Datto's cyber security team catalysed recent Infocyte acquisition
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mergers and acquisitions

Datto's cyber security team catalysed recent Infocyte acquisition

Datto said it will take its time integrating Infocyte's endpoint and cloud environment security technology
24 Jan 2022
Crypto.com confirms $34 million hack caused by 2FA bypass exploit
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cryptocurrencies

Crypto.com confirms $34 million hack caused by 2FA bypass exploit

The cryptocurrency exchange previously denied that any customers lost funds despite numerous reports from customers and analysts
21 Jan 2022
Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft tells IT admins to turn off legacy group policies to improve Windows performance

Though the recommendations are supposed to simplify the management of environments, admins say they are being given conflicting advice from the compan…
21 Jan 2022
Red Cross "appalled" by data breach targeting 515,000 vulnerable people
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data breaches

Red Cross "appalled" by data breach targeting 515,000 vulnerable people

The charitable organisation has begged cyber attackers not to leak the data online in emotional plea
20 Jan 2022
Cyber incident strikes Gloucester City Council as residents suffer service outages
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cyber security

Cyber incident strikes Gloucester City Council as residents suffer service outages

The Council has been hit with so-called 'sleeper' malware in what could be the second major cyber incident in the past decade
19 Jan 2022
Windows Server admins agree to forgo broken patches
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Microsoft Windows Server

Windows Server admins agree to forgo broken patches

Many administrators have agreed to wait until February's round of patches to avoid operational disruption caused by broken fixes
19 Jan 2022
Python developers release three "cursed" updates
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software development

Python developers release three "cursed" updates

Exciting developments in the next Python version are being observed while a score of bug fixes reach the most widely used Python builds
18 Jan 2022
NCA plots education drive to crack down on children exploring cyber crime
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NCA plots education drive to crack down on children exploring cyber crime

With children as young as nine being referred to the NCA for launching DDoS attacks, the new campaign aims to educate children in the consequences of …
18 Jan 2022
The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs
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encryption

The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs

Criminalisation has almost always backfired through history, pushing illicit materials further into the hands of criminals
18 Jan 2022
Microsoft warns full scope of Ukraine cyber attacks ‘not fully realised’
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ransomware

Microsoft warns full scope of Ukraine cyber attacks ‘not fully realised’

The company's investigation into the attacks targeting Ukraine revealed atypical characteristics of the "destructive" campaign that disguises itself a…
17 Jan 2022
Ransomware: Why only the bravest businesses will survive
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ransomware

Ransomware: Why only the bravest businesses will survive

With ransomware attacks a matter of when, not if, the secret to protecting your reputation lies in honesty and transparency
17 Jan 2022
Open source in open rebellion - can Google bring peace to the developer community?
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open source

Open source in open rebellion - can Google bring peace to the developer community?

A recent White House gathering exposes divisions between the open source community and the private companies that exploit it
14 Jan 2022
El Salvador becomes latest target of Pegasus spyware
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spyware

El Salvador becomes latest target of Pegasus spyware

The list of nations with access to Pegasus is growing, with evidence pointing to potential links between 35 confirmed Pegasus cases and the Salvadoran…
13 Jan 2022
Ransomware is being rewritten in Go for joint attacks on Windows, Linux users
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ransomware

Ransomware is being rewritten in Go for joint attacks on Windows, Linux users

The Google-created programming language has become increasingly popular in the malware community for its speed and effectiveness in targeting more use…
13 Jan 2022
US gov issues fresh warning over Russian threat to critical infrastructure
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cyber warfare

US gov issues fresh warning over Russian threat to critical infrastructure

The FBI, NSA and CISA have urged network defenders to be on "heightened alert" for Russian cyber attacks
12 Jan 2022
Microsoft takes aim at critical RCE flaws with "massive" Patch Tuesday update
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cyber security

Microsoft takes aim at critical RCE flaws with "massive" Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft has kicked off 2022 with a score of security fixes for critical-rated vulnerabilities in some of the most widely used products used by busin…
12 Jan 2022
Nearly half of all Log4j downloads remain critically vulnerable
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vulnerability

Nearly half of all Log4j downloads remain critically vulnerable

The findings come as the US threatens legal action against those who fail to patch to the latest versions of the popular Java library
11 Jan 2022
Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data
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data protection

Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data

The crime-fighting agency has failed to implement the necessary data protection measures it was told to make more than a year ago
11 Jan 2022
QNAP warns of ransomware targeting internet-facing NAS products
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network attached storage (NAS)

QNAP warns of ransomware targeting internet-facing NAS products

The manufacturer has provided a guide to securing vulnerable products amid ongoing attacks
10 Jan 2022
FBI warns of hackers mailing malicious USB sticks to businesses
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cyber attacks

FBI warns of hackers mailing malicious USB sticks to businesses

The FIN7 cyber crime group is alleged to be behind the months-long wave of attacks against the defence, transportation, and insurance industries
10 Jan 2022
Simple Active Directory tweak helps block BlackMatter ransomware attacks
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ransomware

Simple Active Directory tweak helps block BlackMatter ransomware attacks

Security researchers reverse engineer the infamous ransomware strain and discover a way to stymie its file encryption process, even if it reaches a co…
7 Jan 2022
Google is working with leading PC manufacturers to improve Android on Windows
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Google Android

Google is working with leading PC manufacturers to improve Android on Windows

Acer, HP, and Intel are all working with Google to bring a more seamless experience to Android users on Windows, as the company announces a raft of ne…
6 Jan 2022
FTC threatens legal action against companies failing to patch Log4Shell
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cyber security

FTC threatens legal action against companies failing to patch Log4Shell

The agency appears to be cracking down on the widespread security flaw as attack attempts remained high over the holiday period
5 Jan 2022
Intel claims its new Core i9 CPU outperforms Apple's M1 Max
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Hardware

Intel claims its new Core i9 CPU outperforms Apple's M1 Max

The Intel Core i9-12900HK will be the most powerful mobile processor on the market, the chipmaker said during its CES 2022 launch announcement
5 Jan 2022
Morgan Stanley agrees $60 million settlement in data breach lawsuit
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data protection

Morgan Stanley agrees $60 million settlement in data breach lawsuit

The two separate data incidents occurred in 2016 and 2019 and concerned the investment bank's handling of legacy IT equipment
4 Jan 2022
Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug
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email delivery

Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug

On-premises Exchange servers are failing to deliver mail because they can't handle 2022 as a date format
4 Jan 2022
The scariest security horror stories of 2021
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cyber security

The scariest security horror stories of 2021

A crisis at Microsoft, the ransomware resurgence, and endless zero-days dominated headlines
28 Dec 2021
Hackers bypass patched Microsoft Office flaw to inject Formbook malware
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malware

Hackers bypass patched Microsoft Office flaw to inject Formbook malware

The attack is thought to be a dry run for a wider campaign in the future
21 Dec 2021
NCA donates 225 million passwords to Have I Been Pwned
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cyber security

NCA donates 225 million passwords to Have I Been Pwned

The move comes as both UK and US national crime-fighting agencies collaborate with the popular compromised credential checker
21 Dec 2021
UK sets unicorn record, creating more than France and Germany combined in 2021
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startups

UK sets unicorn record, creating more than France and Germany combined in 2021

The UK has again proven to be a tech superpower in Europe sweeping up investments and opening up opportunities throughout the country
20 Dec 2021
What is the Log4Shell vulnerability?
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zero-day exploit

What is the Log4Shell vulnerability?

The critical flaw affecting products built using Java is set to cause headaches in the enterprise for months to come
20 Dec 2021