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Embattled Medibank faces 48-hour outage as cyber security upgrade begins
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ransomware

Embattled Medibank faces 48-hour outage as cyber security upgrade begins

The Australian company has called in Microsoft experts as it deals with the fallout of a data breach that led to 9.7 million exposed customer records
9 Dec 2022
Australia aims to be most cyber-secure country by 2030
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Policy & legislation

Australia aims to be most cyber-secure country by 2030

The country is assembling an offensive cyber team which will hunt down people seeking to hack Australia’s systems
8 Dec 2022
Microsoft: Russia increasingly timing cyber attacks with missile strikes in Ukraine
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cyber warfare

Microsoft: Russia increasingly timing cyber attacks with missile strikes in Ukraine

The tech giant also warned that other European nations could be targeted by pro-Russian threat actors seeking to weaken supply chains
5 Dec 2022
Cyber attack hits French hospital forcing patients to be moved
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cyber attacks

Cyber attack hits French hospital forcing patients to be moved

The hospital shut down its network as a precaution after a south Parisien hospital had to do the same in August
5 Dec 2022
Netherlands urges citizens to prepare survival kits in case hackers target critical infrastructure
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cyber attacks

Netherlands urges citizens to prepare survival kits in case hackers target critical infrastructure

The latest campaign from the national coordinator for security echoes the growing concern in the UK government over serious cyber attacks
2 Dec 2022
Podcast transcript: The front line of fraud tech
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cyber crime

Podcast transcript: The front line of fraud tech

Read the full transcript for this episode of the IT Pro Podcast
29 Nov 2022
The IT Pro Podcast: The front line of fraud tech
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cyber crime

The IT Pro Podcast: The front line of fraud tech

With tools such as deepfakes, the future of fraud tech relies on cutting edge AI as much as good security practice
29 Nov 2022
Google rolls out patch for high-severity Chrome browser zero day
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zero-day exploit

Google rolls out patch for high-severity Chrome browser zero day

It's the eighth time this year Google has been forced to address a zero-day vulnerability in its world-leading browser
25 Nov 2022
Japan considers creating new cyber defence agency as attacks ramp up in region
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cyber attacks

Japan considers creating new cyber defence agency as attacks ramp up in region

The country may be looking to ramp up its defences as Asia was the most-attacked global region in 2021, according to one report
24 Nov 2022
Pro-Russia Killnet hackers claim DDoS attack on EU Parliament website
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cyber attacks

Pro-Russia Killnet hackers claim DDoS attack on EU Parliament website

The attack was launched shortly after MEPs voted to brand Russia a state-sponsor of terrorism for its invasion of Ukraine
24 Nov 2022
Google Cloud Platform now automatically detects highly common ransomware dropper
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Cloud

Google Cloud Platform now automatically detects highly common ransomware dropper

Cobalt Strike is one of the most widely abused cyber security tools on the market and the latest measures aim to prevent cloud-based cyber attacks
21 Nov 2022
Lab-based cyber attacks are no serious threat – yet
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cyber security

Lab-based cyber attacks are no serious threat – yet

There’s no need to fret when it comes to research-based cyber security threats, but the future is a different matter
19 Nov 2022
US federal agency breached by Iranian state-backed hackers via Log4Shell exploit
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Security

US federal agency breached by Iranian state-backed hackers via Log4Shell exploit

The initial intrusion was discovered in February but a full incident response wasn't launched until June
17 Nov 2022
Hundreds of thousands of Emotet attacks spotted daily after four-month hiatus
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cyber attacks

Hundreds of thousands of Emotet attacks spotted daily after four-month hiatus

The botnet that refuses to die returns again and is equipped with new payloads and tactics to evade detection
16 Nov 2022
How to react to a data breach
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Security

How to react to a data breach

Every business should have a data breach response plan, but when building one it can be difficult to know where to start
14 Nov 2022
Ransomware: Why do businesses still pay up?
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ransomware

Ransomware: Why do businesses still pay up?

Despite the guidance and best practice, an alarming proportion of businesses hit with ransomware simply pay to make it go away
14 Nov 2022
The rising tide of no-hook phishing
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phishing

The rising tide of no-hook phishing

Not all phishing attacks rely on links or attachments, which means you’ll have to be extra careful
12 Nov 2022
Lenovo patches ThinkPad, Yoga, IdeaPad UEFI secure boot vulnerability
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vulnerability

Lenovo patches ThinkPad, Yoga, IdeaPad UEFI secure boot vulnerability

Mistakenly used drivers could allow hackers to modify the secure boot process
10 Nov 2022
Medibank admits ransomware attack is far worse than previously thought
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cyber attacks

Medibank admits ransomware attack is far worse than previously thought

The company now believes around 9.7 million past and present customers have been affected by the attack, and has said it is refusing to pay the ransom
7 Nov 2022
Continental 'held to ransom', refuses to confirm if LockBit has stolen data
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ransomware

Continental 'held to ransom', refuses to confirm if LockBit has stolen data

The ransomware group is threatening to leak the data it has on the German manufacturer tonight if a ransom isn't paid
4 Nov 2022
LockBit repeats 'PR stunt' as Thales ransomware investigation reveals no breach
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ransomware

LockBit repeats 'PR stunt' as Thales ransomware investigation reveals no breach

The ransomware group threatened to leak stolen data on the dark web, but Thales denies any attack occurred
3 Nov 2022
Dropbox confirms hackers stole 130 code repositories in GitHub phishing campaign
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phishing

Dropbox confirms hackers stole 130 code repositories in GitHub phishing campaign

The attackers carried out a phishing attack and gained employee login credentials to CircleCI, which they then used to access GitHub
2 Nov 2022
UK's £6m cyber support package for Ukraine revealed for first time
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Security

UK's £6m cyber support package for Ukraine revealed for first time

The government said the programme has been in place since February but remained tight-lipped to preserve its operational security
1 Nov 2022