Month: March 2017

Attempts to hack German parliament used ads on Israeli website

Attempts to hack Germany’s parliament this year used advertising on an Israeli news site to redirect users to a malicious website, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing Berlin’s cyber security watchdog. The advertising appeared on the website of Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, according to the report. Defenses installed after the parliament was successfully hacked in 2015 …

An Evolving Threat: Ransomware in 2017

Although it is at the forefront of any discussion about security today, ransomware has only been a major part of the malware scene since 2014. The threat is still evolving, and IT professionals are sure to encounter even more advanced ransomware in 2017. Tracking the Continued Rise of Ransomware in 2017 Ransomware generally revokes access …

IPCC investigating claims Scotland Yard illegally hired hackers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating allegations claiming a secret Scotland Yard department hired hackers to illegally access the private emails of political campaigners and journalists, the Guardian reports. An anonymous letter written by one of the individuals working in the Scotland Yard unit said the group worked in conjunction with Indian police to …

North Korea’s Rising Ambition Seen in Bid to Breach Global Banks

When hackers associated with North Korea tried to break into Polish banks late last year they left a trail of information about their apparent intentions to steal money from more than 100 organizations around the world, according to security researchers. A list of internet protocol addresses, which was supplied by the security researchers and analyzed …

Hackers Are Threatening To Wipe Hundreds Of Millions Of iPhones: How To Protect Yourself

A group of hackers calling themselves “Turkish Crime Family” is claiming they can access up to 559 million Apple email accounts on the icloud.com and me.com domains. They’re demanding Apply pay $75,000 in bitcoin or ether, another cryptocurrency, or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards by April 7 in exchange for deleting the data, Vice’s Motherboard blog reported …

SENATE REPUBLICANS JUST VOTED TO KILL INTERNET PRIVACY

From health-care coverage to environmental protections, Republicans are moving quickly to erase Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. The latest Obama-era policy to be rolled back are guidelines protecting consumer Internet privacy. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, under the direction of former Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler, mandated that broadband providers get their customers’ permission before selling …

Google and sister company to offer cyber security to election groups

Google and sister company Jigsaw are joining forces to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge as the broader tech industry seeks to fend off criticism that it is not doing enough to stop online efforts to distort elections. The growing frequency of politically-motivated online attacks — from the recent …

The future of cyber protection is already here, and presents the global banking community with numerous challenges—particularly in the area of mobile

At a Banking Supervision Department conference held today, two main issues were discussed in depth: The promotion of competition in the banking sector, and the major technological changes that the banking system and its customers are experiencing. During the conference, Check Point CEO Gil Shwed, in a discussion with the Supervisor of Banks, said, “The …

Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity

Sex toy maker We-Vibe has agreed to pay customers up to C$10,000 (£6,120) each after shipping a “smart vibrator” which tracked owners’ use without their knowledge. Following a class-action lawsuit in an Illinois federal court, We-Vibe’s parent company Standard Innovation has been ordered to pay a total of C$4m to owners, with those who used …

International Travelers Beware-Digital Device Searches at the Border

International travelers traveling with electronic devices beware. In recent years, the number of electronic media searches at U.S. borders has increased dramatically. In fiscal year 2016, 390 million people entered the U.S., and 23,877 electronic media searches were conducted at the border. In fiscal year 2015 there were only 4,764.[1] And under the Trump Administration, …