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Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack

Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say. The “sustained” hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a “determined attack” on all user accounts “in an attempt to …

Nearly 200 Million U.S. Voters’ Personal Data Accidentally Leaked by Data Firm Contracted by RNC

  Information about more than 198 million U.S. citizens was accidentally leaked earlier this month, after more than a terabyte of data was stored on a publicly accessible server by a marketing firm working for the Republican National Committee. Deep Root Analytics, a conservative media firm, has confirmed that it owned the exposed data, Gizmodo …

Companies use kidnap insurance to guard against ransomware attacks

Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world’s political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as “WannaCry”, insurers say. Cyber insurance can be expensive to buy and is not widely used outside the United States, with one insurer previously describing the cost as $100,000 …

The Israelis Leading the Fight Against Cyberattacks on the Banks

  In February 2016, one of the biggest cyberattacks in the history of data security went down, when hackers managed to fool the Bangladeshi central bank’s interbank money transfer system (part of the international SWIFT system), stealing $850 million. The breach was only discovered because of a silly spelling mistake by the burglars, thanks to …

BlackBerry joins UK start-up to monitor WhatsApp chat

  BlackBerry has teamed up with a London start-up to help banks monitor traders that use WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging tools. The Canadian company, which has stopped making handsets to focus on security and productivity tools for smartphones, has partnered with UK technology company VoxSmart to offer financial services companies a new way of …

How WhatsApp Exposes Your Information

One of the major advantages of the WhatsApp text, voice, photo and video messaging service is its end-to-end encryption of messages. The app, which is owned by Facebook, doesn’t necessarily offer the most highly protected service, but the feature is a major advantage for a messaging service that is the most widely used in the …

Google isn’t fixing a serious Android security flaw for months

Google acknowledged that there’s a serious security flaw in Android that would allow attackers to target unsuspecting users with malicious software, but it’s only be fixed in the next major release of Android. Found by CheckPoint, the flaw takes advantage of the way Android works to expose users to certain types of malware attacks, including …

Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts

It started about seven years ago. Iran’s top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene. In another seven years, security experts warn, assassins won’t need motorcycles or magnetic …

Electronic Setups of Driverless Cars Vulnerable to Hackers

Any part of a car that talks to the outside world is a potential opportunity for hackers. That includes the car’s entertainment and navigation systems, preloaded music and mapping apps, tire-pressure sensors, even older entry points like a CD drive. It also includes technologies that are still in the works, like computer vision systems and …

Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market. “We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in a June 5 interview on Bloomberg Television that amounted to his most detailed comments yet on …