• Americans Avoid Sites After Forgetting Passwords

    Americans Avoid Sites After Forgetting PasswordsNearly two-thirds of Americans avoid using websites or accounts for which they have forgotten their password, according to new research published today by LastPass.The password manager and Vault app maker commissioned OnePoll to survey 2,005 Americans about their password habits. According to LastPass, the results show that the "long-standing trend of poor password behavior persists despite increasing risks online."&nb
  • Europol: “Virtually All” Crime Now Has a Digital Element

    Europol: “Virtually All” Crime Now Has a Digital Element“Virtually all” criminal activities have an online component to them, while many have fully migrated online, according to a new report by Europol.The 2021 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) highlighted how criminals are increasingly incorporating digital technologies into their activities, a trend that has been exacerbated in the last year amid COVID-19 lockdowns. This includes in areas l
  • Brits Still Confused by Multi-Factor Authentication

    Brits Still Confused by Multi-Factor AuthenticationThe British public are still woefully underinformed and unaware of the security benefits of multi-factor authentication (MFA), a new study from the FIDO Alliance has revealed.The industry association, founded in 2012 to promote authentication standards and reduce global reliance on passwords, recently polled over 4000 consumers in the UK, France, Germany and the US.It revealed that half (49%) UK consumers have had their social media accounts com
  • Over 90% of Organizations Hit by a Mobile Malware Attack in 2020

    Over 90% of Organizations Hit by a Mobile Malware Attack in 2020Almost every global organization suffered at least one mobile malware attack in 2020, according to a new report from Check Point.The security vendor polled 1800 customers of its Harmony Mobile device threat protection product to compile its 2021 Mobile Security Report.Of the near-total number that faced a mobile attack last year, 93% of incidents originated in a device network, and were either phishing attempts (52%), C&C commun
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  • Man Arrested After Failed AWS Bomb Plot

    Man Arrested After Failed AWS Bomb PlotA Wichita Falls man has been charged after allegedly planning to blow up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) datacenter in Virginia.Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested last Thursday after procuring what he thought was an explosive device from an undercover FBI officer in Fort Worth.He was charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, after a concerned individual flagged “alarming” statements he made on a militia group forum
  • Security services and police to face questions over London Bridge attacker

    Security services and police to face questions over London Bridge attacker
    Inquest will ask if deaths of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at hands of convicted terrorist Usman Khan could have been prevented
    The security services and police are to face questions over whether they missed the chance to stop a convicted terrorist out on licence with an electronic tag who stabbed two people to death.On Monday, the inquests open into the deaths of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were killed in the November 2019 attack at Fishmongers hall, near London Bridge at a pri
  • Facebook Removes 16k Groups for Trading Fake Reviews

    Facebook Removes 16k Groups for Trading Fake Reviews Social media giant Facebook has removed thousands of groups from its platforms over the trading of fake and misleading reviews.The cull occurred after two separate interventions by Britain’s competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).In January 2020, Facebook committed to improving its identification, investigation, and removal of groups and other pages where misleading and fake reviews were being traded, and to pr
  • US Jails Cyber-stalker Who Targeted Attack Survivor

    US Jails Cyber-stalker Who Targeted Attack Survivor The United States has imprisoned the cyberstalker of a woman who, as a child, survived a violent assault that claimed the life of her friend. According to court records, the victim was in a Texas bedroom with another girl in December 1999 when an assailant entered and slit both the little girls' throats. The perpetrator was later caught and convicted of the crime.Alvin Willie George of Cross City, who has no connection to the surviving vic
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  • Murder of Kremlin critic in London ‘was made to look like suicide’

    Murder of Kremlin critic in London ‘was made to look like suicide’
    Nikolai Glushkov was strangled by assailant who then wrapped dog lead around his neck, inquest told The prominent Kremlin critic Nikolai Glushkov was strangled at his home in south-west London by an unknown assailant who wrapped a dog lead around his neck in a crude attempt to “simulate” the appearance of suicide, an inquest heard.Glushkov’s body was discovered on 12 March 2018 at his suburban home in New Malden. His daughter Natalia Glushkova told the hearing that she and Glus
  • LifeLabs Launches Vulnerability Disclosure Program

    LifeLabs Launches Vulnerability Disclosure ProgramCanada’s leading provider of laboratory diagnostic information and digital health connectivity systems today announced the launch of a new Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP).LifeLabs Medical Laboratory started the VDP program with the intention of strengthening cybercrime detection technology across its online tools, apps, and solutions.“Our goal is to continue to innovate and lead the health care industry in cybersecurity, o
  • NCSC: Large Number of Brits Are Using Easily Guessable Passwords

    NCSC: Large Number of Brits Are Using Easily Guessable PasswordsA substantial proportion of Brits choose passwords that are easy for cyber-criminals to predict, leaving them vulnerable to hacking.This is according to an independent survey carried out on behalf of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This found that when protecting their online accounts, people regularly use predictable passwords. These include pet names (15%), family members’ names (14%), a significant dat
  • Learning from Recent Insider Data Breaches

    Learning from Recent Insider Data BreachesThe security lessons organizations can take from insider attack trends were discussed by Neil Daswani, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Stanford Advanced Cybersecurity Program, during a RSAC 365 webcast.Daswani, author of the recently published book Big Breaches: Cybersecurity Lessons for Everyone, began by outlining trends there have been in regard to the volume of insider data breaches. From the period 2005-2009, the average number per year was under 25, bu
  • #COVID19 Fraud Surge Threatens to Overwhelm Banks

    #COVID19 Fraud Surge Threatens to Overwhelm BanksSurging levels of fraud and financial crime during the pandemic threaten to overwhelm banking teams working from home with disjointed internal systems, according to new research from FICO.The predictive analytics company commissioned Omdia to poll 110 senior executives supporting financial crime-fighting efforts in banks across the US, UK, Brazil, Germany, the Nordics and Canada.In the UK, the vast majority (79%) of respondents cited remote w
  • Hackers Hacked as Underground Carding Site is Breached

    Hackers Hacked as Underground Carding Site is BreachedThousands of cyber-criminals have had their personal data leaked online after a popular carding forum was hacked, according to Group-IB.The Singapore-based security firm said it discovered that data belonging to users of the Swarmshop site was leaked to another underground forum on March 17.“The database was posted on a different underground forum and contained 12,344 records of the card shop admins, sellers and buyers including their n
  • UK Firms Suffer Record Number of Cyber-Attacks in Q1

    UK Firms Suffer Record Number of Cyber-Attacks in Q1There was no let up for UK businesses in the first three months of 2021, with commercial organizations suffering an 11% year-on-year increase in cyber-attacks during the period, according to Beaming.The business ISP compiled the stats from analysis of traffic flowing to thousands of its corporate customers nationwide.It claimed UK firms were hit by over 172,000 attacks each on average during the first quarter, the equivalent of 1912 per day and
  • College Track Coach Accused of Cyberstalking

    College Track Coach Accused of Cyberstalking Police in Chicago have arrested a former track and field coach for allegedly soliciting sexually explicit images from female athletes under false pretenses. Chicago resident Steve Waithe was arrested on April 7 and charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of cyberstalking. Waithe attended Loch Raven High School, where he was the Maryland State Champion in the triple jump. From 2014–15, the 28-year-old competed on Pe
  • Stimulus Stimulates Unemployment Scams

    Stimulus Stimulates Unemployment ScamsThe number of suspicious unemployment-related emails targeting Americans rose by 50% after the third round of stimulus checks was announced in late February, according to new data from Tessian’s threat intelligence team.News of the phishing surge comes after the United States Department of Justice warned that fraudsters are creating websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites, including state workforce agency (SWA) website
  • Online Fraud in the UK Up 179% in the Last Decade

    Online Fraud in the UK Up 179% in the Last DecadeInternet and e-commerce fraud in the UK rose by 179% during the period from 2010 to 2020, according to an analysis by Uswitch.com.In 2020 alone £376.5m was lost to internet and e-commerce fraud in the UK, which was more heavily impacted by this type of crime than any other country in Europe. Across the previous decade, more than one in nine (12%) of Brits have been affected by this kind of fraud, with a value of £8908 lost per 1000 inh
  • Armed Conflict Draws Closer as State-Backed Cyber-Attacks Intensify

    Armed Conflict Draws Closer as State-Backed Cyber-Attacks Intensify The world is coming perilously close to nation states retaliating against cyber-attacks with conventional weapons, according to a new HP report.The study, Nation States, Cyberconflict and the Web of Profit, was compiled by University of Surrey senior lecturer in criminology, Mike McGuire, from publicly available reports into state-sponsored attacks and interviews with scores of experts.It claimed there has been a 100% increase i
  • F-15EX Eagle II unveiled as newest fighter

    F-15EX Eagle II unveiled as newest fighter
    DefenceTalkEGLIN AIR FORCE BASE: Today marks the unveiling of the name and the official role of the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle ll. Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Office of the Assistant...
  • Biden to announce anti-gun violence measures

    Biden to announce anti-gun violence measures
    DefenceTalkPresident Joe Biden will unveil measures on Thursday aimed at curbing rampant US gun violence, especially seeking to prevent the spread of untraceable “ghost guns,” White House...
  • US warns China over Philippines, Taiwan moves

    US warns China over Philippines, Taiwan moves
    DefenceTalkThe United States on Wednesday warned China against what the Philippines and Taiwan see as increasingly aggressive moves, reminding Beijing of Washington’s obligations to its...
  • ACC Launches Data Security Program for Law Firms

    ACC Launches Data Security Program for Law FirmsThe legal industry’s first comprehensive data security evaluation and accreditation program has been launched today.The Data Steward Program (DSP), which has been developed by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), will enable quick assessments and comparisons of law firms’ data security standards by prospective clients.The ACC said the program has been introduced in light of growing concerns from both law firms and their clients r
  • Number of US Breach Victims Jumps 564% in Q1 2021

    Number of US Breach Victims Jumps 564% in Q1 2021The number of publicly reported breach victims in the US has soared by 564% from the end of 2020 to the first three months of this year, according to the latest data from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).The non-profit claimed that 51 million consumers were affected by incidents in Q1 2021, versus eight million in the final three months of 2020.However, the volume of breaches only rose by 12%, or 363, over the same period. The ITRC claime
  • Italian Arrested After Allegedly Paying Hitman to Murder Ex-Girlfriend

    Italian Arrested After Allegedly Paying Hitman to Murder Ex-GirlfriendEuropol has revealed the arrest of an Italian national suspected of paying for a hitman via a dedicated dark web site.The unnamed suspect reportedly paid €10,000 in Bitcoin to have their ex-girlfriend murdered. They visited a website hosted on the TOR network which advertised assassination services.Europol said its European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) assisted the Italian Postal a
  • Taiwan blasts ‘self-defeating’ China fighter jet incursions

    Taiwan blasts ‘self-defeating’ China fighter jet incursions
    DefenceTalkTaiwan blasted China’s fighter jet incursions as “self-defeating” on Wednesday as 15 more of Beijing’s planes crossed into the island’s air defence zone....
  • Consulting Firm Data Breach Impacts MSU

    Consulting Firm Data Breach Impacts MSU Michigan State University (MSU) has been impacted by a data breach stemming from a cyber-attack on an Ohio law firm.Bricker & Eckler LLP, which is associated with MSU Title IX contractor INCompliance Consulting, was hit with ransomware in January 2021. An investigation into the incident determined that an unauthorized party gained access to certain Bricker internal systems at various times between approximately January 14 and January 31."Find
  • IT Pros Share Work Devices with Household

    IT Pros Share Work Devices with Household New research has revealed that nearly a quarter of IT security professionals share their work devices with members of their household. The finding comes from the 2021 Global IT Security Survey published today by hardware-encrypted USB drive manufacturer Apricorn.Researchers questioned more than 400 IT security practitioners across North America and Europe about their security practices and policies during remote working conditions ove
  • Phishing Emails Most Commonly Originate from Eastern Europe

    Phishing Emails Most Commonly Originate from Eastern EuropeScam emails most commonly originate from Eastern European countries, according to a study by Barracuda Networks.Analyzing geolocation and network infrastructure across over two billion emails from its Threat Spotlight data, the researchers calculated the quantity of phishing emails as an overall percentage of total messages sent from regions throughout the globe.It was discovered that the five countries with the highest proportion o
  • Chemical Weapon Shopping Sends Dark Web User to Prison

    Chemical Weapon Shopping Sends Dark Web User to Prison An American man who stole someone's identity and tried to purchase a chemical weapon on the dark web after going through a breakup has been sent to prison.Forty-six-year-old Jason William Siesser admitted attempting to buy a highly toxic chemical in amounts capable of killing hundreds of people on two occasions between June 14 and August 23, 2018.On August 4, 2020, Siesser pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to acquire a chemical

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