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Ransomware behind NHS Lanarkshire cyber-attack Aug 28th 2017

It has been confirmed that ransomware was behind a cyber-attack on a Scottish health board which led to some appointments and procedures being cancelled.

NHS Lanarkshire said it was a new variant of Bitpaymer that infected its network on Friday.

The board said staff worked over the weekend to reinstate IT systems.

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Bitcoin-accepting sites leave cookie trail that crumbles anonymity Aug 20th 2017

Merchants share too much tracking information? Colour us un-surprised

Bitcoin transactions might be anonymous, but on the Internet, its users aren't - and according to research out of Princeton University, linking the two together is trivial on the modern, much-tracked Internet.

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US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems - researcher Aug 19th 2017

And how to avoid making the same mistakes

BSides Minor blunders in reverse web proxies can result in critical security vulnerabilities on internal networks, the infosec world was warned this week.

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How hackers are targeting the shipping industry Aug 18th 2017

When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery.

"Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus," explains co-founder Lars Jensen. "They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department."

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'Thingbots' become a 'thing' expected to underpin a future darknet Aug 18th 2017

Botnets built exclusively from IoT devices have very much become a 'thing' - 'thingbots' - and they are now becoming a primary infrastructure for a future darknet according to a report from cybersecurity firm F5 Networks.

Botnets built exclusively from IoT devices have very much become a ‘thing, with their own name - thingbots - and they are now becoming a primary infrastructure for a future darknet according to a report from cybersecurity firm F5 Networks.

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Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth Aug 11th 2017

Malicious gadgets can snoop on keypresses, other data, through ports, it is claimed

Malicious USB gadgets can secretly spy on data flowing in and out of devices plugged into adjacent USB ports, security researchers in Australia have warned.

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TalkTalk Is Fined £100,000 For Data Protection Act Breach Aug 11th 2017

ICO says TalkTalk didn’t do enough to stop criminals in Indian call centre from accessing huge amounts of customer data

TalkTalk has been fined £100,000 for a breach of the Data Protection Act that allowed scammers to access large amounts of customer data for use in phone-based phishing attacks.

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Recently patched Flash Player sandbox leaks Windows credentials Aug 11th 2017

A flaw in Adobe Flash could have allowed hackers to discover Windows user credentials. Hackers can find out user details with this one simple trick.

According to Dutch security researcher Björn Ruytenberg, the bug is a variant of an old vulnerability, CVE-2016-4271, which Adobe patched in September 2016. That bug could enable hackers to fool users into loading a Flash file that would connect to a remote SMB server and steal Windows credentials.

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New UK Data Protection Bill Gives Brits More Power And Makes More Demands Of Business Aug 7th 2017

Businesses could face huge fines or criminal charges as individuals are given opportunity to withdraw consent for data, under proposed laws

The government claims a new Data Protection Bill will give the UK one of the “most robust” set of data laws and prepare the country for its post-Brexit future by giving Brits much greater control over how their information is collected and used.

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