Cyber Attacks News, Articles and Updates

'UK is the most affected country' from hacking per capita in the world

Thousands of British businesses have paid ransoms to Russian hackers who are launching attacks every day and demanding £100,000 to release files.

NATO drawing up cyber counterattack contingency plans

Several NATO members are contemplating a change in the alliance's doctrine regarding how it might react to future cyber-attacks, possibly enabling a more robust response.

News feature: Simulated attack, lessons learned on all sides

Learning by doing. If you don't have - and practice - a breach recovery plan, then a simulation exercise can demonstrate why you should have one, identify your weak spots, and encourage you to take action to plug the holes.

Perceived versus actual risk: who is most at risk from cyber-crime?

Cyber-attacks using phishing emails, malware and other techniques are mostly indiscriminate. So whether you're an employee, a small business owner, wealthy or not, the chances of you being targeted by a cyber-criminal are similar.

Attack of the cyber-bees: self-learning hivenets to replace botnets in 2018

Highly destructive, self-learning 'swarmbots' driven by hivenets will be the threat trend for next year said Fortinet global security strategist, Derek Manky, speaking at the vendors International Media Conference in Nice this week.

NCSC head blames Russia for cyber-attacks

The head of the UK GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Wednesday accused Russia of staging attacks on critical infrastructure and other sectors within the past year.

One year since the Dyn attack: Have attitudes to DNS security changed?

Until their company has been attacked and suffered a tangible business loss, most organisations regard DNS as simply plumbing rather than critical infrastructure that requires proactive defence says Dr Malcolm Murphy.

Hacking container ships is dead easy, warn security consultants

Container ships could be at a very real risk of being hacked, warned security consultants as it is warned that there are security lapses a plenty on the high seas

Why growing networks will need continuous cyber-security

Poor collaboration between network and security teams hits ability to share knowledge quickly and accurately during attacks; Grant Ho says enterprises that continue to rely on manual processes will be more susceptible to attacks.

38% of small business spend 0 on security; only 5% think they're attacked

91 percent of small businesses report that they have not been attacked, and only five percent admit they have; 38 percent spent nothing whatsoever to protect themselves from cyber-security threats this financial year.

Cyber-attack threat as important as fighting terrorism says GCHQ

"Digital is the new frontline of national security, commented Rob Norris in response to reports of GCHQ head Jeremy Fleming describing how keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism.

Shining a light into encrypted tunnels - 5 worst things attackers can do

Organisations must secure their encrypted tunnels or risk leaving themselves at the mercy of cyber-attackers says Nick Hunter who insists they can, and must, implement centralised intelligence and automated systems.

NCSC 1st year: 1,000 attacks - 'shocking' level, or 'is that all?'

NCSC annual review: 1,131 attacks reported - thus two significant attacks per day, with 590 classed as significant and more than 30 requiring a cross-government response - industry reaction varies.

How the next cyber breach could cost you 4% of revenues: Defensive options

Itay Glick runs through some of the protections and their effectiveness against becoming not just the victim of a data breach, but also an early casualty of swinging GDPR fines.

Europol: the response to unprecedented cyber-attacks "not good enough"

The global scale, impact and rate of spread of cyber-attacks over the past year is unprecedented reports Europol's 2017 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA).

Devastating phishing attacks dominate 2017

2017 first half: Kaspersky Labs products blocked 51 million phishing attempts; mobile ransomware attacks up 250% percent; Ironscales' own research estimates 95 percent of successful attacks start with phishing says Eyal Benishti

How can the legal industry address the threat of online scams?

More than a quarter of law firms in England and Wales were targeted by fraudsters in 2016, with most attempted scams taking place online, but there are a number of steps which can be taken to prevent attacks says Peter Groucutt

Report: Without safeguards, Internet & IoT may create surveillance states

A catastrophic worldwide cyber-attack, the emergence of an IoT-enabled surveillance state, and the weakening of encryption were among the chief security and privacy fears expressed by experts.

Hackers can bypass new protections in MacOS High Sierra

MacOS High Sierra protections can be bypassed, but will make security researchers and companies work more difficult

Shipping organisations get code of practice for tackling cyber threats

Department for Transport launches new Cyber Security code of practice for ships as "Cyber-security ... threatens the reliability and performance of a shipping sector that carries 95 percent of our trade [so] has to be taken seriously."

InfoSec problems? Listen to your CISO, put more emphasis on recovery

For those businesses that want to reduce the brand risk of cyber-attack, Marc Lueck says more emphasis on recovery is the easiest place to start. It will also go a long way to future proofing organisations against upcoming threats.

SynAck ransomware attacks on the rise - active £325k bitcoin wallet

Activity surrounding a new strain of ransomware named SynAck spiked last week with at least three different versions being reported.

Brute force attack on Scottish Parliament's email system

Yesterday members of the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood were notified that hackers were trying to crack their email passwords and they were advised to update their passwords.

£17 million fines for CNI companies under proposed EU SNIS plans

Under an (NIS) directive being adopted by the UK, CNI providers will face fines of £17 million or up to four percent of annual turnover if they fail to protect critical infrastructure from loss of services due to cyber-attacks.

ICYMI: Home IoT; £40 bn attack bill; Bupa leak; malware duo; Dow Jones

In Case You Missed It: IoT home vulnerability; Cyber attacks cost £40 bn; Bupa insider data leak; dual malware vectors; Dow Jones data at risk

The rise of the cyber guru - the new must-have for the rich and famous

As high net worth individuals and celebrities find their personal data under attack, so the rise of cyber-advisors to the rich and famous have begun to make an appearance.

Cyber-terrorism: the next logical threat to come from IS

Earlier this year the attacks in London and Manchester catapulted terrorism back into the mainstream for many UK citizens.

Who cares if the Russians hacked you? How not who is more important

Of the 62 new crypto ransomware families that emerged, 47 can be attributed to Russian-speaking actors says Kaspersky - but does the source of the attack matter?

Cyber Security's future - more difficult than winning the premiership

Delegates at The Future of Cyber Security in Manchester were told how the current problems are only getting worse and we're not starting from a great position, but there are defensive strategies than can reduce the risks.