Cyber-Attacks News, Articles and Updates

Big Phish - why phishing just won't go away, and what to do about it

Adam Vincent discusses why phishing attacks continue to dominate the cyber-security landscape, why companies are still falling for them and how attacker profiling can help protect against them.

Attack on our NHS...and this time it's from cyber-space

Chris Welch discusses what healthcare organisations in the UK should be doing to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.

45% of NHS trusts scan for app vulnerabilities just once a year

Nearly half (45 percent) of NHS trusts scan for application vulnerabilities just once a year. Less than eight percent do so on a daily basis.

Levelling the playing field against targeted attacks

Wieland Alge discusses how businesses must adapt their security methods in response to the growing number of targeted, multi-vector attacks taking place

Never stop learning - the need for a risk-based approach to cyber-security

Kristine Olson-Chapman advises senior executives and IT security professionals on how to manage the challenges of cyber-security by using a risk-based approach

Retailers overconfident in identifying and remediating cyber-attacks

Despite unique attacks on their sector, IT professionals in retail are overconfident in their ability to quickly collect data needed to identify and remediate cyber-attacks.

The average company experiences two to three cyber-attacks per month

Most security executives have confidence in protecting their businesses from cyber-attacks despite experiencing about two to three effective attacks per month at the average company.

Cyber-attacks targeting DoD contractor, OPM, and US aircraft carrier linked to China

A Chinese cyber-attack targeting a US Defence Department contractor was linked to the OPM hack.

89% of UK consumers concerned with immoral use of AI and cyber-attacks

Nearly half of consumers see Artificial Intelligence as having a positive impact on society, compared to seven percent who do not.

Global study: Is IT security making progress against cyber-attacks?

CyberArk's 10th annual Global Advanced Threat Landscape Survey conducts research on global enterprises and whether they are learning from cyber-attacks and what priorities are being influenced.

1 in 50 employees a malicious insider?

A survey recently conducted by Imperva showed that 36 percent of surveyed companies have experienced security incidents involving malicious employees in the past 12 months.

Cyber-attacks now cost enterprises US $861K per security incident

On average, a single cyber-security incident now costs large businesses US $861,000 (£652,000). Meanwhile, small and medium businesses (SMBs) pay $86,500 (£65,500).

Increasing use of encryption technology causes more cyber-attacks

An outcome of the growing use of encryption technology to keep network data safe is an increase in cyber-attacks.

CFcS programme established to improve US national cyber-posture

The growth of state sponsored and APT cyber-attacks on the US government has triggered a much needed response by the US National Security Agency's (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD).

DNS attacks cost businesses more than £702K

DNS attacks are costing businesses more than $1 million (£702K), however 25 percent of organisations still are not implementing any kind of basic security software

Web app attacks are on the rise, but money is tight for developers

Cyber-attacks against web applications are increasing, yet security budgets for developers remain low.

SC Congress Atlanta: Ransomware, a real or overblown threat?

A panel Tuesday at SC Congress Atlanta delved into a debate over how serious the threat is posed by ransomware.

BfV agency says Russia is behind German cyber-attacks

According to Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Russia was most likely responsible for the major cyber-attack on the Bundestag last year, forcing computer systems to be on hiatus for days.

US-based IP addresses created the most cyber-attacks in three years

Cyber-attacks from US-based IP addresses have reached the highest point in the last three years.

Microsoft PowerShell used to launch 38% of cyber-attacks in 2015

To fly under the radar of security systems, hackers are increasingly using PowerShell, a scripting language inherent in Microsoft systems.

The vulnerability of remote working for financial institutions

Claus Rosendal says financial services are a hot target for cyber-criminals, and observes that they may consistently gain access via remote workers.

Chinese hackers rob over 18M user credentials via Japanese server

Over 18 million user credentials have been found on a server of a Japanese company who let Chinese hackers use it in their attacks.

Apparent DDoS attack knocks Swedish news services offline

Seven of Sweden's top online newspapers were disabled for several hours this past weekend after a series of apparent Distributed Denial of Service attacks, the Agence France-Presse has reported.

Only 28% of cyber-attacks are reported by UK biz

Over two thirds (72 percent) of cyber-attacks are not reported by businesses in the UK

IT pros lack key info to defend against cyber-attacks

To quickly detect an occurring cyber-attack on endpoints, there are seven important security controls required to be put in place by a wide variety of security regulations.

Cyber-attacks claim spot as top threat for businesses once again

For the second year running, cyber-attacks are the top threat perceived by businesses. Data breaches took second place on the list, up one place from 2015.

The rise of the political and ideological motivated attack

Hacking sources are proliferating so organisations need to understand their risk of political or ideological attack, install proactive security defences and be able to detect and contain threats quickly,says Dan Holden.

2 million sets of personal records stolen in 2015 Japanese cyber-attacks

At least 2.07 million data sets with personal information have been leaked or feared leaked from 140 organisations in Japan during 2015.

It's the tools not the talent: the flip side to the cyber skills debate

Technology, which can offer scale, speed and simplicity, needs to be adopted and, importantly, the benefits need to be understood by the board so that time and education is a dedicated part of staff training says Richard Olver.

Hackers exploit zero-day in Joomla sites

A previously patched Joomla zero-day vulnerability is experiencing attacks that were found in the wild. Website admins are being urged to update the issue as soon as possible.