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Cybersecurity giant Symantec plays down unreported breach of test data

The American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government agencies.   The list extracted in the February incident, seen by Guardian Australia, suggests that all major federal government departments were among the targets of …


LabCorp data breach exposes information of 7.7 million consumers

A day after Quest Diagnostics announced 12 million patients were affected by a data breach, another medical testing company says its patients’ data was also compromised.   In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, LabCorp. said “approximately 7.7 million consumers” are affected by a breach at third-party collections firm American …


Baltimore ransomware attack: NSA faces questions

Politicians representing a US city struck by a ransomware attack are asking questions of the National Security Agency after claims it helped make the breach possible. The New York Times reported on Saturday that a hacking vulnerability known as EternalBlue has been exploited to blackmail Baltimore’s local government. The NSA discovered the flaw, but the …


Malware-ridden laptop artwork sold for $1.3m

A laptop packed with six types of dangerous malware has been sold for $1.3m (£1.03m) in an online auction. The artwork titled The Persistence of Chaos was a joint project between artist Guo O Dong and cyber-security company Deep Instinct. An anonymous bidder bought the 11-year-old Samsung notebook containing the malware. Under the terms of …


Global co-operation on cyber security is long overdue

Security researchers recently revealed that a previously unknown hacker group carried out a series of attacks on government agencies in 13 countries by redirecting agency computers to hacker-controlled servers. This happened through the manipulation of domain name system (DNS) infrastructure. And it followed a US Department of Homeland Security alert disclosing a global campaign, subsequently …


Ransomware no longer biggest cyber security threat, report finds

Ransomware attacks are becoming less prevalent as cyber criminals look to news way of attacking a system, a new report has found.   Instead, hackers are turning towards hidden HTTPs tunnels that appear as normal encrypted web traffic to target healthcare organisations.   The Vectra 2019 Spotlight Report on Healthcare identified Internet of Things (IoT) …


Auto industry says cybersecurity is a significant concern as cars become more automated

The auto industry is downplaying the immediate risk of car-hacking after a report about a cyber-intruder’s use of GPS trackers that allowed him to monitor the location of thousands of vehicles in commercial fleets and even turn off their engines. “Hacking is not like you see it on TV,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for …


1.5m Users Hit By New Facebook Privacy Breach As Extent Of Data Misuse Exposed

Facebook’s alleged data misuse hit the headlines (again) on Thursday as Business Insider revealed that the company had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” The privacy breach came to light when a security researcher questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when …


Investors Are Betting Early On Cybersecurity Startups

In an increasingly digital world, startups, small businesses, and large corporations have at least one problem in common: ensuring the security of the data they store. We also know that security is top of mind for VCs, too—but likely more for the returns than the actual protection. According to Scale Venture Partners’s 2018 cyber report, …


Should cyber-security be more chameleon, less rhino?

Billions are being lost to cyber-crime each year, and the problem seems to be getting worse. So could we ever create unhackable computers beyond the reach of criminals and spies? Israeli researchers are coming up with some interesting solutions.   The key to stopping the hackers, explains Neatsun Ziv, vice president of cyber-security products at …