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) …


DATA OF UP TO 1M AUTO LOAN CUSTOMERS ACROSS U.S. EXPOSED

An unsecured database left exposed on an Amazon server, possibly for two years, revealed names, addresses, credit scores and parts of Social Security numbers (SSNs) of up to one million applicants for car loans, according to a report on Threatpost. Source: SC Mag Read the full story >


CYBER THREATS ARE GROWING MORE SERIOUS, AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD BE KEY TO SECURITY

In a constantly evolving digital threat landscape, where firewalls and antiviruses are considered tools of antiquity, companies are looking to more technologically advanced means of protecting crucial data. One such firm, U.K.-based Darktrace, uses machine learning capabilities — advanced algorithms that can adapt and learn — and probabilistic mathematics to learn the normal ‘pattern of …


AS CITIES GET SMARTER, HACKERS BECOME SMARTER: THIS COULD STOP THEM

As governments create smarter cities, they need cybersecurity measures built from the ground up — or they risk costly data breaches which could compromise the privacy of their citizens. In 2016 alone, cyber-crime cost the global economy more than $450 billion and over two billion personal records were stolen, according to the chief executive of …


HOW AI CAN ‘CHANGE THE LOCKS’ IN CYBERSECURITY

Some of the world’s best-known brands have invested millions of dollars in information security. So have their adversaries. But malicious actors are counting on the fact that your defenses are operated mostly by humans and tend to be the same across the board. When you moved into your neighborhood, did you change your locks or …


NATO TO SPEND £2.6B ON SATELLITES, CYBERSECURITY AND DRONES

Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said. As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online …


GOOGLE AND SISTER COMPANY TO OFFER CYBER SECURITY TO ELECTION GROUPS

Google and sister company Jigsaw are joining forces to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge as the broader tech industry seeks to fend off criticism that it is not doing enough to stop online efforts to distort elections. The growing frequency of politically-motivated online attacks — from the recent …


GERMAN CYBERSECURITY WATCHDOG RAISES ATTACK LEVEL

Germany has raised its alert level against cyber attacks to “heightened readiness” ahead of parliamentary elections, saying government websites are already subjected to daily assault, newspaper Welt am Sonntag said. “We are noticing attacks against government networks on a daily basis,” Arne Schoenbohm, president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), told the paper. …


CYBER SECURITY: EXPERTS WARN ON RISE OF HACKER RANSOMS

Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned. Ransomware, which makes devices unusable until their owners pay to unlock them, has become increasingly prevalent in the past year, they say. Source: BBC Read the full story >


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CONGRESSMAN: WE NEED A NATIONAL GUARD FOR CYBERSECURITY

There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. Source: CNN Read the full story >


CIA ‘MISSION’ ON CARS SHOWS CONCERN ABOUT NEXT-GENERATION VEHICLES

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – WikiLeaks documents showing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency considered a “mission” against connected car technology underscores auto industry concern that the science behind the next generation of vehicles could be turned against them. Source: Yahoo Read the full story >