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Operation reWired: 281 suspected email scammers arrested around the world

Law enforcement agencies around the world have arrested a total of 281 people suspected of being behind a spate of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams that have stolen millions of dollars from businesses and individuals.


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Wikipedia and World of Warcraft Classic targeted by DDoS attacks

Uou can imagine the pain that was caused to pub quiz cheats and students writing essays this weekend when crowd-sourced internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular websites, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Hackers who hit Texas with ransomware attack demanded $2.5 million, got nothing

Although it may have cost Texas more to recover from the ransomware attack than paying the ransom, in the long term a refusal to pay extortionists will help to discourage future attacks.


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Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

A security researcher found a server on the internet containing more than 419 million records related to Facebook users.

No password protection was in place – meaning the treasure trove of phone numbers was available to literally anybody with an internet connection.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…


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Twitter disables tweeting via SMS (temporarily at least), in wake of Jack Dorsey account hijack

In the wake of the CEO of Twitter having his account hijacked the site has disabled the option to tweet via SMS.


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CEO voice deepfake blamed for scam that stole $243,000

A company is said to have lost €220,000 (approximately $243,000) after receiving a phone call from a boss requesting the money be transferred into a supplier’s bank account.

But it wasn’t the real boss on the phone…

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Chinese tech firm Huawei says it was hacked by the United States

The Chinese technology giant says the United States has launched hacking attacks against its intranet and internal network.

But attributing a cyber attack to a particular party is notoriously difficult. It would certainly be just as fascinating to see Huawei’s reasons why it believes the USA hacked it, as to see what evidence the United States has against Huawei.


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Earn $2.5 million if you find a remote zero-day exploit for Android

A vulnerability broker is offering up to $2.5 million for zero-day remote exploits which would allow attackers to infect a remote Android smartphone with malware, with no user interaction required. But who will they then sell exploits to?


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Join me for a webinar about making cybersecurity relevant in modern day culture

Next week, on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 3pm UK (that’s 10am EST), I’ll be participating in a webinar hosted by The Register alongside MetaCompliance’s Robert O’Brien – and I’d love it if you joined in!


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About the Twitter CEO ‘@jack hack’

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked, after his mobile phone provider allowed someone else to seize his number.


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Google’s bug bounty bid to make big Android apps more secure

Google’s bug bounty has been expanded to not only covers the firm’s own products, but additionally all apps in the official Google Play store which have had 100 million or more installs.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Hear me speak at “Conversations from the Vault” in London

You may already be going to be there without realising it, as the event is happening at the same place as IDC’s Identity & Privacy Conference.


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The top reason businesses make a cyber insurance claim – Business Email Compromise

AIG, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, has issued a report which reveals that there is a new leader in the list of top threats causing losses for businesses.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Ex-Amazon worker – suspected of hacking Capital One – faces charges of breaching 30 other companies to mine cryptocurrency

Capital One isn’t the only organisation allegedly to have had its data breached by Paige Thompson, the former Amazon systems engineer.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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