Security threats

That “sophisticated” Labour cyber-attack – don’t panic

With a drama-filled general election campaign underway in the United Kingdom, the Labour Party says that its systems suffered a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack.”


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tripwire.com

BlueKeep: What you need to know

Currently BlueKeep attacks have been causing computers to crash, and drawing attention to themselves.

But that may be about to change…

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


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bitdefender.com

Mac users warned that disabling all Office macros doesn’t actually disable all Office macros

It’s been almost 25 years since macro malware first reared its head, and it would be nice to think that the defences Microsoft has built into its Office suite in the years since would do a half-decent job of stemming the threat.

Unfortunately, it seems that’s not the case – at least not for users of the Mac version of Microsoft Office.

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


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Smashing Security #153: Cybercrime doesn’t pay (but Uber does)

The cybercrime lovebirds who hijacked Washington DC’s CCTV cameras in the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration, the truffle-snuffling bankers at the centre of an insider-trading scandal, and the hackers that Uber paid hush money to hide a security breach.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Lisa Forte.


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bitdefender.com

Nikkei worker tricked into transferring $29 million into scammer’s bank account

Nikkei, one of the largest media companies in Japan, with an empire spanning broadcasting, digital media, magazines, and newspapers such as the Financial Times, says that its US subsidiary, Nikkei America, has been scammed out of $29 million.

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


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After months of worry, BlueKeep vulnerability is now being exploited in mass-hacking campaign

The BlueKeep vulnerability, discovered by the UK’s NCSC, is being exploited at scale in an attempt to install a cryptocurrency miner on unpatched Windows PCs.


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A guest appearance on the IT Pro podcast…

I was honoured to be invited as a guest onto the inaugural episode of the “ITPro podcast” hosted by reviews and community editor Adam Shepherd and features editor Jane McCallion.

Give it a listen.


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bitdefender.com

Untitled Goose Game security hole could have allowed hackers to wreak havoc

The highly popular “Untitled Goose Game” has been found to be vulnerable to an attack that could allow hackers to run malicious code on your computer.

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


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Smashing Security #152: Cats, hoodies, and rent

What’s the problem with IoT-enabled pet feeders? Can hacking ever be illustrated without a hoodie? And just how are landlords using smart home technology to snoop upon their residents?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by technology journalist and broadcaster David McClelland.


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bitdefender.com

Update your iPhone 5 before November 3 2019, or lose its internet access

Listen up if you’re still using an iPhone 5 – you need to update to iOS 10.3.4 before Sunday November 3, or you may find your smartphone loses access to the internet.

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


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See you at NISC, the National Information Security Conference, next week

I’m delighted to announce that I will be moderating NISC 2019 in Cheshire next week. It’s a great conference with some terrific cybersecurity speakers. Find out more about how you can participate too.


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Japanese hotel robots can be hacked to spy on guests in their bedrooms

A Japanese hotel chain has had to update its in-room robots, after a security researcher discovered they could be easily hacked to allow anyone access to their camera and microphone.


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Smashing Security #151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn’t the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

All this, and much much more, in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Action Fraud? Inaction Fraud

In recent months serious questions have been raised about whether victims of cybercrime are getting the support they deserve from the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.


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Avast fends off hacker who breached its internal network in copycat CCleaner attack

Czech anti-virus firm Avast has been targeted for a second time by hackers seemingly attempting to plant malware inside a malicious CCleaner update.


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About that “Any fingerprint can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S10” report

Plenty of headlines are warning about anyone’s fingerprint being able to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10, but I’m not sure it’s quite as simple as that…


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