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Aluminium plants hit by cyber-attack, global company turns to manual operations

Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, says that it is battling an “extensive cyber-attack” that first hit its systems on Monday evening and then escalated overnight.

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


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Google Play is flooded with hundreds of unsafe Android anti-virus products

A new study has closely examined whether 250 security products for Android smartphones are capable of protecting users at all.

The results are in… and disturbing.

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


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Smashing Security #119: Hijacked homes, porn passports, and ransomware regret

A $150 million mansion is hijacked online, Brits will soon have to scan their passport to watch internet porn, and are organisations right to pay up when hit by ransomware?

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 broadcaster David McClelland.


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Businesses warned of malware spread via LinkedIn job offers

Online criminals are using the temptation of a new job in a new malware campaign launched via LinkedIn.

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


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Smashing Security #117: SWATs on a plane

Why is Tampa’s mayor tweeting about blowing up the airport? Are hackers trying to connect with you via LinkedIn? And has Maria succeeded in her attempt to survive February without Facebook?

All this and much much more in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Plus, after last week’s discussion about the legal battle between Mondelez and Zurich Insurance, we have a chat with security veteran Martin Overton to take a deeper look into cyberinsurance.


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Russian creator of NeverQuest banking trojan pleads guilty in American court

Arrested as he returned his rental car at Barcelona’s airport, a 33-year-old Russian faces up to five years in jail after admitting to being the mastermind behind the sophisticated NeverQuest banking trojan.

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


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Toyota Australia driven offline by cyber attack, as heart hospital hit by ransomware

Car maker Toyota admitted earlier today that it had suffered what appears to have been a malware attack at its facilities in Melbourne, Australia, which knocked out its website and other communications.

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


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139 US bars, restaurants and coffeeshops infected by credit-card stealing malware

North Country Business Products (NCBP), a provider of point-of-sales systems, has revealed that 139 of its clients have been hit by a malware infection that stole the payment card details of consumers.

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


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Smashing Security #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

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 Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


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Join me to learn more about Magecart attacks – and how to defend against them

Attacks that can silently skim payment data as it is entered on websites have become a huge problem.

Learn more about the likes of Magecart, and how to effectively combat such threats, in an upcoming free webinar.


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Smashing Security #114: Darknet Diaries, death, and beauty apps

Jack Rhysider from the “Darknet Diaries” podcast joins us to chat about his interview with the elusive Hacker Giraffe, how a death is preventing cryptocurrency investors from reaching their money, and how ‘beauty camera’ apps are redirecting users to phishing websites and stealing their selfies.

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


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Patch your Android now against critical .PNG image bug

Android users are being reminded to be careful about the files they open on their smartphones, after the discovery that harmless-looking image files could be harbouring malicious code.


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Poisoned PEAR. PHP extension repository download infected for up to six months

The administrators of the PEAR package manager website have taken the site offline, having discovered that hackers breached the site, and planted a backdoor into the software.


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Ingenious! The Android malware which only triggers if you’re moving

Android malware in the Google Play Store could tell whether it was likely to be running on a genuine victim’s device or being analysed by a security team.


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Magecart hits hundreds of websites via ad supply chain hijack

A criminal Magecart gang successfully compromised hundreds of ecommerce websites via a malicious script that silently harvested personal data and payment card information as customers bought goods and services online.

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


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Smashing Security #111: When rivals hack, and ‘extreme’ baby monitors

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

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 special guest Zoë Rose.


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