Ransomware; “A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid” One of the latest and and most prolific malware threats used by cyber criminals comes in the form of Ransomware. As defined above, cyber criminals will attempt to compromise your data, files, or entire computer by enticing users to perform an unintended action. Consequently, the result is the unintentional downloading of a virus or link to a poisonous website. Upon acceptance, the gates to your data have been unlocked and full access to the cyber criminals granted; the attack has now been launched and your computer – together with its contents – can be held hostage! Ransomware has the … Read More
Meraki Cloud Managed Security Cameras
Cisco Meraki enter the physical security market with cloud managed cameras. The MV family brings Meraki magic to the video security world. Impossibly simple to deploy, configure, and manage, both the MV21 and MV71 provide reliable security at any scale. MV security cameras are another step towards broadening Meraki’s impact beyond just networking and unifying more components of IT. By leveraging advances in solid state memory technology and Meraki’s expertise in cloud management, MV removes the need for additional on premise hardware and standalone software packages, like the network video recorder (NVR) and video management software (VMS). In an industry particularly encumbered with dated technology, we’re eager to streamline and simplify purchasing, deployment, and monitoring of video security systems. Bandwidth Conscious … Read More
Cyber Security: Does my business need it?
According to the BBC, fraud and cybercrime is costing the country an estimated £193bn a year and has consequently taken the top spot in the league of the most costly criminal activity in the UK, crippling the justice system and draining our resources. It might be big corporates such as Sony and Talk Talk making headlines following cyber attacks but criminals are looking towards easier targets and attacking the more vulnerable and ill-prepared SMEs. According to Government statistics SME’s were asked about their position on cyber security and many respondents concluded that they: Don’t feel they are at risk. Don’t think they can afford security. Don’t know where to start when it comes to security. Is my business at risk? … Read More
Zuckerberg’s social media accounts hacked!
A hacking group has claimed responsibility for taking over social media accounts belonging to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. His Twitter and Pinterest pages appear to have been compromised for a short time on Sunday. Some reports suggested that the 2012 hack of LinkedIn may have been responsible for the breach. Last month it was reported that 117 million LinkedIn username and password combinations stolen four years ago were being sold on the dark web for 5 bitcoins – worth about $2,300 (£1,595). The passwords were encoded, but in a form that appears to have been relatively easy to unravel. The account, on which he has posted just 30 images, has more than 600,000 followers.
Panama papers all 2.6TB of them
The front-end computer systems of Mossack Fonseca are outdated and riddled with security flaws, analysis has revealed. The law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers hack has shown an “astonishing” disregard for security, according to one expert. Amongst other lapses, Mossack Fonseca has failed to update its Outlook Web Access login since 2009 and not updated its client login portal since 2013. Mossack Fonseca’s client portal is also vulnerable to the DROWN attack, a security exploit that targets servers supporting the obsolete and insecure SSL v2 protocol. The portal, which runs on the Drupal open source CMS, was last updated in August 2013, according to the site’s changelog. On its main website Mossack Fonseca claims its Client Information … Read More
Hacker’s typo trips the alarm on billion-dollar cyber bank heist
Cyber bank robbers have drained $101 million from Bangladesh’s central bank – an enormous heist as it is, but one that could have netted the crooks $1 billion if they didn’t get caught when they misspelled the name of one of the places they were trying to transfer money to. After they slipped past the bank’s security systems, the crooks allegedly masqueraded as Bangladeshi officials to submit a series of requests for the New York Federal Reserve to transfer large sums of money from its account in the country. Bangladesh Bank told the Financial Times that it was defrauded for a total of $101 million in bogus transfers. The last payment request was for $20 million, with the hackers instructing … Read More