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That time your smart toaster broke the internet

That time your smart toaster broke the internet | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Where were you the day the internet died?

Last Friday the internet had its biggest hiccup to date when a whole bunch of major websites were maliciousl
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What's the Fix for IoT DDoS Attacks? | SecurityWeek.Com

What's the Fix for IoT DDoS Attacks? | SecurityWeek.Com | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Since Dyn is the major DNS provider for Twitter, Github, and Spotify, the knock-on effects of the massive DDoS attack have had a global reach.
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Researcher warns of critical point of failure in US election system

Researcher warns of critical point of failure in US election system | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure Labs, has warned that hackers could severely disrupt the reporting of the US general election by hacking AP servers.
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Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says FlashPoint

Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says FlashPoint | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint has put out a preliminary analysis of last week's massive denial of service attack against Dyn DNS, and its..
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Get Smart about Security for #CyberSecMonth

Get Smart about Security for #CyberSecMonth | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
F-Secure Cyber Security Advisor Erka Koivunen says if there’s one thing people can “do” for #CyberSecMonth, it’s learn.
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We're Obsessed With Smart Home Gadgets, But They're Really Easy To Hack

We're Obsessed With Smart Home Gadgets, But They're Really Easy To Hack | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
John Lewis reports demand is up a staggering 600 per cent.
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No endgame for cyber security, says Mikko Hypponen

No endgame for cyber security, says Mikko Hypponen | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Two of the most valuable lessons in cyber security are to know your enemy and not to rely on users to be secure, according to industry veteran Mikko Hypponen.
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ISF's 27th Annual World Congress - Information Security Forum

ISF's 27th Annual World Congress - Information Security Forum | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
ISF’s 27th Annual World Congress Our flagship global event offers attendees an opportunity to discuss and find solutions to current security challenges, and gain practical advice from peers and leading industry experts from around the world. Join over 1,000 global senior executives at a series of keynote presentations, workshops and networking sessions where you can share knowledge, best practice … Continued
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Billion-dollar hackers: meet the gangs treating cybercrime like the Fortune 500

Billion-dollar hackers: meet the gangs treating cybercrime like the Fortune 500 | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
For some people, writing ransomware is just another day at the office
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UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules

UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Investigatory powers tribunal says secret collection of citizens’ personal data breached human rights law
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What it takes to secure the elections

What it takes to secure the elections | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
While virtually every industry and domain is flourishing and being revolutionized by technological advances, more than three-quarters of U.S. citizens will..
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WIRED Security 2016: Agenda

WIRED Security 2016: Agenda | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
From data policy and business breaches to bug hunts and cyber warfare, WIRED Security 2016 will explore, explain and predict cybersecurity’s new trends, threats and defences
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Comms Business Interactive Magazine

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Check out Freedome for Business review by Comms Business (page49)
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31 ways to keep kids safe online - BritMums

31 ways to keep kids safe online - BritMums | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
We enjoy our online lives and want our children to experience the benefits too. However, they are often more savvy than we are and we worry about how to keep them safe. We encourage every parent and carer to read our post about the 9 things kids are getting up to online — you might be …
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How Vigilante Hackers Could Stop the Internet of Things Botnet

How Vigilante Hackers Could Stop the Internet of Things Botnet | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Could do-gooder hackers take over the Mirai botnet and make it unhackable for criminals?
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Hacking An Election Is Hard. Why Not Pwn The Messenger Instead?

Hacking An Election Is Hard. Why Not Pwn The Messenger Instead? | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Election day USA, November 8th, is nigh. US elections (during a presidential election year) are a massive affair comprising federal, state, and local candidates for all sorts of elected positions: …
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Massive botnet-powered web attack fuels need to step up defences

Massive botnet-powered web attack fuels need to step up defences | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
A huge attack on cyberspace involving hundreds of thousands of internet devices brought down parts of the web this weekend. Can we stop it happening again?
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The government needs to step in and save the internet from hacked toasters

The government needs to step in and save the internet from hacked toasters | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
The internet of things revolution is coming, whether you want it or not And it poses a terrifying risk to the future of the web.
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What Makes Ransomware the Worst Type of Malware

What Makes Ransomware the Worst Type of Malware | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
In a SecTor keynote, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen explains why ransomware is so bad and what the Russians really have in mind for the U.S
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#WIREDSecurity: The Best Bits

#WIREDSecurity: The Best Bits | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Our highlights from the very first Wired Security Conference
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“We are now seeing attacks that we did not anticipate when authentication started to get better” Mikko Hyponen
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What's Behind Ransomware, Nation-State Attacks

What's Behind Ransomware, Nation-State Attacks | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
In a SecTor keynote, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen explains why ransomware is so bad and what the Russians really have in mind for the U.S. TORONTO—In a keynote address at the SecTor security conference here, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at security firm F-Secure, gave a stark assessment of the state of modern ransomware and how it's one of the worst types of malware he's seen in 25 years of analysis.Hypponen (pictured) told the capacity crowd that when he first started looking at malware back in 1991 it was delivered on a floppy disk. Much has changed in IT over the last 25 years, though Hypponen noted that there are some lessons he has learned that have remained unchanged."Over the last 25 years, I have learned that complexity is the enemy of security," Hypponen said. "The more layers of features, protocols and code, the more likely there is a vulnerability in there somewhere."Vulnerabilities are just bugs, bugs are just mistakes made by programmers, programmers are human beings and human beings will always make mistakes, he said. Hypponen added that there is a need to build simpler systems with fewer features, but that's not what has happened over the last 25 years of IT innovation. Rather, increasing volumes of features are added, making technology more complex as well as more difficult to protect. The biggest malware risk today is ransom Trojans, better known as ransomware.As opposed to past forms of malware, which were disruptive and sometimes destructive as well, ransomware operations are being run as a business by cyber-criminals, Hypponen said.Victims of a ransomware attack can't do their work, as access to files is restricted and encrypted.Adding insult to injury, all modern ransomware is able to detect network shares and will attempt to encrypt all the files that the user can access, he said. Currently, F-Secure is tracking approximately 110 criminal gangs that make all their money from ransomware operations."The 110 gangs are not all from Russia," Hypponen said. "Some are from the Ukraine." Ransomware as a Service Among the interesting aspects of ransomware is that there are multiple groups that now offer ransomware operations as a service."Outsiders that couldn't program their way out of a paper bag can run a ransomware franchise," Hypponen said.The purpose of ransomware is to make money, which is why Hypponen isn't a fan of victims paying the ransom.In his view, the more people who pay the ransom, the more victims there will be in the future. 'Honest Criminals' The most successful ransomware operations are what Hypponen refers to as "honest criminals." A key promise of paying a ransom is that the criminals will in fact restore the victim's data.That's important to the continued success of such attacks.By following through on their promise to give victims their data back, ransomware operators are helping to ensure that future victims will pay as well.There has also been a shift in recent years with the rise of nation-state-backed attacks, though Hypponen told the SecTor audience that most companies are not targeted by nation-states. Where nation-state involvement appears to be very active now is in regard to the upcoming U.S. election, with allegations that Russia is somehow trying to influence the vote."I don't belief Russia is trying to help elect Trump," Hypponen said. "Russia just wants to make the U.S. weaker as a nation and make the loser believe that somehow the vote was rigged and hacked."Beyond the risk of nation-states and ransomware threats, another big change in the works for IT security has to do with the emerging internet of things (IoT) landscape."For years computer security people thought the job was to secure computers," Hypponen said. "Today when everything is being controlled by computers and software, it's no longer our job to secure computers; it's our job to secure society, since society is powered by computers and software."Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com.Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.
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Travel apps I always have on my phone - Let's Talk Tech

Travel apps I always have on my phone - Let's Talk Tech | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Being a combination of geek & travel lover means I always feel the need to carry gadgets and apps with me wherever I go. After all, what kind of a ... Read More
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Compromised Routers Used for Variety of Badness | SecurityWeek.Com

Compromised Routers Used for Variety of Badness | SecurityWeek.Com | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Fortinet has been watching the signatures that indicate an attack against three particular home computers: Netcore/Netis, DLink, and Asus
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An Open Letter to Businesses that Block VPNs on their Free Wi-Fi

An Open Letter to Businesses that Block VPNs on their Free Wi-Fi | F-Secure in the News | Scoop.it
Occasionally we get a question about a Wi-Fi hotspot blocking VPNs, so we decided to let companies that do this know why they shouldn't.
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