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Cyber-criminals becoming increasingly professional

Cyber-criminals becoming increasingly professional | Information wars | Scoop.it

Cyber-criminals targeting the UK are becoming increasingly professional and have a sophistication almost on par with nation-state hackers, according to a recently published report.


 


According to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), there has also been an increase of 125 percent in zero-day vulnerabilities globally, with half a billion records lost as a result of data breaches.


 


The report also ranked the UK as the most targeted nation for spear-phishing attacks, and second most targeted nation with social media scams. The country was also ranked as third most targeted nation for ransomware.


 


According to the report, criminals are adopting corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers.



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Ken Feltman's curator insight, April 14, 6:11 AM
Our image of cyber criminals needs updating.
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Denmark’s spy agency is creating a training academy for hackers

Denmark’s spy agency is creating a training academy for hackers | Information wars | Scoop.it
Wanted by Denmark’s intelligence service: talented hackers capable of cracking complicated cyber security systems. Not for arrest, that is. For hire. The need for cyber security experts in Denmark is so urgent that the country’s official spy agency, the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS), is creating a training academy for hackers. Denmark has ha
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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid

Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid | Information wars | Scoop.it
The hack on Ukraine's power grid was a first-of-its-kind attack that sets an ominous precedent for the security of power grids everywhere.
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US Govt proposes to classify cybersecurity or hacking tools as weapons of war | BetaNews

US Govt proposes to classify cybersecurity or hacking tools as weapons of war | BetaNews | Information wars | Scoop.it
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The Webcam Hacking Epidemic

The Webcam Hacking Epidemic | Information wars | Scoop.it
It\'d be easy for policy makers to correct gaps in protections against remote access tools used to spy on individuals. So why haven\'t they?
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J.D. Gordon: China Hacking Its Way to Superpower Status

J.D. Gordon: China Hacking Its Way to Superpower Status | Information wars | Scoop.it
[NewsmaxWorld - GlobalTalk] [NewsmaxWorld - GlobalTalk] The U.S. government has linked China to cyber-attacks on major weapons systems and other U.S. entities, and former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon says that the Chinese are using cyber warfare to overtake the ...
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Guardian Twitter accounts targeted by Syrian hackers

The GuardianBooks, GuardianTravel and guardianfilm Twitter accounts were hacked

The Guardian has become latest victim of group of hackers, known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which hijacked the news paper's Twitter accounts.

The Guardian said it first came to know that it was being targeted over the weekend when spoof emails were sent to staff encouraging them to click on links that could compromise some of the company's email and social media accounts.

According to Guardian, several of its Twitter feeds including GuardianBooks, GuardianTravel and guardianfilm were affected.

 

 


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The Companies and Countries Losing Their Data

The Companies and Countries Losing Their Data | Information wars | Scoop.it
New research looks at who loses information, and how.
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What industries are most at risk?

What we see increasingly are three key industries. Obviously, governments are huge targets of choice. Financial services — that's where the money is. And the technology industry, for a couple of key reasons: one, there's intellectual property there, and two, these companies may provide pathways to other [targets]. Those are the three places we're seeing the focused targets of choice, but we have seen targeted attacks across all industries, from the Fortune 500 to very small businesses.

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Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits - Forbes

Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits - Forbes | Information wars | Scoop.it

A clever hacker today has to make tough choices. Find a previously unknown method for dismantling the defenses of a device like an iPhone or iPad, for instance, and you can report it to Apple and present it at a security conference to win fame and lucrative consulting gigs.

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Panama Papers: Why a nation state super hacker isn't responsible

Panama Papers: Why a nation state super hacker isn't responsible | Information wars | Scoop.it
Mossack Fonseca had its data stolen via an embarrassingly easy security flaw
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Are the Russians actually behind the Panama Papers?

Are the Russians actually behind the Panama Papers? | Information wars | Scoop.it

Who is behind the Panama papers hack? There are two main hypotheses: Russia... or the USA?

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Russian Hackers of Dow Jones Said to Have Sought Trading Tips

Russian Hackers of Dow Jones Said to Have Sought Trading Tips | Information wars | Scoop.it
A group of Russian hackers infiltrated the servers of Dow Jones & Co., owner of the Wall Street Journal and several other news publications, and stole information to trade on before it became public, according to four people familiar with the matter.
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China may have hacked Anthem to snoop on government officials and defense contractors

China may have hacked Anthem to snoop on government officials and defense contractors | Information wars | Scoop.it
The data breach at the nation's second-largest health insurer might not have been motivated by the financial benefits of stealing information about millions of people. Bloomberg reports it might ac...
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It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment | Threat Level | WIRED

It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment | Threat Level | WIRED | Information wars | Scoop.it
When Scott Erven was given free reign to roam through all of the medical equipment used at a chain of large midwest health care facilities, he knew he would find security problems with the systems -- but he wasn't prepared for just how bad it would be.
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How to Survive the Year of the Hack

How to Survive the Year of the Hack | Information wars | Scoop.it
After three months of headlines from China to the White House and every geek haven in between, this week introduced the world to the cyber attack that may or may not be slowing down the entire Internet, followed by the digital assault on...
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A general categorization of the different kinds of "Hacks"

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Examining How Facebook Got Hacked - DataBreachToday

Examining How Facebook Got Hacked - DataBreachToday | Information wars | Scoop.it
Even the brightest technologists aren't immune from cyber-attacks. Facebook says it fell victim to a sophisticated attack discovered in January in which an exploit
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