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Digital transformation in the public sector: balancing the risks with data-driven cyber security

February 20, 2018
The possibility of falling victim to a cyber attack should not deter the public sector from moving to the cloud.
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Cybersecurity at CES: ADT targets home users

February 13, 2018
Once relegated to simple subscription firewall and internet security software, today’s smart homes have come a long way when it comes to cybersecurity. Thanks to the rapid rise of smart home-related IoT products – and the need to secure them – the residential cybersecurity market has seen massive growth, as evidenced by the substantial increase in offerings and announcements at CES in 2018.
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Business Wire under sustained DDoS attack, traffic slowed

February 7, 2018
A persistent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the past week has prompted a slowdown on the Business Wire website, but seemingly hasn't exposed client data, company Chief Operating Officer (COO) Richard DeLeo told customers in a Tuesday alert.
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Final Fantasy network recovers after losing health points to DDoS attack

February 6, 2018
The network hosting the role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIV experienced significant disruptions for three hours yesterday as the result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
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What can be expected from #DDoS attacks in 2018?

January 31, 2018
2017 will be remembered as the year of massive data breaches, state-sponsored attacks, numerous ransomware threats and more phishing scams them we can count. But it also marked a turning point for the DDoS landscape
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2018 Cyber Security Predictions

January 29, 2018
In life, there are things that are almost guaranteed. Feature articles on predictions and trends at the beginning of the year certainly fall into this category and in the cyber security industry, there’s plenty. Having picked the brains of leading figures within the cyber security industry, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most interesting predictions as we go deeper into 2018
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Experts Recommend Security Priorities for 2018

January 29, 2018
Each November and December, cybersecurity companies and professionals put on their prognosticator’s hat and predict the security issues that we should expect to see in the coming year. IT and security decision makers can use these predictions to dictate their security priorities in the coming year, which allows for better allocation of security budgets. Here are a few security issues that the experts recommend as priorities in the coming year.
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Hefty fines confirmed for CNI providers with poor cyber security

January 29, 2018
The government has confirmed that critical infrastructure providers with poor cyber security face fines of millions of pounds as the National Cyber Security Centre publishes new guidance for the industry.
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What is Masuta? Hacker Nexus Zeta behind Satori botnet creates new Mirai 'master' variant

January 25, 2018
The hacker behind the Satori botnet, also known as Mirai Okiru, is involved in the creation of a new Mirai variant called Masuta, which means "master" in Japanese. The creator of Satori, who goes by the name Nexus Zeta, has also developed a variant of the Masuta botnet called PureMasuta. This version is considered to be unique because it weaponises a router exploit, allowing the botnet to recruit more vulnerable IoT devices and expand.
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Hide 'N Seek IoT botnet caught using Peer-to-Peer communication

January 25, 2018
An emerging botnet comprised of compromised IoT devices dubbed “Hide ‘N Seek” or HNS is using custom built Peer-to-Peer communication to exploit victims and build its infrastructure. The botnet may also represent an overall change in how threat actors are looking to use botnets.
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When, Not If: Does NCSC Pessimism Hurt UK Cybersecurity?

January 24, 2018
Comments emerged this week from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which claimed that the “UK is likely to be hit by a 'category one' (C1) cyber-attack in the next couple of years” and that the nation has been fortunate to avoid such a hit.
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Security Experts respond to Ciaran Martin remark that cyber-attack on UK is not if but when

January 24, 2018
Following the interview in today’s Guardian with NCSC’s Ciaran Martin, talking about the matter of cyberattacks against the UK, security experts have offered the following response:
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Zyklon Targets Msoft With Backdoor Malware To Steal Data, Launch DDoS Attacks

January 22, 2018
News broke earlier today that hackers have launched a new spam campaign, targeting the telecommunications, insurance and financial services industries. The campaign involves hackers using new Microsoft Office vulnerabilities to spread a potent backdoor malware called Zyklon, which can steal passwords, allow hackers to launch DDoS attacks and mine cryptocurrency, among other things.
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Powerful Zyklon malware exploiting MS Office flaws

January 22, 2018
Cyber attackers are exploiting three recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office to spread multifunction Zyklon malware, security researchers warn
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Protecting critical infrastructure from the threat of cyber attacks

January 22, 2018
Protecting our critical infrastructure from cyber attacks has become a top priority for governments around the world – largely as a result of the Internet of Things (IoT).
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DOD Preparing For Massive DDoS Attack

January 19, 2018
The US Department of Defense is reporting that denial-of-service attacks are becoming more frequent and more complex. DoD is currently defending against 600 gigabytes per second attacks on internet access points. This onslaught is pushing the department to handle a one terabyte per second DDoS attack if need be. Stephanie Weagle, VP at Corero Network Security commented below.
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CES And Cybersecurity In 2018

January 19, 2018
Given the waves of new connected devices that debuted at CES last week, cybersecurity experts with Corero expect to see in 2018 is a sharp uptick in a specific type of cyberattack that takes advantage of non-secured IoT devices, hijacking them for botnet attacks, the ” Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS).
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Serial DDoS-er Pleads Guilty to Two Year Spree

January 19, 2018
A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to launching DDoS attacks against a slew of websites operated by former employers, business competitors, law enforcers and courts over a two-year-period.
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The DDoS threat for energy and utility companies

January 19, 2018
Protecting our critical infrastructure from cyber attacks has become a top priority for governments around the world - largely as a result of the IoT. Within the energy sector, the increased connectivity brought about by IoT has improved how we manage our power distribution and consumption, enabling a more flexible and efficient energy grid.
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Who Is CryptoNick? Bitcoin Price Fall Blamed on Cryptocurrency 'Scammers' Promoting Bitconnect 'Ponzi Scheme'

January 18, 2018
Sean Newman, director at Corero Network Security, told Newsweek: “The cryptocurrency gold rush has dominated the news agenda in recent months, but as investors flock to these platforms, they have also become a hot target for cyber criminals looking to exploit the vast wealth and formative security policies in use.
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BitConnect Announces Shutdown

January 18, 2018
BitConnect has announced that it will close down its lending and exchange platform after experiencing a series of long windows of server downtime over the past several days. The website claims the reason for the outage is a “continuous DDoS attack” but a notice on its site reads its team is “performing some maintenance.” Sean Newman, Director at Corero Network Security commented below.
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Who Is CryptoNick? Bitcoin Price Fall Blamed on Cryptocurrency 'Scammers' Promoting Bitconnect 'Ponzi Scheme'

January 18, 2018
As the price of bitcoin continues to tumble, the finger of blame is being pointed everywhere from South Korea, to shills accused of promoting cryptocurrency "Ponzi schemes" for personal gain. One particular scapegoat for investors seeking answers to the market crash is the YouTube personality CryptoNick.
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Why Unsecured IoT is a Disaster for DDoS Targets

January 10, 2018
DDoS attacks have almost doubled in the last six months, reaching an average of 237 per month, according to new research from Corero. One of the main reasons behind this huge leap in attacks is the increasing number of easy-to-hijack, unsecured ‘smart’ devices which can be recruited into DDoS botnets.
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Mobile News Cyber Security

January 10, 2018
In first Mobile News of the year we discuss cyber security risks in 2018. We spoke with Stephanie Weagle, Vice President at Corero Network Security about how IoT is developing rapidly as well as the threats that come with it. We also caught up with Pangea’s Managing director Dan Cunliffe, who gave us his concerns and advice when approaching cyber security for a national business.
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Bad Botnet Growth Skyrockets in 2017

January 10, 2018
Bad bots are big – and getting bigger. There was a 37% increase in botnet command-and-control (C&C) listings in 2017, with the majority (68%) of them being hosted on servers run by threat actors.
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