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by Paul Ducklin How did the movie “Hackers” inspire a girl to grow up to become a hacker herself? Find out from security analyst and friendly hacker Keren Elazari. Hear about Keren’s incredible journey, why hackers should be welcomed with open arms, and the inspiration that guided her career. Keren Elazari Interviewer: Kimberly Truong. Special
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A man from New York City has been charged with waging a grim cyber-stalking campaign against a female college student.  Desmond Babloo Singh allegedly created over 100 accounts on social media platforms and email services and used them to harass a former classmate of his sister for whom he claimed to have developed romantic feelings.  Nineteen-year-old Singh
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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued its first ever guidance for farmers, in a sign of the growing cyber-threat facing rural businesses. Published on Tuesday, Cybersecurity for Farmers is a comprehensive guide to best practices covering everything from spotting suspicious emails and phone calls to password management, device security and the importance
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America’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a warning over the widespread impact of a recent hacking attack that compromised the SolarWinds Orion software supply chain. The assault on SolarWinds hit the headlines earlier this month after it was discovered and disclosed by researchers at FireEye. The advanced persistent threat (APT) group behind the attack was
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American cybersecurity company White Ops announced today that it has been acquired by Goldman Sachs‘ Merchant Banking Division in partnership with ClearSky Security and NightDragon.  Terms of the transaction, which follows Goldman Sachs’ and ClearSky’s initial investment in White Ops earlier this year, were not disclosed. The business was acquired from previous investors Paladin Capital Group, Grotech Ventures, and other shareholders. White Ops was
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An ethical hacker from Romania has become the first person to earn $2m in bug bounties through the bounty hunting platform HackerOne. Talented hacker Cosmin Lordache, also known by his HackerOne handle @inhibitor181, hit his first significant earning milestone almost a year ago when he became the seventh person to pass the million-dollar earning milestone by reporting 468
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HelpSystems has announced the acquisition of cloud-based data protection provider Vera. The IT software firm said the deal will enable it to expand its data security portfolio and help meet a growing demand for solutions that can protect information throughout the full data lifecycle. This includes data classification, file transfer, data loss prevention and encryption.
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The global cyber insurance market is projected to grow by 21% next year, reaching $9.5bn in value, according to new data by insurance firm Finaria.it. This is as a result of greater recognition of the increasing cyber-threat landscape, exacerbated by the shift to remote working this year. Finaria added that the cyber insurance market is
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Microsoft, Google, Cisco and a host of other tech giants have added their names to a legal filing supporting Facebook’s case against controversial spyware developer NSO Group. The social network took the Israeli firm to court after alleging that the latter exploited a vulnerability in WhatsApp which helped its clients spy on over 1400 users globally.
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The price of stolen credit card details and cybercrime tools has in many cases seen triple-digit growth over the past two years, according to new dark web research compiled by Flashpoint. The risk intelligence firm trawled some of the more established cybercrime marketplaces across the deep and dark web, across eight categories: from government-issued IDs
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The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has launched a new online Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis to help meet Canada’s growing demand for professionals with cybersecurity skills. This new post-graduate program has been established to furnish professionals with the advanced knowledge and applied analytical skills necessary to help prevent, detect, and respond to the constantly evolving landscape
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A new information sharing and analysis center (ISAC) set up to help American school districts protect themselves against cyber-threats has named its first national director. Heading up the Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Security Information Exchange, or K12 SIX, is president of consulting firm EdTech Strategies and the K–12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, Douglas Levin. Levin is the founder of the
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UK energy supplier People’s Energy has suffered a data breach affecting its entire database, including information on previous customers. Co-founder of the company, Karin Sode, told BBC News that sensitive personal information of its customers, including names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, tariff and energy meter IDs had been stolen by hackers. Following discovery
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Three million Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users could be at risk of data theft and phishing after researchers discovered malware hidden in multiple browser extensions. At least 28 third-party extensions were found to contain malicious JavaScript which could download additional malware, according to Avast. The extensions themselves are mainly designed to help users download
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Co-authored by Juan Badell and Russell Petrich As two people for whom creating phishing emails constitutes legitimate employment (we are on the product team behind the Sophos Phish Threat phishing simulation service) we know we’re in the minority. Like our not-so-lawful counterparts, we spend our days using social engineering techniques to trick people into opening
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The company at the center of revelations over a widespread Russian information-stealing campaign has said that fewer than 18,000 of its global customers were affected. SolarWinds produces popular software that helps organizations manage their IT networks and infrastructure. However, it was revealed by FireEye that attacks which compromised the security vendor and US government departments
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Russian hackers who stole red team tools from FireEye may have been in action on a much broader scale, operating a sophisticated supply chain campaign targeting multiple global organizations and governments. FireEye revealed in an update on Sunday that nation state attackers inserted malicious code into legitimate software for SolarWinds’ popular Orion product to gain
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Norwegian police have blamed Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) group Fancy Bear for the summer cyber-attack on Norway’s single-chamber parliament, the Storting. In what was described as “a significant attack” by the parliament’s director, Marianne Andreassen, unauthorized individuals managed to gain access to the email accounts of several elected members of parliament and to some accounts belonging