On Discovery Of Memcached DDoS Attack Kill Switch

Reacting to an announcement from Corero that they discovered a Memcached DDoS attack kill switch, Mounir Hahad, head of threat research at Juniper Networks, commented below. Mounir Hahad, Head of Threat Research at Juniper Networks: “This kill switch is unfortunately just a band-aid. It will take an attacker only a few minutes to overcome by replanting the large file in […]

Government Steps Up Protection For Internet Connected Devices

Connected technology companies will be expected to integrate a string of tough security measures into their devices under new government plans unveiled today. After conducting a comprehensive review into Internet of Things (IoT) device security, the government has outlined a range of new security processes that tech manufacturers will need to consider when designing devices. Andy […]

AWS Outage: Datacentre Power Cut Knocks ‘Hundreds’ Of Internet Services Offline

A year on from Amazon’s S3 outage at its US-East-1 datacentre region, a power loss incident in the same place has caused a fresh round of service disruption for the cloud giant’s customers. A power outage affecting one of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) largest US datacentre regions reportedly knocked hundreds of online services offline across […]

Amazon Style Drone Delivery Could Be Launched Next Year Following Changes In Air Traffic Control Regulations

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Following the news that changes in Air Traffic control regulations might make drone deliveries a reality as early as 2019. Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Senior Principal Engineer at McAfee commented below. Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Senior Principal Engineer at McAfee:  “Drones will potentially make it cheaper and easier for us to get deliveries from companies such […]

Humanitarian Aid Organisations Being Targeted By Phishing Scam

It has been revealed that a newly discovered phishing campaign is targeting humanitarian aid organisations and using North Korean political topics as bait to lure victims into opening malicious Microsoft Word documents. Based on the names of the malicious documents used in the attacks, McAfee analysts have named this Operation Honeybee. IT Security Experts commented below. Javvad […]

Charities Warned Over Cybersecurity

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released its first guidance document for charities, warning that the sector is “absolutely not immune” to attacks. The GCHQ spin-off penned a new blog post last week claiming that third sector workers may be overly trusting of unsolicited emails, making them more susceptible to social engineering. Tim Helming, Director […]

What Is Strategic Threat Intelligence?

Threat intelligence is a category of intelligence that focuses on information security. As defined by Gartner, it is “evidence-based knowledge…about an existing or emerging menace or hazard…to inform decisions regarding the subject’s response to that menace or hazard.” Essentially, threat intelligence provides you with curated information to inform you about potential malicious activity and helps […]

Applebees Infected By POS Malware, Customer Data Exposed

News broke yesterday that US restaurant giant Applebees had been infected with POS malware at up to160 locations, leading to the credit card data of customers to be breached. Giovanni Vigna, CTO and Co-Founder at Lastline commented below. Lisa Baergen, Director at NuData Security Inc.:  “Cybercriminals are being increasingly successful at finding weaknesses in Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems. In this case, 160 […]

Over Half Of Organisations Would Consider Using Cryptocurrencies For Business Transactions, Though 8 In 10 Acknowledge The Increased Risk Of Associated DDoS Attacks

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Neustar International Security Council (NISC) research reveals the latest cybersecurity worries across Europe The majority (80 per cent) of organisations have expressed interest in using cryptocurrencies – such as bitcoin – for business transactions, despite widespread fears of being compromised by associated DDoS attacks, according to new research from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC). […]

UK Government Announces Guidelines For Connected Devices

Following the news that the UK government has announced new cybersecurity and compliance measures to protect IoT/smart devices around the UK, IT Security Experts commented below. Ian Parker, Professional Services Consultant at Axians: “Hopefully this is the first step to implementing industry-wide security standards for connected devices – something that is sorely needed as they begin to be […]