Security News

BT tries to crack cyber crime, grabs stake in Safe Security
2021-07-23 05:56

BT is looking to cash in on ever-growing global concerns over digital crime, and has confirmed making a multi million pound investment in US-based cyber risk management firm Safe Security. As part of the deal, BT plans to combine Safe Security's "SAFE platform" with its own managed security services to provide added protection for its customers in the UK against cyber threats.

Microsoft Cracks Down on Malicious Homoglyph Domains
2021-07-19 22:54

Microsoft on Monday announced that it secured a court order to take down numerous malicious homoglyph domains that a criminal group registered to impersonate legitimate sites of various businesses, predominantly located in North America. Leveraging similarities between alpha-numeric characters, cybercriminals register homoglyph domains that closely resemble those of legitimate businesses, but are instead under the control of the unauthorized parties.

Biden Tells Putin Russia Must Crack Down on Cybercriminals
2021-07-10 16:22

The warning to Putin was largely a repetition of the tough rhetoric Biden had used during their meeting in Geneva last month, when he warned that there would be consequences for continuing cyberattacks emanating from Russia. The dual prongs of the agenda show how even as Biden pledges to get tough on Russia over hacking, there's an inherent desire to avoid aggravating tensions as the administration looks for Russia to cooperate, or at least not interfere, with U.S. actions in other areas, including Syria, the Afghanistan withdrawal and climate change.

Biden asks Putin to crack down on Russian-based ransomware gangs
2021-07-10 14:00

President Biden asked Russian President Putin during a phone call today to disrupt ransomware groups operating within Russia's borders behind the ongoing wave of attacks impacting the United States and other countries worldwide. "President Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware," a White House statement reads.

What's this about a lawyer looking for an heir? City of London Police seek IT crew to help crack down on fraud
2021-07-05 15:13

City of London Police is looking to crack down on cybercrime with the purchase of "Next-generation IT services" in the hopes it will beef up the systems supporting Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Action Fraud - founded in 2006 - is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

Hackers Crack Pirated Games with Cryptojacking Malware
2021-06-25 13:20

A new Monero cryptojacking malware distributed via "Cracked" versions of popular online games is wiping out antivirus programs and surreptitiously mining cryptocurrency in more than a dozen countries, researchers have found. Dubbed "Crackonosh," the malware - which has been active since June 2018 - lurks in pirated versions of Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K19 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 that gamers can download free in forums, according to a report posted online Thursday by researchers at Avast.

G7 Tells Russia to Crack Down on Ransomware, Other Cybercrime
2021-06-14 13:24

At the latest Group of Seven summit, held June 11-13 in the UK, Western leaders called on Russia to take action against those who conduct ransomware attacks and other cybercrimes from within its borders. In a communiqué issued after the conclusion of the summit, G7 countries vowed to work together to "Further a common understanding of how existing international law applies to cyberspace" and collaborate to "Urgently address the escalating shared threat from criminal ransomware networks."

Researchers design a way to make encrypted keys harder to crack
2021-05-14 04:00

As more private data is stored and shared digitally, researchers are exploring new ways to protect data against attacks from bad actors. Current silicon technology exploits microscopic differences between computing components to create secure keys, but AI techniques can be used to predict these keys and gain access to data.

Uncle Sam wants 'ethical hackers' to crack its planetary defenses, but don't expect a pay-day from this bug bounty
2021-05-10 11:32

The United States' Department of Defense has opened up all of its publicly facing systems and apps to investigation under a bug bounty program. The bug bounty system had only been aimed at websites but now Kristopher Johnson, director of its Vulnerability Disclosure Program, has said "Websites were only the beginning as they account for a fraction of our overall attack surface" and urged the infosec community to take a wider view.

Pair accused of turning photos into vids to crack tax dept facial recognition system in China
2021-03-31 05:05

A duo in China has been accused of tricking a government-run identity verification system to create fake invoices. According to state-controlled outlet Xinhua, the suspects tricked the State Taxation Administration platform's identity verification system by manipulating high-def photos with a widely available app that turns photos into videos.