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Windows 10 VPN Flaw Gets Emergency Fix Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

Microsoft issues out-of-band patch for VPN connectivity bug as large portions of workforce work remotely due to Covid-19 pandemic


Microsoft has released an emergency fix for a bug in a recent Windows 10 patch that had caused some users to experience problems when connecting to the internet over a virtual private network (VPN).


But some users said that in some cases the patch caused problems when connecting to Wi-Fi networks.


The issue arrived at an inopportune time, as large portions of the workforce in a number of countries are currently restricted to working remotely during the coronavirus crisis.


Silicon.co.uk - 6th April 2020


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Global police agencies issue alerts on Covid-related cyber-crime

Europol details Covid-rated cyber-crime operations; Interpol warns of ransomware attacks on hospitals


Europol and Interpol have joined the list of cross-border law and order regulators set out to tackle Covid-19 scams and misinformation campaigns.


“With a huge number of people teleworking from home, often with outdated security systems, cyber-criminals prey on the opportunity to take advantage of this surreal situation and focus even more on cyber-criminal activities,” Europol executive director Catherine De Bolle wrote in its latest security advisory.


SC Magazine - 6th April 2020

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Smartphone Scheme Aims To Track Coronavirus While Protecting Privacy

Boston University proposal would involve tracking randomly generated IDs via short-range broadcasts as means to contain coronavirus infections


Researchers from Boston University have proposed a means of using mobile phone location data to alert individuals who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, without compromising those individuals’ privacy.


Such a mechanism could be used to underpin a targeted quarantine regime, which could reduce economic and social disruption as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, said researchers Ari Trachtenberg, Mayank Varia and Ran Cannetti.


Silicon.co.uk - 6th April 2020

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Power station brought down by cyber-attack - simulation lessons


Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG, the global energy business of the Siemens group, has produced a playbook for incident response (IR) based on a scenario where a cyber-attack on a utility caused a city-wide blackout. The playbook, “Simulating a Cyberattack on the Energy Industry: A Playbook for Incident Response,” starts on the premise that teams that have built and practiced an IR playbook in advance of a breach will perform better than teams forced to improvise every time.


SC Media UK interviewed Leo Simonovich, VP and global head of industrial cyber and digital security at Siemens, about the playbook and the cyber threats facing the global utility industry today.


SC Magazine - 3rd April 2020

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Is your industry one of those being targeted by China's VISION 2025 campaign?

Western companies targetted by APT41 as it aims to help China shift its economy toward higher value products and services, including IT, Robotics, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, aerospace equipment.


Chinese cyber-espionage group APT41 has been attacking organisations worldwide by exploiting vulnerabilities in popular business applications and devices from companies such as Cisco, Citrix and Zoho, warned FireEye researchers.


The Covid-19 lockdown in China seems to have little effect on the operations of the threat group, but its target organisations are at a greater risk because of its IT staff working remotely.


SC Magazine - 27th March 2020

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Hackers drop backdoor onto victim’s systems with fake Google Chrome update

Hackers have compromised WordPress-based websites of corporate sites and news blogs to plant backdoors onto victim’s systems. Compromised websites redirect victims to phishing sites.


According to a blog post by researchers a Dr. Web, JavaScript script embedded in the hacked pages code redirects visitors to a phishing site where they are prompted to install an important security update for the Chrome browser. So far, 2000 people have fallen for the fake update.


SC Magazine - 27th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Cyber Experts Team Up To Battle Covid-19 Related Hacking


Taking on the criminals using the Coronavirus pandemic to carry out hacking, group of 400 cyber-security experts is established


Four hundred cyber-security experts from around the world have come together in order to battle the scourge of Coronavirus-related hacking.


The group is called the Covid-19 CTI (cyber threat intelligence) League. It is made up of cyber experts from 40 countries and includes professionals in senior positions at major tech firms including Microsoft and Amazon, Reuters reported.


Silicon.co.uk - 26th March 2020

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Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after an elasticsearch “data breach database” housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected.


“Data was very well structured,” wrote security researcher Bob Diachenko, who discovered the Elasticsearch instance, of the information, which included hashtypes, leak dates, passwords, email addresses, email domains and leak sources.


Diachenko said he was able to confirm some of the “prominent” leaks in the database, such as Adobe, Last.fm, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler and VK.


SC Magazine - 20th March 2020

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Google faces GDPR violation complaint; Privacy expert finds merit in move

The 'intentionally opaque' way in which Google handles user data puts Google's compliance in doubt, Attila Tomaschek, data privacy expert at ProPrivacy tells SC Media UK.


Google has violated GDPR norms in handling user data, said a complaint filed by privacy-focused browser Brave with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).


“Google has personal data about everyone. It collects this from products like YouTube and Gmail, and many other Google products that operate behind the scenes across the Internet”, wrote Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy and industry relations officer.


SC Magazine - 20th March 2020

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Ransomware up 36%: Healthcare can't rely on the kindness of hackers during coronavirus outbreak


Cyber-criminals say they won’t attack healthcare IT systems, but security pros expect ransomware onslaught to continue - with attacks up 36% says Positive report: Avast, Twitter act to aid public.


Medical organisations should not trust cyber-criminals who have said that they won’t attack infrastructure during the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry figures.


Marco Essomba, founder of iCyber-Security, told SC Media UK that certain malware campaigns can cause huge amounts of collateral damage, such as Petya’s inadvertent impact on the global manufacturing industry.


SC Magazine - 20th March 2020

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