Local businesses, sitting ducks for cyber crime

Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.

Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.

Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.

“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said. 

“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes.  Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”

Garebatshabe said

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Half of teenagers have been victims of cyber-bullying – and parents are ignorant about what their children are …

  • Survey of teens found 53% had had a picture posted online to embarrass them
  • Parents remain ignorant about their childrens’ online behaviour and experiences
  • Findings reported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation and University of Buckingham psychologist Dr Masa Popovac

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South Korea’s Largest Travel Agency Breached, Hacker Demands Bitcoin Payment

Last month, Hanatour, South Korea’s largest travel agency suffered a major security breach, as hackers stole the personal information of over one million users. According to local news publications, hackers have demanded that Hanatour pay a one-time ransom payment in Bitcoin but the amount remains undisclosed.

According to South Korean travel associations and independent research firms, Hanatour has consistently been considered South Korea’s largest and most reputable travel agency when measured on revenue, client base and reviews. Since 2007, the company has aggressively moved into new international markets, establishing offices in popular tourist destinations including Japan and China.

According to recent reports, more than one million users have been affected. The company has notified its clients and the public that employee’s computers were targeted by hackers using sophisticated phishing attacks and malware, which allowed an unknown group of hackers to access

Read more at: https://coinjournal.net/south-koreas-largest-travel-agency-breached-hacker-demands-bitcoin-payment/

Ransomware: Security researchers spot emerging new strain of malware

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Magniber appears to be an experiment in ransomware targeting.


Image: iStock

A new form of ransomware is being distributed via the same method as one of the most successful families of file-locking malware, and may represent a new evolution of the menace.

Launched by malvertising attacks on compromised websites, the new

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-security-researchers-spot-emerging-new-strain-of-malware/

Cyber cops fighting a new breed of ‘highly intelligent’ criminal as …

Detectives have revealed how they are battling a new breed of super smart crook as crime continues to move online.

Northumbria Police’s head of crime, Det Chief Supt Lisa Orchard, has admitted that cyber criminals are continually creeping one step ahead of officers as some of the biggest brains in Britain discover crime can pay if they use their intelligence to make more money on the wrong-side of the law.

But the force is now fighting back. And after investing heavily in its digital forensics base and staff, police are warning cyber criminals that the technology they use to commit their crimes could be the devices detectives use to snare them.

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Det Chief Supt Orchard said: “Whatever type of crime we have it just seems the criminals evolve to overcome the barriers

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cyber-cops-fighting-new-breed-13782221

Cyber cops fighting a new breed of ‘highly intelligent’ criminal as crime goes online

Detectives have revealed how they are battling a new breed of super smart crook as crime continues to move online.

Northumbria Police’s head of crime, Det Chief Supt Lisa Orchard, has admitted that cyber criminals are continually creeping one step ahead of officers as some of the biggest brains in Britain discover crime can pay if they use their intelligence to make more money on the wrong-side of the law.

But the force is now fighting back. And after investing heavily in its digital forensics base and staff, police are warning cyber criminals that the technology they use to commit their crimes could be the devices detectives use to snare them.

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Det Chief Supt Orchard said: “Whatever type of crime we have it just seems the criminals evolve to overcome the barriers

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cyber-cops-fighting-new-breed-13782221