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The cyber man v state hackers

Cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer expected a certain amount of scrutiny when he contacted whistle-blower Edward Snowden to ask him to speak at next week’s Cyber Threat Summit conference in Dublin — but what followed made him feel like a marked man.

“The day we mentioned Snowden was our guest speaker the power in our office went and our internet connection went down,” Dwyer reveals. “Every single website that has reference to my name was taken offline, including ones belonging to my wife and daughter. Of course, it could have been coincidence, but in my eyes that was someone saying, ‘Watch out: this is what we can do’.”

Now in its seventh year, the 2017 summit will feature more than 100 speakers, including economist…

Read more at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/the-cyber-man-v-state-hackers-2q0zdq0sn

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Cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer expected a certain amount of scrutiny when he contacted whistle-blower Edward Snowden to ask him to speak at next week’s Cyber Threat Summit conference in Dublin — but what followed made him feel like a marked man.

“The day we mentioned Snowden was our guest speaker the power in our office went and our internet connection went down,” Dwyer reveals. “Every single website that has reference to my name was taken offline, including ones belonging to my wife and daughter. Of course, it could have been coincidence, but in my eyes that was someone saying, ‘Watch out: this is what we can do’.”

Now in its seventh year, the 2017 summit will feature more than 100 speakers, including economist…

Read more at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/the-cyber-man-v-state-hackers-2q0zdq0sn

Anyone, anywhere is now a viable target for the nation state hackers

The rules have changed for nation state hacking – anyone, anywhere, anytime is now a viable target.

While there is no suggestion the most recent Irish cyber attack is nation-state related, never has the importance of network security and IT defences been so apparent.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/anyone-anywhere-is-now-a-viable-target-for-the-nation-state-hackers-36215786.html

Hackers target thousands of SuperValu customers’ details

The Musgrave Group, which operates high-profile Irish retail chains including SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak, confirmed it was now liaising with both gardaí and the Office of the Data Protection Commission over the incident.

Police forces in at least three other jurisdictions are now liaising with gardaí over the attack. SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak operators nationwide have all been briefed on the incident.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/hackers-target-thousands-of-supervalu-customers-details-36215785.html

Hackers already have your info; now what?

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Worried about the Equifax breach? Here are some things you can do right away.
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Are you worried someone might steal your private information online? 

Trust us, it’s too late to worry about that. Most likely, somebody already has. 

“The likelihood that your data has been stolen is almost 100 percent, statistically,” said Philip Frigm, supervisory special agent within the FBI’s Newark division. “I can guarantee every single one of you have suffered some kind of loss of your personal information. The question is has it impacted you yet.”

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Read more at: http://www.app.com/story/money/business/consumer/press-on-your-side/2017/10/06/hackers-already-have-your-info-now-what/736392001/

Cybersecurity warriors needed to fend off hackers: View

The deluge of bad news about the cyber war being fought over personally identifiable information rages as never before. The Equifax breach is just the latest example of a major corporate failure to secure millions of American consumer financial records — 143 million at last count. In addition to the exposure of Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license information and credit card numbers — everything a hacker needs to create financial fraud — the insurance losses are estimated at well over $100 million.

The Equifax hack joins the growing list of major corporate cyber break-ins that includes Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Target, Home Depot and Sony. Perhaps more alarming is that we are confronted by severe threats to our

Read more at: http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/05/cybersecurity-hackers-view/732090001/

Hackers target weakest links for insider trading gain – Financial Times

Cyber security experts believe the US Securities and Exchange Commission was the latest victim of cyber criminals on the hunt for market-moving corporate secrets, following a series of attacks seeking to steal unpublished press releases, deal negotiations and economic data.

As banks increase spending on cyber security into the hundreds of millions of dollars and hire thousands of information security specialists, hackers have been looking to more vulnerable targets across the financial sector.

The SEC has said it believes its online filing system used by almost 6,000 public companies may have been hacked to reap “illicit” trading gains.

“Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War that attackers avoid surfaces and flow to gaps like water flowing down hill,” said Nate Fick, chief executive of cyber security company Endgame. “The banks are the surfaces and the SEC was a gap.”

The SEC did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more at: https://www.ft.com/content/13a317ce-a561-11e7-9e4f-7f5e6a7c98a2

Slow Wi-fi? Hackers may have turned your gadgets into ‘zombie’ botnets that conduct criminal activities without you …

Even using this checklist can’t guarantee stopping every attack or preventing every breach. But following these steps will make it significantly harder for hackers to succeed. 

1) Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Most major online services, from Amazon to Apple, today support 2FA.

When it’s set up, the system asks for a login and password just like usual – but then sends a unique numeric code to another device, using text message, email or a specialized app.

Without access to that other device, the login is refused. That makes it much harder to hack into someone’s account – but users have to enable it themselves.

2) Encrypt your internet traffic. A virtual private network (VPN) service encrypts digital communications, making it hard for hackers to intercept them.

Everyone should subscribe to a VPN service, some of which are free, and use it whenever connecting a device to a

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4925468/Hackers-turn-Wi-fi-gadgets-zombie-botnets.html