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Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cyber Security than Criminal Hackers

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the potential for data theft or system shutdown from a breach in cyber security looms large. IT professionals and law enforcement are scrambling to keep up with cyber criminals who are utilizing the latest sophisticated methodologies in their techniques. Over the past year, 32% of businesses have been victims of a major cyber attack. Each year, the corporate world loses $388 billion dealing with and recovering from breaches in cyber security. The amount spent on remediating computer viruses alone has reached about $55 billion per year. While cyber criminals receive a lot of attention and generate splashy headlines, the threat coming from within an organization – whether malicious or not – may be greater.

In a Harvey Nash/KPMG survey, 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders from around the world indicate that the insider threat is the fastest-growing security risk of all. Employees

Read more at: https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/core-hr-functions/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cyber-security-than-criminal-hackers/

Indian hackers all set to unleash ransomware on Pakistani sites

This Independence day it will be a full-fledged war between India and Pakistan but on the cyber world between the hackers of the two countries. Indian techies claim that they would not restrict to defacing Pakistani websites but will hijack their network and infect with ransomware. Active Indian hackers who have been attacking Pak network told Mail Today that they will be attempting to crash over a thousand Pak sites, including their government and critical infrastructure portals.

A result of which on August 3, an anonymous India hacker defaced Pakistan government website www.pakistan.gov.pk. to celebrate I-Day. Desi hacker Ne0-h4ck3r posted Indian national anthem and Independence Day greetings.

Now, other underground groups claim they will take down as many sites possible. Cyber crime experts claims that India-Pakistan hacking is almost ritualistic attacks, every year as underground hacking communities from both the countries launch cyber attacks on each other around this time

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indian-hackers-ransomware-pakistani-websites-independence-day/1/1024486.html

Hackers are now using the exploit behind WannaCry to snoop on hotel Wi-Fi

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The APT28 hacking group is behind a string of attacks – but this is the first time it has used EternalBlue.


Image: iStock

A hacking group accused of linked meddling in the run up to the US presidential election is harnessing the Windows exploit which made WannaCry

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-now-using-the-exploit-behind-wannacry-to-snoop-on-hotel-wi-fi/

Chinese hackers attack Gurugram company

The Millennium City witnessed its first case of Ransomware attacks by Chinese hackers with two cases coming to light recently. A city-based clothing company has reported to the Gurugram police that the hackers had demanded Rs 25 lakh from them as ransom. The other case involved a ransom demand of Rs 20,000.

During the probe, the Gurugram cyber crime cell came to know that the Chinese hackers were behind the attacks. “It is quite a difficult to nab the Ransomware attackers as the attack was related to China and it can not be tracked unless Chinese authorities assist Indian agencies to crack the case,” said a police officer on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, this year till July the Gurugram Cyber Crime Cell has received 2,004 complaints related to ATM fraud, credit cards, debit cards, e-mail hacking and hacking of Facebook accounts. Around 1,168 complaints have been disposed off so far.

Around 836

Read more at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/city/chinese-hackers-attack-gurugram-company.html

US vs hackers: America’s crusade against cybercrime

The US government is pulling no punches when it comes to prosecuting cyber criminals, often seeking extradition orders and, in most cases, dedicating countless man hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars relentlessly pursuing some of the world’s most notorious hackers.

Its latest catch, though, is a reputed white hat hacker — that is, a ‘good’ security expert whose hacking bears no ill intent. He helped stop a global cyberattack in its tracks, potentially saving the global economy millions of dollars in the process – and is now charged in a separate malware-related case.

Read more about him and others in RT’s list of some of the most notable hackers the US has pursued and attempted to extradite since 2000, with varying degrees of success.

Marcus Hutchins aka ‘MalwareTech’ (2017)

Marcus Hutchins, 23, the young British cybersecurity expert who discovered the kill switch that stopped the global WannaCry ransomware attack,

Read more at: https://www.rt.com/usa/398763-us-hackers-extradition-cyber-crime/

WannaCry Hackers Empty Bitcoin Wallet

The hackers behind the WannaCry ransomware attack have moved more that $140,000 (£105,000) worth of bitcoins paid by victims of the malware, out of the online wallet set up to receive the ransoms. 

The BBC reported that a Twitter bot set up by a journalist from Quartz noticed the bitcoin activity with the online wallet associated with the WannaCry ransomware.

WannaCry wallet 

wannacryThe wallet has been completely emptied signalling that the cyber criminals behind the attacks believe they have got the most they can out of the ransomware campaign. 

Despite the warnings by many law enforcement agencies and cyber security experts advising victims of WannaCry to not pay the ransom, it would appear many did not heed this warning and coughed up a sum to the tune of $300 worth of bitcoins to have their systems released from the grip of WannaCry. 

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Read more at: http://www.silicon.co.uk/security/wannacry-hackers-bitcoin-219243

Cyber hackers trade more than 100000 online passwords

Cyber hackers are illegally trading more than 100,000 online passwords from this area on the underworld “dark web”.

As part of our ongoing analysis of the growing menace of cyber crime, an investigations unit set up on behalf of this paper’s parent company, Johnston Press, asked data experts to find out what information is being bought and sold to aid identity fraud.

Emma Mills, chief operating officer of London-based C6 Intelligence Information Systems has concerns over the impact of the internet on our personal details.

Emma Mills, chief operating officer of London-based C6 Intelligence Information Systems has concerns over the impact of the internet on our personal details.

They discovered that 34,793 records from Sunderland had been traded –

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/cyber-hackers-trade-more-than-100-000-online-passwords-1-8675176

Hackers: Who They Are and What They Want | Fortune.com

Companies are under constant assault from hackers but, for many people, the threat feels abstract and far away. That’s why Fortune produced the video above: It explains who the hackers are, and what they want.

For expertise, we turned to Nicole Friedlander, a long-time prosecutor who headed a cyber-crime unit in New York, and Andrei Barysevich, who scours the so-called “Dark Web” as an undercover private detective. In the clip, they discuss their first-hand experience with hackers.

“Hackers, for the most part, are regular people like you and

Read more at: http://fortune.com/2017/07/26/who-are-hackers/

Teenage hackers sent to rehab to put their skills to good use in fight …

“Cyber crime has become easier to commit with the proliferation of easy-to-access tools, tutorials and online forums to share idea,” said Richard Jones, Prevent manager at the NCA.

“Even the most basic forms of cyber crime can have huge impacts and the NCA and police will arrest and prosecute offenders, which can be devastating to their future.

“That means there is great value in reaching young people before they become involved in cyber crime, and even those already on the fringes of criminality – when their skills can still be a force for good.”

The idea for the scheme came from research that looked at the abilities of illegal hackers in comparison with those who worked in cyber security. It found that those on the right side of the law were very similar to the other group, but at some point a parent, guardian or teacher had intervened to put them on

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/25/teenage-hackers-sent-rehab-put-skills-good-use-fight-against/

Teenage hackers sent to rehab to put their skills to good use in fight against cyber crime

“Cyber crime has become easier to commit with the proliferation of easy-to-access tools, tutorials and online forums to share idea,” said Richard Jones, Prevent manager at the NCA.

“Even the most basic forms of cyber crime can have huge impacts and the NCA and police will arrest and prosecute offenders, which can be devastating to their future.

“That means there is great value in reaching young people before they become involved in cyber crime, and even those already on the fringes of criminality – when their skills can still be a force for good.”

The idea for the scheme came from research that looked at the abilities of illegal hackers in comparison with those who worked in cyber security. It found that those on the right side of the law were very similar to the other group, but at some point a parent, guardian or teacher had intervened to put them on

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/25/teenage-hackers-sent-rehab-put-skills-good-use-fight-against/