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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – 91.5 KIOS

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which the Department of Homeland Security (dhs.gov) says is “a yearly campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security.”

Dr. Matthew Hale, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at UNO, says long before the huge Equifax breach there was plenty of reason to be concerned about identity theft.  He describes identity theft and credit card fraud  as “active areas of cyber crime” and “a massive industry” 

“It’s surprising how cheap you can actually get people’s information on the black market.  It turns out there’s roughly about 16 billion dollars in identify theft and fraud; this was just last year. And it typically affects about 15.4 million Americans – I think that was the

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Ransomware: Security researchers spot emerging new strain of malware


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 security: Can you tell a bug from a bot? Know your malware here

Malware, literally, is a software that’s bad. It sneaks into your system, steals your personal data, deletes files and can even disable your system. A malicious automated code, it replicates itself from one computer to another.

As more and more people take to internet transactions after the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’, the dangers of a connected world also intensify. Malware is not easy to detect and can keep hiding in your computer for a long time. Hence, it is crucial to know ‘aapke computer mein kaun rehta hai’. It comes in several types. Below are the most common ones:

This malware is so much in your face that it’s difficult to ignore it. As the name suggests, this is an advertising malware which presents unwanted advertisement-like those irritating indefinite pop-ups-using intrusive and dangerous methods.

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/can-you-tell-a-bug-from-a-bot-know-your-malware-here/articleshow/61083572.cms

London issues call to arms to cyber security community

Free membership scheme

John Unsworth, chief executive of the LDSC, detailed the progress made in the past year in the centre’s key objectives of setting up a free membership scheme, introducing a programme of activities in the community, and developing a marketplace of trusted, relevant and affordable security products and services.

Through the membership scheme, the LDSC has conducted security assessments on more than 400 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has partnered with more than 50 market-leading organisations to provide products and services, and has engaged directly with businesses by going door-to-door in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.

“We have instigated academic research with Oxford University to independently assess our work and establish evidence of what works and what does not work in supporting businesses to improve their digital security,” said Unsworth.

Through these “high street” engagements and events in partnership with financial institutes

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450428190/London-issues-call-to-arms-to-cyber-security-community

Cyber security ministry was long overdue

Herbert Marufu Correspondent
President Mugabe reassigned 10 ministers and made eight new appointments in a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was assigned to head the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The new ministry is mandated to deal with the growing abuse of the Internet.

Cyber threats are increasing at an alarming rate every year and the ability for organisations and countries to defend themselves against full-scale distributed attacks quickly and effectively is becoming more and more difficult. In order to be safe and secure on today’s Internet, organisations must learn to become more automated. This means being capable of characterising attacks across hundreds or even thousands of IP sessions and improving their ability to recognise attack commonalities.

With intrusion detection systems and trained network security auditors in place, organisations and nations have a reliable means to prioritise, and isolate only the most critical threats in real

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Cyber security is no trivial matter

Minister Chinamasa

Minister Chinamasa

Christopher Farai Charamba Political Writer
The reshuffled Cabinet ushered in a new portfolio called the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. President Mugabe assigned former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to head this new ministry. Minister Chinamasa has also previously held the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio before.

The rationale behind the creation of this ministry, according to the Government, is to develop laws to deal with cyber crime and set up new structures in that area. This is why Minister Chinamasa was deployed to this ministry as a legal fundi. Soon after the appointment was made, social media was awash with jokes on the minister’s new role, with some suggesting that it was insignificant. On the contrary, the issue of cyber security is a pertinent one and Zimbabwe would do well to focus on particularly where traditionally there have been

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Cyber Security: Your smart TV, fridge could be hacked a lot more …

Akash came home from work to find his home had been ransacked. There was no sign of a break-in or any other struggle. It looked as if the thieves had just walked in through the front door. On closer investigation, Akash learnt that he wasn’t robbed by run-of-the-mill crooks.

These were intelligent hackers, who got access to his Smart TV and used that to access his home security system and completely disable it.

Even though Akash knew about the risks smart gadgets pose, he never thought he would be a victim, or that his TV could be used for such a crime.

Every day there is a new connected home gadget claiming to make your life easier and better. From our phones being able to play our favorite tunes on demand, to the lights and air-conditioners automatically turning on when we

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/your-smart-tv-fridge-could-be-hacked-a-lot-more-easily-than-you-may-think/articleshow/61037784.cms

Euro commissioner calls for more collaboration on cyber security

Cyber threats are one of the top security concerns for nine out of 10 European Union citizens, according to Julian King, European commissioner for security union.

“In an internet-connected age that is becoming ever more dependent on internet-connected technologies, we have become more vulnerable to those who are ready to exploit those technologies to try and do us harm for financial or political

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450427879/Euro-commissioner-calls-for-more-collaboration-on-cyber-security

Cyber Security: Forget Blue Whale Challenge, cyber bullying is …

Tanya grew up in a Mumbai suburb, like any normal teenager. Unknown to her, a classmate from a previous school had started collecting information and pictures of her since they were 12. The information was then used to make a fake Facebook page, and was shown as if Tanya had posted them herself. Tanya had read about cyber bullying, but had never expected herself to be a victim. She found out about the fake page only through her friends.

Even though the bullying seemed benign in the beginning, soon schoolmates started sending her crude messages and she became isolated from her friends circle. She withdrew to herself, rarely going out, and became depressed. The bullying then got so bad that she had to go for counseling and change schools to start afresh.
Having grown up around gadgets, children rely heavily on

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Adipec security conference to focus on cyber crime risks

The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference’s (Adipec) Security in Energy Conference will focus on strategies to mitigate cyber crime risks and deploy defence mechanisms to protect critical industry systems and infrastructure.

Organisers of the second annual Security in Energy conference, to be held in Abu Dhabi in November, say that oil and gas has been exposed as a prime target for cyber criminals after the industry was singled out during international ransomware attacks.

Co-located within the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec), Security in Energy recognises the increasingly critical importance of IT systems to oil and gas operations.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and organised by the Global Energy division of dmg events, Adipec is one of the world’s leading oil and gas events, and the largest in

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