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Opinion: South West business leaders at increasing risk of cyber crime with rise of ‘whaling’

Written by: The Business | Posted 28 December 2017 12:46

Mark Hughes is chief executive of BT Security, which employs more than 2,500 security professionals and operates from 15 security operations centres around the world. Here, he explains why companies need to prepare themselves for the threat of cyber crime and why business leaders are at increasing risk of ‘whaling’

As an ever increasing number of people and organisations make ever greater use of the internet, the potential impact of cyber-theft, cyber-vandalism and even cyber-extortion is exploding.

The more we rely on the fantastic resource of ‘the net’ the more potentially vulnerable we become.

It is a daunting thought that there are now about 27 billion devices connected to the internet – well over three times the human population of the world – and that this figure is expected to reach 125 billion within 13 years.

If you think this

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Charges unsealed in theft of assault rifles from South Side train yard

An Aurora man is facing federal charges alleging he stole nearly three dozen firearms, including assault rifles, from a train yard on Chicago’s South Side last year, court records show.

A criminal complaint unsealed this week charged Cameron Battiste with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from the September 2016 heist at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in the 100 block of East 63rd Street, court records show.

The burglary was one of several recent cases of weapons shipments being stolen from the same sprawling train depot, raising concerns about security at Chicago’s rail yards as the city continues to deal with a crisis of gun violence.

Battiste, 35, was arrested in Iowa earlier this month after DNA taken from two of the guns recovered in the 2016 theft matched him, records show. He was ordered held without bond by a federal magistrate judge in Cedar Rapids after prosecutors argued

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-train-theft-assault-rifles-20171121-story.html

MP calls for ‘international coalition’ to battle cyber crime | South …

AN INTERNATIONAL coalition is needed to fight cyber-crime, Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds has said.

Speaking in Parliament this week the Labour MP said he was concerned to see the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre had responded to more than 600 significant incidents in just one year.

Addressing Home Office Minister Ben Wallace, he said: “Some of those threats come from hostile states and from areas of the world that are ungoverned. What practical steps are the government going to take to build the international coalition that will be required to deal with this issue?”

Mr Wallace replied the National Crime Agency and GCHQ are working internationally to battle cyber crime.

“We have seen a number of very successful operations, most recently in December, when, in an operation led by Europol, we took down the Avalanche cloud hosting service that was sending over one million

Read more at: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/15675137.MP_calls_for___39_international_coalition__39__to_battle_cyber_crime/

Magnitude EK Targets South Korea with Language-Specific Ransomware

Residents of Asia Pac, and in particular South Korea, are in the crosshairs of a resurgence in the Magnitude Exploit Kit, which is being used to distribute the Magniber ransomware.

According to FireEye, the Magnitude EK has been quiet since last September, when it was seen to mostly be targeting Taiwan victims. However, it roared back into action last week, now seen focusing solely on South Korea. It also switched up its payloads—previously it had been distributing Cerber ransomware.

The first reappearance of the EK in this latest campaign came as a malvertising redirection. Trend Micro, in a separate analysis, found that these malvertisements filter victims using the geolocation of the client IP address and system language. It’s a staple technique used by EKs and other cyber-criminal campaigns to evade detection and hide their activities from security researchers.

However, the analysis shows that the Magniber ransomware payload only seems to

Read more at: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/magnitude-ek-targets-south-korea/

Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’

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South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41696703

Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’ – BBC News

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South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41696703

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/

South Africa: MEC Debbie Schäfer On Bullying Tactics in Schools

press release

The recent reports of bullying both in the Western Cape and across the country are very disturbing.

Bullying and school safety in general are issues of great concern to me, and about which I exercise my mind regularly as to how best to address them. Respect for human dignity is one of the values enshrined in our constitution, and bullying is a denial of this.

Bullying behaviour is typically when a child or group of children misuse their power to hurt other children or exclude them.

There are the “traditional” types of bullying, namely physical abuse, verbal or written abuse and social abuse, such as when learners gossip about each other, exclude each other from a group or reveal personal information about a learner with the goal of humiliating them.

But bullying tactics have now also developed with modern technology, and now also include cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280771.html

South Africa: MEC Debbie Schäfer On Bullying Tactics in Schools …

press release

The recent reports of bullying both in the Western Cape and across the country are very disturbing.

Bullying and school safety in general are issues of great concern to me, and about which I exercise my mind regularly as to how best to address them. Respect for human dignity is one of the values enshrined in our constitution, and bullying is a denial of this.

Bullying behaviour is typically when a child or group of children misuse their power to hurt other children or exclude them.

There are the “traditional” types of bullying, namely physical abuse, verbal or written abuse and social abuse, such as when learners gossip about each other, exclude each other from a group or reveal personal information about a learner with the goal of humiliating them.

But bullying tactics have now also developed with modern technology, and now also include cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280771.html

South Yorkshire Police Chief Commissioner asks for public’s help in cyber crime fight

South Yorkshire’s Police Chief Commissioner is asking for the public’s help in the fight against cyber crime.

Dr Alan Billings is asking for help in gather information about how cyber crime has affected South Yorkshire people.

The Commissioner is running a survey on his website that asks people to say how they use the internet and if they have been asked to provide personal information that could or has lead to them becoming a victim of cyber crime.

Dr Billings said: “Cyber crime is still a bit of a minefield for some. It can take many forms and can leave some victims feeling very vulnerable and not knowing if they should report it and, if so, to whom.

“Many people will have received an email saying they have won millions of pounds or had money taken from their accounts, but do not know how this has happened.

“Cyber crime is happening all the time

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/south-yorkshire-police-chief-commissioner-asks-for-public-s-help-in-cyber-crime-fight-1-8724931