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Irish Water warns customers are being targeted in new email scam asking for bank details for long awaited water …

IRISH Water are warning customers about a new cyber scam that asks punters for their bank details in order for them to refund their long awaited water charges.

The phishing scam sees hackers send out thousands of emails claiming to be from Irish Water and telling customers that they need to fill in their bank details in order to receive their refund.

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

Irish Water customers have been receiving the dodgy emails

The professional looking email directs the reader to a bank details field before re-routing the user to the official Irish Water website so they don’t realise they have been conned.

Cyber crime expert Urban Schrott of ESET Ireland said the Irish Water scam was first flagged to him earlier this week and he described the bogus email as “professional” and potentially effective.

He told the

Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1864151/irish-water-warns-customers-are-being-targeted-in-new-email-scam-asking-for-bank-details-for-long-awaited-water-charges-refunds/

Evolution of ransomware makes it hard to defend against, warns National Crime Agency

Ransomware is increasingly effective because of changes in the way it operates. Because cyber-extortion is a numbers game – the more devices you infect the more you earn – the objective of the attackers is to infect as many devices as quickly as possible, said Paul Edmunds, head of technology at the National Crime Agency (NCA). Therefore they need to get around defences such as restricted admin rights.

Describing ransomware as a “growing and present threat”, he told the audience at last week’s Computing Security and Risk Management Summit that whereas early examples tended to be delivered as email attachments which had to be downloaded and executed by the victim, subsequent strains such as WannaCry and NotPetya were much more proactive in seeking out and infecting vulnerable machines.

“We’re starting to see other attack vectors that are growing in importance, scanning and finding unpatched vulnerabilities on a machine,” Edmunds said.

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Read more at: https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/3021979/evolution-of-ransomware-makes-it-hard-to-defend-against-warns-national-crime-agency

Security software specialist Symantec warns of AI-enabled cyber crimes

MUMBAI: Security software specialist Symantec expects artificial intelligence-enabled cyber attacks to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses in the coming years, leading to a fullfledged arms race between cyber criminals and security.

“We think attackers are leveraging automation in building their attacks for a long time,” said Brian Witten, senior director at Symantec research labs. “In that sense, it is only a matter of time they start leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) a lot more aggressively. It will be their AI against our AI and whoever builds the smartest AI will end up winning the arms race.”

Many cyber security firms are using recent advances in AI and machine learning (ML) to secure systems and data of their clients as attacks get more complex and sophisticated causing unprecedented levels of disruption.

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/security-software-specialist-symantec-warns-of-ai-enabled-cyber-crimes/articleshow/61649215.cms

cyber crime: Security software specialist Symantec warns of AI …

MUMBAI: Security software specialist Symantec expects artificial intelligence-enabled cyber attacks to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses in the coming years, leading to a fullfledged arms race between cyber criminals and security.

“We think attackers are leveraging automation in building their attacks for a long time,” said Brian Witten, senior director at Symantec research labs. “In that sense, it is only a matter of time they start leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) a lot more aggressively. It will be their AI against our AI and whoever builds the smartest AI will end up winning the arms race.”

Many cyber security firms are using recent advances in AI and machine learning (ML) to secure systems and data of their clients as attacks get more complex and sophisticated causing unprecedented levels of disruption.

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/security-software-specialist-symantec-warns-of-ai-enabled-cyber-crimes/articleshow/61649215.cms

EU Warns Cyber-Crime is a ‘Threat to our Democracy’

The foundations of liberal democracy are under increasing threat from cyber-attacks, according to senior crime experts and international ambassadors. The declarations were made during a recent cyber-security summit held at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), opened by European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King.

“This has been a year when the public arguably lost its cyber innocence,” claimed King. “What the people in this building and audience had long known, became mainstream as a result of the high-profile ransomware attacks like NotPetya and WannaCry.”

The summit was held in light of the ever-evolving cyber-threat that national and local security teams face today. In 2016 over 4,000 ransomware attacks were reported every day across Europe. WannaCry aside, recent years have also borne witness to a number of deliberate high-profile cyber-attacks including knocking out the Ukrainian power grid and interference with the 2016 US Presidential Election.

King warned that cyber-attacks

Read more at: https://digit.fyi/democratic-cyber-threat/

AGCS warns of significant rise in Cyber crime case by 2020

A Corporate Specialist from  Allianz Global in South Africa, Nobuhle Nkosi, has said cybercrime is likely to increase by about 17 million cases by 2020.

She said this at a seminar at the Labadi beach hotel on Wednesday, October 25, meant to educate companies and individuals who use the internet as a major tool for business.

“Cyber predictions for 2018 and beyond DDoS attacks will increase to 17million by 2020.Data breaches are also expected to grow by 40% a year by 2019” she predicted.

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“The number and complicity of cyber-attacks is on the rise and are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day. We have found that digital crime is a growing dimension of crime, and the reason for this is because criminals have the enormity, they can

Read more at: http://citifmonline.com/2017/10/26/agcs-warns-of-significant-rise-in-cyber-crime-case-by-2020/

Be on the look out for cyber bullying, senior officer warns | York Press

A SENIOR police officer in York has urged residents to be on the look out for signs of cyber bullying.

Superintendent Adam Thomson, neighbourhood policing commander for York and Selby, said the rise in online bullying was “inevitable”, and abused by “nasty and twisted people of all ages”.

Supt Thomson said the potential damage caused by old fashioned poison pen letters had grown infinitely with the rise of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other platforms, and physical or verbal bullying at school was no longer confined to the playground.

He said: “In short, cyber bullying can happen to any of us. It is very hurtful and distressing and must be taken seriously by all concerned. Some forms of cyber bullying are criminal offences, such as harassment or threats. These should be reported directly to the police on 101 and the offender will be dealt with accordingly.

Read more at: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15604422.Be_on_the_look_out_for_cyber_bullying__senior_officer_warns/

One in four firms have been victim of cyber attack, survey warns



A study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in placeA study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place

A study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place

October 9 2017

More than a quarter of businesses have been hit by cyber attacks over the past two years, according to a new survey.

A study of 205 companies also found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place. Another 27% are either in need of tightened security or are totally unsecured.

The Magnet Networks national

Read more at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/one-in-four-firms-have-been-victim-of-cyber-attack-survey-warns-36209440.html

ATM cyber attack a growing threat, warns Europol

ATM malware has evolved and no longer requires physical access to machines to infect them, a report reveals.

Previously, criminals used physical “skimming” devices, USB sticks or CDs to install malware within automated teller machines (ATMs) but since 2015 the attacks have become increasingly remote.

Revenge porn can destroy lives, warns Jill’s mother-in-law

The report proposes jail terms of up to seven years for anybody guilty of publishing online revenge porn, or engaging in serious internet-linked harassment or cyber-stalking.

Joan Meagher’s daughter-in-law, Jill, was raped and murdered in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012 as she walked home from a night out with friends.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/revenge-porn-can-destroy-lives-warns-jills-motherinlaw-36072637.html