LABOUR FACES SECOND CYBER-ATTACK AS ELECTION LOOMS

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The Labour Party has suffered its second cyber-attack in two days, dealing a crushing blow to the party in the lead-up to December’s General Election. The attacks took place on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th November. On both occasions, they were distributed denial of service attacks, in which botnets flooded servers with overwhelming traffic levels. As yet the attacker remains unidentified, but the attacks have been reported to the National Cybersecurity Centre.

RUSSIA DENIES LINKS TO IRAN HIJACKING

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The country of Russia has been forced to deny reports that state hackers broke into the Iranian Security Service’s hacking tools to launch worldwide attacks. It was speculated that Russian threat group Turla were behind the hijacked tools, but a spokesman for Russia said the claims were “an attempt to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran”. The original reports were uncovered by US and UK intelligence agencies, suggesting the Russians piggybacked on an Iranian hacking group to target others.

FACEBOOK GLITCH MAY HAVE ACTIVATED SMARTPHONE CAMERAS

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Facebook has admitted that some users’ privacy may have been compromised as a ‘glitch’ was seen to activate cameras on iPhones as users scrolled through their feeds. The Facebook team claimed the bug was “inadvertently introduced” and have since released an update to prevent this from happening. The bug was first brought to Facebook’s attention when Twitter users reported their camera operating while viewing Facebook videos.  

NEW STUDY REVEALS SKILLS SHORTAGE IN CYBERSECURITY

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New findings from the latest Cybersecurity Workforce Study have suggested that organisations are struggling to find cybersecurity talent. There are currently 2.8 million cybersecurity professionals in the world, but with the increasing threat of attacks, the report says we need to employ more than 4 million to keep up. Fortune 500 companies, SMEs and even government agencies were all said to be under threat.

CYBERSECURITY JOB POSTINGS INCREASE BY 15%

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Despite the lack of talent, studies show that those working in cybersecurity are content in their roles. This is good news for employers, with job sites such as Indeed reporting a 15% increase in cybersecurity postings. In addition, the average industry salary has now risen by 3.2% in the UK, compared to an average rise of 1.9% for all other jobs. Experts cite companies’ digital transformation as the main reason for the spike in job opportunities.  

CYBERCRIME WILL “COST GLOBAL ECONOMY $6 TRILLION” BY 2021

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New trends identified by research teams at Cybersecurity Ventures state that cybercrime will cost global businesses $6 trillion in the next two years, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Ransomware played a key factor in this, costing $11.5 billion alone, while state-sponsored attacks are on the rise. Experts also cited the changes with GDPR for the apparent increase in data breaches.

5G COULD BE A HOTBED FOR CRIMINALS

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The forthcoming 5G movement is causing concerns among experts, who say it still has the potential to be hacked. While the wide consensus is that 5G is considerably stronger than 4G, thanks to encryption and verification of network users, experts say devices may be the problem. IoT devices such as baby monitors and factory assembly lines may be susceptible to attacks from hackers as they will soon be using the 5G network. David Ferbrache, global head of cyber futures at KPMG, said: “The likelihood of finding an IoT device that hasn’t been set up properly, or with a weak password, is quite high.”

WHITE HAT HACKER TAKES AIM AT INSTAGRAM

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Facebook has once again been the victim of a data breach. Its image sharing company, Instagram, which Facebook purchased in 2012, was attacked in late September. Millions of users had their phone numbers and usernames leaked. However, the attacker was deemed a “white hat hacker” and was a security researcher. The hacker claimed to have found vulnerabilities in the “Sync Contacts” feature and said other hackers could have done the same.

COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATE CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

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October is known internationally as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year, more firms than ever are recognising the increasing importance of cybersecurity. The awareness month was started by the National Cybersecurity Division of Homeland Security in the USA, and now its principles have reached businesses around the world. Many are publishing their own tips on how to stay safe in the workplace and state that employee training and refresher courses are a must.

MYCENA LAUNCHES NEW WHITE PAPER

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A new white paper on decentralised password security is now live. Published by Julia O’Toole of MyCena, Redefining Password Security explores the most common flaws in password management, and the need for a decentralised password management system that is not vulnerable to cloud hacks. Read more on the MyCena website or visit the Mycena LinkedIn page.