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Top News

  • Ransomware: Huge rise in attacks this year as cyber criminals hunt bigger pay days

    September 9, 2020

    There’s been a huge increase in the number of ransomware attacks over the course of 2020, with a seven-fold rise in campaigns compared with just last year alone, according to newly released data from cybersecurity researchers. Ransomware attacks have been on the rise and getting more dangerous in recent years, with cyber criminals aiming to encrypt ...

  • 2nd International Conference on Central European Critical Infrastructure Protection (ICCECIP 2020) will be held online on November 16-17, 2020

    September 8, 2020

    We are honoured to invite you to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Central European Critical Infrastructure Protection organised by Óbuda University Donát Bánki Faculty of Mechanical and Safety Engineering in Buda-pest in cooperation with Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences, Serbia, University of Žilina Faculty of Security Engineering Department of Technical Sciences and Informatics in ...

  • Newcastle University students’ data held to ransom by cyber criminals

    September 8, 2020

    Newcastle University is being held to ransom by cyber criminals in an attack which has been disrupting IT systems since the beginning of the month. The cyber crime group behind the attack – known as DoppelPaymer – previously leaked documents online relating to Elon Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla. The criminals have posted stolen files from the ...

  • Netwalker ransomware hits Pakistan’s largest private power utility

    September 8, 2020

    K-Electric, the sole electricity provider for Karachi, Pakistan, has suffered a Netwalker ransomware attack that led to the disruption of billing and online services. K-Electric is Pakistan’s largest power supplier, serving 2.5 million customers and employing over 10 thousand people. Starting yesterday, K-Electric customers have been unable to access the online services for their account. To resolve this ...

  • City of Hartford postpones first day of school after ransomware attack

    September 8, 2020

    Officials from the city of Hartford, Connecticut, were forced to postpone the first day of the new school calendar year after a ransomware infection impacted the city’s IT network. According to a statement published by Hartford Public Schools, the school district serving the city of Hartford, the ransomware attack impacted several of the school’s internal IT ...

  • Cyberattacks during vote on Russian Constitution originated from US, UK, Ukraine — envoy

    September 7, 2020

    Cyberattacks during the Russian nationwide vote on the constitutional amendments were detected from the US, the UK, Ukrainian territory and a number of CIS states, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in Information Security Andrei Krutskikh told the OSCE conference on cybersecurity Monday. He noted that cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure ...

  • Manchester Arena bombing inquiry hears man ‘fobbed off’ by security when he warned about suicide attacker

    September 7, 2020

    Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was challenged by a member of the public shortly before he detonated the bomb that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert three years ago. The details of the confrontation emerged as a public inquiry into the atrocity began in Manchester. The concertgoer, who can be named only as witness A, ...

  • France warns of Emotet attacking companies, administration

    September 7, 2020

    The French national cyber-security agency today published an alert warning of a surge in Emotet attacks targeting the private sector and public administration entities throughout the country. French public administration has three sub-sectors: central public administrations (APUC), local government (LUFA), and social security administrations (ASSO). Emotet, originally a run-of-the-mill banking Trojan first spotted in 2014, is now ...

  • CEOs Could Be Held Personally Liable for Cyberattacks that Kill

    September 7, 2020

    A full 75 percent of top brass at companies will be personally on the hook for cyber-physical security (CSP) incidents by 2024 – especially those that involve fatalities. That’s according to the Gartner research firm, which predicted this week that CEOs soon will no longer be able to hide behind their corporate legal teams if things ...

  • Australia: Data of 186,000 customers leaked in Service NSW cyber attack

    September 7, 2020

    Service NSW has confirmed that the personal data of 186,000 customers and staff were leaked after a cyber attack earlier this year, in which 47 employees had their email accounts compromised. A four-month investigation, which began in April, concluded that roughly 3.8 million documents had to be analysed to assess the severity of any possible breaches. “This ...

  • Chilean bank shuts down all branches following ransomware attack

    September 7, 2020

    BancoEstado, one of Chile’s three biggest banks, was forced to shut down all branches on Monday following a ransomware attack that took place over the weekend. “Our branches will not be operational and will remain closed today,” the bank said in a statement published on its Twitter account on Monday. Details about the attack have not been ...

  • Ransomware attack halts Argentinian border crossing for four hours

    September 6, 2020

    Argentina’s official immigration agency, Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, suffered a Netwalker ransomware attack that temporarily halted border crossing into and out of the country. While ransomware attacks against cities and local agencies have become all too common, this may be a first known attack against a federal agency that has interrupted a country’s operations. According to a ...

  • France closes schools due to COVID-19 as country records Europe’s highest daily infection rate

    September 4, 2020

    Twenty-two schools have been shut down in France and the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion due to coronavirus as cases soar in the country. More than 12 million pupils returned to classrooms in France on Tuesday but some parents and teachers’ unions have expressed concern over the reopening of schools as the spread of ...

  • UK: ‘Huge explosion’ as fire rages at industrial unit in Kent

    September 4, 2020

    A large fire has broken out in an industrial building and people have been evacuated from the nearby area. One resident of Hoo Marina, close to the blaze on Vicarage Lane, described hearing a “huge explosion” and an eyewitness said the “place shook”. Kent Fire and Rescue Service said about 200 people were removed from the area ...

  • U.S. Department of Defense discloses critical and high severity bugs

    September 4, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Defense has disclosed today details about four security vulnerabilities on its infrastructure. Two of them have a severity high severity rating while the other two received a critical score. The flaws were reported in August and July. They could allow attackers to hijack a subdomain, execute arbitrary code remotely, or view files ...

  • Digital Education: The cyberrisks of the online classroom

    September 4, 2020

    This past spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, online learning became the new norm as universities and classrooms around the world were forced to close their doors. By April 29, 2020, more than 1.2 billion children across 186 countries were impacted by school closures. Shortly after schools began to transition to emergency remote learning, it ...

  • COVID-19 vaccines: early success and remaining challenges

    September 4, 2020

    In The Lancet, Denis Y Logunov and colleagues from the N F Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia present findings from two phase 1/2, non-randomised, open-label studies of a heterologous, replication-deficient, recombinant adenovirus vector-based vaccine in both frozen and lyophilised formulations.1 The researchers enrolled 76 healthy adult volunteers (aged 18–60 years) into the ...


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