UK Cybercrime

How Can Ransomware Attacks Like WannaCry Be Prevented?

Nick Morris | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

This is not said by way of criticism, but rather to acknowledge the challenge inherent within security innovation. Companies and governments can't afford to expose their digital security set-up, but must somehow find a way to embrace new innovations or the hackers will, inevitably, find a way through.

Defending Yourself Against A Cyber-Attack - What You Need To Know

John Grimm | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
John Grimm

These worrying statistics highlight just how vulnerable the business community remains to data breaches, even after an unprecedented period of public disclosures. Britain's businesses cannot continue to treat cyber security as a box-ticking exercise and risk falling foul of harmful attacks.

How Secure Is Your Car Cleaning Firm?

Alastair Paterson | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

In today's connected world securing your own network is simply not enough. Today your digital risk extends not only to your own servers, PCs and other devices in your offices and other locations; it also extends to your mobile workers and other staff working from home, customer sites and other remote locations. But the third, and often ignored, area of digital risk is your supply chain; companies that have access to your employee and customer information.

Received A Text Message From Your Bank Recently? A New Scam Is Tricking People Into Emptying Their Accounts

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech

Received a text from your bank recently? A new ‘smishing’ scam is convincing people to hand over their bank details by sending text messages disgu...

Stand And Deliver: Your Money Or Your Files!

David Emm | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

In the eighteenth century, travellers could be waylaid by a highwayman - a thief who held up coaches on the public highway and demanded that those on board hand over their money and other valuables. The highwayman would typically issue the challenge - 'Stand and deliver: your money or your life!

A Hacker Was Able To Activate Dallas' Emergency Siren Network For Over An Hour

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech

If there’s one system you would hope can’t be hacked it would be a national emergency siren network. Yet that’s precisely what happened this wee...

When Imitation Is Not The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

Alastair Paterson | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

Malicious actors have a range of motivations, including geopolitical, ideological and espionage purposes. However, it is the financially-motivated cybercriminals we commonly see targeting the organizations we work with. These actors will go wherever the money is. Pure and simple.

Just How Safe Are Our Mobile Apps?

Alastair Paterson | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

We live in a world dominated by smartphones and tablets, and by the applications that run on these mobile devices. These applications help us with everything, including expenses, mobile banking, the weather and access to your corporate and personal email

Real CEO, Fake CEO: Who Is The Biggest Enterprise Threat?

Mike Foreman | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

With so much at stake and so much already invested in security systems to then allow cybercriminals a way into the organization that's completely beyond the IT department's control is the business equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.

Catch 'Em While They Are Young

Alastair Paterson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

We need more people to realize cybersecurity is an interesting and exciting career so we can have the skills and expertise for the future that we need to protect people, governments and organisations from the menace of professional cybercriminality.

Security Witchcraft And Voodoo

Alastair Paterson | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

Many people were this week startled by reports that GCHQ technical director Dr Ian Levy had apparently claimed that security firms exaggerated the thr...

Hackers Held This Hotel To Ransom By Locking All Its Guests' Rooms

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Tech

Last week The Seehotel Jaegerwirt, a hotel which has been proudly in operation for over 100 years, was hacked. Cybercriminals hacked into the hotel...

Happy New Year! The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is The Lack Of Fear Itself

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

Every post you make, every breath you take, every search you make, they'll be watching you. Every bit of information you have ever entered anywhere online is stored, collated and held. For the most part, we give this data over without even thinking about the consequences, assuming it is safe.

Time For Your New Year Cyber Detox?

Alastair Paterson | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

If I had been writing this blog even three years ago, it is probable I would have talked about needing to recognise the cyber risk and not bury our heads in the sand to the industrialised threat caused by professional cybercrime.

A Connected World: It's Time We Put A Stop To Cybercrime

Adrian Adair | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech
Adrian Adair

Over the past decade, our habits as consumers have radically evolved, from online banking and shopping to how we communicate with our family members - remember fax machines for communication in the workplace and the introduction of the first mobile phone?

Why Phishing Is Only The Beginning Of A Cyber Attack

John Worrall | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Tech
John Worrall

Of course it is always better to keep an attacker outside of your network if you can. But, recognising the difficulty of that, many companies today operate as if a breach has already (or will) occurred.

2017 The Year Of.....

Alastair Paterson | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

In many ways, 2016 was very much the 'Year of the Ransomware Threat', and it is very hard to see that changing much next year. After all most cybercrime is driven by hard cash and the fact remains that most ransomware and extortion attacks are successful.

Criminals Can Guess Your Bank Details In Just Six Seconds

Press Association and Oscar Williams | Oscar Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Tech

Criminals can guess your Visa debit or credit card number, expiry date and security code in just six seconds, researchers have found. Experts from N...

Post Office And TalkTalk Broadband Have Been Hit By A Massive Cyberattack

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Tech

Post Office and TalkTalk broadband customers have had their internet access cut after the two firms were hit by the same cyber attack. The internet se...

Thousands Of National Lottery Accounts Have Been Hacked

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Tech

Thousands of National Lottery accounts may have been hacked, reports its operator Camelot. In a statement on its website, the operator said that it ha...

Careful Surfing Required In The Digital Age

Alastair Paterson | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

The truth is that exposed credentials from adult dating sites hold particular value for cyber criminals given their potential to extort victims. Most subscribers to these services want to remain anonymous and don't want their employers or families to know. Users are likely to be prepared to pay large amounts of money to prevent their details being exposed online where others can see them.

Hackers Have Gained Access To The Private Information Of 6 Million Three Customers

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech

Three has been the victim of a major cyber hack after fraudsters were able to gain access to the company’s phone upgrade system and in turn see mill...

Defence Against Cyber Threats Close To Home And Out Of This World

Geoff Smith | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Tech
Geoff Smith

As the threat of cybercrime intensifies both on and around the planet, there's never been a more important time for organisations to batten down the hatches to protect themselves. By adopting these types of approaches however, businesses will be able to strengthen their defence and ensure they don't become the next cyber-attack headline.

A Day In The Life Of An Ethical Hacker

Robert Page | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Tech
Robert Page

Ethical hacking services are increasingly being recognised as a great way for businesses to unearth security weaknesses before they can be exploited by online criminals. Organisations adopting a proactive approach to threat identification invariably find that this is much easier than trying to manage the fall out of a full blown cyber incident, which can cause huge financial losses and reputational damage.

UK Government Gets Serious About Cybercrime

Alastair Paterson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

Clearly cyber attackers have their sights firmly set on everything we do online these days and that requires us, as citizens, business people and government representatives to take a different view of cybersecurity.