UK Cybercrime

Knock Knock. Who's There?

Jenny Afia | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

You get home after a great night out. You're thinking you'll be a bit tired for tomorrow morning's meeting but it was worth it to see your friends. You're just about to put your keys into the lock, when the door opens. The lock's broken. You move from mellow to misery, via terror, in about half a second. You've been burgled, done over, invaded. Your deadlock's deadbeat.

Why We All Need To Worry About The Dark Web

Javvad Malik | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Tech
Javvad Malik

Tor was originally set up in the mid-1990s and offers anonymous browsing to people across the world. It now hosts roughly 30,000 hidden sites. Users in countries with strict censorship laws can use it to access mainstream sites and exchange information securely.

A Giant Spambot Has Been Discovered And It's Probably Got Your Email

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Tech

An absolutely massive spambot has been discovered with access to over 711 million email addresses. The spambot, known only as ‘Onliner’, was disco...

The Game Of Thrones Hackers Have Released A Ransom Note And Another Leaked Script

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Tech

A group of hackers who uploaded the script of a previously unseen Game of Thrones episode are now demanding a ransom payment from HBO. The hackers cla...

To Pay Or Not To Pay? What We Should Learn From The WannaCry And ExPetr Attacks

David Emm | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

For many people, WannaCry was the first they had heard of ransomware. Many others had just a vague awareness of the problem and the potential damages that ransomware can inflict.

Hackers Claim To Have A Script From An Upcoming Episode Of 'Game Of Thrones'

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech

A group of hackers claim to have the script from an upcoming episode of the TV series Game of Thrones. According to Entertainment Weekly, the group se...

How Much Would Your Spotify Account Be Worth?

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

You can buy pretty much anything on the internet. You just need to know where to look. For most of us, the only times we'd venture off the beaten track would be to find a specialist birthday gift perhaps, or a niche item you spotted on Pinterest, Facebook or Reddit. But what might surprise you is that in some places, your digital belongings could also be listed for sale - all at rock bottom prices.

Are Teens Tech-Savvy But Security-Poor?

Vince Warrington | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Teenagers might have all the latest apps and a better understanding of the online world in general than many adults, but the fact remains that they are not good at protecting their data, whether by failing to back up their important files and photos or through over-sharing of personal information

Corporate Procrastination: IT Security's Biggest Weakness

Jon Lucas | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Lucas

https://pixabay.com/en/security-secure-technology-safety-2168234/ By now, there's no excuse for ignoring IT security - lack of awareness is no longer...

These Are The Places You're Most Likely To Get Scammed In The UK

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Tech

New data has revealed that where you live in the UK affects how likely you are to be scammed, and the nature of the fraud you are most susceptible to....

We Should Learn From The NHS' Brush With Cyber Disaster

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Mils Hills

There are also wider lessons for any other business or organisation - given the dependency of all institutions on IT systems, the large numbers of users and devices that connect to those systems and the increasing requirement for 'always on' capability. This blog post will address five key observations that are aimed at stimulating planning and thinking.

Will Cyber-Attackers Hack The UK Election? I Don't Think So

Chris Pogue | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Pogue

The UK General Election is now only a week away, and it arrives against the backdrop of media hype and coverage surrounding possible attempts by hackers to influence national elections (see: US, French elections).

We Need To Boost Our Digital Defences To Beat The Crooks

Ashok Vaswani | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ashok Vaswani

The digital age has brought huge benefits to Britain, but new and different challenges too. Our ability as individuals to use digital technology - find and share information, do our shopping, pay our bills and communicate with one another - has grown more quickly than our knowledge of how to do all those things safely.

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...