Ransomware

Are All Ransom Attacks Considered Ransomware?

Terry Ray | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Tech
Terry Ray

Ransomware attacks take advantage of human, system, network, and/or software vulnerabilities to infect a victim's device--which can be a computer, printer, smartphone, wearable, point-of-sale (POS) terminal, or other endpoint. Ransomware can target either endpoints or file servers

Vodafone Customers Are Being Targeted With A Very Realistic Email Scam

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Tech

Vodafone customers have been warned about what appears to be one of the most realistic email scams yet. Get Safe Online - A leading government-backed...

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.

The Five Risks In Your Pocket

Rich Campagna | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
Rich Campagna

If you saw someone walking down the street with their open wallet or purse in full view, you'd think they were being reckless. Who would just leave their personal belongs out for anyone to see or take? As individuals, we're conscious of the dangers of theft and conditioned to be careful with our belongings - but when it comes to our connected devices, any semblance of caution seems to disappear.

Are Cyber Thieves And Snoopers Turning Your Smart Home Against You?

Peter Turner | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Turner

As our homes become jam-packed with smarter devices in the years to come, they may help to makes our lives easier. At the same time, if they are not secured, they also can make the lives of cyber criminals easier by giving access to our whole network and all the devices on it. To be truly safe in our smart homes then we need to start applying the same security principles we already do with our mobile phones and computers.

Fast-Moving GoldenEye Ransomware Highlights Importance Of Eliminating Network Blind Spots

Duncan Hughes | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Hughes

A wave of ransomware swept across Europe at an incredibly rapid clip last Tuesday, grinding business to a halt at banks, airports, pharmaceutical companies, government offices, service providers, utilities and more, security researchers said.

What To Do When Your Data Is Held Hostage

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

Ransomware like WannaCry is on the rise. These attacks involve hackers holding your digital files hostage and demanding payment for you to get them back. It poses a dilemma that no one hopes to face. Should you pay up if you fall victim to a ransomware attack?

Cyber Security Innovation Is Vital To The Protection Of Shareholder Confidence

Greg Sim | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Tech
Greg Sim

The post mortems about the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May have tended to overlook the most common consequences of cyber-attacks - the da...

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.

The Only Way To Shut Out Ransomware Like WannaCry And Its Nasty Imitators

Greg Sim | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Greg Sim

No matter who is responsible, what might reduce WannaCry's victims to tears is the knowledge that none of this would have happened had their organisations had effective email security in place. The hackers who perpetrated this massive cyber-attack will almost certainly have used a simple email attachment to gain admission to their victims' respective systems.

'WannaCry' Ransomware Uses Encryption To Hold Files Hostage

Duncan Hughes | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Hughes

The devastation began Friday (12th May), when an estimated 57,000 computers were infected. But the fast-moving and apparently random malware continued to spread throughout the weekend, nearly quadrupling the number of infected systems, impacting all verticals including schools, hospitals, public services, auto makers and more.

Are Smarter Cities Making Us More Vulnerable To Cyber Crime?

Vince Warrington | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

So I would guess that many of us are now aware of what ransomware is. Following the attack on Friday 12th May which spread to 150 countries and infected over 230,000 computers, it's clear that many organisations are still unprepared for cyber incidents, and it highlights the escalating challenges facing those of us who work to protect vital systems from ever more innovative types of cyber crime.

Three Things We Have Learnt From The WannaCry Cyber Attack

Dr Antonis Michalas | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Antonis Michalas

During the last few days, we have seen a new ransomware with code name WannaCry spread rapidly all over the world, infecting thousands of computers and causing crisis in a wide range of industries, with spotlight on the National Health Services (NHS) in England.

Cyber-Security Experts Fear the Progression Of 'WannaCry' Ransomware

Sufian Farrukh | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech
Sufian Farrukh

The malicious ransomware attacks that affected computers in at least 150 countries on Friday could spread further as employees return to work this week, according to several cyber-security experts.

Jeremy Hunt Accused Of 'Hiding' From Scrutiny Over NHS Cyber Attack

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of “hiding” from scrutiny as the NHS battles to recover from the cyber attack which crippled crucial systems on Frida...

This Is How A 22-Year-Old Managed To Stop The WannaCry Ransomware From Spreading

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech

Having attacked hundreds of computer systems including numerous NHS hospitals, the WannaCry ransomware was finally brought to a standstill. Rather tha...

Why Are We Still So Poor At Backing Up Our Personal Data?

Vince Warrington | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Of most concern, however, is the fact that the highest timeframe score for UK adults backing up their laptops or computers was 'NEVER', at roughly 25 per cent. This was consistently the highest time frame score across all ages, gender and geographical locations, and showed that people do not realise how important it is to back up on a regular basis.

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 Ransom Note From Your Coffee-Machine Is No Joke, But It's Not The Only Threat

Greg Sim | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Tech
Greg Sim

Why have gadgets and devices suddenly become linked to cyber security and ransomware? Cyber criminals are not stupid - they are after your money, not the glory of hacking into your internet-connected coffee-maker or heating system.

Traditional Security Is Dead - How Adaptive Security Is The Immune System Of The Modern Enterprise

Salvatore Sinno | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Salvatore Sinno

New challenges include the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE), the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) and the sudden proliferation of readily addressable end points

2017: The Year To Resist Ransomware

David Emm | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

Unfortunately, this is testimony to the success attackers have achieved with this type of malware and demonstrates the growing impact that that cybercrime can have on our everyday lives. The truth is that it can - and it might happen to you.

The Internet Of Ransomware

Javvad Malik | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Javvad Malik

Whenever a new technology is adopted, there are teething problems. The user interfaces of smart devices are generally mobile apps that typically require users to go through painstaking processes of installation, account creation, pairing and configuration. Or worse still, the device might only communicate its status to users through a series of LEDs that make cracking the enigma code seem trivial by comparison.

2017 - The Year We All Need To Become Cyber Smart

Vince Warrington | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Businesses - as well as the general public - will consequently have to get smarter and more agile if they don't want to fall victim to an increasingly sophisticated and well-coordinated network of cyber gangs.

'Tis The Season To Be Sorry

Mike Foreman | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

For example too many employees, temporary or otherwise, think nothing of exchanging sensitive database information with colleagues via mobile messaging accounts, uploading the data to personal devices, sharing passwords and so on.

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.