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The Age of Ransomware: mitigating the next cyber heartbreak after WannaCry

The Age of Ransomware: mitigating the next cyber heartbreak after WannaCry

A cyber catastrophe has occurred. A little before noon on Friday, 12 May 2017, a highly virulent strain of the ransomware WannaCry (known as WannaCrypt) began to spread through Windows systems worldwide, crippling the NHS healthcare system, Russian government ministries and French automobile plants, and ultimately impacting more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries byRead more

Cyber-extortionists Take a Bite at Apple – Update

Cyber-extortionists Take a Bite at Apple – Update

The Turkish Crime Family (TFC) versus Apple cyber extortion case is unique in being one of the first widely reported incidents of a large tech company being subjected to extortion. TCF claimed access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts, which they threatened to wipe if Apple did not pay a ransom (the amount inRead more

Cyber-extortionists Take a Bite at Apple

Cyber-extortionists Take a Bite at Apple

On Friday April 7, a group of cybercriminals calling themselves the ‘Turkish Crime Family’ claim that they will wipe hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials, instantaneously rendering Apple users unable to play or purchase music, use apps, or access email or Cloud file backups, perhaps indefinitely. That is, unless Apple pays the extortionists a ransomRead more

Lights Out at Amazon

Lights Out at Amazon

Tuesday, 28 February, saw “high error rates” in multiple AWS services in the US’ eastern region. These began in the S3 service provided by the US-East-1 North Virginia site before spreading to other services hosted by US-East-1 including CloudWatch, EC2, Storage Gateway, and WAF (web application firewall). Disruptions to the S3 Service, which allows clientsRead more

NSA Cyber Weapon Stash for Sale

NSA Cyber Weapon Stash for Sale

Éireann Leverett Risk Researcher, Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, and CEO, Concinnity Ltd. Dr. Andrew Coburn SVP, RMS, Inc., and Director of Advisory Board, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School On 13 August the ‘ShadowBrokers’, a previously unknown hacker group, posted an online auction of a setRead more

The Web of Trust in Cyber Space – Tracing systemic risk patterns

The Web of Trust in Cyber Space – Tracing systemic risk patterns

SSL/TLS is an encryption mechanism that keeps your data confidential between your browser and a webpage. This system protects your data between you and (for example) your bank. To do such things, a bank needs a certificate. That certificate can be verified easily and quickly if it is provided by a certain type of certificateRead more