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How homeworking increases cybersecurity risks

UK businesses are more at risk from cyber attacks because of challenges posed by large-scale remote working, new research has warned.

A report by the Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security found 60% of those surveyed said their organisation had been hit by a cyber attack.


Hackney Council rocked by cyber attack

Hackney Council has been hit by a cyber attack which is affecting many of its services and IT systems, the council has said.

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said the council was working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to investigate and respond to the incident.


Microsoft attempts takedown of Trickbot botnet infrastructure

Microsoft has announced legal action seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than a million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the US presidential election.


McAfee reveals most dangerous celebrities to search for online in 2020

Cybercriminals often use famous people or topics as a way to draw in web users in an effort to get them to click on links which can lead to viruses being installed on their device, which could then harvest personal data or lock access to it.

McAfee’s annual report on the issue found that well-known cybercriminals appeared to be favouring British personalities for scams this year, with eight of the top ten in the most dangerous list being British.


VMware bolsters multi-cloud proposition with improved Tanzu integrations

VMware kicked off virtual VMworld 2020 with a string of new cloud services and integrations with the world’s leading public cloud providers to strengthen its multi-cloud proposition.

Improved support for the VMware Tanzu product range is now being rolled out across VMware’s AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle and Azure partnerships, partnerships VMware launched to enable vSphere customers to embrace the hybrid cloud trend.


Gamers are cybercriminals’ victim of choice, research claims

The gaming industry is under near-constant attack from cybercriminals, with gamers also regularly targeted, research suggests.

Research from cybersecurity and content delivery firm Akamai said there had been ten billion attacks on the games sector between July 2018 and June 2020.


NCSC warns schools of renewed ransomware threat

The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued an alert to schools, colleges and universities about an increase in hacking attempts around the start of the new academic year.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned the education sector to be aware of ransomware attacks and urged organisations to follow their guidance on securing their networks.


Breach exposes data of every Covid-19 positive Welsh patient

Wales’ national public health agency has apologised after accidentally uploading the data of every citizen who tested positive for Covid-19 to a public-facing server.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed the personal data of 18,105 Welsh residents was uploaded by mistake to the insecure server and searchable by anyone using the site.


Researchers say “totally secure” Internet within reach after quantum breakthrough

The world is one step closer to having a totally secure internet and an answer to the growing threat of cyber-attacks, according to scientists.

A prototype, designed by a team at the University of Bristol, could transform the security of online communication for millions of people across the globe.


New cryptojacking worm propagating through AWS at speed

Researchers have identified a new worm spreading through Amazon’s cloud that is stealing user credentials and deploying cryptojacking malware to mine Monero cryptocurrency.

According to researchers at Cado Security, the hacking group known as TeamTNT is responsible for the worm.

TeamTNT has a history of attacking Docker and Kubernetes systems and the group’s latest worm also uses infiltrated instances to scan the internet for misconfigured Docker systems for later attacks.


Huawei-built Papua New Guinea data centre riddled with security flaws

A data centre built by beleaguered Chinese tech giant Huawei for Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2018 is plagued with cybersecurity issues, exposing PNG Government data to hackers.

A report commissioned by the Australia-funded PNG National Cyber Security Centre and authored by a security expert hired by the Australian Government claimed old encryption software employed by Huawei exposed data to threat actors.


New report claims 93% of cloud storage services misconfigured

Cloud-native misconfigurations are rampant and rising bad practices risk exposing cloud resources even further, California-based security vendor Accurics has claimed.

According to the company’s latest cloud security report, Summer 2020: State of DevSecOps, unless emerging cloud-native security challenges are not plugged, breaches will “increase in velocity in scale”.

“While the adoption of cloud-native infrastructure such as containers, serverless, and servicemesh is fueling innovation, misconfigurations are becoming commonplace and creating serious risk exposure for organizations,” said Accurics Co-founder & CTO, Om Moolchandani.