You may recall in June we speculated that ransomware would be on President Biden’s agenda when he met President Putin in Geneva. We suggested that ‘the Biden administration is likely to use the opportunity to put further pressure on the Russian government to assist in closing down the criminal networks benefitting from ransomware attacks’
In the summer of 2015, a hacker group called Impact Team decided to take down Ashley Madison (owned at the time by Toronto based company, Avid Life Media) and expose their lax security. Ashley Madison’s high-profile CIO had been proclaiming that the site had amazing security because, as he put it, “It’s not lipstick on our collars anymore getting us caught, it’s digital lipstick; voicemails, text messages [etc.]”.
For decades we have used heuristic methods for analysing data, looking for pre-programed patterns through Boolean based logic: AND, OR and IF. This logic has been critical in automating simple and repetitive tasks usually prone to human error. However, this programmatic approach cannot meet the defence requirements for the current cyber threat.
Being asked to email your card details to gain a refund is not a great process but is something I was asked to do recently. Why not, you might ask? Shaun Wakefield explains.
With days to go to the G7 Summit in Cornwall, the group of seven leading economies have some big issues on their agenda. The pandemic and climate change will no doubt dominate but what about cyber and the scourge of ransomware that is hitting so many organisations?
Reliance acsn’s Vice-Chairman, Tarquin Folliss, asks Dr Buchanan if a large part of our vulnerability to the disruptive consequences of cyber-attacks is a consequence of our failure to protect adequately what is critical to us?
Stuxnet was about geopolitics. Colonial was about money (and perhaps geopolitics too). What links the two attacks – which occurred more than a decade apart – is that Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were affected by the attacks. One directly, the other indirectly.
Official figures for the year to December 2020 show levels of online fraud increased by up to 70 per cent, while almost all other types of crime were in decline. Further analysis showed a significant gap between reported online fraud and the estimated true amount, thought to be around six times higher.