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A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

Unlike a nuclear weapon, which would vaporize people within 100 feet and kill almost everyone within a half-mile, the death toll from a large-scale cyberattack would be slower. People might die from a lack of food, power or gas for heat or from car crashes resulting from a corrupted traffic light system.

30 years ago, the world’s first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges

Back in November 1988, Robert Tappan Morris, son of the famous cryptographer Robert Morris Sr., was a 20-something graduate student at Cornell who wanted to know how bigthe internet was – that is, how many devices were connected to it. So he wrote a program that would travel from computer to computer and ask each machine to send a signal back to a control server, which would keep count. The progra...[Read More]

Why installing software updates makes us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry,” which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates how hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries are running outdated software that leaves them vulnerable. The victims include Bri...[Read More]

The next cyberattack could come from sound waves

You might think your smartphone or laptop is relatively safe from cyberattack thanks to anti-virus and encryption software. But your devices are increasingly at risk from “side-channel” attacks, where an intruder can bypass traditional network entry points and use another way to compromise the device. These side channels can involve measuring several of the device’s characteristics, including its ...[Read More]

The rise in cyber attacks shows we need to change the way we think about crime

You are now 20 times more likely to have your money stolen online by a criminal overseas than by a pickpocket or mugger in the street, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. The figures, revealed that almost 6m fraud and cyber crimes were committed in the past year in England and Wales alone – making it now the most common type of crime experienced by adults in the UK...[Read More]

Cyberattack on Ukraine grid: here’s how it worked and perhaps why it was done

On December 23, 2015, two days before Christmas, the power grid in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine went down for a reported six hours, leaving about half the homes in the region with a population of 1.4 million without power, according to the Ukrainian news media outlet TSN. It reported that the cause of the power outage was a “hacker attack” utilizing a “virus.” Outages were caused when sub...[Read More]

Four things you should be doing to protect yourself from cyberattack

It is easy to get lost in a sea of information when looking at cybersecurity issues. And hearing about hacks and cyberattacks as they happen is a surefire way to feel helpless and totally disempowered. What follows is a sort of future shock, where we become fatalistic about the problem. After all, 86% of organisations from around the world surveyed by PwC reported exploits of some aspect of their ...[Read More]

Have an eBay account? Time to change your password

To make a detailed story short, online auction website eBay has been hacked and they’re recommending that all users change their passwords as soon as possible. User’s financial information, like credit card and PayPal details, remains secure but hackers have gained access to a collection of other information. eBay suffered an intrusion between the end of February and the beginning of M...[Read More]

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