2018 worst password offenders announced; Trump, Google and United Nations high on the list

US President Trump, the United Nations, and Google have all earned themselves a position as some of the worst password offenders over 2018. Weak passcodes, the use of terrible passwords — such as “123456” or “QWERTY” –and a failure to change your account credentials on a regular basis have all, for years, been cautioned against for the sake of security.

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Hackers steal $1 million from Save the Children Foundation

Save the Children Foundation has revealed that the charity was targeted by fraudsters last year, leading to the loss of $1 million. Speaking to the Boston Globe, the US arm of the non-profit, which supports children worldwide, said that con artists managed to compromise an employee’s email account in order to masquerade as the staff member in question.

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UK retailers will increase cyber security defences during holiday season

Retailers plan to increase cyber security measures during the holiday season, according to a poll of IT professionals in the sector in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the US. Some 63% of UK and 62% of German retailers claimed to increase cyber security measures during the holiday season, according to the survey, commissioned by IT automation and security firm Infoblox.

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Several hoax bomb threats sent to businesses and schools across the US

US law enforcement authorities are urging Americans to remain calm after a massive spam campaign carrying bomb threats has scared people and caused building evacuations all day across the country. The source of all problems is a spam campaign that got underway today, and which was sent to millions of email inboxes, primarily in the US. The emails had different subject lines and various text variations, but all carried the same threat. Extortionists threatened to blow up a person’s workplace or building unless the person paid the equivalent of $20,000 in Bitcoin to a specified Bitcoin address.

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Shamoon malware destroys data at Italian oil and gas company

It is being reported that a new variant of the Shamoon malware was discovered on the network of Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem, where it destroyed files on about ten percent of the company’s PC fleet. The vast majority of the affected systems were located in the Middle East, where Saipem does a vast majority of its business, but infections were also reported in India, Italy, and Scotland.

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Nexans FLAMEX® FR fire-resistant Ethernet cables maintain circuit integrity in the most demanding situations

  • Nexans FLAMEX® FR Ethernet cables for rolling stock can maintain Category 5 data transmission performance in fire situations to maintain the operational integrity of critical onboard safety functions
  • INFITTM technology makes the cables easy to strip for fast and safe connection

Paris La Défense, December 14, 2018 – Fire safety is one of the most important aspects in the design of modern rolling stock, especially when trains are travelling through tunnels. If there is a fire break out it is vital that the passengers and crew can rely on the onboard cabling to maintain power and control system operation to ensure that the train can continue on to a safe place. As part of its ongoing commitment to boost rail passenger safety in fire situations, Nexans launches the innovative FLAMEX® Ethernet FR line of fire-resistant communication cables.

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Cyxtera Integrates Zero-Trust Security into Global Data Centre Footprint

Provides AppGate Software-Defined Perimeter Solution to All Colocation Customers

LONDON – December 13, 2018 – Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, today announced the integration of AppGate SDP, its software-defined perimeter solution, across its 50+ best-in-class data centres to deliver zero-trust capabilities to customers. AppGate SDP leverages micro-segmentation to apply the principle of least-privileged access to the network, which reduces the attack surface. Providing an on-demand, free edition of AppGate SDP to colocation customers further builds on Cyxtera’s vision of delivering secure, cyber-resilient infrastructure for modern enterprises.

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