Breaking news has revealed that AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest dark web marketplaces, have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. Commenting on the news is Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault and Andrew Clarke – EMEA, Director at One Identity:
Following the release of the ONS England and Wales crime statistics which indicates a substantial increase in fraudulent activity (addition 3.4 million instances recorded), please see commentary from Sundeep Tengur, Banking Fraud Solutions & Financial Crimes Specialist at SAS below.
News broke yesterday that the Swedish transport agency suffered a major data breach, and then subsequently attempted to cover it up. Following the outsourcing of its databases and networks to, every conceivable top secret database was leaked: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation.
Following the news that a data leak occurred at Sweden’s transport agency, which put individuals and their national security at risk, Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault believes it was “a hugely embarrassing situation for the Swedish government.
News broke yesterday that Ninebot, the company behind Segway hoverboards, has issued new firmware to fix various security flaws that allow an attacker to connect to and take over users’ devices.The flaws were discovered last year by Thomas Kilbride, a security researcher for IOActive, who contacted the company in private and disclosed his findings.
It was reported this morning that research from Google suggests Ransomware is here to stay. The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type. Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat. Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge.
Police have warned that household appliances which connect to the internet will increasingly be hacked by criminals seeking to steal your identity, rob your home or bank accounts. The chief constable, Mike Barton, who leads the National Police Chiefs Council on crime operations, warned about the dangers of the ‘internet of things’ as more ordinary household items become connected. Commenting on the story is Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at the prpl Foundation:
News broke yesterday that a data breach at Newcastle City Council has led to the details of adopted children being exposed. Names, addresses and birth dates of 2,743 adopted children, alongside details of parents, social workers and former adoptees, were included in a spreadsheet attached to the city’s annual adoption summer party. As many as 77 people received the attachment.