Insider threats, ransomware and DDoS attacks – the most feared cyber attack vectors

Yesterday, SANS and Infoblox released the results of a survey which revealed the top threats and security challenges that are putting company networks and data at risk.  Currently- ransomware, insider threats, and denial of service are considered the top three threats organisations face when securing the data.

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Industry reaction to the UK’s search for cyber talent to fight Dark Web criminals

News broke this week that the The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) is actively recruiting cyber experts and dark web analysts to focus on the crackdown of illicit drug rings and operations being pursued by dark web marketplaces. Specifically, NCA is on a lookout for G5 Armed Surveillance Investigator in the Armed Operations Unit, which according to local sources will cooperate with the Intelligence and Operations Directorate to lead investigations into dark web marketplaces and their illegal activities.

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Hackers find flaws in German election vote-counting software

News broke yesterday that Germany’s vote-counting software is extremely vulnerable to multiple attacks three weeks before the federal election. Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club published an analysis of the PC-Wahl software package in which they reported finding a “host of problems and security holes” that even a moderately skilled hacker — let alone a state-sponsored team — could exploit.

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Equifax cybersecurity incident could potentially affect 143 million US consumers

Equifax has announced that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States when hackers exploited a vulnerability in a U.S. website application to gain unauthorized access to files from mid-May through July. The company said the exposed data include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver’s license numbers, all of which Equifax aims to protect for its customers.

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.UK domains left at risk of theft in Enom blunder

News broke yesterday that thousands of UK companies were at risk of having their .uk domain names stolen for more than four months by a critical security failure at domain registrar Enom. The security lapse allowed .uk domains to be transferred between Enom accounts with no verification, authorisation or logs.Any domains hijacked would have been “extremely hard or impossible” to recover, according to The M Group, the security firm that discovered the flaw.

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