Asia and Middle East are hotbeds for malicious cyber activity

The Middle East and Asia have become the new hunting ground for malicious APT activity, with hackers using new techniques to target organisations according to new research. It was revealed that there had been a surge in the activities of Chinese-speaking hackers targeting government entities mainly in Taiwan and Malaysia, and CardinalLizard, which in 2018 increased its interest in Malaysia alongside an existing focus on the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia.

 

Commentary from the following security expert:

 

Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, who said:

 

Asia is certainly a heavily targeted region, but this has been the case for a number of years. It may be that as targeted activity in the West drops off somewhat, by contrast Asian activity seems higher.

By AlienVault’s metrics, we’ve seen North Korean attackers as the most reported on this year in terms of individual campaigns that have been analysed.

We’ve seen both North Korean and some Chinese groups move from primarily espionage based attacks to additionally executing financially motivated attacks, such as crypto-currency mining.

It’s difficult to imagine hackers from North Korea not being directed in some form by the state, even though many now operate outside of the country itself.

In the case of Chinese attackers, it may be that they are trying to supplement income that they used to receive from the state but no longer do.

It’s interesting seeing an uptick in activity from China on Asia. That seems to have been a continuing trend over the past couple of years, as targeting of the West by Chinese hackers has decreased and they have looked to move onto other targets.

Welcome to the Ginetta LMP1 Family Oliver Turvey

2014 World Endurance Championship.
Le Mans 24 Hours, France.
8th – 15th June 2014.
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Ginetta G60-LT-P1 customers, CEFC TRSM, have completed their driver line-up for the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season with the announcement of Oliver Turvey.

Oliver is the sixth and final driver to be confirmed for CEFC TRSM’s two-car entry into the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season, which gets underway at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium next month. He will join Oliver Rowland and Alex Brundle in car six. Previously announced Charlie Robertson, Leo Roussel and Dean Stoneman will pilot car five.

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Hackers becoming lazy and using automated bots to do their dirty work

It was reported earlier today that hackers are now using tools which automate the process of finding and attacking vulnerable servers. A honeypot experiment, run by cybersecurity firm Cybereason, showed bots performing low-level tasks. This then showed that an automated bot exploited vulnerabilities and other automated tasks, which then allowed the hacker to come in and siphon off gigabytes worth of data.

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The UK’s most dangerous roads for motorbikes revealed


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Bikers beware: danger ahead!

The UK’s most dangerous roads for motorbikes revealed

 

  • The Cat and Fiddle ranks as the most dangerous road for motorbikes –

 

  • The South East has the highest number of riskier roads –

 

17th April, 2018 – Motorbikes make up just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all fatal and serious accidents in the UK.

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Opinium survey finds that diesel car owners have been hit in the pocket by government U-turn and feel betrayed by the gov

DIESEL car owners hit in the pocket by government U-Turn

  • 1 in 4 lost money on diesel cars since ban announced
  • over half feel betrayed by government’s mixed messaging 

UK diesel car owners (45%) are angry with the government for its change in policy on diesel cars which, they say, has directly hit their pockets.

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