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SentinelOne analyses splash ransomware 'splash screens' JULY 21st 2017

Analysis of the psychology behind digital ransom notes sheds light on the range of social engineering tactics used by cyber-attackers.

Key social engineering techniques - fear, authority, scarcity (or urgency) and humour - are among the drives exploited by cyber-criminals in ransomware attacks according to a new report examining ransomware ‘splash screens' - the initial warning screens of ransomware attacks.

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Lords EU committee: no “clean break” when it comes to data protection JULY 21st 2017

A new report from the House of Lords maps the data protection landscape post Brexit, and offers several warnings.

A new House of Lords report has encouraged a greater role for the UK in European data protection, despite the advent of Brexit.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that JULY 6th 2017

I shoulda patched what now?

The ransomware problems reported by The Reg over the past few weeks are enough to make you, er, wanna cry. Yet all that's happened is that known issues with Windows machines - desktop and server - have now come to everyone's attention and the bandwidth out of Microsoft's Windows Update servers has likely increased a bit relative to the previous few weeks.

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ICO sets out international vision and route to GDPR compliance JULY 5th 2017

The ICO has released its international strategy, plotting its plans for Brexit and GDPR compliance.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published its international strategy, setting out its route toward an outward looking and General Data Protection Regulation compliant Britain. The strategy sets out the ICO's international vision until 2021.

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Backdoor placed in popular Ukrainian software enabled NotPetya attack JULY 5th 2017

According to a blog post by Eset, legitimate Ukrainian accounting software M.E.Doc was used by the attackers to push DiskCoder.C malware in the initial phase of an attack that crippled businesses and governmental organisations across the Ukraine a week ago.

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After the WannaCry ransomware campaign, why aren't people patching? JUNE 30th 2017

A massive ransomware campaign attacked countless endpoints for the second time in just over a month, exploiting a vulnerability that had been patched months earlier. SC asks, why does this keep happening?

As the Petya/NotPetya/Petwrap/GoldenEye/ExPetr onslaught ripped its way through countless endpoints all over Europe on 27 June, a short, sharp realisation may have dawned on its victims.

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Petya Mainly A Threat To Unprepared And Unwilling OrganiSations JUNE 30th 2017

ANALYSIS: Despite repeated warnings and the experience last month provided by the WannaCry ransomware, organizations that failed to prepare for known threats found they were most subject to the Petya malware

When the Petya malware arrived in Europe this week, it seemed at least at first like a repeat the WannaCry cyber-attacks in May.

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Government Data Website Suffers Security Breach JUNE 30th 2017

Yet another security incident suffered by the UK government

The government’s data.gov.uk website has suffered a security breach which has resulted in the leak of a database of usernames and email addresses.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the leak and is also telling users to change their passwords after the personal information was found on a public system during a routine review.

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Global ransomware attack causes turmoil JUNE 28th 2017

Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.

British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence.

The virus, the source of which is not yet known, freezes the user's computer and demands an untraceable ransom be paid in the digital Bitcoin currency.

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