Plane-tracking site Flight Radar 24 DDoSed... just as drones spotted buzzing over Azerbaijan and Armenia

The Register - Tue, 29/09/2020 - 19:44
That's one way of poking the world's eyes out for a few hours

Popular plane-tracking website Flight Radar 24 has been the victim of multiple DDoS attacks over the past few days – and though the site's operators haven't attributed blame, some have wondered if a regional conflict may have been the cause.…

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DuckDuckGo cries fowl after being expunged from Google's Android search preferences menu for most of Europe

The Register - Tue, 29/09/2020 - 17:32
Pro-privacy upstart claims EU antitrust remedy is not fit for purpose

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo will no longer appear on Google's European search preference menu for Android in most countries, despite being the most popular choice after Google.…

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Director of nuisance-calls company ordered to cough up £114k after ignoring £40k fine from UK data watchdog

The Register - Tue, 29/09/2020 - 15:30
Cost of enforcing IT Protect Ltd's initial penalty more than treble its value... no money yet collected

A director of a company fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office has himself been ordered to pay out more than £100,000 as part of a long-running collection saga.…

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EU's decision on UK data adequacy set to become 'political football' in broader Brexit negotiations

The Register - Tue, 29/09/2020 - 11:45
There are bigger fish to fry, but policy changes could still scupper a deal

No matter the legal reasoning, an "adequacy" decision to let data flow between the UK and the EU will hinge on the ups and downs of the wider Brexit negotiations, which are entering a tense final phase.…

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McAfee seeks $2bn return to stock market after Intel unpleasantness

The Register - Tue, 29/09/2020 - 08:29
Warns investors that big clouds could start to sell native security tools direct to customers and reduce the need for third-party vendors

Security software outfit McAfee has filed to return to the stock market.…

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With H-1B workers not exactly rushing to America this year, Uncle Sam plans to spend millions home-growing IT staff

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 20:59
Department of Labor puts $150m into computer, cyber-security training grants to plug visa hole

The US Department of Labor (DoL) is offering $150m to train up unemployed Americans in IT and cyber-security in an effort to plug the skills gap caused by the Trump administration’s work visa clampdown.…

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UK, US hospital computers are down, early unofficial diagnosis is a suspected outbreak of Ryuk ransomware

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 20:16
We've switched to back-up offline procedures, says Universal Health Services

Universal Health Services, which operates over 400 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK, said on Monday that its IT network was offline due to an unspecified cybersecurity issue.…

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The hackers and criminals are playing hardball – so here’s a cloud SIEM playbook to help you fight back

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 18:00
Think your old tools can’t cut it? Here’s the proof

Promo  Incident response and detection is a critical part of your security operation – it’s hard to defend against what you can’t see, particularly when your attack surface now extends from on-prem and into the cloud.…

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Feds warn foreign disinformation will be spamming US voters well after the November election to sow discord and doubt

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 11:06
Also, Brazilian teen spots odd Instagram bug and nets $25K

In Brief  Foreign-backed disinformation campaigns will spread fake news about the results of the upcoming US election in an effort to sow doubt and outrage among the American public.…

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Too many staff have privileged work accounts for no good reason, reckon IT bods

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 10:07
Ever seen a Trello board you thought you shouldn't? If you're in UK or US, you're not alone

Around 40 per cent of staff in British and American corporations have access to sensitive data that they don't need to complete their jobs, according to recent research.…

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Are injection flaws the Bohemian Rhapsody of cybersecurity?

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 07:00
Get ready for this year’s OWASP Top 10 with us and F5

Webcast  Whether you’re into cybersecurity or application development, you probably also like lists, which means you probably love the OWASP Top 10.…

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Putin to Trump: Let's collude to stop election hacking

The Register - Mon, 28/09/2020 - 05:32
Russia wants no-hack pact, CERTs and nuclear agencies to conduct regular chit-chats

Russia has taken the unusual step of posting a proposal for a new information security collaboration with the United States of America, including a no-hack pact applied to electoral affairs.…

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Error-bnb: Techies scramble to fix Airbnb website bug that let strangers read each others' account messages

The Register - Sat, 26/09/2020 - 01:06
One thing to let people rent your home, quite another to let them access your private comms

Airbnb says it has fixed a baffling bug in its website that briefly caused some of its users to be shown messages belonging to others when viewing their account inboxes.…

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IT guy whose job was to stop ex-staff running amok on the network is jailed for running amok on the network

The Register - Sat, 26/09/2020 - 00:22
After he was demoted and fired, idiot logged into office PC from home and wiped storage systems

An IT guy, who was tasked with locking out ex-employees from the company network, has been jailed after he logged in after being fired and wiped an office's computer storage drives.…

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Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho

The Register - Fri, 25/09/2020 - 19:39
Software giant is 'investigating', infosec gurus reckon it looks legit

The source code for Windows XP and other elderly Microsoft operating systems appears to have leaked online as the mega-corp's Ignite developer shindig came to an end.…

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Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data

The Register - Fri, 25/09/2020 - 18:21
Local reports suggest individuals can't be identified... yet

Spain's highways agency is using bulk mobile phone data for monitoring speeding hotspots, according to local reports.…

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Big US election coming up, security is vital and, oh look... a federal agency just got completely pwned for real

The Register - Fri, 25/09/2020 - 13:15
Hacker had set up shop on network using stolen Office 365 accounts

An unspecified US government agency was hacked by a miscreant who appears to have made off with archives of information.…

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Want to stop cybercrimes tearing through your network? First check your privileges

The Register - Fri, 25/09/2020 - 07:00
Your most powerful admins are the weakest links

Promo  The consequences of cybercrime are ever more costly, with Accenture’s Ninth Annual Cost of Cybercrime Study showing the average financial impact per company rose by $1.4m to $13m in 2018.…

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You know that Microsoft ZeroLogon bug you've been dragging your feet on? It's getting pwned in the wild now

The Register - Thu, 24/09/2020 - 23:34
Scan servers for signs of compromise and patch if you haven't already

The rather concerning design flaw in Microsoft's netlogon protocol is being exploited in the wild by miscreants, the Windows giant's security team has warned.…

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We need to talk about criminal hackers using Cobalt Strike, says Cisco Talos

The Register - Thu, 24/09/2020 - 19:22
Pentesting tool showing up in the hands of baddies, warns threat intel biz

Penetration testing tool Cobalt Strike is increasingly being used by black hats in non-simulated attacks as traces show up in scenarios from ransomware infections to state-backed APT threats, says Cisco Talos.…

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