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Why should I pay for that security option? Hijacking only happens to planes

The Register - 36 min 31 sec ago
But if I give him my bank details, I'll be rich!

On Call  Friday is here. We'd suggest an adult beverage or two to celebrate, but only if you BYOB. While you fill your suitcase, may we present an episode of On Call in which a reader saves his boss from a dunking.…

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UK, Australia, to build 'network of liberty that will deter cyber attacks before they happen'

The Register - 1 hour 4 min ago
Enhanced 'Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership' will transport crime to harsh penal regime on the other side of the world

The United Kingdom and Australia have signed a Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership that will, among other things, transport criminals to a harsh penal regime on the other side of the world.…

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Japan's Supreme Court rules cryptojacking scripts are not malware

The Register - 2 hours 8 min ago
Coinhive-slinger wins on appeal

A man found guilty of using the Coinhive cryptojacking script to mine Monero on users' PCs while they browsed the web has been cleared by Japan's Supreme Court on the grounds that crypto mining software is not malware.…

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Russia's Putin out the idea of a broad cryptocurrency ban

The Register - 4 hours 9 min ago
Central bank worries that block-bucks reduce government control and are used by crims

Russia has floated the prospect of Putin a ban on cryptocurrencies.…

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Crypto.com now says someone tried to drain $34m from hundreds of accounts

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 22:29
Won't reveal net loss, says it stopped some withdrawals and has reimbursed those who had funds taken

Crypto.com on Thursday said in a roundabout way that an unidentified person stole or attempted to steal as much as $34m in cryptocurrency from customer accounts.…

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You're not a fan of Microsoft's Pluton TPM chip? Lenovo won't switch it on by default

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 20:44
Computer users can disable it and install Linux as normal. Just sayin'

PCs coming out this year with Microsoft's integrated Pluton security chip won't be locked down to Windows 11, and users will have the option to turn off the feature completely and install, say, Linux as normal, we understand.…

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UK mulls making MSPs subject to mandatory security standards where they provide critical infrastructure

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 17:15
And to pay for the privilege. Consultation's open, though

Small and medium-sized managed service providers (MSPs) could find themselves subject to the Network and Information Systems Regulations under government plans to tighten cybersecurity laws – and have got three months to object to the tax hikes that will follow.…

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Privacy is for paedophiles, UK government seems to be saying while spending £500k demonising online chat encryption

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 15:06
So far we've got a pisspoor video and... er, that's it

Opinion  The British government's PR campaign to destroy popular support for end-to-end encryption on messaging platforms has kicked off, under the handle "No Place To Hide", and it's as broad as any previous attack on the safety-guaranteeing technology.…

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'Now' would be the right time to patch Ubuntu container hosts and ditch 21.04 thanks to heap buffer overflow bug

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 14:38
Red Hat agrees

The CVE-2022-0185 vulnerability in Ubuntu is severe enough that Red Hat is also advising immediate patching.…

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NortonLockLife and Avast tie-up falls under UK competition regulator's spotlight

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 11:03
CMA invites comments from 'interested parties' on what merger means to them

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has invited comments from industry and interested parties about NortonLifeLock's proposed $8bn purchase of fellow infosec outfit Avast.…

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Red Cross forced to shutter family reunion service following cyberattack and data leak

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 07:58
Director-general pleads with cyber-scum: leave this data alone, because the people involved have suffered enough

Humanitarian organization the International Red Cross disclosed this week that it has fallen foul of a cyberattack that saw the data of over 515,000 "highly vulnerable people" exposed to an unknown entity.…

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Being “Threat-Led” is the answer. Your ISO certificate won’t save you from a breach!

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 07:30
The Vectra Masked CISO series gives security leaders a place to expose the biggest issues in security and advise peers on how to overcome them.

Advertorial  I’ve seen it countless times. Another CISO walks into a board meeting and muddles through stats showing their compliance status. Great, you’re 75% compliant with ISO 27001, but what does this tell anyone about their level of risk?…

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McAfee and FireEye rename themselves ‘Trellix’

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 07:01
To evoke support for growing things, not the 1990s vendor of web-pages-made-easy-ware

LogoWatch  Newly combined security outfits McAfee and FireEye have revealed a new name: "Trellix".…

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Singapore gives banks two-week deadline to fix SMS security

The Register - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 06:01
Edict follows widespread bank phishing scam claiming well over $6.3 million

A widespread phishing operation targeting Southeast Asia's second-largest bank – Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) – has prompted the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to introduce regulations for internet banking that include use of an SMS Sender ID registry.…

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Need to prioritize security bug patches? Don't forget to scan Twitter as well as use CVSS scores

The Register - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 21:22
Exploit, vulnerability discussion online can offer useful signals

Organizations looking to minimize exposure to exploitable software should scan Twitter for mentions of security bugs as well as use the Common Vulnerability Scoring System or CVSS, Kenna Security argues.…

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Sniff those Ukrainian emails a little more carefully, advises Uncle Sam in wake of Belarusian digital vandalism

The Register - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 20:01
NotPetya started over there, don't forget

US companies should be on the lookout for security nasties from Ukrainian partners following the digital graffiti and malware attack launched against Ukraine by Belarus, the CISA has warned.…

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Vulnerabilities and censorship tools among hot new features in Beijing's Olympics app

The Register - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 18:11
Visitors have to install it 14 days prior to arrival in China until their departure

Toronto-based Citizen Lab has warned that an app required by Beijing law to attend the 2022 Olympics contains vulnerabilities that can leak calls and data to malicious users, as well as the potential to subject the user to scanning for censored keywords.…

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US mergers doubled in 2021 so FTC and DoJ seek new guidelines to stop illegal ones

The Register - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 12:31
Last set of rules written in 2010 – a whole different era in tech terms

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DoJ) Antitrust Division are launching a joint public inquiry as a first step to modernising merger guidelines and preventing anticompetitive deals.…

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Crypto.com acknowledges 'unauthorized activity' on servers, maintains no funds have been lost

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 21:12
Security biz PeckShield claims $15m in Ethereum taken

Crypto.com, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange, has denied reports that the firm lost nearly $15m in Ethereum in a possible network intrusion over the weekend.…

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International police shut down 15 server infrastructures as part of VPNLab.net's takedown

The Register - Tue, 18/01/2022 - 17:01
VPN service used by crims to support ransomware attacks and other illicit activity

Some 15 server infrastructures used by crims to prepare ransomware attacks were seized by cops yesterday as part of an international sting to take down VPNLab.net.…

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