Google Set to Ban Flash Display Ads Next Year

Google Set to Ban Flash Display Ads Next Year Google has stepped up the pressure on advertisers to shift from Adobe’s insecure Flash format to HTML5, telling them they have around a year to make the transition before support is switched off. Starting from 30 June this year, Google will no longer allow Flash ads to be uploaded to AdWords …

February Patch Tuesday Signals Six Critical Microsoft Bulletins

February Patch Tuesday Signals Six Critical Microsoft Bulletins Security admins are in for another busy start to the month as Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update round yielded 13 bulletins, six of which are rated “critical” remote code execution issues. They include MS16-022, which is the first time Microsoft has given Adobe Flash Player embedded in IE and Edge its own bulletin. …

Obama Debuts $19Bn Cybersecurity National Action Plan

Obama Debuts $19Bn Cybersecurity National Action Plan The Obama administration has introduced its Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which would create a federal chief information security officer, establish a new commission tasked with protecting computer networks, and increase coordination between federal officials who focus on privacy issues. Part of the plan is a much-needed software patching and updating audit, and more …

Poseidon Group Carries Out Global Cyber Espionage by Land, Air and Sea

Poseidon Group Carries Out Global Cyber Espionage by Land, Air and Sea The first ever publicly-known Brazilian Portuguese-speaking cyber-espionage campaign has been uncovered, targeting financial institutions as well as telecommunications, manufacturing, energy and media companies. The Poseidon Group is an advanced threat actor active in global cyber-espionage operations. According to the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team, it was …

Mass EK-as-a-Service Campaign Compromises 30K+ Websites

Mass EK-as-a-Service Campaign Compromises 30K+ Websites A spike in infected websites spreading Angler and Cryptowall has resulted in more than 30,000 compromised domains since the beginning of this year—and the trend is likely to continue. The team at Heimdal Security identified the campaign, in which attackers are using small websites to broaden their malicious reach. “As long as you have …

Microsoft Adds Mobile Email Protection for Exchange

Microsoft Adds Mobile Email Protection for Exchange With an eye to mobile access, Microsoft Exchange is building in protection for the intellectual property and sensitive information stored in email. Email access on mobile phones provides necessary, but risky, access to sensitive corporate information on both BYOD and corporate-owned devices. An integration with Skycure will allow IT to control whether a …

Russian Hackers Shifted Ruble Exchange Rate – Report

Russian Hackers Shifted Ruble Exchange Rate – Report Russian-language hackers managed to artificially move the ruble-dollar exchange rate last year after infecting a regional bank with a little-known trojan and placing over $500m in trades, it has been revealed. Moscow-based security company Group-IB told Bloomberg that the group successfully attacked the Energobank in February 2015, gaining remote access to systems …

Majority of Mobile Business Users Tap Risky Apps

Majority of Mobile Business Users Tap Risky Apps When it comes to mobile security, business users display the riskiest online behavior: About 79% of businessmen and 67% of businesswomen use potentially risky apps every day. That’s according to the Allot Mobile Trends Report H1 2016, which found that potential malware risk is affected both by the online behavior of the …

Security Fears as Government Announces £4 Billion NHS Project

Security Fears as Government Announces £4 Billion NHS Project Security experts have warned that new government plans to digitise the NHS could be undermined if cybersecurity is not improved. Over £4 billion is to be spent on a new program to create a more efficient, IT-driven health service. This will include £1.8bn to turn the NHS ‘paper-free’ and remove outdated …

TMZ Users Hit with Malvertising Blitz

TMZ Users Hit with Malvertising Blitz Visitors to gossip portal TMZ have become the latest netizens threatened with malware hidden in innocuous-looking online adverts, according to security researchers. The entertainment portal has become the latest victim of a major malvertising campaign which has already affected several popular sites including the Jerusalem Post and film review site Rotten Tomatoes. The cyber-criminals …