French Government Rejects Encryption Backdoors

French Government Rejects Encryption Backdoors The French government last week dismissed a proposed amendment to its upcoming Digital Republic Bill which would have mandated backdoors be introduced to end-to-end encrypted comms platforms. Digital secretary Axelle Lemaire rejected the proposal made by Republican Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, which claimed police and gendarmes should be given access to such systems under the supervision of …

Nissan Suffers Anonymous DDoS in Whaling Protest

Nissan Suffers Anonymous DDoS in Whaling Protest Hacktivists Anonymous hit the websites of automotive manufacturer Nissan with a DDoS attack in an anti-whaling campaign. As part of a series of attacks in defence of animal welfare, IB Times reported that #OpWhales hit Icelandic institutions and Icelandic Government websites in November in protest at the country's practice of whale hunting. This …

LastPass vulnerable to LostPass Credential Stealing Attack

LastPass vulnerable to LostPass Credential Stealing Attack A phishing attack against password vault LastPass can allow an attacker to steal a user's email, password, and even two-factor auth code, giving full access to all passwords and documents stored in LastPass. According to research by Sean Cassidy, a software engineer whose day job is CTO at Praesidio, the ‘LostPass’ attack works …

Phishing costs UK £174 Million in 2015

Phishing costs UK £174 Million in 2015 Phishing fraud continued to rise in 2015, with the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online reporting that the scams cost the victims £174.4 million. Figures from the organisations found that the number of victims of phishing frauds rose 21% in just a year. A report by …

Industrial Control Stalwart Open to Authentication Bypass

Industrial Control Stalwart Open to Authentication Bypass A vulnerability in Advantech’s EKI-1322 serial device server would allow any user to bypass authentication by using any public key and password. Exploitation of the flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, to obtain private keys, or to impersonate the authenticated user and perform a man-in-the-middle attack. The Advantech EKI series …

Netflix Cracks Down on Out-of-Market Streaming

Netflix Cracks Down on Out-of-Market Streaming Within a few weeks, subscribers will no longer be able to use proxies to watch content not available in their home country. It’s a relatively common practice around the globe to use proxy servers to fool streaming services into thinking that video is being  delivered to a domestic location—when in reality, the traffic is …

(ISC)2 Foundation Offers Cybersecurity Scholarships for Women

(ISC)2 Foundation Offers Cybersecurity Scholarships for Women The (ISC)² Foundation has announced that applications for its Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarship program are now open. The program is offering up to $40,000 towards women’s scholarships in the field. The aim of the initiative is to help bridge the skills gap and improve diversity within the ranks of information security professionals—a realm that …

Energy Firms Under Fire: Over 80% Suffer Attacks in 2015

Energy Firms Under Fire: Over 80% Suffer Attacks in 2015 Over 80% of US oil and gas companies have reported an increase in successful cyber attacks over the past year, according to worrying new research from Tripwire. The security and compliance software firm polled 150 IT professionals in the energy sector, including oil, gas and electricity companies to better understand …

MegalodonHTTP Author Arrested in December RAT Raid

MegalodonHTTP Author Arrested in December RAT Raid The suspected author of RAT malware known as MegalodonHTTP was arrested last month with four others in a joint operation between Norwegian police and Europol, US security vendor Damballa has revealed. Senior threat researcher, Loucif Kharouni, explained in a blog post yesterday that Damballa’s Threat Discovery Center had also been working with the …

Terror Attacks Persuading UK Public to Support Snooper’s Charter

Terror Attacks Persuading UK Public to Support Snooper’s Charter The growing climate of fear stoked by an increase in terror attacks and warnings seems to be winning the public round to support controversial new “Snooper’s Charter,” the Investigatory Powers Bill, according to new stats. Broadband information site Broadband Genie polled over 3,000 customers across the country to better understand attitudes …