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Hiding out among the net's criminal class

Security researcher Liam O’Murchu lives a double life. And sometimes a triple life. Now and then he divides himself even more thinly. Living multiple lives is part of his job with security firm Symantec, which also involves being a covert part of the forums, chat boards and discussion rooms that comprise the net’s underground economy. It is there that deals ...

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Hiding out among the net's criminal class

Security researcher Liam O’Murchu lives a double life. And sometimes a triple life. Now and then he divides himself even more thinly. Living multiple lives is part of his job with security firm Symantec, which also involves being a covert part of the forums, chat boards and discussion rooms that comprise the net’s underground economy. It is there that deals ...

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Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Security experts say a sharp increase in ransomware attacks is in part a result of how easy the malware is to acquire. Researchers at Cylance and AlienVault were able to find off-the-shelf ransomware using a normal search engine, which could then be used to lock victims’ computer files and blackmail them. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. This week ...

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Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Security experts say a sharp increase in ransomware attacks is in part a result of how easy the malware is to acquire. Researchers at Cylance and AlienVault were able to find off-the-shelf ransomware using a normal search engine, which could then be used to lock victims’ computer files and blackmail them. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. This week ...

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Ukraine braces for further cyber-attacks

When the attack came, it took hold quickly and brought a screeching halt to many businesses across Ukraine. “None of the computers or machines worked except for the General Electric-powered machines like the MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging],” recalled Mykhailo Radutskyi, president of the Boris Clinic – Kiev’s largest medical clinic. His radiologists decided to turn off the body scanners anyway ...

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How long until Ukraine is hacked again?

When the attack came, it took hold quickly and brought a screeching halt to many businesses across Ukraine. “None of the computers or machines worked except for the General Electric-powered machines like the MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging],” recalled Mykhailo Radutskyi, president of the Boris Clinic – Kiev’s largest medical clinic. His radiologists decided to turn off the body scanners anyway ...

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Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms' to hack attacks

Large firms are vulnerable to targeted hack attacks because they do little to strip data from files on their websites, suggests research. The data gets added as employees create documents, images and other files as they maintain and update websites. The research found user names, employee IDs, software versions and unique IDs for internal computers in the files. Attackers could ...

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Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

Large firms are vulnerable to targeted hack attacks because they do little to strip data from files on their websites, suggests research. The data gets added as employees create documents, images and other files as they maintain and update websites. The research found user names, employee IDs, software versions and unique IDs for internal computers in the files. Attackers could ...

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Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Elon Musk has accused Mark Zuckerberg of failing to understand artificial intelligence. It comes after the Facebook boss said that the doomsday scenario put forward by Mr Musk was unhelpful. Mr Musk tweeted: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” The pair represent two distinct groups, those saying AI’s benefits will outweigh its negatives ...

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Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes

IRobot, the maker of the Roomba smart vacuum, could one day sell data drawn from the maps the devices build up of individual homes as they clean. The Roomba is an automated floor cleaner that can be activated via an app and find its own way around, using sensors and a camera. Founder Colin Angle said the data they gathered ...

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