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New defensive controls prevent phone fraudsters spoofing HMRC numbers

New defensive controls deployed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have put an end to fraudsters spoofing the tax authority’s most recognisable helpline numbers. Fraudsters have increasingly mimicked legitimate HMRC Helpline numbers (often beginning with 0300) in a...
Posted On 06 Jun 2019
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Combating ‘The Hack Attacks’: Why Public Wi-Fi Isn’t Secure Enough

People often search for Wi-Fi whenever they’re outwith the comfort of their homes and offices, or when they’re travelling for any particular reason. The trouble is that public Wi-Fi is often insecure, and this could allow someone to hack into their laptops, their...
Posted On 17 May 2019
Jeremy Fleming speaking at CYBERUK 2019
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GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming delivers Keynote Speech at CYBERUK 2019

In his CYBERUK address to an audience of 2,500 people in Glasgow from across the tech community (including Government, academia and industry), GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming talked about the organisation’s cyber security mission in the third decade of the Internet age....
Posted On 24 Apr 2019
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“New wave of ATM ‘cash-out’-style cyber attacks hitting banks” warns Foregenix

A leading cyber security firm is advising financial institutions to take extra precautions to protect themselves against the growing threat of ATM ‘cash-out’-type attacks. Foregenix, which serves banks across the globe, warns the rise in these attacks can cause...
Posted On 11 Apr 2019
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53% of businesses increase cyber security spending in preparation for Brexit

Research conducted by data security company Clearswift has shown that, since the announcement of Brexit, over half (53%) of UK businesses have increased their cyber security spending. In preparation for Britain leaving the EU, professional services and manufacturing organisations...
Posted On 11 Apr 2019
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Barracuda Networks urges businesses to guard against evolving malware attacks

Barracuda Networks researchers have uncovered an alarming new rise in the use of document-based malware. A recent e-mail analysis revealed that 48% of all malicious files detected in the last 12 months were some kind of document. More than 300,000 unique malicious documents were...
Posted On 04 Apr 2019
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Europol hosts joint meeting of EC3 Advisory Groups in bid to combat phishing threat

On 26-27 March, Europol hosted a joint meeting of the EC3 Advisory Groups on Financial Services, Internet Security and Communication Providers, gathering 70 industry representatives to discuss the cyber threat of phishing. Over the course of the two days, global financial...
Posted On 01 Apr 2019
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Security IT Summit offers Best Practice advice on cyber security regimes

The Security IT Summit – taking place on 2 July at the Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf in London and for which Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner – is a ‘must attend’ for senior professionals responsible for protecting their organisations from cyber attacks and for the...
Posted On 01 Apr 2019
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BAE Systems research reveals human error remains major vulnerability in network security

Organisations have long focused their cyber security positioning around prevention. However, given the sophistication of attacks and the fact that their frequency is increasing, more and more organisations are now beginning to prioritise incident response teams: groups of...
Posted On 07 Mar 2019
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Organisations “rapidly embracing cyber threat intelligence” to combat growing security concerns

In partnership with The Ponemon Institute, Anomali has now published the third annual report on the cyber threat intelligence sector. The report reveals the continued widespread adoption of threat intelligence, with 79% of North American respondents, for example, indicating that...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019