Foreign Office IT chaos: Shocking testimony reveals poor tech support hindered Afghan evac attempts

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 13:49
Contributed to dysfunction as diplomats and soldiers struggled to get Afghan helpers out of reach of Taliban

Diplomats and soldiers were left grappling with appallingly inadequate IT and secure communications support as thousands of Afghans struggled to get help from the UK during the fall of the capital Kabul in August.…

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Microsoft wins court approval to take over sites run by Chinese crime gang

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 05:31
'Nickel' back in trouble for trying to lift secrets, often by exploiting Microsoft snafus

Microsoft has revealed its Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) won court approval to take control of websites a Chinese gang was using to attack targets across the world – often by exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.…

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LINE Pay leaks around 133,000 users' data to GitHub, of all places

The Register - Tue, 07/12/2021 - 04:03
Someone just accidentally put it there, says the messaging service company

Smartphone payment provider LINE Pay announced yesterday that around 133,000 users' payment details were mistakenly published on GitHub between September and November of this year.…

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Spar shops across northern UK shut after cyber attack hits payment processing abilities

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 18:41
Franchisees' closures also affect petrol stations

The British arm of Dutch supermarket chain Spar has shut hundreds of shops after suffering an "online attack," the company has confirmed to The Register.…

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Miscreants make off with $150m of digital assets in BitMart security breach

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 17:01
Or it might be nearer $200m. Even the amounts stolen seem to be volatile in the crypto world

Cryptocurrency exchange BitMart has coughed to a large-scale security breach relating to ETH and BSC hot wallets. The company reckons that hackers made off with approximately $150m in assets.…

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Cuba ransomware gang scores almost $44m in ransom payments across 49 orgs, say Feds

The Register - Mon, 06/12/2021 - 13:02
Hancitor is at play

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says 49 organisations, including some in government, were hit by Cuba ransomware as of early November this year.…

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American diplomats' iPhones reportedly compromised by NSO Group intrusion software

The Register - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 01:54
Reuters claims nine State Department employees outside the US had their devices hacked

The Apple iPhones of at least nine US State Department officials were compromised by an unidentified entity using NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, according to a report published Friday by Reuters.…

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Utility biz Delta-Montrose Electric Association loses billing capability and two decades of records after cyber attack

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 22:06
All together now - R, A, N, S, O...

A US utility company based in Colorado was hit by a ransomware attack in November that wiped out two decades' worth of records and knocked out billing systems that won't be restored until next week at the earliest.…

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Feds charge two men with claiming ownership of others' songs to steal YouTube royalty payments

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 21:54
Alleged scheme said to have netted $20m since 2017

The US Attorney's Office of Arizona on Wednesday announced the indictment of two men on charges that they defrauded musicians and associated companies by claiming more than $20m in royalty payments for songs played on YouTube.…

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Protecting your critical infrastructure is one thing…protecting your backups is the same thing

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 19:43
Do you know what your recovery position really is?

Paid Feature  Normally, when we have more of something, we tend to think of it as less valuable. We might even become less protective of it.…

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Netgear router flaws exploitable with authentication ... like the default creds on Netgear's website

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 17:30
Don't just install the patch, change your router passwords too

Two arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities affecting a number of Netgear routers aimed at small businesses have been patched following research by Immersive Labs.…

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BadgerDAO DeFi defunded as hackers apparently nab millions in crypto tokens

The Register - Thu, 02/12/2021 - 22:58
Badger, badger, badger, coin theft, coin theft!

BadgerDAO, maker of a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, said on Wednesday that it is investigating reports that millions in user funds have been stolen.…

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New UK product security law won't be undercut by rogue traders upping and vanishing, government boasts

The Register - Thu, 02/12/2021 - 09:15
El Reg asks about phoenixing – but will answer convince world+dog?

Britain's plans to force internet-connected device vendors to declare legally binding product lifespans won't be easily evaded by shell companies, the government has told The Register.…

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European Cybercrime Centre confident it's kicked credit card crims – again

The Register - Thu, 02/12/2021 - 08:21
Poised to reveal similar haul to 2020's €40M loss prevention total

The European Cybercrime Centre has again acted against credit card fraud and is poised to reveal success on a similar scale to its 2020 campaign that prevented €40 million of losses.…

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Three key ransomware actors changed jobs on October 18 – the same day REvil went dark

The Register - Thu, 02/12/2021 - 05:58
Underground industry grows in complexity and sophistication, says Santander Group researcher

October 18, 2021, was a tricky day for the ransomware industry. First, the gang that ran the REvil ransomware had its servers compromised, and then three individuals with key roles changed jobs.…

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Rewriting your disaster recovery plan might just save your company…and could transform it

The Register - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 21:00
Just be sure it actually works

Paid Feature  Disaster recovery (DR) used to be thought of as a form of corporate hygiene, but it’s becoming increasingly clear it has to be considered a matter of corporate survival.…

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Singapore and UK ink digital trade agreements at Future Tech Forum in London

The Register - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 14:30
Such memorandums of understanding are all the rage

Singapore and the UK signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) this week, hoping to strengthen digital connectivity between the two island nations.…

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Pension cold-calling financial services biz cops largest ever fine from UK data watchdog

The Register - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 13:50
EB Associates facing £140k penalty for 107,000 illegal calls

EB Associates, a London-based financial advisory business, is facing a £140,000 fine from the UK's data watchdog after it instigated 107,000 illegal cold calls to people about their pensions.…

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UK watchdog's punishment for Blackbaud, Easyjet, other big privacy lawbreakers was slap on the wrist in private

The Register - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 07:28
Is this what they call light-touch regulation?

Blackbaud was given a private slap on the wrist by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after paying off criminals who stole users' financial data from the cloud CRM biz's servers.…

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UK intel chief says MI6 must outsource innovation – and James Bond's in-house 'Q' is nonsense

The Register - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 03:56
China is on the march, Russia loves to destabilise, no intelligence agency can stop 'em without help

The head of the UK's secretive Military Intelligence Section 6 agency – popularly known as MI6 – has delivered a rare speech in which he has warned that China, Iran, and Russia use information technology to destabilise rivals, and that the agency he leads can no longer rely on in-house innovation to develop the technologies the UK needs to defend itself.…

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