Eoin, Eoin, Gone

As our regular readers came to realise 380 weekly blogs ago (or something like that), we are a fairly cynical bunch trying to tread the lines between what is real, what can we do to help, what is just fantasy, let alone Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt industry scaremongering (GDP Argh being a classic case in […]

Silver lining in damning Huawei security report, says former GCHQ officer

Article by Robert Scammell – Verdict 29 March 2019 Huawei is facing renewed criticism after a UK government-led report found “serious vulnerabilities” in its 5G technology – but it’s not all doom and gloom for the Chinese telecommunications giant, a former British intelligence officer has said. Yesterday a report carried out by the UK’s National […]

CISCO SEMIANNUAL SECURITY ADVISORY

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553794080691{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Priority: High Executive Summary: Cisco released its Semiannual Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication on March 27, 2019. This describes 17 Cisco Security Advisories, covering 19 vulnerabilities in Cisco’s IOS Software and Cisco’s IOS XE Software. These vulnerabilities each have a High Security Impact Rating. If successfully exploited, […]

Industry Reactions to Norsk Hydro Breach: Feedback Friday

Article by Eduard Kovacs – Security Week 22 March 2019 Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro has been hit by a serious ransomware attack that caused disruptions at some of its plants and forced the company to turn to manual processes to fulfill customer orders. The attack appears to have involved file-encrypting ransomware known as LockerGoga. However, Norsk […]

Online financial fraud climbed 27% in 2018 as cybercriminals made off with £393m

Article by Luke Christou – Verdict 21 March 2019 While physical credit card fraud continues to decline, last year saw a sharp increase in the amount of money stolen through online financial fraud incidents. According to a new report titled Fraud: The Facts 2019 published by financial services trade association UK Finance, consumers in the United Kingdom […]

White Dross

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553424145962{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]You would be forgiven for thinking that we might be talking about the Australian extremist who murdered 50 men, women and children in cold blood this week. But we won’t be affording him any further mention. White Dross is the primary by-product of aluminium production and recycling (who knew?). This week there […]

Leadership: Glenn Fitton, CISO as a Service

In this article Glenn Fitton, ITC Senior Cyber Consultant and CISO, explores the influence of leadership, why there is no “silver-bullet” for information security and the simple things organisations can do to better their security.  Read the article here.  

LOCKERGOGA

Priority: High Executive Summary: Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian metals and renewable energies company, has been hit with a severe ransomware infection across their network. Information from NorCERT strongly indicates that the ransomware is LockerGoga, however this is yet to be confirmed by Norsk Hydro. This information also specifies that the attack is spread by targeting Active […]

Crash, Bang, Wallop

As computer systems become increasingly integral, unavoidable and essential components of our everyday lives, the potential impact of failure does not sit easily with the drivers for development such as profit, performance and feature enhancement. Regular readers of this blog or attendees of our Cyber Summit, which now seems a lifetime away, may recall our […]

NSA Releases Security Research Tool But Can You Trust It?

Article by Davey Winder – Forbes 7 March 2019 In recent years it has become almost commonplace for leaked National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools to hit the headlines thanks to being used in attacks such as WannaCry, NotPetya and even the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email breach during Hilary Clinton’s U.S. election campaign. But now the NSA has released an […]