Which hat would you wear?
The situation of Marcus Hutchins – hailed as a hero for stopping one malware attack but charged with being involved with another – highlights the ambiguity of hacker culture.
NotPetya is something a little different.
Mayhem, not money, seems to be the ultimate aim of the latest attack unleashed on computer networks around the world.
Companies need to make sure their own doors are locked.
When companies neglect cybersecurity, customers – and society as a whole – suffer. It’s time customers demanded better of corporations.
Businesses struck by ransomware have to make some hard decisions.
Movies tell us that paying a ransom means the bad guys win, but in the real world it's not that simple.
Not all hackers can be bad for an organisation: the white hat or ethical hacker can help.
Simply updating and patching an organisation's computer software may not be enough to fend off another cyber attack. You could engage an ethical hacker to help out.
When is it okay for the government to keep a secret?
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What's the best way for spy agencies to protect the public: secretly exploit software flaws to gather intelligence, or warn the world and avert malicious cyberattacks?
No money, no access.
The cyber-attack hit 200,000 computers and a number of big global organisations. But it hasn't made much in ransom money.
Things might not be over for the WannaCry malware.
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Small businesses are the forgotten casualties of the recent WannaCry ransomware attack.
The market for exploiting software vulnerabilities can be traced back to the 90s where “phreaking” - modifying telecommunications technology - was popular.
The underground market for software vulnerabilities has been growing steadily since the 1990s, so the latest WannaCry could be a sign of things to come.
People don’t want to be interrupted to update their software.
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People don't want to endure the interruptions and inconveniences of keeping their computer software up to date. Research tells us why, and how we might fix the problem – and protect ourselves.
The “WannaCrypt” malware has disrupted vital infrastructure in countries around the world.
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"It is time for a digital Geneva Convention to protect the internet."
NHS data is being held to ransom by criminals. This the mother of all wake-up calls.
Police must join forces across international borders to take on modern cybercriminals.
Cybercriminals are using cloud-based services, much like regular businesses. A new study reveals important lessons for the future of fighting cybercrime.
Phishing for information and money.
You know it's a serious problem when even Google and Paypal have been targeted.
Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice.
Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.
What would you do if your files were locked away?
Here's how to protect yourself from the latest online scourge of hackers encrypting your files and demanding a ransom to unlock them.
A widespread and virulent ransomware, Angler, is de-fanged by having the world's most widely-used networking equipment ignore it
A year in which security was caught napping.
Looking back, 2014 was not a good year for keeping things safe under digital lock and key. If a score was being kept, it might seem that the cybercriminals are in the lead, despite the valiant efforts…
Don’t click on links and you’ll be alright.
We need to watch out for headlines like the ones earlier this week warning that people had two weeks to protect themselves from a “powerful computer attack”. It can end up scaring people who have little…