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Not all hackers can be bad for an organisation: the white hat or ethical hacker can help. Shutterstock/napocska

An ethical hacker can help you beat a malicious one

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? sharpshutter via shutterstock.com

Should spies use secret software vulnerabilities?

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?
The market for exploiting software vulnerabilities can be traced back to the 90s where “phreaking” - modifying telecommunications technology - was popular. Jennifer/Flickr

What the underground market for ransomware looks like

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. irin73bal via Shutterstock.com

Why installing software updates makes us WannaCry

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.
Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice. Christiaan Colen/flickr

It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

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.
Don’t click on links and you’ll be alright. Atlaspix

Media shock stories about GameOver Zeus are not helpful

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…

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