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Hybrid warfare is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Governments and vulnerable organisations need to adapt quickly to respond to the threat.
With little international law governing state-sponsored cybercrime, the risk of retaliation and even war is growing.
Cybersecurity is a growing global threat.
A UN working group on cybersecurity is making incremental progress in highlighting the importance of including and protecting civilians.
The first ransomware attack, in 1988, was a crude effort involving virus-laden floppy disks. But in the decades since, the sophistication of malware, and the money reaped by criminals, has skyrocketed.
The recent attack on software supplier Kaseya has been labelled as the biggest global ransomware attack on record.
Cyberwarfare will require new defensive measures by government and corporations.
Co-ordinated cyberattacks can create massive disruptions to infrastructure and supply chains. New treaties are needed to prevent cyberwarfare, but it’s challenging to predict technological advances.
Credit bureau Equifax announced in 2017 that the personal information of 143 million Americans – about three-quarters of all adults – had been exposed in a major data breach.
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If an organization that has your data gets hacked, your vulnerability depends on the kind of attack and the kind of data. Here’s how you can assess your risk and what to do to protect yourself.
Ransomware has gone professional, with criminal consultants, affiliates and brokers – arresting them all will be difficult.
Colonial Pipeline storage tanks. On May 7, 2021, the company experienced a ransomware cyberattack.
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The amount of online data and transactions are growing exponentially. Related is the increasing possibility of cyberattacks — one way to address these is by regulating parts of the internet.
The centralisation of internet infrastructure leaves swathes of the online world vulnerable to sudden outages.
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Cybersecurity for pipelines and ports is too important to leave unregulated.
What would happen if companies stopped paying ransoms?
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The FBI and Treasury Department frown on the idea of paying off cyber attackers. But there is sufficient ethical and legal gray areas to make it a real moral quandary for business leaders.
For cybersecurity, your best bet is to assume that the enemy has already slipped inside.
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Most people think of trust as active – you place your trust in someone or you don’t. But weak cybersecurity, like leaving your front door unlocked, is a matter of trust, too.
Military units like the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade shown here are just one component of U.S. national cyber defense.
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Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and the vulnerabilities of private companies that control software and infrastructure stack the deck against US cybersecurity.
It’s still too early to say who attacked Channel Nine, disrupting its live broadcasts over the weekend. But fingers have been pointed at Russian state actors using a tactic nicknamed ‘wiperware’.
Ransomware is quietly developing into one of the most disruptive – and lucrative – forms of cybercrime.
Cyberattacks against America’s K-12 schools are on the rise.
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America’s public schools often lack the adequate security to protect their students’ most sensitive data from being linked on the web.
Cyberattacks on Australian healthcare facilities are on the rise.
Ransomware attacks often strike local government computer systems, which poses a challenge for protecting elections.
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A ransomware attack on election-related government computers in a Georgia county raises the specter of more disruptions for Election Day voting and vote tabulation.
Cybercriminals view colleges as high-value targets.
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As colleges and universities strive to protect their campuses from COVID-19, they must also pay attention to cyberattacks that target sensitive data, a cybersecurity expert warns.