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New Phobos ransomware exploits weak security to hit targets around the world

A prolific cybercrime gang behind a series of ransomware attacks is distributing a new form of the file-encrypting malware that combines two well-known and successful variants in a series of attacks against businesses around the world. Dubbed Phobos by its creators, the ransomware first emerged in December and researchers at CoveWare have detailed how it shares a number of similarities with Dharma ransomware. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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This malware spreading tool is back with some new tricks

An exploit kit used to distribute malware to unsuspecting victims has returned following a brief hiatus — and it’s been upgraded with some new tricks, including the ability to exploit an only recently disclosed zero-day vulnerability. The Fallout exploit kit provides cyber criminals with a selection of Internet Explorer and Flash Player exploits that they can take advantage of to distribute malware. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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The tech world’s best CEO? Microsoft’s Nadella, hands down.

Over the years, plenty of kudos have been directed at the people at the helms of big tech companies. Until recent hard times, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook and Alphabet’s Sergey Brin, among others, have been fawned over by a compliant press and portrayed as visionaries and great leaders. [1] [1] By Preston Gralla on ComputerWorld

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Financial crime trends 2019

Cybercrime trends and Financial Services By Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director for Fortinet in South Africa The same concept holds true for cybercrime and the Financial Services industry. At the end of the day, regardless of who the ultimate victim of a cyberattack is, the end goal of most cyber events continues to be financial gain.

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This Trojan attack adds a backdoor to your Windows PC to steal data

A well-resourced and prolific hacking group is distributing a new strain of malware that gives the hackers remote desktop access as part of an information-stealing campaign targeting banks, retailers and businesses. ServHelper malware has been active since November last year and installs a backdoor onto Windows PCs, providing attackers with remote access to compromised machines. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Survey reveals growing concern about container technology security

With so much interest in DevOps and continuous integration and delivery, containers are a natural fit. However, security is a sticking point. Security professionals are expressing concern about the security of technology containers, beloved for their flexibility and agility, now being implemented en masse across enterprises. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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This old ransomware is using an unpleasant new trick to try and make you pay up

An old family of ransomware has returned with a new campaign which uses information about children stolen from crowdfunding websites and claims that payments made in exchange for unlocking encrypted files will be donated to good causes. First spotted in early 2016, CryptoMix is a combination of CryptXXX and CryptoWall ransomware. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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CES 2019: Did IBM just reveal first commercial quantum computer?

IBM has launched an integrated system for quantum computing designed for scientists and businesses called IBM Q System One. The system will be unveiled at CES 2019 with a replica of Q System One. IBM added that it will open a commercial Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York this year. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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Double trouble: Two-pronged cyber attack infects victims with data-stealing trojan malware and ransomware

Cyber criminals are targeting victims with a two-pronged attack that secretly infiltrates systems with data-stealing malware, before dropping ransomware onto the infected system. Using Internet Explorer and Flash Player exploits delivered in the Fallout exploit kit, the campaign is distributed by what researchers at Malwarebytes describe as a ‘prolific’ malvertising campaign targeting high-traffic torrent and streaming sites and redirecting users towards two malicious payloads. [1] [1] Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Top 4 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2019

If 2018 was the year of the data breach, the thinking among IT pros is that this will be the year companies take concrete steps to prevent future breaches. That was the sentiment among tech professionals who took part in a recent @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat about enterprise tech trends for 2019. [1] [1] By Michelle Davidson on ComputerWorld

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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