Design flaws in processor chips (CPUs) by AMD, ARM and Intel could allow hackers to trick apps into revealing sensitive data such as passwords. The CPU “kernel” – the core of the operating system – is leaking memory. Researchers from Google’s Project Zero team, academia and cybersecurity firms found two flaws in June 2017, dubbed “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” in computer chips that affect nearly all modern computers. Some fixes, in the form of software updates, have been introduced or will be available in the next few days, said Intel, which provides chips to about 80% of desktop computers and 90% … Continue reading Security design flaws revealed in new computer chips – an annotated infographic
Private companies and public services are recovering from the impact of Friday’s international cyber attack. The malware was found to exploit a vulnerability identified by the US National Security Agency (NSA), provoking debate over who is responsible for the attack. “WannaCry”, the bug responsible for the chaos, is a type of ransomware. Ransomware blocks access to data and demands a ransom to restore access. WannaCry has been demanding payments of $300 to $600 dollars in bitcoin to restore access to encrypted files, threatening to double the ransom after three days and delete the files after seven days. E&T news reported … Continue reading #Wannacry #ransomware #cyberattack – an annotated infographic
Congratulations are due to E&T assistant features editor Aasha Bodhani, who last night won the Best Overall Feature Article of the Year award at the BT Security Journalism Awards 2013. Her winning article was “Ethical hacking: bad in a good way“, which discussed the question of how as more and more organisations are targeted in cyber-attacks, they must get to know their enemy if they are to protect vital networks. Enter the professional, ethical hacker. Aasha is now the proud owner of a very heavy laser-etched glass globe, with matching display plinth, presented in a blue silk-lined box. It’s a … Continue reading E&T writer wins Best Overall Feature Article of the Year at BT Security Journalism Awards 2013. Woo hoo!
On this night of ghastly ghouls and malodorous spirits, we share with you this Hallowe’en themed hacking, ID theft and device infection infographic. Make sure you’re not haunted by this personal security nightmare. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Woooooo!! Halloween hacking horror stories – a spookily annotated infographic
It is with little fanfare or surprise that China should come out on top of a list of most-active computer hacking countries. Maybe the margin of its superiority will raise an intrigued eyebrow or two, however – 41 per cent of the total, compared to the lowly 10 per cent of its nearest rival, the USA. They’re very busy in the peoples’ Republic. Meanwhile, old-school hacking legend Russia has slumped to fourth place, bested by Turkey of all countries. Gobble that nugget down, comrades! Hacking, cybercrime and cyber-security are naturally big news on account of all this activity and E&T … Continue reading #Hacking top 10 by country, as #cybercrime sweeps the globe – an annotated graphic