Wikipedia experiences “intermittent outages”

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Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia said it was experiencing “intermittent outages” when it appeared to have been the target of a cyber-attack in early September. The site was down over the course of one evening and early morning, affecting 94% of all users in Russia, America and the Middle East. A later statement on the Wikimedia German Twitter account claimed that the platform had been the victim of a “very broad DDoS attack”.

Nation-sponsored attacks highlight need for IP protection

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The UK, US and India are among the top countries facing the increasing threat of nation-sponsored attacks, new data reveals. According to a Thomson Reuters Labs blog, 22 countries are suspected to have sponsored cyber operations with financial backing from the state. Notable historic cases include the 2017 attack on Solarworld, an owner of cutting-edge IP and global contracts in the steel industry. The attacks were attributed to China. Vitaly Kamluk of Kaspersky Labs warned the attacks are a “growing concern”.

Huawei excluded from global forum

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Chinese multinational technology company Huawei has been suspended from a membership to an exclusive forum designed to tackle security breaches. The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, otherwise known as FIRST, confirmed that the company will not be involved. Executive Director Chris Gibson said: “After extensive consultation and review, we regret ending up in a position where we had to suspend Huawei’s membership in order to ensure we meet these evolving regulations, and we intend to work closely with both Huawei and the Bureau of Industry and Security to address any concerns related to their participation in FIRST.”

Study reveals most searched for cybersecurity terms

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A Google Trends data study from 2004 to 2019 has revealed the top search terms for those interested in cybersecurity. Among the finds were the top names of those in the cybersecurity business, as well as companies which were most likely to be used in phishing attacks. Apple ranked as number one for the most often used company name in scam emails, along with PayPal, HMRC, Amazon and Natwest. Equifax has the poorest reputation based on search results, thanks to a data breach in 2017 which led to 150 million people’s data being exposed.

“Nearly everyone in Ecuador” faces data breach threat

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A data breach affecting 20 million people – 3 million more than the population of Ecuador – is said to potentially expose every Ecuadorian citizen’s data. Among the victims are the Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy. The exposed data has been sourced to government registries, as well as a national bank and automotive association. It includes taxpayer identification numbers, driving records and back account records.

Enterprises prepare for strong customer authentication

Enterprises prepare for strong customer authentication

September 2019 will see the launch of a new ecommerce authentication law as set out by the EU. Strong customer authentication, otherwise known as PSD2, will require all customers buying and banking online to use two-factor authentication to identify themselves, for example password and fingerprint. Enterprises around the EU are now trying to identify the banks that recognise the new law so that they can transition effectively without fines.

Imperial College London launches new international cybersecurity centre

Imperial College London launches new international cybersecurity centre

A London-based university has announced the launch of a new cybersecurity centre which will unite the UK, US and Japan. During a launch meeting in Tokyo, proponents of the new centre said it would bring together experts in the field to tackle emerging challenges in cybersecurity. Issues that the centre will tackle involve security for large-scale events, such as the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The centre has five founding institutions, including the University of Maryland, Keio University and Royal Holloway.

Shoppers warned of new threat ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Shoppers warned of new threat ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Cybersecurity experts have warned shoppers and companies to be careful when shopping on Amazon Prime Day this July. A prominent antivirus company has released information on a new phishing technique that hackers may be using to steal thousands of customers’ data. The phishing tool invites customers to click on a link to a website through an email, and then encourages them to enter personal data. Amazon has offered its shoppers tips to stay safe.

2018 cybersecurity investment trend cannot be matched

Cloudflare denies outage was attack

2018 saw a record investment in cybersecurity, according to FinTech Global. Following three large transactions in Hong Kong, 2018 saw the biggest investment in cybersecurity in history, valued at £6.9 billion. Now however, experts are saying that the same investment is not to be expected in 2019, having hit just $3.1 billion in H1. However, this is due to much smaller companies making smaller investments, rather than a downward trend in cybersecurity. 2018’s record was linked to a $500m investment from AI company SenseTime.

Cloudflare denies outage was attack

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Hundreds of enterprises faced website downtime in July as it was reported that Cloudflare had experienced a major outage. Notable companies affected included Dropbox, Shopify and Zendesk, which in turn affected many businesses using their services. Content delivery network provider Cloudflare suffered two outages within the same week, and was subject to rumours that the outages were caused by a DDoS attack in China. However, the company claimed that the outages were down to a bad software deployment that was promptly rolled back. The company categorically denied an attack in their blog.