NATO: Cyber attacks like WannaCry, Petya could invoke Article 5 and trigger a military response

NATO has warned cyber attacks like WannaCry and Petya could trigger Article 5 of the treaty and be met with a military response from members after the organisation said there are signs the aforementioned incidents were state-sponsored.

Article 5 is the basic principle of collective defense. An attack on a NATO member is deemed an attack on all members and, if invoked, ties others to a collective response. It has only been triggered once in NATO’s history by the United States...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

Exploring the online payment fraud prevention market

The convenience and global reach made possible by online channels has led to the development of a broad set of digital eCommerce services. However, the accessibility of the Internet and the ability to commit fraud remotely creates an environment for cyber criminals to prosper.

Meanwhile, the potential attack surface for miscreants is enormous -- about 94 billion transactions were made for remote goods purchases in 2016, which is only a fraction of the total eCommerce landscape.

That said, advanced security...

By David H. Deans, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Mobile, Security.

WannaCry cyber attack was 'launched from North Korea' to raise money

British and American security officials believe the WannaCry cyber attack which crippled the NHS was launched from North Korea in a bid to raise money for the secretive nation.

Cyber warfare is proving a growing concern with attacks linked to countries such as Russia and North Korea increasing in pace and effect. Earlier this week, it emerged Obama issued a ‘red phone’ warning to the Kremlin over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Canada’s largest telecoms provider has been hacked

Bell, the largest telecoms provider in Canada, has been hacked and the data of its 1.9 million customers stolen.

While the rest of the world had its attention on the WannaCry ransomware which held PC’s around the globe hostage – including systems critical to the UK’s health service – a hacker, or hacking group, managed to gain access to Bell’s servers in a separate, unrelated incident.

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Security.

State of the NHS’ security makes you WannaCry

Years of underfunding combined with a growing and longer living population have taken its toll on the NHS, and UK citizens will be well aware of the poor state it’s now in. Budget cuts have meant the NHS has been forced to reduce its spending where it can, but the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyber attack over the past week which plagued the service and demanded $300 to unlock each infected PC highlights that cuts in the IT department were a step too far.

Our source in the NHS confirmed what we already...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Security, Surveillance.

How the Internet of Things will enhance residential security applications

Security system monitoring via the Internet is still a growth business. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the number of monitored security alarm systems in the European market is forecast to grow from 8.7 million subscribers in 2016, at a CAGR of 4 percent, to reach 10.6 million in 2021.

In North America, the total number of monitored security alarm systems is now forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.9 percent from 32.1 million at the end of 2016 - eventually reaching 37.1 million at the end of...

By David H. Deans, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

EU referendum may have been influenced by hackers

In April last year, Britain made the historic decision to leave the European Union. A website allowing people to register for the referendum deciding whether the UK remained a member of the EU bloc collapsed just hours before the vote, prompting speculation it was hacked to influence the result.

A report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee said there were “indications” the website had been targeted by a botnet causing a DDoS (Distributed...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, Networks, Public Services, Security.

Why consumer IoT devices will deploy advanced security

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Looking across the overall Internet of Things (IoT) security landscape, it's clear that 'consumer IoT' should be viewed as a separate segment, given current trends in the implementation and adoption of robust security measures.

The consumer market is composed of a very wide range of hardware vendors - from large companies to crowdfunded startups. Competition in the market is high, but the IoT security value proposition is much more difficult to present to the end-user, relative to...

By David H. Deans, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, IoT, Security, Small Cells.