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CrowdStrike’s ‘dystopian global cascade’ exposed vulnerabilities in trusted security systems

Anti-virus systems, like CrowdStrike which brought millions of Windows devices down, pose a potential security threat due to their trusted nature, according to Professor John Walker, a cyber consultant, who spoke to National Security News.  Continuous updates, he said, increase…

“Largest IT Disaster to Date” Raises Concerns About Global Tech Infrastructure

The effect of the outage is so widespread because Crowdstrike is the largest endpoint solution provider globally. Approximately 70% of the world’s desktop computers run on Microsoft Windows.

AI tools and chatbots are rocket fuel for massive increase in cyber crime

Cyber criminals are weaponising advanced chatbots and AI technologies to amplify their attacks, marking a significant escalation in the digital arms race. Experts warn that these powerful AI tools are being deployed at a record scale and speed, creating a…

Hamas buys sophisticated criminal malware to target Israel

The computer viruses can be purchased for as little as $200 USD a month with the more sophisticated versions being rented to terrorist groups for up to $1million USD a year.

Google warn of Russian cyber threats and Chinese espionage at Paris Olympics

The Paris Olympic games are facing an unprecedented threat with security experts warning that state-level hackers are aiming to seriously disrupt the global sporting event with cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns. Dr Jamie Collier, a threat expert at Mandiant, Google’s…

Israel building “Cyber Dome” to counter increased Iranian cyber attacks

Israel is creating a new defence system called Cyber Dome to protect the country from online attacks being launched by Iran and its proxies in the wake of the Hamas October attack. Inspired by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system,…

Russian hacker used U.S. company system to hack Ukraine government

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10m USD reward for the capture of a Russian computer hacker responsible for launching a string of damaging cyber attacks in the U.S. and Ukraine. The FBI have placed Amin Timovich Stigal…

Offshore wind farms are extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks

Offshore wind farms located in the North Sea are becoming increasing vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a new report. Wind farms located in remote areas rely heavily on digital connections to communicate with land-based systems. But many are equipped…

China’s Hacking Network: Talent competitions fuel state espionage

China is recruiting talented citizens through local “hacking competitions” and weaponising their talents to attack Western governments, according to a report by ETH Zurich University’s Centre for Security Studies. The revelation, coupled with recent admissions by Dutch officials about the…

Russia’s disinformation campaigns intensify ahead of Paris Olympics 2024

As the world eagerly anticipates the start of the 2024 Paris Olympics next month, a darker shadow looms over the festivities. The Microsoft Threat Analysis Centre (MTAC) has sounded the alarm on a significant uptick in malign influence campaigns orchestrated…