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Ransomware – WannaCry No More – Train and Phish your staff.

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By now, many of you that have not been under a rock for the last couple of weeks have heard about the worldwide ransomware cyber-attack WannaCry Decrypt0r that began in earnest on Friday 12th May 2017. The new ransomware caused major disruption to the IT systems of 40 National Health System hospitals across the UK (resulting in most non-emergency operations being suspended). Not only that, but it also caused disruption to an additional 200,000 victims, distributed over at least 150 countries (including several banks, Renault, Nissan, FedEx Corp, Telefonica, German Railways and even the Russian Interior ministry).

How Did This Happen?

Global reports from cyber security experts confirm that this ransomware gets onto a network through an unsuspecting user clicking on a link or attachment in a spam email.

The last few years and countless data breaches have shown that human error (due to a lack of security awareness training) from phishing and social engineering is the number 1 cause of cyber-attacks, ransomware and data breaches worldwide. Unfortunately, many companies including hospitals who have not invested in security awareness training and ongoing testing of their staff with simulated fake emails (to keep them savvy to the latest scams) will continue to be the most vulnerable to this and future similar style cyber- attacks.

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Yahoo! Hackers caught with their hands in your cookie jar.

Yahoo Hackers prove they don’t need your online passwords as they can forge your browser cookies to access your online data.

Cookies in cookie jar

Yahoo in December 2016 quietly revealed to its users, in the form of a security update, that their user accounts may have been compromised as recently as last year, after an ongoing cyber security investigation found evidence that hackers managed to create forged cookies to gain access to Yahoo user accounts. Read more

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Websites Can Now Track Online Activity Across Multiple Browsers

New Cross-Browsing Fingerprinting technique can now track online activity across multiple browsers. Coming soon to a browser near you.

Track Online Activity Via Multiple Browsers
You might be aware of websites, banks, retailers, and advertisers tracking your online activities using different Web “fingerprinting” techniques even in incognito/private mode, but now sites can track you anywhere online — even if you switch browsers.

A team of researchers has recently developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique — the first reliable technique to accurately track users across multiple browsers based on information like extensions, plugins, time zone and whether or not an ad blocker is installed. Read more