IT Security and Compliance Blog Archive

Read the news, developments and opinion pieces from years gone by about IT security and compliance from industry experts New Net Technologies.

The US Coast Guard recently announced that a large international vessel has suffered a cyber attack. 

Security researchers have discovered an automated Magecart digital skimming campaign that compromised over 960 e-commerce stores in less than 24 hours. 

Financial services companies in the UK reported over 819 cyber incidents to the Financial Conduct Authority in 2018, a stark increase compared to just 69 reported the previous year. 

The U.S. Senate released a 99-page report last week accusing eight critical agencies of failing to apply basic defenses to cyber attacks, putting public safety and personal data at high risk. 

A second Florida city has opted to pay a ransom demand to hackers after they took control of the city's municipal computer systems. 

A report released by the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) claims hackers were able to infiltrate NASA's network using a vulnerable, unapproved Raspberry Pi in its April 2018 data breach. 

A new survey has found that North American homes have the highest density of Internet of Things (IoT) devices of any region in the world.

Are IoT (Internet of Things) devices security time bombs waiting to explode, or just benign and hugely-beneficial technological advances? As ever, the truth is somewhere in between, but there is a very simple test you can apply to assess which end of the spectrum a device sits at: ‘It depends’.

The Florida city of Riviera Beach has agreed to pay cybercriminals who encrypted computer systems with ransomware $600,000 in order to regain access. 

Quest Diagnostics said Monday that 11.9 million Quest Diagnostics patients may have had their personal, financial, and medical exposed in a data breach that happened through a contractor of a contractor. 

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. notified customers on Wednesday that malware had been found on point-of-sale (PoS) systems at roughly 15 percent of its Checkers and Rally's restaurants. 

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. notified customers on Wednesday that malware had been found on point-of-sale (PoS) systems at roughly 15 percent of its Checkers and Rally's restaurants. 

In the cybersecurity world, testing for the existence of exploitable vulnerabilities isn’t always an exact science. Checking for open ports (CIS Control 9 - Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols and Services) sounds simple enough, but the reality is a long way off.

Nearly all organizations, regardless of size, struggle with configuration management and change control. The need to review and approve changes in advance of making them, to formulate impact analysis, testing procedures and contingency plans all serves to slow things down. It’s no wonder most IT professionals acknowledge the potential benefits of Change Control, but simply do nothing about it.

New research from Forescout found that healthcare organizations are increasingly at risk from legacy platforms, device complexity, and the use of frequently exploited protocols. 

Equifax has incurred losses of over $1.35bn so far following the devasting 2017 data breach involving the breach of 145 million customers personal financial data.

It’s been two years since the initial WannaCry ransomware outbreak, but researchers are warning that hundreds of thousands of incidents are still being detected globally.  

Canada's fourth largest mobile network operator, Freedom Mobile, announced this week that they have suffered a data breach through a third party service provider. 

MegaCortex is described by security researchers as a new, highly targeted ransomware variant that contains numerous references to the '90s cult film The Matrix.

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Security researchers are warning ICS managers that a Russian hacking group linked to an attempt to blow up a Saudi oil plant has been found inside a second critical infrastructure (CNI) facility.

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