Monthly Archives: January 2014

Target security breach under federal investigation

January 30, 2014

If US retail giant Target thought it could make the serious security breach that rocked the company go away with an apology and a promise for one year's worth of free credit monitoring, it was sorely mistaken.

The breach, in which hackers stole the names, home addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of about 70 million Target customers, is now officially under investigation by the federal government.

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Personal information of 74,000 Coca-Cola employees could be in the open

Coca-Cola has become the latest big-name act to get caught with potentially inadequate security measures after company laptops were stolen from its headquarters in Atlanta.

Reports show the laptops were allegedly stolen by an employee of Coca-Cola, and the hardware contained 18,000 social security numbers, 56,000 driver's license numbers and a handful of credit card numbers.

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January 2014 Newsletter

January 28, 2014

A Happy New Year to all our clients and friends. May 2014 be a good one for you.
Welcome to our first newsletter of the year. This month, we’re covering the following:

  • The Target Breach – A case study of being compromised
  • “Dumping” Windows Credentials
  • New Social Engineering Services
  • Securus Global – Client Workshops
  • Partner Updates
  • Industry Roundup
  • Securus Global joins PS&C Group

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South Korea’s newest credit crisis: Cybersecurity

January 22, 2014

South Korea has a serious problem on its hands concerning its citizens' credit card use, but it doesn't have to do with financials.

The country was recently the subject of an attack that stole the credit card information of about 20 million users – nearly half South Korea's total population of 50 million. While this may sound like the work of a crack team of hackers, that's far from the truth. In fact, it was a lone computer engineer contracted by the Korea Credit Bureau (HCB).

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Internet of Things, targeted attacks rank among biggest security threats

January 21, 2014

Cybersecurity experts from all over the world are in agreement that 2014 will be a turning point in how businesses protect their critical digital data.

Long-time leader in the IT defence industry McAfee stated there will be several issues that arise in 2014, ranging from ransomware attacks to mobile malware. This will make it even more important to focus on mobile application security and other forms of protection.

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Report shows the hacking risk in small satellite dish systems

January 17, 2014

As new communications platforms are developed, they are increasingly incorporating small satellite dishes to relay information from one corner of the globe to another.

However, a recent report has found these very small aperture terminals (VSATS) are packed with issues that could leave sensitive data vulnerable to any number of hacking hazards.

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The Anatomy of a Security Breach.

January 16, 2014

Securus Global’s approach to minimising your risks…

By now, you have probably read about the Target security breach: (Nothing new… this happens all the time).

At Securus Global, we are frequently asked by our clients how hackers compromise companies and in turn, what can be done to minimise the risk of it happening to their own organisation.

By hiring the likes of Securus Global to test your systems in testing, pre-production and/or post production, we’ll be able to highlight any potential exposures you have and issue advice on how to fix them and ways to make you more resistant to such breaches all together.

Better yet, we would rather help you be in a position that your risks are identified beforehand, or even not to be there in the first place.

This is why in early 2014, we’re offering client workshops to explain the anatomy of such attacks and how the hackers are attaining this information from your companies.

These are 1-2 hour informal sessions (no cost), where we talk about what we have seen in the last 10 years, how the attacks are planned and take place but most importantly, what you can do to minimise the chances of this happening to your company. Continue reading

Legal experts warn of cyber risks in the digital age

January 11, 2014

Legal experts from Australian law firm Clayton Utz recently released an update on the state of cybercrime in the country, warning businesses that implementing the right protection is critical for success.

Put simply, the lawyers stated anyone who is connected to the internet, either wirelessly or through ethernet, is at risk of cyber attack. Personal attacks may include identity theft or cyber bullying, however businesses have a plenty of their own risks. Fraud, theft, business disruption and a number of other attacks can be devastating to a company of any size.

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Mobile security could get left in the dust in the race to the top of the industry

January 10, 2014

Experts fear that cybersecurity could take a backseat to a speedy development phase and time to market in the mobile application industry as more developers focus on being the first to create apps in 2014.

With such high competition in the app development sector, focusing on security could be seen as an unnecessary expenditure of time, money and resources, however it could come at a high price. Even back in 2011, Gartner predicted that that between 2012 and 2015, two-thirds of all mobile applications would fail even the most basic security audit.

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