Nemucod ransomware information:
If you’re relying on Microsoft’s AppLocker to lock down your office or school Windows PCs, then you should check this out. A security researcher says he’s found a way to potentially bypass the operating system’s software whitelist and launch arbitrary scripts.
A virus infected computer systems at Newark Police Department in New Jersey last week, taking four days to clean up.
The police department said there was no evidence of any sort of data breach and that the attack “did not disrupt the delivery of emergency services to our citizens”.
Security experts say breaking into a smartphone is easier than you think — and they’ve spied on a US Congressman’s phone calls to prove it.
German computer engineer
Karsten Nohl told “60 Minutes” in America that all a hacker needs is a phone number. Read more
Juniper’s code reviewers have been hard at work, and have shipped a bunch of security bug-fixes.
First up: the company has turned up a bunch of Junos OS privilege escalation vulnerabilities that need patching. As the
advisory states, CVE-2016-1271 covers a set of CLI commands that can be exploited to get root access to the affected system. Read more
DON’T PANIC but the amount of cyber crime bashing the UK is increasing, at least according to Symantec and one of its regular round robin threat missives.
Symantec 2016 Internet Security Threat Report warned that threats are rising in several areas. The firm logged an international increase of 35 percent in crypto-ransomware attacks, the UK taking the third largest chunk with up to 2,215 attacks a day. Read more
Ransomware made the leap to Apple Macs in 2015
More than 500 million digital identities were stolen or exposed in 2015,
suggests a report from security firm Symantec. Read more
A widely distributed scam email that quoted people’s postal addresses links to a dangerous form of ransomware, according to a security researcher.
Andrew Brandt, of US firm Blue Coat, contacted the BBC after hearing an episode of BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours that discussed the phishing scam.