Tag: attacks

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

The sectors most at risk of cyber attacks

Working from home in a city like Geneva, could save you tens of thousands a year. Photo: XPS/Unsplash
Working from home in a city like Geneva, could save you tens of thousands a year. Photo: XPS/Unsplash

Cyber security is one of the most challenging issues for business owners, with each data breach costing companies about $3.9m (£3m), according to IBM.

With much of the global workforce now remote, it has never been more important for employees to be cyber aware.

However, two in five (41%) of employees across all UK sectors have not received adequate cyber security training, a survey of 1,324 UK workers by Specops Software found.

What’s more, nearly four in five (79%) UK workers admitted they would not be able to identify if they were hacked.

Those in travel and hospitality are at the highest risk of cyber attacks, over four in five (84%) employees not receiving adequate training against cyber threats.

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This is perhaps unsurprising, as it comes shortly after EasyJet was targeted in a serious attack, in which the email addresses and travel details of about nine million customers was breached.

Education and training follows in second place, with seven in 10 (69%) workers claiming they have not been trained sufficiently against cyber threats — a worrying statistic as breaches “compromise student and staff safety”, noted Specops.

In fact, cyber attacks on educational institutions have been increasing annually, as more instances are reported, with attackers motivations including data theft, financial gain, and espionage.

Seperate research by Specops recently found that clickjacking — tricking users into clicking on something other than what they think they are — is the most common form of hacking in education, at 66%.

Meanwhile, phishing — tricking users into revealing personal information through scam emails — was extremely prevalent among other key industries, at 71%.

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29
Sep
2020
Posted in website

Flightradar24 website Hit By Three Suspected DDoS Attacks In 48 Hours Prompting Wild Conspiracy Theories

Someone hiding in the long shadows of the Internet has taken against the world’s most popular flight tracking website, Flightradar24.

The Swedish company hasn’t confirmed it suffered a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack but that seems the most likely explanation for a series of outages and general instability that affected the site from the early afternoon of September 27 ET.

After subscribers took to forums to muse on odd communication errors and empty maps on the mobile app, the company’s Twitter feed initially put the issue down to “network problems.”

Cue further problems and a flurry of updates over the following 24 hours and suddenly the feed’s explanation turned from gremlins in the data center to something more significant:

“For the third time in two days Flightradar24 is under attack. Our engineers are working to mitigate the attack as quickly as possible and we hope to be back tracking flights soon. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.”

The good news is that by Tuesday, September 29, the site was available again without issues.

DDoS attacks aren’t a surprise – frankly it’d be more of a surprise if a day passed without a large site not experiencing some form of traffic issue – but potentially suffering three in rapid succession large enough to disrupt a popular service always stands out.

For those unfamiliar with the joys of Flightradar24, it is used by its two million fan base across the globe to track 180,000 aircraft movements per day in real time, complete with airspeed, altitude, flight heading, aircraft type, registration number, and airline identifier.

In late 2018, aviation enthusiasts were even able to use it to unmask President Trump’s unscheduled trip to Iraq on call sign Air Force One, after