News and information from the Advent IM team.

That phishing test…

You cannot fail to have noticed the coverage of a recent security awareness training event that has polarised opinions. (If you want to read about it in full, I will post a link at the end) Briefly, West Midlands trains, in a bid to very responsibly increase the security awareness of its employees,  tested their […]

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Foreign Secretary issues warning to Russia on ransomware

The foreign secretary Dominic Raab will issue a warning to Russia about sheltering those behind ransomware attacks, on Wednesday. “When states like Russia have criminals operating from their territory they have a responsibility to prosecute, not shelter them,” he will say. Read via BBC News.

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Four Plead Guilty to Aiding Cyber Criminals with Bulletproof Hosting

Four Eastern European nationals face 20 years in prison for Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) charges after pleading guilty to providing bulletproof hosting services between 2008 and 2015, which were used by cybercriminals to distribute malware to financial entities across the U.S. Read via The Hacker News. 

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Spy bosses warn of cyber-attacks on smart cities

Smart cities will be a target for hackers, and councils need to be prepared, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. Sensors and internet-connected devices may improve urban services, but could also be used by hackers and foreign states to disrupt or spy. Read via BBC News.

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A Password methodology for #WorldPassword Day

  Today is a good day to talk about building a great password. Everyone knows we need solid passwords, it is a basic requirement. But one of the things I often hear from people is, ‘it’s all very well telling me to build a good password but what does good look like, and how exactly […]

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