Ransomware and RaaS

Ransomware – Part 1, What is Ransomware

Share This: This is part 1 of a multipart series! In this article we will look at what Ransomware is, where it originated and the increasing risks accordingly, this article will be followed up with subsequent articles looking at different forms of ransomware and targeted devices, how ransomware work and methods to minimise the risk […]

Safe Internet Day – Some simple hints and tips for parents

Share This: Today is the day to take the technology away and talk to friends, colleagues and minors about the pros and cons of the internet and its safe use. Agree Internet rules and guidelines along with your children When and for how long How important it is to keep personal information private What type […]

New EU Data Protection Regulations Text is here

Share This: So here is the new EU Data Protection Regulations text, all 209 pages of it! http://www.statewatch.org/news/2015/dec/eu-council-dp-reg-draft-final-compromise-15039-15.pdf File hosted and shared from statewatch.org, for further details see http://www.statewatch.org/news/newsfull.htm  

New EU Data Protection Regulations set to be finalised by end of 2015

Share This: A new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being approved by the European Council of Ministers to replace the outdated 1995 directive. This new regulation was initially proposed in 2012 and drafted in January of this year and is designed to regulate the progression of personal data within Europe. it is […]

Venom – CVE-2015-3456 Hypervisor Floppy Emulator Vulnerability

Share This: Security Researchers have discovered a new Zero-Day vulnerability in the virtual floppy drive used by virtualisation platforms. The Floppy Disk Controller emulation Vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2015-3456 (1) is now being referred to as VENOM, was discovered by Jason Geffner of CrowdStrike, Inc. The vulnerability was rated as having an Important impact. A […]

Irish Government data protection forum

Share This: The Irish Government are to hold a data protection forum to focus on areas around data protection, this is due to the scrutiny because of the large amount of internet companies which are based in Ireland for data regulation purposes. According to Taoiseach.gov.ie(1) “Arising from a Government decision of October 2014, a data […]

Protecting Cyber Networks Act Passed in US

Share This: A new legislation, ‘Protecting Cyber Networks Act’ has been Passed in the US, to help companies and the federal government better defend against the growing threat of cyberattacks, despite opposition from privacy advocates. According to cnet.com(1)  it was “prompted in part by a recent uptick in high-profile data breaches, the legislation would allow companies to […]

Certain Ransomware Victims may be able to decrypt files without paying ransomware

Share This: Certain Ransomware Victims may be able to decrypt files without paying ransomware It looks like one of the latest strains of ransomware may be flawed. Securelist.com explain the some facts about the Torlocker ransomware as follows “Our analysis has shown that Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Scraper was presumably written in assembler, which is unusual for this type […]

AWS – users have the choice on what regions data is stored for EU approval

Share This: The European Union’s data protection authorities have approved Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) data processing agreement (DPA). According to the National Commission For Data Protection (Luxembourg) (1) “On 6 March 2015, the CNPD issued a letter, confirming that the Data Processing Addendum of AWS was in line with the Standard Contractual Clauses of Commission Decision […]

Obama foreign cyber attackers with sanctions

Share This: US president Barack Obama has signed an executive order establishing a framework for the US to impose sanctions on foreign cyber attackers. According to Computerweekly.com(1) “The order formalises an approach taken in January 2015 by the US when it imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to the November 2014 cyber attack on […]