Month: June 2017

From BlackEnergy to ExPetr

Much has been written about the recent ExPetr/NotPetya/Nyetya/Petya outbreak – you can read our findings here:Schroedinger’s Pet(ya) and ExPetr is a wiper, not ransomware. As in the case of Wannacry, attribution is very difficult and finding links with previously known malware is challenging. In the case of Wannacry, Google’s Neel Mehta was able to identify …

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4 ways you can protect yourself against the rising wave of ransomware

Earlier this week, a Petya-based ransomware virus targeted the Ukraine in the largest cyberattack the nation has ever experienced, taking down the central bank, postal services, and commercial enterprises such as the Antonov aircraft manufacturer. While as of about 3 days ago, the attack had peaked and was more or less contained, we expect to …

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Fifty years of colour TV

Colour television turns 50 but did you know thousands of people are still watching in black and white? Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Things we have learned about Petna, the Petya-based malware

Earlier this week, we saw another mass ransomware attack happen, less than two months after the WannaCry outbreak. In the hours and days after the attack, this strain was given many different names, including Petya, Petna, NotPetya, EternalPetya, Nyetya, and many more. We originally referred to it as Petya-based, but for simplicity, let’s call it …

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Liberty Granted Permission to Challenge UK ISP Internet Snooping Law

The High Court in London has today approved a request by Liberty, a human rights group, to challenge part of the Government’s controversial Internet surveillance powers in the new Investigatory Powers Act. The effort is being supported by £53,313 raised via crowd-funding. The IPAct contains a variety of measures, such as one that forces broadband …

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Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP): Security problems exist despite compliance

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) serves more than 300 million people in North America as the electric reliability organization under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In 2013, the FERC approved changes and additions to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, also known as CIP v5, which are a set of requirements for …

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Virgin Media UK to Close “Shops” and Cut Hundreds of Jobs

The fallout from Virgin Media’s recent review into the overstated progress of their £3bn Project Lightning network expansion appears to be hitting other parts of the business, with 250 jobs and 30 shops reportedly now being lined up for the chop. Earlier this year the cable giant faced criticism after they admitted to having overstated …

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New EU Videos Show B4RN Building its Community 1Gbps FTTH Broadband

The community funded and built 1Gbps B4RN Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network in rural parts of Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire has received some extra support from the EU’s Digital Single Market team, which has published a couple of new videos on the project. The videos are based on an interview that was conducted by a representative of …

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1,300 Extra Staffordshire UK Premises to Get BT’s “Fibre Broadband”

A further 1,300 homes and businesses in Staffordshire (England) are due to be covered by Openreach’s (BT) “superfast fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network after the state aid fuelled Superfast Staffordshire project received a funding boost of £1.7 million. At present the state aid supported programme is already working to expand the coverage of “fibre broadband” networks …

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The paranoid Mac traveler’s 10-point data protection checklist

Here’s an increasingly common scenario: You’re on a business trip, either entering a foreign country or returning home. As you go through customs, a border-control agent asks you to turn on and hand over your iPhone, then starts poking around, looking at your text messages, call logs and apps. The agent then asks you to …

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Gigaclear Win Essex’s Phase 3 “Superfast Broadband” Roll-out Contract

The Superfast Essex project in England has announced the award of their £24m Phase 3 “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) roll-out contract to Gigaclear, which should extend the network to a further 24,000 premises and push local coverage to around 97% by December 2019. At present around 90% of the homes and businesses in the county can …

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