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Fujitsu AI Fights Targeted Email Attacks

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Fujitsu AI Fights Targeted Email Attacks

Fujitsu announces what it claims is a first technology to identify users vulnerable to targeted online attacks, allowing for security measures tailored to individuals and organisations.

According to the company human error remains the weakest point in any security system, and as a result many cyber attacks and data breaches start when a user clicks a malicious link in a fake email. To fight against such a situation Fujitsu uses online questionnaires to identify the relationship between the psychological traits and behaviour of people likely to suffer virus infections, scams and data leakage.

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Trend Micro Hit By "Ridiculous" Flaw

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Trend Micro Hit By

Security researchers at Google Project Zero warn of a dangerous flaw in the popular Trend Micro Antivirus security software opening a backdoor for PC hijacking, malware infection and password robbery.

According to the researchers, the flaw allows any website to run commands directly on PCs running Trend Micro software. Such commands including wiping the computer, downloading and installing malware and uninstalling Trend Micro antivirus. Posing the worst risk is the Password Manager component, since the application of a malicious script can steal all password stored on the browser, including encrypted ones.

"I don't even know what to say-- how could you enable this thing *by default* on all your customer machines without getting an audit from a competent security consultant?" researcher Tavis Ormandy writes in the Google Security Research blog. "You need to come up with a plan for fixing this right now. Frankly, it also looks like you're exposing all the stored passwords to the internet, but let's worry about that screw up after you get the remote code execution under control."

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Data Security: Top Tips For Senior Managers

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Data Security:   Top Tips  For Senior Managers

by Ian Kilpatrick, Chairman, Wick Hill Group

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, explains why senior managers now need to be more involved in data security and offers his top tips

The networking environment has changed radically in recent times. In today?s world of increasing wireless use, widespread BYOD, more home working, more remote access, more consumer devices and the huge popularity of social media, the network is becoming ever more distributed. In this situation, security breaches are inevitable, as is evidenced by the regular Read more...

Symantec: Threats to Apple Products on the Rise

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Symantec: Threats to Apple Products on the Rise

Customers can no longer rely on Apple's "walled garden" approach to software and security, Symantec warns-- while iOS and Mac OS X threats remain relatively low, such issues are actually on the rise.

According to the company malware aimed at iOS doubled, growing from 3 in 2014 to 7 in 2015. Meanwhile the number of OS X threats is growing on a Y-o-Y basis, rising by 15% in 2014 following a 44% increase in 2013 and a 29% increase in 2012.

Symantec also points out the number of unique malware-infected OS X computers in the first 9 months of 2015 was 7 times higher than all of 2014. A "significant" number of such attack comes through grayware, such as adware, potentially unwanted or misleading applications, but malware is likewise on the rise.

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War on Encryption (Or When Pundits Miss the Point)

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War on Encryption (Or When Pundits Miss the Point)

"Fiendishly-complex online encryption" actually helps terrorists, the speechwriter of UK prime minister David Cameron writes in The Telegraph. But is it actually the case? You surely know the answer, dear readers.

It is no, obviously.

Written in the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, the editorial by Clare Foges insists the standard encryption implemented by the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook-- not to mention the refusal to add backdoors-- makes the job of security services "infinitely harder." Another supposed tool for dastardly terrorists comes in the shape of Telegram, an end-to-end encrypted messaging app offering a secret chat service with self-destructing messages.

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