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Local authorities hit by 800 cyber attacks every hour

ransomwareLocal authorities and councils in the UK have reported being hit by more than 263 million cyber attacks in the first six months of this year.

Local authorities and councils up and down the UK are being hit by an average of 800 cyber attacks every hour, with more than 263 million incidents noted in the first six months of 2019 alone, according to figures gathered by insurance broker Gallagher using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

Gallagher made FoI requests to every authority in the UK and found that of the 203 that responded, 76, or 37%, had reported a cyber attack between January and June 2019, which would suggest that given 204 other authorities of the 408 in the UK did not respond, the true number of attacks against UK public sector organisations is much higher, potentially double.

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New threat group behind Airbus cyber attacks, claim researchers

Context Information Security’s threat intel and response teams says it has evidence that the recent supply chain attacks on Airbus are the work of a newly identified group called Avivore.

A number of high-profile cyber attacks on Airbus in the past 12 months, which exploited virtual private networks (VPNs) used by some of its supply chain partners to access the aerospace firm’s systems, is likely to have been the work of a previously unidentified threat group, according to Context Information Security’s researchers.

Dubbed Avivore, the group’s existence came to light during Context’s investigation of a number of attacks against multinational enterprises that compromise smaller engineering services and consultancies working in their supply chains.

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Ransomware incident to cost Danish company a whopping $95 million

ransomwareAfter a month, hearing aid manufacturer Demant has yet to recover after the attack.

Demant, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hearing aids, expects to incur losses of up to $95 million following what appears to be a ransomware infection that hit the company at the start of the month.

This marks one of the most significant losses caused by a cyber-security incident outside of the NotPetya ransomware outbreak — known to have incurred companies like shipping giant Maersk and courier service FedEx losses of over $300 million, each.

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Attacks on UK Businesses Soar 243%

Cyber-attacks on UK businesses surged by a whopping 243% over the summer, compared to the same period last year, according to new findings from Beaming.

The Hastings-based business ISP analyzed data from the thousands of organizations across the UK that it supplies.

It found that UK firms experienced 157,528 attacks each on average between July and September, up from 45,970 during the same three months of 2018.

The firm detected nearly 500,000 unique IP addresses used to launch cyber-attacks on UK businesses during the period, with the number originating from China more than doubling over last year. A large number of attacks also originated in Taiwan, Brazil and Russia, Beaming said.

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China invents super surveillance camera that can spot someone from crowd of thousands

Researchers in China have developed an ultra-powerful camera capable of identifying a single person among stadium crowds of tens of thousands of people.

The 500-megapixel camera was developed by scientists at Fudan University, in conjunction with Changchun Institute of Optics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Its resolution is five-times more detailed than the human eye but it is not the most high-resolution camera ever developed. A 570-megapixel camera was put to work at an observatory in Chile in 2018, however its purpose is to point skywards in the hope of observing distant galaxies.

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Met police admits it lacks records of King’s Cross face matches

London’s Metropolitan Police Service says it does not have any records of the outcomes of a facial recognition tie-up with a private firm in the city.
Last month, it acknowledged it had shared people’s pictures with the managers of the city’s King’s Cross Estate development.

It had previously denied the alliance.

In a new report, the Met added that it had only shared seven images and did not believe there had been similar arrangements with other private bodies.

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