ATM: Another Targeted Machine

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the ATM, a device that changed the face of personal monetary transactions forever. According to the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) there are now close to three million of them worldwide, with over 70,000 in the UK alone where it all began.  On 27th June 1967, the world’s first “hole in the wall” was revealed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, London. Celebrations aside, I’d like to look at exactly what’s going on under the hood from a software perspective.  Is securing them through industry best practice realistic and practical?

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NotPetya ransomware: Attack analysis

On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally. 

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Petya ransomware variant strikes on a global scale

Firms across the globe have been hit by a variant of the Petya or Petwrap strain of ransomware impacting Windows servers, PCs, and laptops. Initial reports suggest this latest attack struck The Ukraine initially but it has quickly spread to many other countries including Russia, Spain, France, the UK, The Netherlands, and the US. Currently the attackers are asking for $300 worth of Bitcoins to retrieve access to data.

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WannaCry One Week On

It’s been a busy week in the security world. On Friday 12th May 2017 the world was hit by one of the biggest ransomware out breaks in recent times. It reached 74 countries and more than 45,000 systems. By Monday, this was more like 150 countries and 200,000 systems, according to Europol. When a kill-switch was found to disable the virus, it was a matter of hours until new variants were infecting systems at a rate of 3,600 per hour.

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WannaCry Ransomware goes global

On Friday, a cyber attack on an unprecedented scale struck a wide range of organizations in over 99 countries across the globe. The ransomware attack, known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt0r shut down IT systems in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK as well as many large global organizations including Telefonica, FedEx and Renault.

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