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Chubb finds ‘alarming’ rise in ransomware attacks

October 23, 2019 by Adam Malik

Malware cyber attacks are on the rise compared to one year ago, according to Chubb, with a new type of strain on the rise. The first half of 2019 has seen more ransomware attacks than 2018, catching the eye of

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Cyber tip to keep your large retailer clients secure

July 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Computer systems that many retailers use to accept payment and manage inventory can pose a liability risk if they store credit card numbers, and the “ultimate” solution could be expensive. Many “point-of-sale” systems are installed on computers running Microsoft Corp.’s

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Beazley reports nine-fold rise in data breaches due to social engineering in first three quarters of 2017

October 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Specialist insurer Beazley has reported a nine-fold increase in data breaches due to social engineering in the first to third quarters of this year. In the first three quarters of 2016, attacks involving social engineering – a form of attack

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Cybercriminals used WannaCry epidemic to promote fraudulent services, Kaspersky report says

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalize on public fears of the WannaCry ransomware epidemic with spam and phishing emails offering cyber protection, a new report from Kaspersky Lab has found. The Spam and phishing in Q2 2017 report,

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Kaspersky discovers new version of Android Trojan that steals credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Researchers from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab reported on Thursday that they have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan, Faketoken, which is now able to steal credentials from taxi and ridesharing app users. Based on the results

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Ransomware attacks continue to rise, but accidental data breaches remain a major cause of loss: Beazley

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ransomware attacks continued their rise in the first half of 2017, up by 50% over the first half of 2016, but accidental breaches continue to be a major problem and account for 30% of breaches overall, specialist insurer Beazley reported

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Cyber threat landscape growing, potential for emergence of destruction of service attacks: Cisco

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The potential for “destruction of service” (DeOS) attacks is greatly concerning and organizations would be well-advised to adopt a proactive cyber stance in their protection efforts to combat increasingly sophisticated attackers, warns a new report from Cisco. “Cyber incidents such

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One in four hide cybersecurity incidents from employers, global Kaspersky survey finds

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Forty per cent of employees around the globe hide IT security incidents to avoid punishment, according to a new report from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and market research company B2B International. The report, titled Human Factor in IT Security: How

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Manufacturing Protection

July 6, 2017 Jimaan Sane, Cyber Underwriter, Beazley; and Rhea Turchinetz, Cyber Underwriter, Beazley Canada

Cyber risks should be on the radar of every type of business. Manufacturing has lagged other sectors in buying insurance, revealing vulnerabilities that have not, until recently, been fully appreciated, but could lead to enormous costs. Considering all vulnerabilities is essential to building towers of coverage that provide meaningful protection.

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Multi-factor authentication central to helping reduce data breaches: Ostertag

July 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Taking a multi-layered approach to cyber security – including authentication – is likely the most important single thing to help combat access that then results in data breaches, David Ostertag, global investigation manager for Verizon’s investigative response unit, advised last

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Gains, losses in efforts to combat cyber crime in 2016: Trustwave

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The fight against cyber crime showed both advances and retreats in 2016, with improvements on the intrusion detection and breach containment fronts matched by cyber crime increasingly being treated as a business, suggests a Trustwave report released Tuesday. Findings in