NHS Ransomware attack-how it worked

First thing to say is that the ransomware wasn’t the new and interesting thing here. Ransomware has been hitting organisations and individuals for years, and the strain of ransomware used in this attack (WCry) isn’t new, or interesting. It does what all other ransomware does: scrambles victims’ files and charges them a ransom to get…

NHS hack – a silver lining?

By bringing global attention to ransomware, the hackers may inadvertently have killed the goose that lays the golden eggs. Ransomware has been the tech security industry’s bogeyman of choice over the last few years, but for Government and the public, it’s been largely under the radar. Businesses have been paying the ransom demands, but very…

“Miscarriage sufferers’ data” offered for £20

Personal data of women who have suffered miscarriages is being sold by hackers on the dark web for as little as £20. Two hackers are offering the database which they claim has been stolen from pregnancyforum.org.uk, one of the UK’s main discussion sites for expectant parents. The site includes a section for those who have…

Fancy Bears hack UK television station

A British TV station was hacked for more than a year by the same group which attacked the Democratic Party during the US Presidential election, according to security researchers. It is one of hundreds of UK organisations and individuals understood to have been targeted by the so-called Fancy Bear hacking group. Security companies say is…

Inside the TalkTalk “scam call centre”

(This story was originally published on the BBC News website on 6th March 2017) TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired to scam customers of the British telecoms giant. The scale of the criminal operation has been detailed…

Religion, tech & romance collide in India

For the TV version of my report, check out the BBC Click website. Love is in the air in India. It’s reckoned there are ten million weddings here every year, and as in many aspects of Indian life, religion often directs the dating game. The country’s online matchmakers, such as shaadi.com, have traditionally put faith…