Vectra raises $36 million for AI cyber-defence

Vectra Networks has raised $36 million in series D funding. This brings its total from several rounds of funding to $122.5 million (Source: Crunchbase). Most of the investors in this round have invested in Vectra Networks before. This shows continued confidence in what they are doing, something backed up by recent customers wins. Vectra has had…

Avast warns of stranger danger and the tempting cedar spyware

Endpoint security provider Avast has warned of stranger danger on social media. Such warnings are nothing new. There have been several campaigns aimed at both adults and children about this issue. Even before social media became a thing, rock bands such as Dio were warning of stranger danger with lyrics such as: “Don’t talk to…

BenevolentAI acquires new drug development lab

Private AI company, BenevolentAI, has acquired a UK state-of-the-art drug discovery and development facility. The facility is located on the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge. AstraZeneca, Medimmune, One Nucleus and RxCelerate are all backers of the campus. In January 2018 Babraham Research Campus announced a new bio-incubator and life science accelerator programme. This has already begun…

Comodo Labs spots SWIFT phishing attack

2018 has been a tough start for international banking system SWIFT. A report from the Russian Central Bank said hackers stole $6 million in an attack on the SWIFT network last year. That attack, like previous attacks in Bangladesh relied on attackers targeting the SWIFT terminals inside banks. The attacks led to SWIFT creating its…

Is Click Fraud eating your advertising budget?

UPDATED Click Guardian has warned that click fraud is having a serious impact on advertising budgets. It has previously claimed that $16.7 billion was lost to click fraud in 2017. It has now published new figures showing the most likely victims of click fraud and the average cost per click. According to Roy Dovaston, managing…

Trustico abandons Symantec SSL certificates

It’s been a bad couple of years for Symantec and its certificate business. After several breaches and a very public spat with Google, Symantec sold its certificate business in August 2017 to DigiCert. While the business is no longer owned or operated by Symantec it does retain the company’s branding. The hope was that the…

KillaMuvz jailed for selling hacking tools

Essex based cybercriminal Goncola Esteves, aka KillaMuvz has been jailed for 24 months. Esteves was charged with running a website (reFUD.me) that allowed hackers to test their code against anti-virus scanners. He also sold his own software tools that allowed cybercriminals to evade detection by security software. Esteves was arrested earlier this year as part of…

FedEx leaks highly sensitive customer data

Kromtech security researchers have disclosed that shipping giant FedEx left personal data for more than 119,000 customers sitting in an unsecured Amazon S3 bucket. The data was discovered on 5th February but it took FedEx until 14th February to acknowledge the leak and remove the data. The details of the leak were revealed in a…

eSentire warns Kaseya still being used to mine Monero

Security vendor eSentire has warned Kaseya that a Monero cryptocurrency miner is still targeting its users. The attack first started on January 19th and according to eSentire: “the threat leveraged Kaseya Ltd’s Virtual Systems Administrator (VSA) agent to gain unauthorized access to multiple customer assets.” In its latest update eSentire said: “eSentire has observed several…