Ever wondered who these ‘hush-hush’ people are that help to keep our networks safe? Here we talk to Lawrence Munro, director of SpiderLabs EMEA for Trustwave, about the role of the ‘White Hat hacker’.

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The Carbanak group, also known as Anunak, was exposed in 2015 after it managed to steal an estimated $1 billion from more than 100 banks across 30 countries. In early 2016, the group continued to target banks, mainly in the Middle East and U.S.

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The race to become the most innovated and tech-savvy hotel is on. Hotels have increasingly begun working with technology companies to offer more innovative and enhanced guest experiences. Guests at many hotels can now bypass the need to go to the front desk by using their mobile devices to select a room, check-in, receive texts when their room is ready, and even unlock the door to their room. Guests can also customize their stay by requesting items, ordering room service, planning activities, or purchasing upgrades. Everything a guest may want is only a few clicks or taps away, and soon, the data collected by these programs will allow hotel operators to anticipate guests’ requests and needs.

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Cybersecurity company Trustwave, which has its Canadian headquarters in Waterloo, released the results of its fourth annual Security Pressures Report on Wednesday. The survey is based on interviews with 1,600 IT and cybersecurity professionals around the world.

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According to Trustwave’s 2017 Security Pressures Report, the answer is yes, a shift is happening, especially in who is putting the pressure on staff for improving cybersecurity efforts. Security is becoming more personal, the report said, with 24 percent of respondents citing pressure exerted by oneself to deal with cybersecurity, which is up 13 percent over last year’s report. Nearly half of the respondents did admit that they feel the pressure from executives and boards of directors, but that number is down 13 percent from last year.

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We all know that what we mean by hacker around here and what the world at large thinks of as a hacker are often two different things. But as our systems get more and more connected to each other and the public Internet, you can’t afford to ignore the other hackers — the black-hats and the criminals. Even if you think your data isn’t valuable, sometimes your computing resources are, as evidenced by the recent attack launched from unprotected cameras connected to the Internet.

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The built-in backdoor discovered by Trustwave in IoT devices enables access by the manufacturer and leaves the devices open to exploitation by others, which despite Trustwave following the responsible disclosure process, has repeatedly been left exposed by the vendor.

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IoT devices from a Chinese vendor contain a weird backdoor that the vendor is refusing to fix, we're told. The vulnerability was discovered in almost all devices produced by VoIP specialist dbltek, and appears to have been purposely built in as a debugging aid, according to researchers at TrustWave. The infosec biz says that it followed a responsible disclosure process, but claims the manufacturer responded only with modifications to its firmware that leave access open

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Trustwave announced at RSA Conference 2017 new and enhanced managed security and professional services designed to help short-circuit an attacker’s activities by detecting cybersecurity threats much earlier and shutting them down before real damage is done.

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