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Latest cyber attack publications


Boots suspend Advantage Card payments after cyber attack 

oots has suspended payments using loyalty points after a cyber attack on almost 150,000 customers’ accounts. The suspension comes after the company’s IT security team spotted “unusual” activity on a number of Boots Advantage Card accounts with the aim of accessing and spending the points.


Travelex in-store systems to be turned back on after cyber attack

Currency exchange business Travelex has insisted it is making “good progress” on recovering after a ransomware virus on New Year’s Eve led to its systems being shut down. Bosses said some internal and order processing systems were returning and the company is starting to switch on in-store systems again. Tony D’Souza, chief executive of Travelex said: “We continue to make good progress with our recovery and have already completed a considerable amount in the background.


Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 

PC users running Windows 7 have been warned to upgrade to avoid possible cyber attacks as support for the software ends. The 10-year-old operating system will no longer receive critical updates from Tuesday onwards, meaning Microsoft will stop patching any weaknesses that appear, making machines vulnerable to hacker attacks. According to NetMarketShare estimations for the end of 2019, Windows 7 is still one of the most popular Windows operating systems with a 32.74% global share, second only to Microsoft’s most recent version, Windows 10, at 47.65%.


Major UK banks affected by Travelex cyber attack

The UK’s biggest high street banks have been hit by a cyber attack on Travelex, with Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Barclays among those left with no online travel money services. More than a dozen of the major banking players, also including Lloyds Banking Group and Virgin Money, are reporting that their online foreign currency systems are down following the New Year’s Eve ransomware attack on Travelex. Many are offering customers services in branches, but orders cannot be processed online.


Cyber threats of the future and potential solutions

As cyber security professionals it’s vital to understand these threats and the various tools and solutions available. Steve Ng, Lead Digital Platform Operations of Mediacorp, identifies today’s most pressing threats and the ways in which we can monitor, mitigate and resolve them.



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