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Ransomware: what you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a topical threat – Ransomware.   The world recently witnessed its biggest reported cyberattack, with a mammoth number of machines, systems and organisations affected across the globe. Andy takes a look at what it is, how it works, and how you can thwart this particularly insidious form of blackmail. Introduction After the events that have transpired recently, it seems like there’s no better time to talk about ransomware. If you’ve kept up with the news you’ve probably heard the term, along with the name WannaCry; If you haven’t, then here’s a quick primer on both. Ransomware is basically defined as malicious software that prevents access to...

Internet News (May 2017)

Massive attack foiled by blogger An unprecedented cyberattack using ransomware was unleashed last Friday, using tools believed to have been sourced from the US National Security Agency (NSA), affecting 99 countries around the world, with some companies, institutions and organisations badly affected. Cyber-security firm Avast reported that it had recorded over 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry worm and its variants utilised for the attack – the perpertrator or perpertrators remain unknown and at large. Amongst the biggest casualty in the UK was the National Health Service, notorious for using out of date operating systems such as Windows XP which are particularly vunerable to this type of...

The Hawks did it again!

Starjammer Internet are proud to announce that yet again, The Havant and Waterlooville Under 14 Squad have won the Mid Solent Youth League Cup far a third year running with a hard fought 3-0 win over Waltham Wolves Cobras at the AFC Portchester Ground on Wednesday 3rd May. Well done boys – we’re already looking forward to seeing you in action over the next season!   Internet News – April 2017 Havant and Waterlooville U14 Squad Season Scores 2016/17 Football Crazy! Subscribe to the Starjammer Bulletin...

Tech Update (May 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  flying suits, issues with Windows 10 and fonts that may take your fancy. Inventor creates flying suit Richard Browning, a Royal Marine Reserve, has created a device to enable humans to fly, not dissimilar to that of Iron Man from the popular Marvel franchise. The technology behind it, at its core is simple enough; attaching kerosene micro gas turbines to both his arms and, initially both legs, but then switching from legs to two turbines on his back with angled positioning to...

Spear Phishing: What you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a disturbing trend in the hacking world: Spear Phishing.  Following on from his recent Bulletin Guide to Phishing, he explores in more detail about this particularly nasty form of cyber attack, how it is carried out and what you can do to protect yourself and your assets. Introduction Spear phishing is the latest twist on Phishing. The basics: it’s an attempt to gain personal information from a target for malicious purposes, typically sent by email, by pretending to be a legitimate individual or business that you know and would usually trust. These kinds of attacks focus largely on financial assets and information – credit cards, bank...

Internet News (April 2017)

Uber’s president Jeff Jones has quit, citing that the company’s values aren’t compatible with his own. Jones told Recode he “…joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.” “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.” After the announcement, Uber’s PR summoned up a meager sentence to address his departure: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish...

Internet News (March 2017)

Claims that President Obama ran a surveillance operation on Donald Trump prior to last year’s US election have been referred to as “utterly ridiculous, complete tosh and should be ignored” by Intelligence Agency GCHQ. The current claims were disclosed during a press conference by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. According to reports, the British Foreign Surveillance Service provided former President Obama with information and details of Trumps’s telephone conversations, his phones had reportedly been tapped and had been completely undetectable to American Intelligence services. Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano reported:- “When senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful”. Policies...

The Bulletin’s guide to the Top Ten Social Media platforms

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at top ten social media platforms in use.  Some, like Facebook and Twitter will be no surprise at all to our regular readers. Even so, Cheryl has uncovered a few surprises along the way, and has a look at the real contenders on the world stage that are worthy of note. Introduction During the last 10 years social media has become the norm. It is the way that people communicate with one another, whether it be family or business, it is how people interact with others. Social media is used for work purposes, to take mental breaks from tedious jobs or lifestyles even to seek new...

The Bulletin’s guide to Phishing

Andy Cormack this week looks at ‘Phishing’.  This criminal practice is a particularly nasty form of hacking, and costs people and businesses millions of pounds per year. Here, Andy shows you what to look out for, how to tackle a phishing attack, and steps that you can take to  prevent being caught out by phishers in the first place. What is Phishing? Phishing, at its most basic definition, is a form of social engineering designed to obtain sensitive or private details from someone through the use of email or other such electronic messaging services. It’s a blanket term covering a wide range of attacks, but the core of it stems purely from social...

Internet News – February 2017

Although the Californian based firm Snap, the owners of the “Snapchat” app have never made a profit, they are about to sell its shares on the US stock market, with an estimated value considered to be over $25 billion.  The company’s creators will become multi-billionaires. During 2016, the company ran at a massive loss. It has been announced that although shares will be sold, shareholders will not have voting rights within Snap, which means that the current owners retain 100% control of the business. When the company started in 2011 the creators were attending university and never imagined it would be so successful. Now, the 26 year old Chief Executive, Evan Spiegel and...