Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#720 Cyber attacks: Two-thirds of big UK businesses targeted
Two-thirds of big UK businesses have been hit by a cyber attack in the past year, according to government research.

Most of the attacks involved viruses, spyware or malware, the Cyber Security Breaches Survey says. A quarter of large firms experiencing a cyber breach did so at least once a month.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said it was "absolutely crucial businesses are secure and can protect data".

In some cases the internet-linked attacks cost millions of pounds.

The survey's results have been released alongside the government's Cyber Governance Health Check, launched following the TalkTalk cyber attack in October last year.

The phone and broadband provider, which has over four million UK customers, said some of their banking details and personal information could have been accessed in the breach.

In light of these surveys, businesses are now being urged to protect themselves better.
#719 Pirate Bay blocked in Chrome, Firefox and Safari due to phishing site error
Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are blocking access to The Pirate Bay torrent portal showing the classical "Deceptive site ahead" error usually seen on dangerous sites that may attempt to collect user credentials with fake login pages, show deceptive ads, or push unwanted downloads.

The exact same thing happened to Kickass Torrents almost a month ago, when the same three browsers displayed the same error for at least three days to their users.

The Kickass Torrents staff said it happened because of the intermediary confirmation screen that appeared every time users navigated away from the site. The Pirate Bay does not use this type of external link confirmation system and has not used one for years.

The warnings seen in these browsers are generic, to say the least. Despite claiming that The Pirate Bay is a phishing site, the cause is probably not actual "phishing," but the presence of links that lead to phishing websites or malicious ads that use forbidden redirection tricks.

Two weeks ago, The Pirate Bay was in the midst of another security alert, when security firm Malwarebytes discovered malicious ads on its portal, redirecting users to exploit kits that were delivering the Cerber ransomware.

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