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Tackling the Ransomware Threat
Events | August 2022
The upcoming International Cyber Expo in London aims to help individuals and organisations stay one step ahead of the ever-evolving threat landscape
Attacks on federal courts sparks warning
News | August 2022
September’s International Cyber Expo in London aims to help individuals and organisations stay one step ahead of the ever-evolving threat landscape
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Steering on the safe side of autonomy
Technology Focus | August 2022
Autonomous vehicles are increasingly making headlines and not always for the right reasons, says Peter Lane, Information Security Consultant, Xcina Consulting
Teen extortion group exposes cyber gaps
News | August 2022
Notorious extortion-only LAPSUS$ ransomware group carries out multiple high-profile attacks on companies such as Microsoft, Samsung and Ubisoft and Okta
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Ransomware devastation
News | August 2022
Despite spending billions on cybersecurity tools, businesses are alleged still to be poorly prepared for ransomware attacks. What is the solution?
Steal Now - Protect Now
Special Focus | August 2022
Global cyber security experts Norman Willox and Tom Patterson defend the change of quantum computing from science fiction to science fact
Power vacuum
Opinion | August 2022
Cyber Power may well be a vital component in protecting national interests, but how effectively will it play out in reality?
Phishing in the dark
Special Focus | August 2022
Phishing is no new phenomenon – but it is being used more and more as a formidable weapon to attack victims with. What can be done to negate its impact?
Data encryption gains momentum
News | August 2022
The number of UK organisations implementing data encryption as a core part of their cybersecurity strategy continues to rise
Can you trust your third-party vendors?
News | August 2022
When British recruitment agency Morgan Hunt suffered a digital burglary recently, intruders seized personal data of some of the freelancers on its books

Welcome to the August 2022 issue of your Computing Security Newsletter.

With ransomware attacks surging, despite endless warnings and advice to organisations of all sizes on how to protect themselves, yet another headline-grabbing incident has taken place this month.

In the frame on this occasion is a major IT provider of the NHS, which has been confirmed as the victim of a ransomware attack. Advanced, which provides digital services such as patient check-in and NHS 111, says it may take three to four weeks to fully recover. According to the BBC, the NHS insists that disruption is minimal, but Advanced would not say whether NHS data had been stolen.

The Birmingham-based firm says it first spotted the hack on 4 August and immediately took steps to contain the hackers. It could take a few weeks to restore services, it conceded. The company has refused to say if it was in negotiations with hackers or paying a ransom to them. In a statement, it commented: "We are rebuilding and restoring impacted systems in a separate and secure environment."

Almost certainly, there will be many more such incidents in the days ahead. The attackers are unrelenting, using technology that is ever more sophisticated to execute their attacks – and the rewards, of course, can be substantial.

Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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