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Learning from major cyber security incidents free course icon Level

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Learning from major cyber security incidents

  As a society, we are now almost always connected to the internet and rely on it for many different day-to-day activities. However, this dependency on the internet can make us vulnerable to attacks.  Once a connected device is compromised, it is not only that particular device that is affected – it can also be used as a springboard to attack other devices in the same network and in others.  In this connected world, it is also inevitable that personal information is stored in large-scale government and commercial databases. Unfortunately, breaches of these large-scale databases happen fairly frequently and, when they do, personal information can be leaked which will make you, and millions of others affected, vulnerable to scams and other identity crimes.  This course analyses several cyber security incidents and looks at what lessons can be learned.  

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Someone’s attacking our connection to the internet - part one article icon

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Someone’s attacking our connection to the internet - part one

The innocent blinking lights on your router in the corner might not be so innocent after all...

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If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money? article icon

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If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money?

Hundreds of thousands of computers locked across the globe - but Wannacry raised less than other ransomware attacks. Bill Buchanan explains why.

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Should the NHS have been better prepared for the cyber-highwaymen? article icon

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Should the NHS have been better prepared for the cyber-highwaymen?

The Wannacry malware attack which locked down vital systems throughout much of the NHS on Friday was preventable, explains Conor Deane-McKenna.

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Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime article icon

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Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime

In 2014 we learnt how powerful hackers and cyber criminals are, will this continue in to 2015? Andrew Smith takes a look back at the year of cybercrime. 

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Introducing rootkits article icon

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Introducing rootkits

Why do people use rootkits and what are they intended for?

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