Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn says lobby journalists are the “hub” for gossip in Westminster and will often know more than cabinet ministers. Newton Dunn has been political editor of the Sun since 2009, winning the politics journalism award at the 2015 British Journalism Awards for revealing the “plebgate” scandal involving former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell. A stalwart of the Westminster scene, Newton Dunn has told the Media Masters podcast about being part of the “never ending” political conversation. “Westminster lunches are really interesting between politicians and journalists because it’s very much a two way street,” he said.“Senior ministers will often come to hear what you have to say. Gossip is the oil of the Westminster machine. The thing about being a political journalist is very often you may know more than a cabinet minister. “We are the hubs for the gossip and the … [Read more...] about Tom Newton Dunn: ‘You’ve got to protect your sources and go to some lengths to do that’
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THE New York pipe bomber allegedly posted on Facebook that President Trump had “failed to protect” the US in the moments before the botched attack.A federal complaint filed on Tuesday against Akayed Ullah shows the Bangladeshi made the post while on his way to the Port Authority bus terminal, reports TMZ.Ullah allegedly posted: “Trump you failed to protect your nation”, on Monday morning.The documents obtained by TMZ reportedly claim that the “message was written with ISIS in mind.”Following the attack, which left three people injured, US Attorney Joon Kim revealed cops discovered a handwritten note while raiding Ullah’s home which read: “Oh America Die In Your Rage.”The US President has refrained from tweeting about the attack which was the first terror incident on American soil since his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.But Trump did release a statement on Monday calling on Congress to reform … [Read more...] about New York pipe bomber posted Facebook message saying ‘Trump you failed to protect your nation’ moments before botched attack
A man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York transport hub wrote a chilling Facebook post and had a note reading "O America, die in your rage" in his passport, it was claimed. Akayed Ullah, 27, allegedly wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on his Facebook page shortly before the failed suicide bombing was carried out. The Bangladeshi immigrant told investigators that "I did it for the Islamic State" and that he was angry over US action in the Middle East, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors. Ullah had a bomb strapped to his body as he made his way into midtown Manhattan and launched the attack at the height of the morning commute, it was claimed. He has been charged with a series of terror offences after injuring four people in a failed attempt to blow himself up in an ISIS-inspired attack. A criminal complaint claims Ullah was on his way to carrying out Monday morning's attack when he wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" … [Read more...] about “Trump you failed to protect your nation”: New York bombing suspect’s chilling Facebook post before failed subway attack
A FRESH cyber attack has seen computers go down in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Turkey which has been blamed on ransomware.Dubbed "Bad Rabbit," the virus is the latest example of cyber criminals using ransomware to extort cash - here’s everything you need to know.Bad Rabbit is a strain of ransomware.It is believed to be behind the trouble and has spread to Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany.A message will pop up on users' screens telling them their computer had been locked and they must pay £280 in Bitcoin to regain access.Russia has been hit hardest but computers in Turkey and Germany are also reported to be affected.Bad Rabbit infects a network when one person inadvertently runs a fake Adobe Flash Player installer that has been manipulated to look like the real deal.After infecting one machine in a network - one computer in an office, for example - Bad Rabbit can find any login details stored on the machine which it uses to spread to others, security researchers have … [Read more...] about What is the Bad Rabbit ransomware attack, how does the malware work and how can you protect against the virus?
THE GCHQ National Cyber Security Centre is "monitoring" a rampant strain of ransomware that is making its way across Europe and could potentially strike Britain.The malicious software began spreading across the world on Tuesday, striking businesses in Russia, Turkey, Germany and the US.Three Russian news sites were infected and Ukraine's Odessa International Airport was also hit, although flights appeared to be on schedule despite a "reinforced security regime", a spokesperson said.Now the UK's top cyber sleuths are telling Brits to install the latest security software patches, back up data and use proper antivirus software services.Bad Rabbit infects a network when one person inadvertently runs a fake Adobe Flash Player installer that has been manipulated to look like the real deal.The initial infections originated on Russian news sites and reports claimed that websites based in Denmark, Turkey and Ireland have now been corrupted with the same malware.After infecting one machine … [Read more...] about GCHQ issues warning about ‘Bad Rabbit’ malware sweeping the world – here’s how to protect yourself
IT might sound like something from the latest Star Wars film, but the "dark web" is a very real place, where criminals exchange stolen goods, drugs, weapons and worse.Worryingly, it is a place where fraudsters go to sell stolen data, including people's financial information and login details.Credit card information can be sold on the dark web for as little as £28 per piece of data, while login details for email accounts including Gmail and Hotmail can be sold for £90 per account.The internet is like an iceberg. The billions of pages we visit when we search on Google, or another search engine, make up just a tiny part of the web - the tip of the iceberg.But underneath the water, the deep and dark web can be found, and they make up the majority of the internet.The deep web holds content that can't be found in search engine results, and includes common sites including paid-for content, academic data and so on.The dark web makes up less than 0.01 per cent of the … [Read more...] about How hackers sell your credit card details for as little as £28 on the dark web
THE number of victims of an unprecedented global cyber attack which began spreading on Friday has now topped 200,000 in as many as 150 countries.The NHS was one of the worst affected UK organisations, with staff at several hospitals and GP surgeries forced to cancel or postpone operations and appointments.Despite Prime Minister Theresa May insisting patient data is "safe", computer wizard Marcus Hutchins, 22, who helped stop the cyber hack spreading, issued a stark warning of another imminent attack.The programme used in the global cyber attack is known as WannaCry ransomware, or Wanna Decryptor.It demanded a ransom of $300 (£232) in the virtual currency Bitcoin within three days, after which the price doubled, and threatened to delete locked files if it wasn't paid.In 2016, ransomware attacks on businesses increased three-fold, which represents a change from an attack every two minutes in January to one every 40 seconds by October.For … [Read more...] about Freaked out by the NHS cyber hack? Here’s how YOU can protect your personal computer from a ransomware virus
A CYBER attack bought some NHS hospitals to a standstill this week with patients being turned away from A&E and operations being cancelled.The ransomware virus affected computers across nearly a hundred countries with Europol describing the attack as of “unprecedented level”.What is ransomware?Ransomware is a type of cyber attack that sees hackers take control of computers, tablets or mobile phones and demand a payment.Often the hackers trick the user into downloading malicious software – using a dodgy email or app – and encrypt the victim’s information.You can’t use the device while the hackers control it and if you don’t pay they threaten to increase the ransom or delete your files.Usually the ransom amounts to a few hundred pounds and has to be paid on Bitcoins, a controversial digital currency.Who was targeted by the ransomware attack?As well as the NHS, hackers targeted thousands of organisations in as many as 99 countries but they can … [Read more...] about How to protect yourself from ransomware – everything you need to know to stop YOUR computer getting virus that attacked NHS
MICROSOFT was forced to act quickly after more than 200,000 computers around the world were subject to a massive cyber attack.It came amid concerns networks were left vulnerable because they were still using outdated Windows XP software.Microsoft released a critical security patch update for Windows XP, Server 2003 and Windows 8 after systems were infected by ransomware, known as WannaCry, on May 12.WannaCrypt – an earlier version of the malware – used previously leaked tools by the US’s National Security Agency to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows platform.Microsoft patched the vulnerability using MS17-010 in March – but only for current platforms.Therefore those running older systems, such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Server 2003 weren’t provided with a fix.After the international attack, Microsoft changed its stance on “end-of-life” patching and provided a mass fix, according to CSO Online.The WannaCry ransomware affected more than … [Read more...] about What is Microsoft’s MS17-010 Windows patch and how can you protect your PC from Wannacry ransomware?
EBAY shoppers are being warned not to open an email which will end up locking their computer and steal their bank account details.The fake email tells users that they’ve spent a hefty amount of money on the auction site and that they should pay the invoice via a download link.But by clicking on the link, shoppers will accidentally install a Locky Ransomware onto your computer.The scam works by scrambling and renaming all of your files with a virus and will them prompt you to spend money on a decryption key to fix the problem.Action Fraud issued the warning on Twitter after it received more than 50 reports.Ransomware is a type of cyber attack that sees hackers take control of computers, tablets or mobile phones and demand a payment.Often the hackers trick the user into downloading malicious software – using a dodgy email or app – and encrypt the victim’s information.In most cases, the ransom amount to a few hundred pounds and has to be paid on Bitcoins. Victims … [Read more...] about Warning over fake eBay invoice email that could steal your bank account details