• Financial regulatory body bombarded with malicious emails

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) received 238,711 malicious emails during the final three months of 2020, averaging out at about 80,000 email attacks every month, according to figures just disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) and obtained by legal experts at Griffin Law.

    The breakdown of emails blocked by the FCA’s systems from October to December 2020 revealed that 99% could be defined as spam, covering everything from unsolicited marketing and advertising emails, which are irritating but rarely dangerous, through to malicious phishing emails designed to compromise systems, exfiltrate data and compromise victims with malware and ransomware. The

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  • Google Chrome update to patch serious zero-day

    Google is moving to patch a serious zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome that if exploited, could enable arbitrary code execution on a target system.

    Assigned CVE-2021-21148, the bug is being described as a heap buffer overflow that exists in the V8 component of Chrome, prior to version 88.0.4234.150. It was initially reported on 24 January 2021, according to Google, which believes an exploit may already exist in the wild.

    No further details of the issue have been made available at the time of writing, and there have been no reports of compromise via the vulnerability. Nevertheless, the US government’s

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