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Five Eyes reports on hackers' tools

Paul Brislen, Editor. 15 October 2018, 7:59 am

The Five Eyes spy network (made up of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US) has issued a report which highlights the most commonly wielded hacking utilities available online.

Rather than being a shopping list for would-be hackers and "script kiddies", the report is designed to raise awareness of the issues facing the modern network manager. The report is hosted at the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The report is designed to provide "network defenders with an insight into some of the incidents that we and our partners are managing, highlighting the tools' capability and examples of use, plus detection and mitigation advice - all linked into published NCSC guidance" and the centre is seeking feedback.

The list includes the usual suspects but oddly doesn't list "wearing a lanyard and looking like a 50-something IT manager" which probably should be on a list of security issues somewhere.

And as if to prove that anyone can be the target of online security issues, the Minister of Police, Stuart Nash, has revealed his wife's credit card was charged more than $1,000 by some nefarious folks keen on Apple iTunes cards. He is in the process of updating all his passwords.

It's OK, Stuart. It can happen to anyone.


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