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Major US pipeline network shuts after ‘cybersecurity attack’
Colonial Pipeline, which supplies fuel on US east coast, said it temporarily halted all pipeline operations after hack.Colonial Pipeline said in a statement late on Friday that it was the victim of “a cybersecurity attack”.
Experts at cybersecurity firm Nexor have created a 'definitive' list of the riskiest words to have as your password.
Popular but dangerous choices range from common dog names (Bella, Milo), TV shows (Only Fools and Horses, Mr Bean) and sports teams (FC Barcelona, Team GB).
Nexor believes they could all leave your social media, email or even banking accounts open to hacks from cybercrimimals.
The Nottingham-based firm says: 'If yours contains any of these, you might want to change it pronto.'
Major US pipeline struggles to reopen after ransomware attack
The largest fuel pipeline system in the United States remained largely shut down on Sunday, two days after a major ransomware attack was detected, its operating company said. Colonial, based in the southern state of Georgia, is the largest pipeline operator in the United States by volume, normally transporting 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products per day. The attack prompted calls from cybersecurity experts for improved oversight of the industry to prepare for future threats.
In general, security experts advise opting for as obscure a password as possible to prevent accounts from being hacked.
But worryingly, some of the words on Nexor's list – like, 'England Women's National Rugby Union Team' and 'David Attenborough Natural Curiosities' seem fairly elaborate – suggesting the public needs to get even more creative.
More and more, websites require new users to create passwords featuring a hard-to-remember combination of letters, numbers and unique characters.
RISKY PASSWORD CHOICES: POPULAR CULTURE
· Team GB
The Colonial Pipeline is coming back online
And what it means for gas prices.“Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET,” the company said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.
· Paralympic GB
· England Women's National Football Team
· England National Football Team
· GB Swimming Team
· England National Rugby Union Team
· England National Rugby League Team
· Great Britain Athletics Team
· England National Cricket Team
· New Zealand National Rugby Union Team
· Harlem Globetrotters
· Liverpool F.C.
· England Men's National Football Team
· British Gymnastics
· England Women's Cricket Team
· British and Irish Lions
· Brazil National Football Team
· England Women's National Rugby Union Team
· Mercedes F1
· FC Barcelona
· Only Fools and Horses
· Planet Earth
· Fawlty Towers
· The Blue Planet
· Blue Planet II
· The Two Ronnies
· The Simpsons
· Planet Earth II
· BBC News at Ten
· The Flintstones
· Dad's Army
· The Vicar of Dibley
· Blue Peter
· The Chase
· The Great British Bake Off
· Mr Bean
· David Attenborough Natural Curiosities
Gas Station Manager Confirms Charging $7.99 per Gallon as Seen in Viral Receipt, Denies Gouging
The manager said he will offer a refund to anyone who paid $7.99 for the premium gasoline and kept their receipt.Despite the receipt showing both an incorrect address and a misspelled version of the ExxonMobil company name, the manager of the East Point, Georgia, gas station said there was a brief period of time this past week in which the price was mistakenly raised to $7.99 per gallon. The Atlanta suburb gas station manager, M.D. Azim, told WXIA-TV Saturday that the price was an accident and it should have been $4.99.
· Life on Earth
· Morecambe and Wise
Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires users to provide an additional piece of information, such as a pin code sent via text message, as well as a password, is also a safe option.
As well as passwords longer than 12 characters and enabling 2FA, Nexor says the public should never share sensitive information over the phone and always 'double-check suspicious interactions'.
Nexor has stressed the importance of secure user accounts is never more important, as crooks have tried toin the last year in multiple ways.
'No one is immune to the threat of cyber attacks,' said Sarah Knowles, principal security consultant at Nexor, which works with the UK government and military.
'We have recently seen cyber criminals imitate the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) and the UK government, by creating false domains and text messages requesting passwords and financial contributions.
Colonial Pipeline Has New Outage with 11,000 Gas Stations Shut, Prices at 7-Year Highs
While the company said that the newest shutdown wasn't related to another ransomware attack, consumers remain scared of continued shortages.On Tuesday, Colonial Pipeline announced that ongoing "hardening efforts" to restore fuel delivery had caused its pipeline's second shutdown. Unlike the pipeline's May 7 shutdown, the Tuesday shutdown was "not related to the ransomware or any type of reinfection," the company said in a series of tweets.
'These types of scams are only becoming more and more common and, sadly, the cyber criminals are becoming very convincing.
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· September 12
· September 16
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· September 19
· September 21
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Common birth years
'You will have heard time and again to ensure your passwords are all unique and cannot easily be guessed, and there is good reason for that – a single cyber attack could cost you thousands of pounds.'
One problem faced by security companies is that accounts are often behind an access barrier that asks questions relating to random personal details such as 'name of first pet'.
But these random facts have gained a new worth to criminals in the age of online scamming and phishing attempts.
'While you may be in love with your new puppy, Bella, it definitely isn't a good idea to combine her name with a memorable date, which an attacker could easily suss out through a bit of digging on social media,' Knowles said.
Customers' Personal Information Leaked in Cyber Attack Targeting Asian Airlines
The information of 4.5 million customers was leaked in a cyberattack on Asian airlines like Air India.Passengers who were affected by the breach are those that took any trip on one of many Asian Airlines flights anytime between August 26, 2011, and February 20, 2021, reported Business Today.
Back in April, the National Cyber Security Centrethat at least 15 per cent of the UK population use their pet's name as a password for online accounts.
The survey of the public also found 14 per cent use family members' names, 13 per cent a significant date like a birthday and 6 per cent their favourite sports team.
RISKY PASSWORD CHOICES: NAMES
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The fourth movie of the franchise is due out Oct. 22."You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens," he says. "I feel like I've been extremely lucky to take the chances I've taken and still be walking around.