Industry News

19Oct

North councils still at risk from cyber attack

Several local authorities in the north and north-east remain vulnerable to cyber attacks after failing to fully implement e-mail security measures. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th October 2017
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  • councils, cyber risk, cyber security, cyber vulnerabilities, hacking, Infosec, local authority, malware, ransomware
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19Oct

UK Cybercrime Falls but Stats Are Still Shaky

Cybercrime in the UK appears to have dropped in recent months, with 1.9 million incidents of online fraud and 1.6 million incidents of ‘computer misuse’ recorded by the Office of National Statistics for the year ending June 2017. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th October 2017
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  • cyber crime statistics, cyber security, data protection, Infosec
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17Oct

Ensuring outsourced IT services are secure

Cyber security and ransomware attacks are becoming more common for public authorities. The recent ransomware attack on the NHS deployed malicious software blocking access to the computer system. A ransom was then demanded to release the data. This demonstrates that public sector organisations are prime targets for such attacks. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th October 2017
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  • councils, cyber security, IT security, local authority, malware, outsourced IT, ransomware
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26Sep

Deloitte hit by data breach

Corporate finance giant Deloitte suffered a cyber-attack that compromised confidential data, including the private emails of some of its clients, the company has confirmed. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th September 2017
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  • data breach, deloitte
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22Sep

GCHQ Warns of a Massive Cyberattack – Demands Companies to “Stop Blaming Users and Make Systems Usable”

GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that the UK should be prepared for a major “category one” cyberattack. In comparison, the WannaCry ransomware that had hit the British government badly was considered as “category two”. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd September 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, GCHQ, secure systems, wannacry
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22Sep

Data Protection Bill 2017

The Data Protection Bill will update data protection laws for the digital age and was introduced to the House of Lords on 13 September 2017. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd September 2017
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  • data protection, GDPR, UK Government
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20Sep

Addressing the Global Cyber Challenge

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock’s speech at the Opening Ceremony for Singapore international Cyber Week. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th September 2017
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  • business, cyber crime, cyber security, Digital, global
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20Sep

Councils face ‘crisis in confidence’ over cyber-attacks

Three-quarters of council departments have experienced a cyber-attack in the last year, with half falling victim to ransomware, new research has revealed. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th September 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • councils, cyber security, data protection, local government, malware, ransomware
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20Sep

Poor passwords still putting UK firms at risk

Poor password practices are still putting UK citizens and the companies they work for at risk, a survey reveals. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th September 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data protection, passwords, security policy, security procedures
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20Sep

Equifax: credit firm was breached before massive May hack

Maligned Atlanta-based agency finally goes public on earlier data breach, which happened in March, following reports company only notified payroll customers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th September 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, equifax, security fail
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04Sep

Ransomware now 25% of cyber-attacks as hackers target UK businesses

Ransomware is now the most likely cyber-threat to UK businesses, with a quarter of all major cyber-attacks involving an attempt to make businesses pay a ransom to get their data back. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th September 2017
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  • cybersecurity, malware, ransomware, UK business
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31Aug

Council to investigate email data breach

Plymouth City Council has suspended all automated emails relating to council tax after discovering customers could see each other’s email addresses. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 31st August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, email, GDPR, Plymouth council
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30Aug

Council to investigate email data breach

Plymouth City Council has suspended all automated emails relating to council tax after discovering customers could see each other’s email addresses. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • council, cyber security, data breach, data protection, email, Security
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30Aug

UK Retailer CEX Suffers Data Breach, 2 Million Accounts Accounts Affected

Game trading store CEX has been hacked and the details of two million accounts may have been compromised. The good news is that the only credit card details that may have been stolen are in an encrypted format, and are from before 2009, so the cards should have expired by now. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th August 2017
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  • credit cards, data breach, gaming retailer
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30Aug

Phishers Plumb the Depths of Hurricane Harvey’s Floods

As the United States reels from the effects of Hurricane Harvey—a devastation that as of this writing is far from being over—cyber-criminals are bringing a flood of their own, in the form of phishing and scam attempts. Don’t be afraid to donate—but do your homework first. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th August 2017
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  • criminal, disaster, hurricane harvey, phishing
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29Aug

UK critical infrastructure skipping security checks

Almost two-fifths of the UK’s national infrastructure providers have not completed basic cyber security steps recommended by the UK government, an FOI response shows. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th August 2017
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  • CNI, Critical National Infrastructure, cyber security, HMG, security checks, UK Government
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25Aug

TalkTalk data breach victims considering legal action

After the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined TalkTalk 100,000 GBP for failing to protect customer data related to a 2014 data breach, victims of the incident are moving toward filing lawsuits against the company, the Guardian reports.  Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th August 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, legal action, security fail, TalkTalk
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16Aug

UK Retail Data Breach Incidents Double in a Year

The number of UK retailers experiencing data breaches has doubled over the past year, according to new stats shared by law firm RPC. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th August 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, retail
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16Aug

NHS Digital and Microsoft sign cyber-security deal

NHS Digital has signed a new agreement with Microsoft in an attempt to shore up the defences of NHS computers against malicious software. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th August 2017
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  • microsoft, NHS, ransomware, Security
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09Aug

HBO breach accomplished with hard work by hacker, poor security practices by victim

Cybersecurity executives are speculating the HBO hack by “Mr. Smith” was the result of the intruder putting in a tremendous amount of effort to infiltrate the entertainment giant that included many separate attacks, while said giant most likely was slayed by ignoring basic security hygiene. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, hacking, HBO hack, security fail
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08Aug

UK data laws enter Facebook era

Many companies are unprepared for looming changes as consumers take control. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 8th August 2017
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  • data protection, data protection bill, GDPR, information security, Infosec, privacy, right to be forgotten, Security, UK legislation
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07Aug

UK Writes GDPR into Law with New Data Protection Bill

The pressure is now on for UK organizations to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after the government announced its intention to write the legislation officially into law in the form of a new Data Protection Bill. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 7th August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • business, data protection, GDPR, information security, new legislation, privacy, UK law
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07Aug

Government to strengthen UK data protection law

People to have more control over their personal data and be better protected in the digital age under new measures announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 7th August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, data protection act, dpa, GDPR, right to be forgotten
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02Aug

Scottish Government hit by two ransomware cyber attacks

The Scottish Government has been hit by two separate “ransomware” cyber attacks in the past year, with hackers targeting official computers and seeking to extort money. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd August 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, Government, malware, ransomware
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28Jul

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

Researchers say they have found a way to hack an internet-enabled carwash and make it “attack” users. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th July 2017
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  • cyber crime, hacking
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26Jul

UK police forces taking action to quash data misuse

With nearly 800 reported incidents of potential data misuse by police in less than 16 months, at least 34 police forces are taking steps to improve monitoring systems to address this problem. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th July 2017
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  • data breach, data misuse, data protection, FOI, ICO, Uk police
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26Jul

Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

Large firms are vulnerable to targeted hack attacks because they do little to strip data from files on their websites, suggests research. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data aggregation, data protection, employee data, hackers, information security, Infosec
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21Jul

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

A British man admitted in a German court to staging a large-scale cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom last year, saying he was acting for a Liberian client  Read full story more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-briton-court-deutsche-telekom-cyber.html#jCp
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st July 2017
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21Jul

Massive blow to criminal dark web activities after globally coordinated operation

Two major law enforcement operations, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the support of Europol, have shut down the infrastructure of an underground criminal economy responsible for the trading of over 350 000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware. […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st July 2017
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  • alpha bay, cybercrime, darkweb, europol, hansa
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20Jul

Hackers are using hotel Wi-Fi to spy on guests, steal data

The DarkHotel hacking group has returned — but this time they’re focusing on a different target, using a new strain of Inexsmar malware. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, cyber security, dark hotel, hacking, malware, man in the middle, Security, wifi
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20Jul

Identities of benefits claimants exposed after council accidentally publishes names on website

A local council in the UK has come under fire after inadvertently publishing the names of ‘hundreds’ of people across South West London who received benefits payments from the government in recent months, leading to calls for an urgent investigation to be launched. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, data protection, Insider threat, security failure, sutton council, website
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18Jul

Newcastle City Council Leaks Data of Thousands of Adopted Children

Newcastle City Council has suffered a data protection breach, after an employee attached the information of 2743 individuals to an e-mail inviting adoptive parents to a summer party. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Newcastle council, security failure, training
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13Jul

Bupa Suffers Data Breach

Bupa, the international healthcare group with a presence in 190 countries, has been stung by a data breach, after an employee inappropriately copied and removed information from one of the company’s systems. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • BUPA, cyber security, data breach, data protection
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13Jul

Trump hotels hit by third data breach

US President Donald Trump’s hotel chain has been hit by its third data breach in as many years. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Hotel, security fail, Trump
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11Jul

BT and KPMG warn businesses against cyber security traps

Investing in IT security products alone is no silver bullet in battle against cyber crime, a new report says. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th July 2017
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  • BT, cyber security, invest in people, KPMG, Security, technology, training
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10Jul

Former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan: Encryption is a good thing

Encryption on messaging services “is overwhelmingly a good thing,” and despite allowing terrorists and criminals to obscure some of their communications, “keeps us all safe and secure”, former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan has said in his first interview since standing down from the role. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 10th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, encryption, GCHQ, privacy, resilience, Robert Hannigan, Security
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07Jul

Could new data laws end up bankrupting your company?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, radically changing the way organisations have to look after our personal data. Failure to comply could lead to huge fines, yet many businesses are far from ready. Here’s why you should care. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 7th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, GDPR, Infosec
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06Jul

Cyber attack hits sales at Reckitt Benckiser

Shares in Reckitt Benckiser have fallen after the group warned of falling revenues following the huge cyber attack that emanated from Ukraine and wreaked havoc at global corporations. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th July 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • breach, cyber attack, loss, petya, ransomware, reckitt benckiser, security fail, share price drop
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05Jul

Petya hackers issue fresh ransom demand

The perpetrators of a recent cyber-attack that disrupted businesses across the world appear to have accessed the ransom payments they raised. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th July 2017
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  • cybercrime, petya, ransomware
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30Jun

Government data site user details leak

The government digital service is to make users of its data.gov.uk website change their passwords, following a security breach. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 30th June 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, Gov.data, Government
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28Jun

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from fraudsters pretending to be IT support staff. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th June 2017
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  • fraud, IT, microsoft, scam, vishing
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28Jun

Warning to SMEs as firm hit by cyber attack fined £60,000

Small and medium sized businesses are being warned to take note as a company which suffered a cyber attack is fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th June 2017
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  • cyber security, fine, ICO, Pen test, SME, vulnerability
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28Jun

Cyber attacks have long-lasting business impact – Lloyd’s of London

Businesses in Europe underestimate the “slow-burn” effects of cyber attacks and need to prepare more fully for a loss of customers, a fall in share price and other potential consequences, Lloyd’s of London said in a report on Wednesday. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th June 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cyber attacks, cyber attacks business
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23Jun

‘Get your house in order’: councils warned following £100k data fine

Some local authorities may not be taking their data protection responsibilities seriously enough, a former deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office has warned, after a second local authority was fined in less than a month. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd June 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • council, data protection, fine, GDPR, ICO
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23Jun

WannaCry: Why this ransomware just won’t die

As Honda and speed cameras in Australia have found out, WannaCry is still capable of infecting networks and could be for years to come – here’s why. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd June 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cybercrime, malware, ransomware, wannacry, worm
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02Jun

Human error responsible for most local gov data breaches

The local government sector had the second highest share of all data breach incidents over the last two years, and most were due to human error, new research reveals. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd June 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data protection, human error, Infosec, local government
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26May

Over 1,000 Lanarkshire patients need to provide new blood samples following cyber attack

Over a 1,000 patients will be required to provide new blood samples following the recent cyber attack on NHS Lanarkshire. Ransomware known as WannaCry locked staff out of computers leaving the health board unable to process some specimens which means they’ll have to be done again. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • NHS, ransomware, WannaCrpt, wanncry
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22May

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

A lockdown was introduced by the Powys County Council’s email supplier NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) as a precaution following the security breach. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • email, ransomware, Security
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12May

NHS England hit by ‘cyber attack’

NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure, believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber attack. Read emerging story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, NHS
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11May

UK Water Supplier Loses £500,000 in Sophisticated Scam

An unnamed UK-based regional water supply company lost over £500,000 ($645,000) in a sophisticated scam that involved social engineering, an inside man, and international bank transfers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, UK Water Supplier, Verizon
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09May

UK Firms Flag Cybersecurity Fears Over Energy Sector

Two-thirds (65%) of UK businesses are worried about cyber threats in the energy sector which could lead to damaging privacy breaches or even service outages, according to new data from PwC. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, energy sector, UK business
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09May

Guardian Soulmates dating website suffers data breach

Guardian News and Media says email addresses and usernames were exposed following human error at a third-party technology provider. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 9th May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, passwords, security fail, soulmates
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02May

Tinder investigates after 40,000 profile pics snatched

Tens of thousands of dating profile pictures were taken from Tinder by a programmer who then made them publicly available on the web. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd May 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cybercrime, data breach, security fail, Tinder
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24Apr

Cyber-thieves want your healthcare data

Every eighth person in England has had their healthcare data breached. This is the conclusion of a new report just released by Accenture. Based on a poll of 1,000 people it said that more than half of all he people who experienced a data breach (56 per cent), were in fact, victims of medical identity […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data theft, health data, identity theft
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19Apr

‘Nearly half’ of firms had a cyber-attack or breach

Nearly half (46%) of British businesses discovered at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the past year, a government survey has indicated. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, cybersecurity, DCMS, HMG, UK business
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19Apr

BCC calls on firms to improve cyber-security

A new report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on business owners across the UK to get serious about cyber-security and ramp up their efforts. Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, told the Independent that businesses must also be aware of an extension to data protection regulation that will come into […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • BCC, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, UK business
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18Apr

Update to RingGo app leaves thousands of UK drivers’ data exposed

Update to RingGo app leaves thousands of UK drivers’ data exposed. Following a new version released last week, customers using the app found other people’s details when they logged into their own accounts. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, RingGo, update, vulnerability
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12Apr

CareCERT launch contributes to 250% spike in cyber attack reporting

[Oxfordshire, UK] Figures released by NHS Digital reveal the launch of CareCERT and further initiatives have contributed to an approximately 250% increase in cyber attack reporting from 2015 to 2016. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 12th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyberattack, NHS, Security
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11Apr

ISO27001: 2017 change is renumbering only

There is no change to the content of the ISO27001 standard despite a new 2017 version being published this week. It is basically just a change to incorporate renumbering of BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013 to include the EN status as BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2017. This means the standard has now been ratified by at least one […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • Infosec, ISO27001, security standard
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06Apr

Face the facts: your business needs a data protection officer

Legislation, hackers and consumers all contribute to the growing complexity of information privacy and data security – Tim Crtichley argues that a Data Protection Officer is the only answer to keep your business protected in this data-driven era. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cybercrime, data protection, GDPR, hackers
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06Apr

Fylde council investigates recent data breach

Fylde Council have concluded their investigation into the data breach that occurred between 17th and 18th March 2017. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, Fylde council
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05Apr

Ransomware still in the system despite eradication?

Over a third of British businesses are not very confident that recent ransomware attack has been completely eradicated from work systems. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, malware, ransomware, UK business
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05Apr

UK charities fined for data law breach

Eleven charities have been fined by the UK’s data watchdog for misusing information about millions of past donors to seek further funds. Read full story.  
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • charity, cyber security, data breach, data protection, fine
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03Apr

400 staff fooled in fake phishing email at Leeds Teaching

A fake phishing email sent out to all staff at one of the largest trusts in the country fooled 400 NHS staff into replying with confidential information. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security awareness, NHS, phishing, training
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03Apr

UK nuclear stations on terror alert for cyber attacks

The cyber security industry has been urged to co-operate with government to protect UK critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • CNI, counter terror, Cyber attack cyber terrorism, UK Nucelar
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03Apr

Coe apologies as IAAF ‘Fancy Bear’ cyber attack is confirmed

Sebastian Coe has apologised after the IAAF confirmed it had fallen victim to a hack from the ‘Fancy Bear’ cyber-espionage group which may have compromised athletes’ Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd April 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, Fancy Bear, IAAF, Sebastian Coe
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31Mar

UK SMEs not educating staff on the risks of cyber-security

New research from specialist cyber-insurance provider, CFC Underwriting reveals that over a quarter of UK-based SMEs (27 percent) are still failing to educate and train their staff on the threat of a cyber-attack. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 31st March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • business, cyber awareness, cyber security, cyber training, education, SME, UK
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29Mar

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware

Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset’s browser. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 29th March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • iphone, ransomware
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23Mar

ICO: UK Councils Lagging on GDPR Compliance

Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that the UK’s local councils have plenty of work to do ahead of May 2018, when sweeping new European data protection laws come into force. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, Indistry, UK
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16Mar

Abta website hit by cyber attack

The travel trade organisation, Abta, says a cyber attack on its website may have affected about 43,000 people. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • ABTA, cybercrime, data protection, hack
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16Mar

Have UK marketers under-estimated the impact of EU privacy laws? Only 6% claim to understand what GDPR means for business

Only 6% of UK marketers feel they fully grasp what forthcoming EU-wide privacy rules will mean for their business, according to a study, with just over one-third of those surveyed admitting they don’t know whether their company has taken any steps to ensure they are compliant. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 16th March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, GDPR, marketing, UK
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14Mar

Cyber security: Experts warn on rise of hacker ransoms

Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 14th March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, IoT, ransomware
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03Mar

The UK’s 16 most infamous data breaches

Software vulnerabilities, lost hard drives and CDs, malicious insiders, poor security – the UK’s most important data breaches reveal just how many ways data can be put at risk. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, data protection act, ICO, Sports Direct, TalkTalk, Three mobile, Top 10
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01Mar

Cyber Attacks Cost UK Firms £30bn in 2016

Cyber attacks may have cost British businesses as much as £30 billion last year, with over half falling victim, according to new research from business ISP Beaming. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cost, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, UK business
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01Mar

Children’s messages in CloudPets data breach

An open database containing links to more than 2 million voice messages recorded on cuddly toys has been discovered, cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt has revealed. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st March 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber, data breach, Security, toys
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23Feb

UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested a suspect in connection with last year’s cyber attack which infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers, German federal police said on Thursday. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd February 2017
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  • cyber attack, Deutsche Telekom, NCA
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22Feb

Inaugural Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference

A Secret Service Agent and banking expert will be amongst the guest speakers at the inaugural Yorkshire and the Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference organised to help businesses protect themselves against cyber crime.  Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd February 2017
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, Inaugural Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference
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21Feb

NHS Digital will not face “regulatory action” from ICO

NHS Digital has avoided regulatory action from the Information Commissioner’s Office over its treatment of patient data. The ICO announced on 10 February that, after an assessment into NHS Digital and the organisation agreeing to the recommendations, “regulatory action will not be necessary at this stage”. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st February 2017
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  • data protection, ICO, NHS
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21Feb

Cyber Dominates Top Business Continuity Threats

Cyber-attacks and data breaches are once again the top two perceived threats to business continuity globally, according to the latest annual report from the Business Continuity Institute. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 21st February 2017
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  • business continuity, cyber attack, cyber security, Security
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17Feb

Facebook algorithms ‘will identify terrorists’

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a plan to let artificial intelligence (AI) software review content posted on the social network. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 17th February 2017
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  • algorithms, cyber security, Facebook, terrorism
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10Feb

Sports Direct ‘hid data breach from staff’

A data breach at retailer Sports Direct last year was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office but not to staff whose data may have been compromised, according to reports. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 10th February 2017
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  • data breach, ICO, Sports Direct
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07Feb

Only 5% of FTSE companies have cyber-security expertise on the board

An analysis of company annual returns of the FTSE 100 companies by Deloitte finds a disturbing lack of cyber-security skills among business leaders. Only a handful of FTSE 100 companies have board members with specialist technology or cyber-security experience. Read more. If this is an issue that concerns you, see our training course specifically for Business […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 7th February 2017
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  • Business Leaders, cyber security, directors, training, UK
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06Feb

Only 19% of UK banks and insurers say they can detect a data breach

Only one in five (19 percent) UK financial service organisations are highly confident they can detect a data breach (21 percent globally). A new report from Capgemini highlights the gap between the level of trust placed in banks by the public and the reality. The research was comprised of 7600 consumers and 183 senior data […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th February 2017
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  • banks, cyber threat, data breach, UK business
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06Feb

U.K. Companies Lack Board-Level Digital Defenses, Deloitte Says

Only 5 percent of large U.K. companies say their boards include directors with expertise in information technology or cyber security, even though the vast majority identify hacking and other http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/antiallergic-asthma/ digital threats as serious risks, a report showed. Read more. If you need support in this area, please see our training offering for board level delegates.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th February 2017
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  • c-suite, cyber security, directors, training
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03Feb

UK’s chronic cyber skills shortage leaving Britain at risk of cyber attack, says MPs

UK parliament members have warned that the confidence in the country’s ability to deal with cyber attacks is being dampened by its “chaotic” approach in handling personal data breaches. A shortage of cyber skills is also undermining confidence, MPs said in a report. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd February 2017
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  • cyber security, cyber skills gap, UK business
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02Feb

British man arrested over links to hacking Washington DC’s CCTV network

A couple including a British man has been arrested by UK authorities as part on an ongoing investigation into a massive cyber attack that disabled 123 of 187 police security cameras in Washington DC just prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 2nd February 2017
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  • cctv, hack, Inauguration, President Trump, Washington DC
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31Jan

11 charities issued with Intent to Fine notices by ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office has informed eleven charities that it intends to fine them for breaching the Data Protection Act. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 31st January 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, dpa, ICO, UK Charity
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25Jan

Exeter to become first UK cyber city

A team of firms in Exeter have come together to make businesses more aware of what is required to combat cyber crime. Read more
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th January 2017
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  • cyber city, cyber crime, Exeter
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23Jan

Lloyds Bank hit by massive DDoS attack

It has emerged that UK banks have been targeted by a DDoS campaign that affected services intermittently only at the Lloyds Banking Group. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd January 2017
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  • cyber attack, DDoS, Lloyds bank
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23Jan

Phishing Awareness Grows, but Volumes Increase

When it comes to phishing, there’s been an encouraging 64% increase in organizations measuring end-user risk from 2015 to 2016. But the good news gets more scarce from there. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd January 2017
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  • malware, phishing
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20Jan

UK firms struggling to manage cyber threats, survey shows

Businesses want security suppliers to offer more complementary products and collaborate more effectively as they struggle to manage data protection in the light of new laws, a survey shows. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th January 2017
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  • cyber security, UK business
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19Jan

Only 31% of UK consumers say protecting data is their responsibility

The majority of UK consumers (69 percent) believe that the responsibility for protecting their personal data lies in the hands of the businesses holding that information, while the remaining 31 percent believe they are responsible for protecting their own information. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 19th January 2017
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  • consumers, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Infosec
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18Jan

Islington Council in yet ANOTHER data leak – revealing redundancy pay of 559 ex-staff

Islington Council has made yet another data gaffe – by leaking personal information of 559 ex-employees to its own former leader.  Terry Stacy, the Liberal Democrat who led the council between 2008 and 2010, said he was “gobsmacked” at the town hall’s “unbelievable sloppiness”. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th January 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, employee records
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18Jan

Hacking Team hits back at ‘vigilante hackers’ again following Cellebrite breach

The recent high-profile Cellebrite data breach, which saw a vigilante hacker reportedly break into the Israeli phone hacking firm’s systems made headlines for the nature of the attack. Around 900GB data was reportedly stolen in the attack, which has angered David Vincenzetti, CEO of Italian surveillance firm Hacking Team, who lashed out at “vigilante hackers” […]
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th January 2017
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  • breach, cellbrite, hack, hacking team
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11Jan

Tesco Bank drafts in former auditor PwC to probe hacking attack

Tesco’s banking arm has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to investigate a massive hacking attack– even as the accountancy firm remains the subject of a regulatory probe involving Britain’s biggest retailer. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th January 2017
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  • enquiry, hack, PWC, Tesco
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11Jan

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

A power cut that hit part of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in December has been judged a cyber-attack by researchers investigating the incident. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 11th January 2017
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  • cyber attack, power grid, Ukraine
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06Jan

NHS Data Security Incidents Top List Again

The UK’s healthcare sector once again accounted for the largest number of data security incidents in Q3 2016, although the charity, education and finance sectors revealed a bigger jump in incidents from the previous quarter, according to the ICO. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th January 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, ICO, NHS
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05Jan

UK schools targeted by web fraudsters

Fraudsters are targeting UK schools, demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th January 2017
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  • cybercrime, school, Security
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05Jan

Health data breaches on the rise

The NHS is facing a growing number of cyber threats, with more than 70 cyber incidents disclosed in just three months. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 5th January 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, NHS
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04Jan

Star Wars card firm Topps hit by ‘unforgiveable’ hack

The maker of iconic collectable trading cards has said hackers could have stolen customers’ credit and debit card numbers along with their associated security codes in a recent breach. Read more.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th January 2017
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  • data breach, hacking, Topps
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