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19.12.14- US to Increase Levels of Security Screening at Cruise Ship Terminals
The TSP is expected to increase security at cruise ship terminals by developing a standardized list of prohibited items; developing training standards to consolidate requirements for screeners; eliminating redundancies in cruise ship security regulations and; requiring the screening of all passenger, crew, visitors’ baggage and personal items.
18.12.14- The Secret World of Stolen Smartphones, Where Business Is Booming
In late May of 2012, a damaged package split open at a FedEx facility in Rancho Cordova, California, spilling dozens of boxed iPhones across the shipping room floor. A worker there contacted Apple, which, with the help of corporate security at Verizon, confirmed what FedEx personnel already suspected: The devices were contraband, likely bound for the black market. Two hours later, a man named Brian Fichtner showed up at the facility. Fichtner is thin and wiry, with the clipped demeanor of a career cop and a passing resemblance to the actor George Clooney. He has spent his entire professional life in law enforcement, first as a narcotics investigator and most recently as a member of the California Department of Justice’s elite eCrime Unit, a group tasked with prosecuting tech-related violations—identity theft, revenge porn, the large-scale smuggling of electronics.
18.12.14- The 'grinch' isn't a Linux vulnerability, Red Hat says
The “grinch” Linux vulnerability that Alert Logic raised alarms about Tuesday is not a vulnerability at all, according to Red Hat. “This report incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue,” said a Red Hat bulletin issued Wednesday, responding to Alert Logic’s claims. Security firm Alert Logic Tuesday claimed that grinch could be as severe as the Heartbleed bug and that it’s a serious design flaw in how Linux systems handle user permissions, which could allow malicious attackers to gain root access to a machine.
18.12.14- Worst Security Breaches of the Year 2014: Sony Tops the List
As 2014 winds down, the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment is clearly the biggest data breach of the year and among the most devastating to any corporation ever. Attackers broke in and took whatever they wanted, exfiltrating gigabytes and gigabytes of documents, emails and even entire movies, apparently at will for months and months on end.
17.12.14- Cyber Attacks Stop Multi-Million Dollar Poker Tournament
The idea was to host the biggest Poker tournament since Black Friday with a multi-million dollar prize pool, which was open to Americans, but for now, it will remain only an idea. Winning Poker Tournament (WPN) was forced to cancel their latest tournament a short time prior to closing the late registration, leaving the 1,937 participants with nothing except a full refund and a vague message the player's tables.
17.12.14- London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS
A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The teenager – who we cannot name for legal reasons – also admitted money laundering and possessing indecent images. faces a sentencing hearing on 9 January, a police statement confirmed:
Regulator was keen to point out that none of the attacks were successful. There were 1,658 attempted attacks on Ofcom's IT systems in October and November. These attacks comprised of 382 SQL injection attacks, 188 malware and/or viruses, and 1,088 phishing emails. The attacks on the UK regulatory body for media and communications were defined as 'detected attempts at gaining unauthorised access to the Ofcom system'.
Regulator was keen to point out that none of the attacks were successful. There were 1,658 attempted attacks on Ofcom's IT systems in October and November. These attacks comprised of 382 SQL injection attacks, 188 malware and/or viruses, and 1,088 phishing emails.
15.12.14- Top 10 Security Stories of 2014
As usual the year has vanished even faster than the last. Christmas time is upon us so it’s time once again to look back on the most-read security articles of the year. From a news story about Google glasses to a debate about choosing the right security products and infographic on the security industry’s different disciplines, it’s a real mixed bag.
15.12.14- Cornwall Council sent information about salaries and redundancies to wrong staff in data breach
Cornwall Council has sent personal information about its staff, including salary details and redundancy packages, to the wrong individuals. The whistleblower who reported the breach said that letters were sent to 300 staff, but despite admitting to the breach, the council has claimed that only 50 people were affected, blaming the breach on a "data transfer error".
15.12.14- 2014 in security: The biggest hacks, leaks, and data breaches
U.S. security contractor vetting firm hit by breaches A contractor for U.S. Homeland Security suffered a data breach, leading to the leak of personal information on employees. The private company, USIS, conducts background checks on behalf of the government agency. USIS came under fire for being the firm that vetted Edward Snowden. The U.S. Justice Dept. also accused the company of faking more than half-a-million background checks.
11.12.14- HMRC blocks 4,000 phishing sites to protect taxpayers
HM Revenue & Customs has closed down 4,000 illegal websites and responded to 75,000 phishing reports as part of its pro-active technical measures to protect taxpayers from online fraud. HMRC stated it had secured web domains that could be used by criminals to send fraudulent emails to customers for the purposes of delivering malware or stealing personal information.
11.12.14- Charge Anywhere Admits Breach May Have Given Hackers Access for Five Years
Mobile payments firm Charge Anywhere has been left rueing its decision to only partly encrypt card data crossing its network after revealing that malware on its systems may have allowed attackers to capture card details from as far back as 2009. The New Jersey-headquartered firm, which handles payments for mobile apps, websites and M-POS systems, said in a lengthy statement that it found the previously undetected malware after being alerted about fraudulent transactions that appeared on some of its customers’ cards.
11.12.14- DDoS of unprecedented scale 'stops Sweden working'. The target? A gaming site
Much of Sweden's fixed-line broadband became collateral damage as a result of a DDoS attack on a mystery gaming site this week. While DDoS attacks are par for the course for most online businesses these days, the vast majority of these attacks don't go on to affect the broadband connections of an entire country. But that's what happened to customers of Telia, Sweden's largest ISP, for 45 minutes on Tuesday night and then again intermittently throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening. Telia hasn't said how many of its 1.2 million residential subscribers were affected by outages but has confirmed the attack knocked out fixed-line broadband, digital TV, and VoIP connections.
11.12.14- Home surveillance CCTV images may breach data protection laws, ECJ rules
mages captured on a household surveillance camera could breach data-protection rules if the person filmed was on a public footpath when videoed, the European court of justice (ECJ) has ruled. By clarifying European legislation, the judgment could have significant consequences for householders in the UK who use CCTV and keep or try to use the images, according to a legal expert.
09.12.14- Police Must ‘Learn How To Support Cybercrime Victims’
Professional services firm KPMG has hit out at UK police forces, suggesting they lack an understanding of cybercrime triggers and are unable to offer support to victims of online crime. On November 27, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published a 243-page audit , which stated that law enforcement agencies are failing to get to grips with cyber crime. The watchdog also highlighted concerns over the “erosion” of basic investigative skills.
09.12.14- Target guilty of massive $30m data breach
Retailer found responsible for huge data hack, clearing path for banks to sue Target is to blame for a data breach that saw 70 million customer records stolen a year ago, a judge has ruled, paving the way for a flurry of lawsuits from banks seeking to recover their losses
09.12.14- Can Iran Turn Off Your Lights?
Online security company Cylance released a report last week showing that an Iranian cyber-espionage operation “Operation Cleaver” had successfully breached U.S. and foreign military, infrastructure and transportation targets. The report claimed to confirm widely-suspected Iranian hacks of the unclassified Navy Marine Corps Intranet system, NMCI, in 2013. It describes (with explicitly naming) more than 50 targets around the world, including players in energy and transportation
09.12.14- U.K. Court Case Against Google Could Clarify Law On Private Data
The U.K. data protection watchdog, the ICO, has intervened in a court case brought against Google on privacy grounds by a group of U.K. Internet users because it is interested in how aspects of the case might help clarify questions around the jurisdiction of national data protection law vis-à-vis Internet giants, which are invariably based overseas.
08.12.14- The role of the chief data officer – why it is a necessary one - See more at:
The chief data officer (CDO) is a new role that seems to be springing up across enterprise companies to oversee the processes, tools and governance around use of information. CDOs have been hired at organisations as diverse as the British Army, RBS, Aviva and Havas Media, while Deutsche Bank announced JP Rangaswami, ex-BT and SalesForce, as the bank’s first CDO this month.
04.12.14- Sites certified as secure often more vulnerable to hacking, scientists find
Seals certifying the security of e-commerce sites and other online destinations have long aroused suspicions that they're not worth the bits they're made of—much less the hundreds or thousands of dollars they cost in yearly fees. Now, computer scientists have presented evidence that not only supports those doubts but also shows how such seals can in many cases make sites more vulnerable to hacks.
04.12.14- Q&A: Cyber security and technology risk for investment funds
FW moderates a discussion on cyber security and technology risk for investment funds between Mike Gillespie at Advent IM Ltd, Jay Leek at The Blackstone Group, Scott Loughlin at Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Brian E. Finch at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
02.12.14- Uber’s Database Could Be Tempting for Hackers
Uber hasn’t looked so hot on privacy lately. Between senior executive Emil Michael suggesting at a private dinner that Uber dig up dirt on journalists, and the revelation that general manager Josh Mohrer had been disciplined by the company for privacy violations against users, November was a rough month.
02.12.14- The 10 Biggest Bank Card Hacks
The holiday buying season is upon us once again. Another event that has arrived along with the buying season is the season of big box retailer data breaches. A year ago, the Target breach made national headlines, followed shortly thereafter by a breach at Home Depot. Both breaches got a lot of attention, primarily because the number of bank cards affected was so high—more than 70 million debit and credit card numbers exposed in the case of Target and 56 million exposed at Home Depot.
02.12.14- The breach at Sony Pictures is no longer just an IT issue
I'm going to make a prediction. The breach at Sony Pictures has nothing to do with North Korea, aside from the fact that the destructive malware believed to be present on Sony's network is similar to the malware used in South Korea in 2013 - an incident that was blamed on North Korea.
02.12.14- Whitelisting project helps industrial control systems owners find suspicious files
Industrial control systems have been at the center of some scary security stories recently, but investigating malware infections in such environments isn't easy because analysts often having a hard time telling good files from suspicious ones. FEATURED RESOURCE PRESENTED BY TIBCO SOFTWARE 10 Best Practices for Cloud Business Intelligence: Enabling the Business Business driven Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics represent a shift in the enterprise that is LEARN MORE Security researchers have identified two malware campaigns this year that targeted SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems -- Havex and BlackEnergy. Such attacks are expected to grow in number, as new reports show that state-sponsored hackers are increasingly interested in critical infrastructure companies.
02.11.14- Cybercriminals turn talents to stock market manipulation
Hackers have begun to use their skills to go after a target far more lucrative than the average brick-and-mortar retailer -- instead, researchers have discovered cybercriminals tampering with the stock market. A number of high-profile cyberattacks have dominated the headlines this year. US retailer Target suffered a debilitating data breach last year resulting in millions of customer credit cards being compromised, and Staples is currently investigating a security breach which struck stores in October.
02.12.14- Silver-tongued phish bait lures execs, hooks M&A deals
A hacking group has been stealing identity information and reading emails to get the inside edge on stock markets to buy and sell to make quick profits. Vendor FireEye reckons the group sent articulate phishing emails with malicious attachments demonstrating "deep" knowledge of financial markets and corporate communications. In one instance the attackers targeted five organisations involved in a then non-public merger, months before the deal was announced. In another, it used information gleaned from a hacked consultancy to better target that firm's clients
01.12.14- The Next Big Cybercrime Vector: Social Media
With attacks on enterprise networks becoming more sophisticated, organizations have stepped up perimeter security by investing in the latest firewall, data protection, and intrusion prevention technologies. In response, hackers are moving to the path of least resistance and looking for new avenues to exploit. Many security experts believe the next wave of enterprise hacking will be carried out via social media channels.
UK consumers call for hasher penalties for organisations who lose customer data. More than half of UK consumers (59 per cent) believe organisations should face harsher penalties for losing sensitive data, according to research. A survey of 1,000 consumers by market researcher One Poll, on behalf of security firm LogRhythm, found almost a quarter (24 per cent) of people feel that punishments currently levied are often unequal.
27.11.14- Data Protection Commissioner Informed of Law School Student Data Leak
The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed of a personal data breach in the Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Personal information from Erasmus applications made in 2013/14 was mistakenly uploaded to a Blackboard folder visible to all senior freshman law students. Staff had intended to make available a document containing a list of students currently on Erasmus or exchange so as to facilitate dialogue with prospective applicants for study abroad programmes. However, the file uploaded contained personal information from previous applicants, including their exam results, corresponding student numbers, and in one instance medical notes.
26.11.14- E-cigarette from China distributes malware to systems
Here's another reason to quit smoking. E-cigarettes made in China are being used to distribute malware via a USB hookup to users' computers, according to a blog post by a Bit4Id security expert. The chargers of the e-cigs reportedly are hard-coded with malware, a discovery made after the system of an executive who had recently quit smoking was infected.
26.11.14- You better watch out -- online retailers' security practices under the spotlight
This time of year sees a spike in online shopping activity, but that also means added worries about how well our information is being looked after when we buy online. Password management company LastPass has put together an infographic 'naughty and nice' list looking at how online retailers store information when we shop.
26.11.14- Cheap Android tablets riddled with security flaws, test finds
Cheap clone Android tablets of the sort that crowd the shelves of many bricks-and-mortar US stores are often riddled with dangerous but hidden security flaws, a test by Bluebox Security has found.
26.11.14- Google new Security Tools to improve Online Security
To protect your data on the web is very important, especially while business settings. Keeping this point in mind, the group of Mountain View has announced the introduction of two features dedicated to online security, with the aim of allowing users to exercise greater control over their own identity within the web. First one is addressed to all and another is an instrument already seen in recent months, now enrolled in the program that can also be accessed by Google for work( formerly Google enterprise).
25.11.14- Self-Protection for Antivirus Software
In science fiction films, when a space ships is attacked, its deflector shields are not merely hit by accident, rather there is always an initial targeted attack on the deflector shield generator. In the real world of antivirus software, the deflector shield generator would be the kernel of the security suite – the antivirus application itself. If the deflector shield fails, then the ship – or in our case, the Windows system – is left unprotected and easy to commandeer. Naturally, manufacturers of security packages have known about this for a long time. That is why they have devised and deployed a number of measures for self-protection. What many users do not know: Several years ago, the IT sector developed open-access protection mechanisms that programmers can use in their source code – ASLR and DEP.
25.11.14- Hacked webcam site is another reminder to improve security online
The UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has drawn attention to a webcam-monitoring Russian website, which offers thousands of private video streams, raising fears of unwitting and continuous surveillance. Graham conceded that he has little legal power to close such sites.
21.11.14- Facebook continues to be in Hangover mode
Finally, I got a reply from Facebook in wake to my previous post and my email that I had sent earlier demanding an explanation on why they have not fixed the bug which I exposed about an year ago. For the sake of context, here is the link to my original post which defaces Facebook for its sheer ignorance for user's security:
20.11.14- Baby monitors, CCTV cameras and webcams from UK homes and businesses hacked and uploaded onto Russian website
A Russian website has been found to be hosting hundreds of feeds of live footage from inside UK homes and businesses, which have been accessed by hacking into people’s webcams, which includes CCTV cameras and baby monitors. The UK’s privacy watchdog has urged people to upgrade their passwords after the website was found to feature 500 live feeds from Britain alone.
19.11.14- Police warn of Isis cyber attacks on city banks
Police chief cautions firms in Square Mile to prepare for cyber attack from militants Financial institutions must do more to prevent Islamic fundamentalist attacking their networks, the head of the City of London police has said.
18.11.14- 'Serious threat' as free web apps plant Trojans and ransomware
In a 17 November blog post, Trend Micro says criminals are using the FlashPack exploit kit to target corporate users who download apps supported by adverts. The ads secretly infect victims with a range of malware and ransomware, without the users clicking on malicious links or visiting unsafe websites.
13.11.2014- Coca Cola sued by former employee over unencrypted laptop data theft
Coca-Cola is facing a potential class-action lawsuit after one of the people whose personal data was on one of a clutch of laptops stolen from the company says he suffered identity theft as a result of the breach. Laptops thefts are a common occurrence for most large organisations but the circumstances surrounding the loss of 55 laptops over a six-year period from the drinks giant’s Atlanta office and a bottling firm it acquired were always puzzling.
11.11.14- Security-Officer-as-a-service - what does it mean and who is it for?
The obsession with acronyms has been long-standing in the IT industry, and now, to accompany it, is the fixation on the term "as-a-service". Software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) are the three staples of this new craze, and they've been followed by the likes of Communications-as-a-service (CaaS) and monitoring-as-a-service (MaaS).
10.11.14- Cyber criminals target travelling executives, warns Kaspersky Lab
Cyber criminals target corporate executives while they are travelling to steal sensitive data, researchers at security firm Kaspersky Lab have revealed. The researchers uncovered a cyber espionage campaign, which they believe has been active for the past four years, focusing on C-level executives connecting to corporate data using hotel Wi-Fi networks.
The number of manual account hijacking cases is small, but such incidents can be distressing to users and they can result in significant financial loss. Research by Google and the University of California, San Diego found that by analysing manual hijacking cases that occurred at Google between 2011 and 2014, there are only nine incidents per million Google users per day.
08.11.14- What Makes a Good Security Audit?
EFF recently began a new Campaign for Secure & Usable Crypto, with the aim of encouraging the creation and use of tools and protocols that not only offer genuinely secure messaging, but are also usable in practice by the humans who are most vulnerable to dangerous surveillance, including those who are not necessarily sophisticated computer users. The first phase of this campaign is the Secure Messaging Scorecard, which aims to identify messaging systems that are on the right track from a security perspective. In subsequent phases of the campaign, we plan to delve deeper into the usability and security properties of the tools that are doing best in the Scorecard. One crucial aspect of the Scorecard and the campaign is and will be code auditing. We've gotten a lot of questions about the auditing column in the Scorecard, so we thought it would be good to expand on it here.
08.11.14- Shropshire fire service website hacked by 'Palestine' group
It follows a similar attack on the Nottinghamshire Police website yesterday. Today the hackers, calling themselves AnonGhost, replaced the Shropshire fire service home page with a logo and a message reading: "To all Governments of the World. We are watching you, we can see what you're doing, we control you, we are everywhere.
07.11.14- Nottinghamshire Police website hacked by AnonGhost
A police force's website has been hacked by a group claiming to be the "voice of Palestine". Nottinghamshire Police website was replaced with an image and the words Khilafah will Transform the World, while music including Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells plays on a loop.
07.11.14-Mark Johnson guilty of 'crippling' Home Office cyber attack
A Twitter user has been found guilty of posting a "malicious" weblink which helped bring down the Home Office website. Mark Johnson, 44, had denied posting links to his profile encouraging people to join a co-ordinated cyber attack on the page in 2012. But a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty of encouraging or assisting the hacking effort. Johnson, from Stoke-on-Trent, will be sentenced on 5 December.
07.11.14- Manual Account Hijacking Rare, But Damaging: Google
A study released this week shows that the number of manual account hijacking cases is small, but such incidents can be distressing to users and they can result in significant financial loss. While a large majority of account hijackings rely on botnets and are automated, there are cases where attackers spend a lot of time to profile victims and maximize the profit they make without using automation, according to the study conducted by researchers at Google and the University of California, San Diego.
06.11.14- Home Depot says 53m email addresses taken in one of largest breach in history
Cyber criminals snatched 53 million email addresses of Home Depot customers in what has been touted as one of the largest data breaches on record.
06.11.14- Social Hacking of Support and Implementation Teams
Support, customer service and implementation teams are the human gateways into many systems. Because they are human, with regular access to some of the most sensitive information for a business, they pose a special security risk from two kinds of behaviour: malicious behaviours, intended to exploit the system in some way, and innocent behaviours, which place the system at risk as a by-product, rather than a goal. In this article, we will focus on malicious behaviours and how to defend against them.
05.11.14- Cyber threats 2014: Remote command execution in FreeBSD
Operation of vulnerability allows to execute arbitrary commands, provides access to critical information and locks the computer. A malicious HTTP server could cause ftp to execute arbitrary commands.
05.11.14- Is your connected car spying on you?
Modern cars are morphing into mobile data centres - connected, clever and packed full of sensors. But are they also becoming spies in our drives? As they record almost every aspect of our journeys and driving behaviour, interacting with our smartphone apps and sat-nav systems, who will own all the data they generate, how will it be used, and will our privacy inevitably be compromised?
04.11.14- Looking Into Living Rooms: Watch Footage Of Thousands Of Internet-Connected Cameras Online
A nightmare from the Internet of Things has arrived just in time for Christmas: images from thousands of internet-connected cameras from all over the world are publicly available, online, and ready for anyone to easily view. In September, MailOnline reported about an unspecified website that allows ‘home hackers’ to spy on people through internet-connected cameras. About a week ago, Motherboard‘s Joseph Cox also reported on the website without explicitly mentioning the website’s URL in his article. However, by linking to a WHOIS-record of the website’s domain name, Cox gave away the website’s URL. Many Dutch media are now reporting about the website and mention the website’s URL:
03.11.14- 6 things we learned from this year's security breaches
According to the Open Security Foundation, three out of 10 of the all-time worst security breaches happened this year. That includes 173 million records from the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, 145 million records at Ebay, and 104 million records from the Korea Credit Bureau. And that's not counting the 1.2 billion user names and passwords reportedly stolen by Russian hackers, or the 220 million records recently discovered stolen from gaming sites in South Korea.
3.11.14- Uncloaking the Dark Arts of Evasive Malware
With so many security breaches in the headlines ­­from Home Depot to JP Morgan to Dairy Queen, ­­it would appear that cyber­criminals are winning the arms race against security professionals. Multinational retailers and banks are generally on the cutting edge of security technology adoption in the private sector, deploying a wide range of the latest network, application, physical and policy­based security defenses across their organizations. But with so many layers of defense in place against these attackers, how do they keep getting through? And with so many breaches made possible by malware being publicly disclosed, why are they still happening?
3.11.14-Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site
Pro-ISIS script kiddies defaced the website of Rugby League team the Keighley Cougars over the weekend in the latest of a series of attacks against somewhat obscure targets.
3.11.14- Pro-democracy Hong Kong sites DDoS'd with Chinese cyber-toolkit
Hacking attacks against organisations promoting democracy in Hong Kong were run using the same infrastructure previously linked to Chinese cyber-espionage attacks, according to new research from security firm FireEye.
3.11.14- Breach fatigue: do we even need notification laws?
Across the Atlantic, 2014 has been one of the most prolific years in recent memory for serious data breaches. Mandatory notification laws were, of course, brought in a few years ago to stop this very thing – the idea being that firms would take data security more seriously if they knew it could lead to damaging media headlines. Yet as the bad publicity continues to flow for the likes of Home Depot, JPMorgan and Target, are these laws still fit for purpose, and should the EU reconsider its own plans to roll-out similar regulations?
3.11.14- Security contractor breach not detected for months
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press.
1.11.14- Information leak and access control bypass in WordPress WP eCommerce Plugin
Experts of the company Sucuri found dangerous vulnerability in the plugin “WP eCommerce”, which allows attackers to easily access and edit personal information of users.
31.10.14- Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy
Just like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a good thing, especially when it comes to user privacy. At least that’s what Brennan Center’s Michael Price seems to think after he replaced his older TV that could offer access just to TV programs with a smart TV model that also delivers “streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing.”
31.10.14- Zero Day Weekly: CurrentC hacked, White House breached, APT28 exposed, Verizon shamed
Apple Pay rival CurrentC, the WalMart, Sears, 7-Eleven and Best Buy-backed mobile payment system, became a laughing stock in security communities worldwide when it was hacked this week.
29.10.14- Facebook, Google, and the Rise of Open Source Security Software
Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan says that people like Mike Arpaia are hard to find. Arpaia is a security engineer, but he’s not the kind who spends his days trying to break into computer software, hoping he can beat miscreants to the punch. As Sullivan describes him, he’s a “builder”—someone who creates new tools capable of better protecting our computer software—and that’s unusual. “You go to the security conferences, and it’s all about breaking things,” Sullivan says. “It’s not about building things."
10.29.14- Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data
In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account. Now hackers have learned the same trick. Only instead of a mistress, they’re sharing their love letters with data-stealing malware buried deep on a victim’s computer.
29.10.14- Apple Pay rival CurrentC just got hacked
On Wednesday, those taking part in the CurrentC pilot program received a warning from the consortium of anti-credit-card retailers called MCX, or Merchant Consumer Exchange: The program was hacked in the last 36 hours, and criminals managed to grab the email addresses of anyone who signed up for the program.
22.10.14 - Draft EU proposals on cyber and data breach notification: where are we now?
As reported in our first edition, there are two proposals making their way through the Brussels legislature which will change the legal landscape for the reporting of cyber attacks. These are the draft Network and Information Security Directive...
22.10.14 - Blanket opt out by GPs does not breach Data Protection Act
GPs who opt all their patients out of the scheme would not be in breach of the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner's office has confirmed, as pilot schemes begin the re-introduction of the controversial data collection scheme.
22.10.14 - SIC tightens policy following data breach
A “BLATANT” breach of data protection has resulted in Shetland Islands Council announcing that it will no longer publish individual responses to school closure proposals from members of the public
21.10.14 - ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones
UK broadcasters have been warned that their use of unmanned drones for filming purposes must adhere to data protection laws.
21.10.14 - Staples investigates possible Data Breach and credit card fraud
Retailer Staples is investigating a potential data breach and compromise of customers' credit card details
17.10.14 - Hackers strike defense companies through real-time ad bidding
A major change this year in how online advertisements are sold has been embraced by hackers, who are using advanced ad-targeting capabilities to precisely deliver malware
17.10.14 - Hikvision Enhances Performance of EXIR Network Bullet Cameras
Homes, offices and small-to-medium enterprises are set to benefit from the addition of Hikvision’s advanced EXIR Bullet network cameras to its easy IP solution line-up. The DS-2CD2T series of 2- and 3-Megapixel cameras feature high-performance LED light sources and a revolutionary rectangular lens for seamless HD formatting but now boast Infrared Gain Glass for ultimate light transmittance and unparalleled levels of night-time surveillance.
17.10.14 - Plan for Saudi-Iraq Border Fence Demonstrates Strong Role for Physical Security in Middle East
Covering 560 miles of the country’s northern frontier the fence is the first stage of a border security programme launched amid growing concerns about the risk posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) marauding across Iraq and Syria.
17.10.14 - New technique allows attackers to hide stealthy Android malware in images
A new technique that allows attackers to hide encrypted malicious Android applications inside images could be used to evade detection by antivirus products and possibly Google Play’s own malware scanne
17.10.14 - 6 Browser Plug-ins That Protect Your Privacy
It's no stretch to say that ads are what make the Web go 'round. The content you're reading right now? Paid for by ads. Google, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube? Driven by ads. This is not a new concept: TV and radio have relied on commercials since their earliest days. Because, let's face it, something has to pay for all the free programming and services.
17.10.14 - Facebook doubles ad-hacking bounty
Facebook has doubled the cash it will pay out to folks who report holes in its advertising code. The bounty will rise in a bid to entice hackers to report bugs found in its ads code following an internal security audit that squashed an undisclosed number of vulnerabilities.
17.10.14 - Apple patches 144 security flaws across seven products
In addition to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple released a number of other software updates on Thursday, largely for security fixes: Security Update 2014-005 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 and OS X Mavericks v10.9.5; OS X Server versions 2.2.5, 3.3.2 and 4.0; and iTunes 12.0.1. In total, 144 separate vulnerabilities are addressed in these updates.
17.10.14 - McAfee preaches integration with updated next-generation firewall
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the firewall and McAfee has acknowledged this milestone by upgrading its next-generation firewall (NGFW), adding new levels of integration and connectivity.
17.10.14 - Microsoft releases 8 patches, including anti-Sandworm fix - get yourself covered!
Microsoft released three critical patches last night, including a fix for the flaw being exploited by the sandworm gang. As part of what it now calls Update Tuesday, Microsoft said in an advisory that the three critical-rated and five important patches will address 24 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Windows, Office, .NET Framework, .ASP.NET and Internet Explorer.
17.10.14 - Anonymous app Whisper denies tracking claims
The editor of Whisper, an app for people to share secrets anonymously, has angrily denied reports that it has been tracking users and sharing data.
16.10.14 - Facebook debuts Safety Check, a disaster incident check-in tool
When disaster strikes, Facebook's new Safety Check tool will enable users to report their well-being to loved ones and will apprise them of connected neighbors whose whereabouts might remain uncertain.
16.10.14 - 17 percent of European APTs now targeting UK entities
The FireEye H1-2014 EMEA Advanced Threat Report claims that malware attacks - especially advanced targeted attacks - have nearly doubled in the first half of 2014. The number of unique infections, says the analysis, has grown steadily in the EMEA area
16.10.14 - AVG’s Wi-Fi Assistant: Wi-Fi hacking and tracking protection
AVG’s well above average security products for PCs, smartphones and tablets has taken a giant leap forward into protecting you against Wi-Fi hacking and tracking by smacking hackers with a software thwacking.
16.10.14 - ICO issues privacy warning over CCTV, wearable devices and drones
Emerging surveillance technology including drones and wearable video cameras - such as that on Google Glass - must only be used by the authorities when necessary and in a proportionate manner, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned.
15.10.14 - Information Commissioner Releases New CCTV Code of Practice
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued updated guidance on CCTV video surveillance today. Entitled “In the picture: A data protection code of practice for surveillance cameras and personal information”, the 44-page document sets out “good practice advice for those involved in operating CCTV and other surveillance camera devices
15.10.14 - HTTPA: New tech transforms transparency into privacy
Preserving privacy by keeping information secret isn't working. Consumers give away precious data for online baubles. Data breaches, large and small, spill data all over the Web. Marketers indiscriminiately gather details about the online lives of people in their target markets
14.10.14 - Russians Suspected in Ukraine Hack
Exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Office, a group of hackers believed to be Russians breached computers operated by the Ukrainian government, according to the cyberthreat intelligence firm iSight Partners. The breach occurred during September's NATO summit in Wales, where leaders addressed Russia's seizure of Ukrainian territory
10.10.14 - Devices being remotely wiped in police custody
All the data on some of the tablets and phones seized as evidence is being wiped out, remotely, while they are in police custody, the BBC has learned.
10.10.14 - Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss
There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre.
08.10.14 - Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee sees future of 'trackable' data
Sir Tim Berners-Lee talked up the importance of web neutrality and how 'rich and trackable' data will be essential in solving issues around online privacy.
07.10.14 - Ransomware attack knocks TV station off air
On Monday, The ABC had to suspend programming out of Sydney, Australia and move broadcasting to Melbourne after their network was targeted by Ransomware. The malware prevented normal operations, resulting in ABC News 24 going off air for just over 30 minutes.
06.10.14 - BadUSB - now with Do-It-Yourself instructions
Back in August 2014, we wrote about BadUSB. That was a paper about USB firmware hacking written by a pair of researchers from Germany and presented at the BlackHat 2014 conference.
06.10.14 - GPs could opt all patients out of opt under data protection laws, information office says
GPs could opt all their patients out of if they have not had time or resources available to inform their patients, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said in its strongest statement on the issue so far.
01.10.14 - Brits more likely to change their spouse than their PIN number
19% haven’t changed their PIN for 15 years or longer, while the average marriage that ends in divorce lasts just 11.5 years - See more at:
01.10.14 - Trend Micro and INTERPOL team up against cybercrime
Security software and solutions firm Trend Micro has announced a three-year agreement with INTERPOL that will see it provide tools, training and human resources to the international police organisation and its 190 member countries.
29.09.14 - Cyber security peer panel: A duty to inform
The Information Commissioner’s Office has intensified its focus on lawyers with respect to data breaches, and mandatory breach notification is on the way
28.09.14 - Media must protect multiple fronts from cyber attacks
In July, The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook page was hacked with a false report: “#Breaking: U.S. Air Force One crash feared as air traffic control loses contact with pilot over Russian air space.”
28.09.14 - Data Breaches Rise as Cybercriminals Continue to Outwit IT
Security breaches rise again this year, costing an average of $415,000, as security pros fail to keep pace with cybercrime innovation.
26.09.14 - Advent IM gain dual certifications
Today Advent IM announced its successful certification to both Cyber Essentials and IASME
25.09.14 - Angus Council worker faces action over data breach
An Angus Council benefits service worker is at the centre of “remedial” proceedings for accessing a couple’s records with personal interest.
25.09.14 - What is the Shellshock bug? Is it worse than Heartbleed?
Security experts have warned that a serious flaw could be about to affect many of the world’s web users. Here’s what you should do
25.09.14 - IC3 flags scam after branding disgruntled IT staff a 'threat'
The US Internet Crime Complaint Center has revealed that cyber criminals are posing as its employees in order to dupe the public, only a day after announcing that disgruntled IT employees posed a "significant cyber threat" to the US businesses.
24.09.14 - Home Depot Breach Said to Feed Card, Account Frauds, WSJ Reports
Home Depot Inc. (HD)’s data breach, which put about 56 million payment cards at risk, has fed fraudulent transactions that in some cases have drained money from customer bank accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported
24.09.14 - UK special envoy tasked with improving data sharing
The British government has employed Sir Nigel Sheinwald (former senior diplomat and ambassador to the US) as special envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing in the UK. The move was announced in July as part of the government's plans to introduce emergency legislation to preserve data retention and investigation powers (DRIP).
19.09.14 - NATO Steps Up Private Sector Co-operation with New Alliance
The world’s largest military alliance, NATO, has announced plans for a new initiative designed to bolster co-operation with the private sector on cyber security threats.
19.09.14 - eBay takes flak for leaving rigged iPhone listing up for 12 hours
eBay's getting flak for its chilled response to a serious attack.
18.09.14 - ICO fines pass £5m, local councils and NHS worst offenders
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines in excess of £5m for data breaches since it was given this power in 2010, with local councils and NHS Trusts being the worst offenders.
18.09.14 - Card and banking fraud back on the rise again
New figures just released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) claim to show that card and remote banking fraud increased during the first six months of 2014.
17.09.14 - Cybersecurity plans still lacking in big business, survey reveals
A survey polling 200 lsenior decision makers reveals that many large business still don't “get it” when it comes to cybersecurity. The suvey results, published yesterday by Mishcon de Reya law firm, illustrate that despite the increasing sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks, businesses remain blind-sighted, with nearly a fifth admitting that their employees are not adequately informed about cyberthreats and risks while their organisation as a whole does not have a plan in place to deal with a supply chain security breach.
17.09.14 - eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk
EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials.
17.09.14 - Survey reveals widespread mistrust of the cloud
Seven in 10 businesses don’t trust the cloud to obey data protection laws, according to research by Ponemon
16.09.14 - No action over data breach at South Central Ambulance Service
No action is to be taken against South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) after the personal data of staff was accidentally published online.
16.09.14 - Financial institutions suffering from global cybercrime
Organizations are reticent to reveal the severity of cyber attacks on their systems, thereby injuring their reputations, which makes it difficult to measure how serious the costs have been to businesses.
16.09.14 - UK firms to compete for £4m cyber security fund
Small businesses in the UK's technology industry are set to compete for a share of £4m as part of a new government competition to tackle cyber crime
15.09.14 - Security compliance is necessary for real-time mobile data access
14.09.14 - JP Morgan the victim of an 8-week long cyber attack
New York - This summer's hackers discovered a way into the servers of mega-bank JP Morgan Chase, exposing the backdoor vulnerability to access copious amounts of customer and company data
13.09.14 - Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier
Without warning, the iPhone maker emitted Songs of Innocence with all the haste of a critical security update after the group's appearance at its Apple Watch and iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday.
12.09.14 - Yahoo 'threatened' by US government with $250,000-a-day fine
Yahoo said the US government threatened to fine it $250,000 a day if the search giant failed to hand over user data
12.09.14 - ICO warns on leaving employees walking off with company info
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned staff that walking off with the personal information of their employer when changing jobs is a criminal offence
12.09.14 - Google Responds to Gmail Password Dump
Only a small percentage of the roughly five million password and username combinations recently dumped online would have allowed someone to access Gmail accounts, according to Google.
12.09.14 - US court claims right to British MPs' emails
In a new twist to the US Government's claim that it has the right to access data held on Microsoft servers in Dublin, British MP's emails are now revealled to be among data that could be seized.
11.09.14 - ISIS, Al Qaeda To Launch Cyber Attacks To Set Up Digital Caliphate
Extremist groups in the Middle East are reportedly preparing to launch a massive cyber attack against the United States. According to a Fox News report, leaders of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Al Qaeda are stepping up efforts to seek a digital caliphate. One of the jihadist leaders had allegedly hacked the Gmail account of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
11.09.14 - Apple Pay is a really cool way to drain your entire bank account
The new iPhone payment technology will make spending money easier than ever. And that’s supposed to be a good thing?
10.09.14 - UK a global target in phishing attacks, new study reveals
0 Ava Fedorov September 10, 2014 UK a global target in phishing attacks, new study reveals Share this article: facebook twitter linkedin google A recent study published by Proofpoint has revealed that unsolicited email destined for recipients based in the UK is over four times more likely to contain a malicious URL than in the United States, Germany or France. The study, which analysed more than one million URLs over the course of three weeks, found that on average, UK-based email recipients are twice as likely to receive malicious URLs than those in the US, and a whopping five times more likely to receive unsolicited emails containing malicious URLs than their counterparts in Germany and France.
09.09.14 - 'Kyle and Stan' malvertising attack infects millions via Amazon and YouTube
A malicious advertising network dubbed 'Kyle and Stan' has dropped malware on possibly millions of users via hundreds of websites including Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, according to a Cisco investigation.
09.09.14 - Phishing miscreants THWART securo-sleuths with AES-256 crypto
Phishing fraudsters have begun using industry-standard AES-256 encryption to disguise the content of fraudulent sites.
09.09.14 - Here are some recent data breaches from Apple Pay’s new partners
With that in mind, here are some of Apple's new Pay partners who have recently been hacked:
08.09.14 - Social media remains an easily exploitable attack surface
Twitter is one of my favorite social platforms. As a journalist, I get news from it, but I also get to interact with my peers and friends. But Twitter, like every other social platform, has an interesting attack surface; one that criminals have been exploiting for years.
08.09.14 - 'Celebgate' hackers plotted more thefts via Android Flappy Bird clone
Researcher finds more attempts to steal private photos, while Symantec spots a botnet campaign to steal Apple account data.
08.09.14 - 'Undetectable' Peter Pan computer virus threatens UK businesses
A sophisticated spam attack has raised the spectre of a new wave of undetectable viruses coming from eastern Europe
05.09.14 - Barclays bank launches biometric authentication
Barclays announced plans to launch biometric readers for customer authentication
05.09.14 - Apple promises to upgrade iCloud security after celebrity nude photos hack
Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised to improve the security of its iCloud service after more than 100 celebrities were hacked, with the attackers publishing nude photos they found on the notorious 4Chan website
04.09.14 - Smartphone users unaware of hacking risks
More than half of mobile users are unaware that hackers can take control of their smartphones, according to research by Kaspersky
04.09.14 - Nato to adopt new cyber defence policy
Nato leaders are expected to accept that there is no distinction between cyber attack and physical attack at the organisation’s 2014 summit in Wales this week.
03.09.14 - eBay glitch blocks access for users on auction site
E-retailing giant eBay's users are reporting difficulty signing in to the site from locations in India, the US, the UK and other parts of Europe
02.9.14 - Home Depot share prices fall after news of data breach
Shares fell 2.5% after the security expert Brain Krebs claimed that hackers had stolen credit and debt cards from the chain.
02.9.14 - Home Depot share prices fall after news of data breach
Shares fell 2.5% after the security expert Brain Krebs claimed that hackers had stolen credit and debt cards from the chain.
01.09.14 - Hi-tech cars are security risk, warn researchers
The most complicated computational device you own is probably not in your pocket, not mining bitcoins in the back room or nestled by the TV helping the kids "frag" their friends in eye-popping video game HD.
31.08.14 - Q&A: Improving cyber security – advice for companies
FW moderates a discussion on improving cyber security between Mike Gillespie at Advent IM, Marcus Klische at BlackBerry, Elliot Lewis at Dell, Ron Raether at Faruki Ireland & Cox, Alex Krutov at Navigation Advisors, and David Prince at Schillings.
29.08.14 - Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Dairy Queen is known for its hot fries and sweet treats, but it just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack Relevant Products/Services. The fast food chain has revealed that customer Relevant Products/Services data Relevant Products/Services at some of its stores may be at risk.
29.08.14 - 20% Report Child Sex Abuse Downloads at Work
While it may seem horrifying to believe, a full 20% of respondents in a recent survey of UK professionals said that they were aware that someone in their workplace had downloaded child sexual abuse (CSA) material while at work.
28.08.14 - Racing Post pulls up short on IT security
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning businesses that they must be prepared for a targeted attack. The warning comes as the Racing Post signs a commitment to improve its IT security practices after 677,335 accounts were compromised during a data breach in October 2013.
28.08.14 - FBI probes cyber attacks on banks
The FBI is working with the Secret Service to determine the extent of cyber attacks against several US financial institutions.
28.08.14 - Warning: Emails referring to Halix Immigration Solicitors ( and + 44 7042061665
The SRA has received information that an individual has received an email referring them to "Halix Immigration Solicitors" and "Mr Andrew Hutton, Principal Notary".
27.08.14 - Risk of cyber attack on the shipping supply chain increasing, say experts
The threat of cyber attacks on ports, shipping terminals and carriers has increased “significantly” over the past few months, experts have warned.
27.08.14 - DDoS attack downs Twitch on news of Amazon acquisition
Just hours after Amazon announced a $970m deal to acquire Twitch, the live video platform for gamers was taken offline temporarily by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
27.08.14 - Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
The whopping 70 per cent of retail and 69 perc ent of financial services apps are vulnerable to data breaches.
26.08.14 - fines Ministry of Justice £180,000 for unencrypted data gaffe at 75 prisons
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) £180,000 after it discovered all 75 prisons in England and Wales had been storing data on hard drives without the encryption capability turned on for more than a year.
26.08.14 - Global regulator says cyber-attack could hurt financial markets
Global market watchdog International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco) has warned that the next major financial shock - or 'black swan event' - could come from a cyber-attack.
26.08.14 - Digital pirates and the growing threat of cyber-attacks to shipping
In a world where young men are willing to pounce on VLCCs using only guts, wooden boats and rusty Kalashnikovs, the threat to shipping and maritime may now also be coming in a much more subtle manner from the computer hacker
26.08.14 - Lincolnshire County Council apologises to 4,000 people over personal data breach
Lincolnshire County Council is apologising after a ‘data breach’ which led to the names and email addresses of more than 4,000 people being sent to some 250 email addresses.
26.08.14 - Phishing campaign lures victims with models' photos
New phishing campaigns are capitalizing on two female models' looks to steal Facebook login information from users
21.08.14 - City of London police to get cybercrime training
With cybercrime responsible for seven out of ten fraud offences, according to data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, the City of London police force is enlisting Russia-based security vendor Kaspersky Lab to bolster its cyber-crime-fighting prowess.
20.08.14 - UPS unit warns of data breach at 51 locations
Aug 20 (Reuters) - UPS Store Inc, a unit of United Parcel Service Inc, warned of a potential data breach at about 51 of its franchised center locations in 24 states across the United States
18.08.14 - UK cyber experts star in BBC 'house of hacking horrors' test
Security experts from Sophos, NCC Group and Nettitude have taken centre stage in an experiment run by the BBC to find out how insecure smart home devices like TVs, fridges and webcams are.
18.08.14 - Data breaches impact customer loyalty
Data breaches have a significant impact on whether a customer will interact with an organisation again, according to new research from SafeNet, a data protection solutions company. The global research, which surveyed over 4,500 people across five countries - US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Australia - found that nearly 65 per cent of respondents would never, or were very unlikely to, do business again with a company that had experienced a data breach where financial data (credit card information, bank account number, or login details) was stolen.
18.08.14 - You have been hacked!
THE theft by a Russian syndicate of 1.2 billion username and password combinations from 420,000 websites around the world means that the personal details of almost half of all users of the internet must now be considered severely compromised. It can be only a matter of time before the victims find nasty surprises in their bank statements and credit-card accounts.
14.08.14 - Half of us are at risk of cyber-attacks ‘because we don’t install anti-virus software on laptops or phones’
Not installing anti-virus and security software on new devices such as laptops and mobiles means that almost half of us are at risk from cyber attacks.
14.08.14 - New report shows extent of data breaches in 2014
Data breaches, especially the large-scale attacks that see millions of customers' data stolen, are becoming more common. They can be incredibly harmful to a company's reputation, as well as potentially costing them vast amounts of money to clean up. As such, it is important to keep up with the latest research on the subject in order to stay prepared
12.08.14 - Internet hiccups today? You're not alone. Here's why
It's not just you. Many Internet providers have been having trouble as they run into long expected (but not adequately prepared for) routing table problems.
12.08.14 - Only one in 100 cloud providers meet latest EU data protection requirements
The vast majority of cloud providers are not yet prepared to meet the requirements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation that will come into effect next year to replace the EU Data Protection Directive adopted in 1995, research has revealed.
12.08.14 - Hackers Stole 2 Million Customer Records Per Day in Q2 2014
The second quarter of 2014 saw 237 data breaches that exposed more than 175 million customer records worldwide, according to the SafeNet Breach Level Index.
11.08.14 - Def Con: The good, the bad and 'the Feds'
The kids, aged between seven and 10 or so, are sat around in a semi-circle, as if ready to hear a bedtime story.
11.08.14 - Security Think Tank: Minor failings can trigger major data breaches
A good data breach incident response plan looks like one that has never been used. By that I mean it has been created and tested but never had to be called into use because the preparation, education and testing involved in good security has been so effective.
11.08.14 - UK teens to study cyber warfare through GCHQ-backed programme
Cyber Security Challenge UK is partnering with US defence giant Northrop Grumman
11.08.14 - US Air Force cyber security competition comes to UK
A defence contractor has joined with the UK's Cyber Security Challenge to bring a US Air Force cyber competition to this side of the Atlantic.
06.08.14 - US government faces new post-Snowden leaker
The United States Government could be facing a new leak source besides Edward Snowden, after classified documents emerged this week outlining data-collecting activities relating to the nation's central counterterrorism database.
06.08.14 - Russian crime ring reportedly nabbed 1.2 billion online credentials
On the heels of the admittance of just how much the severe cyber attack on Target cost the retailer comes the revelation of what might be the largest swath of stolen Internet credentials ever.
05.08.14 - Target's data breach tab: $110 million
The Minneapolis-based retailer saw net expenses of $110 million from the data breach -- no chump change but "less bad" than it could have been, according to analysts.
04.08.14 - Warning issued over 'Backoff' point-of-sale malware
The US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned of new and potentially dangerous malware that is believed to have already infected some 600 retail businesses.
01.08.14 - Backbytes: Black Hat to the NSA – 'Your name's not down, you're not coming in'
The man from the US National Security Agency (NSA) always used to get invited to the best parties. He was particularly popular for his clever mind-reading trick - no one could work out how he did it...
01.08.14 - How one judge single-handedly killed trust in the US technology industry
US Judge Loretta Preska ruled Microsoft must hand over data it stores overseas
31.08.14 - Israeli Iron Dome firms 'infiltrated by Chinese hackers'
The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole several secret military documents from two government-owned Israeli companies that developed the Iron Dome missile defence system.
30.07.14 - Tor warns users it was attacked, but details on deanonymizing efforts sketchy
While the company said users of Tor should "assume they were affected," the developers of the anonymous browsing service do not yet know what "affected" means.
28.07.14 - ICO warns companies over big data initiatives
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned organisations that their big data initiatives must operate within the bounds of data protection laws.
24.07.14 - European Central Bank hacked and blackmailed in website attack
The European Central Bank (ECB) has admitted that its website has been hacked, with unencrypted personal contact details stolen, including email and mailing addresses, as well as phone numbers.
23.08.14 - Wall Street Journal computers taken offline after cyber attack
Computers at The Wall Street Journal were taken offline after it was discovered hackers had infiltrated networks at the brand, its publisher Dow Jones & Co has said.
18.07.14 - Computers at The Wall Street Journal were taken offline after it was discovered hackers had infiltrated networks at the brand, its publisher Dow Jones & Co has said.
Britain's small businesses are "woefully under-prepared" to combat cyber attacks, despite an increasingly reliance on the mobile devices that often offer an easy entry point into organisations for cyber criminals.
18.07.14 - LinkedIn users warned of new phishing scam
LinkedIn users have been warned about a new phishing scam designed to persuade them to hand over their login details.
16.07.14 - 96% of Organizations Experienced a Serious Security Incident in the Past Year
Most enterprises lack confidence in their security measures.
15.07.14 - UK constable accused of breaching data protection law to access women’s private info
UK chief constable, Nick Gargan, is under criminal investigation for allegedly breaking data protection legislation to access personal information of younger females whom he’s accused of inappropriately propositioning.
15.07.14 Cyber security fears drive businesses to third-party payment services
High-profile breaches highlight the need for secure credit card processing
15.07.14 - ICYMI: British spies, security researchers & finding value from BYOD
This week's In Case You Missed column looks at Britain's new surveillance laws, the sacking of a security researcher and questions on BYOD management.
10.07.14 - UK leads international partnership to fight financial malware
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is leading an international collaboration between law enforcement and private sector firms to fight bank theft malware.
09.07.14 - Security Think Tank: Minor failings can trigger major data breaches
A good data breach incident response plan looks like one that has never been used. By that I mean it has been created and tested but never had to be called into use because the preparation, education and testing involved in good security has been so effective.
09.07.14 - Betsi Cadwaladr health board criticised for data breach
Sensitive medical information about patients was sent mistakenly by a health board to another patient, a data protection watchdog has discovered.
08.07.14 - Report: Financial Industry Group Pushes for Cyberwar Council
Fears of a potentially devastating cyberattack worry the financial industry, but the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association reportedly has a plan to create a public-private council to help tackle the issue. Some former former NSA and Homeland Security heads may help.
07.07.14 - Scots firms urged to step up cyber security measures
Scottish firms are being urged to step up security measures to prevent their cyber supply chain being hacked.
07.07.14 - 'Complacency' to blame for undetected data breaches
A new study from IT governance reveals that a half of IT staff believe that their company may have suffered a data breach without it being detected.
04.07.14 - NSA 'targets' Tor web servers and users
The NSA has been targeting the Tor anonymising system to spy on its users, suggests a report.
04.07.14 - Bletchley Park cyber security centre opens
Bletchley Park, the forerunner to GCHQ and synonymous with the Enigma code breakers of WWII, opened its international cyber-security exhibition earlier this week.
03.07.14 - Euro-cops get crash course in fighting cybercrime
A collection of high-ranking police officers are being trained in how to tackle increasingly advanced cyber threats at a two-week event hosted by Europol.
02.07.14 - Cyber and data protection doesn’t feature highly for UK boards
Cyber security and data protection have been ranked third in a list of boardroom priorities.
01.07.14 - BBC finds ambulance service data breach
The South Central Ambulance Service received a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from BBC Radio Berkshire, which revealed how data was leaked on the religion, sexuality, age and insurance details of close to 3,000 members of staff.
30.06.14 - Bug Found in Android OS, 10 Percent of Users Vulnerable
IBM researchers identified a vulnerability in Android OS version 4.3. The vulnerability lies in the Android KeyStore, which holds cryptographic keys and credentials.
30.06.14 - DDoS attacks are becoming more effective
Disruptive cyber-attacks are becoming more effective at breaching security defenses, causing major disruption and sometimes bringing down organizations for whole working days, according to a new global study from BT
28.06.14 - Information Commissioner's Office Says Google Glass Wearers Will Have to Comply With Usual Rules
Google Glass is now freely-available in the UK, but the Information Commissioner's Office, the independent regulator of data protection and privacy rights, has made it clear that just because it's mounted on your face doesn't mean Glass will be getting any special treatment.
26.06.14 - Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE
Security researchers have uncovered a series of Trojan-based attacks which have infiltrated several targets by infecting industrial control system software from the makers of SCADA and ICS systems.
26.06.14 - Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study
UK consumers have lost more than £21m to "social engineering" scams where fraudsters impersonated bank employees and tech support since the beginning of the year, according to GetSafeOnline.
13.06.14 - AT&T breach allowed customer data to be used to unlock smartphones
IDG News Service - Personal information, including Social Security numbers and call records, was accessed for an unknown number of AT&T Mobility customers by people outside of the company, AT&T has confirmed
13.06.14 - Risk & Sec Management Theatre (Day 2 Mike Gillespie -Advent IM)
Aimed at corporate end users, the Risk & Security Management Theatre allows you to earn CPD points while learning more about the key issues that you face every day
12.06.14 - Cyber crime a top fraud concern for UK business
Cyber crime is a top fraud concern for UK businesses, according to the latest EY Global Fraud Survey.
12.06.14 - Data Breach Survey: Consumers Hold Retailers Responsible, Second Only to Criminals
Majority believe that retailers should be financially responsible for fraudulent charges. One third of consumers stopped shopping at certain retailers, based on data breach concerns
12.06.14 - Information Risk Gaps Costing Firms Dear, Warns Iron Mountain
Most businesses are aware of data breach risks but don’t know how to address them, new study reveals.
12.06.14 -Online Extortion Rears its Head Prior to World Cup
An advanced cyperattack was prevented at an online gambling website recently.
10.06.14 - McAfee: £300bn annual global cost of cyber crime
Cyber crime is a growth industry worth between £220bn and £340bn every year – more than the national income of most countries in the world.
04.05.14 - Thousands of Personal Details Exposed in Latest UK Data Breach Blunders
South Central Ambulance Service and Basingstoke council under investigation by ICO after accidental leaks.
04.06.14 - Cryptolocker: Police take further action on ransomware that hit 50,000 in UK
New control servers have been identified and shut down in the last two days, but no arrests yet
04.06.14 - Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech
y cyberattackers who cause 'loss of life, serious injury or damage to national security' could face full sentence
02.06.14 - Basingstoke council apology over benefits data breach
A council leaked personal details of housing benefit claimants, including their dates of birth and national insurance details, in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
02.06.14 - Middle East hackers target Europe and US
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. A group of Middle Eastern hackers has targeted European national governments and a major US financial institution in a recent cyber espionage campaign, according to research by FireEye, the US cyber security company.
02.06.14 - South Central Ambulance Service staff data breach
The personal data of thousands of ambulance service staff has been accidentally published online, it has been revealed.
02.06.14 - 'Two weeks' to block cyber-attack as criminal network seized
People have "two weeks" to protect themselves from a "powerful computer attack", the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.
30.05.14 - Criminals selling dumps of stolen Steam passwords for less than £10
Gaming platform Steam is dealing with regular attacks from hackers who are stealing and selling user data, as well as malware attacks and phishing, researchers warn
30.05.14 - ICO slams Council's 'startling' data security policy, threatens court order
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has criticised Wolverhampton Council's "startling" approach to data security.
29.05.14 - PayPal phishing up 73% in Q1
The April 2014 Internet threats trend report from Cyren says there was a 73 percent surge in phishing URLs relating to PayPal, which the cloud security specialist says highlights a cybercriminal shift over to attacks that generate more money.
29.05.14 - Shoe retail chain Office latest victim of security breach
High street shoe retailer Office is the latest victim of a security breach, and has urged its customers to change their passwords for the website.
29.05.14 - UK National Cyber Crime Unit open to business
The UK's National Cyber Crime Unit is open to working with business and other organisations in the private sector, says deputy director Andy Archibald.
29.05.14 - Second eBay security flaw discovered
A security researcher, who last week uncovered a vulnerability in eBay’s website that allowed hackers to steal the personal details of 233 million customers, has discovered a second vulnerability.
27.05.14 - ‘Cybercrime is a vector,’ Says FBI Director
Cybercrime cuts across 'everything the FBI is responsible for'
27.05.14 - Operation takes down crime network affecting European electronic payments
Bulgarian and French judicial and law enforcement authorities, working in close cooperation with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol and Eurojust in The Hague, have smashed another significant Bulgarian organized crime network suspected of a variety of crimes including electronic payment and document fraud, currency counterfeiting and drugs trafficking.
27.05.14 - Avast takes community forum offline after data breach
Prague-based antivirus company Avast said Monday it took its community forum offline after a data breach, but payment information was not compromised.
26.05.14 - Half of Britons 'wary of eBay following data breach'
Almost half of Britons are seemingly less likely to use eBay following the news that the auction service was hit by a massive data breach earlier this year.
23.05.14 - eBay faces investigations over massive data breach
The UK's information commissioner is working with European data authorities with a view to taking action against eBay over its recent data breach.
21.05.14 - As more people around the world gain access to the internet, cybercrime will exacerbate, according to the cybercrime division of Europol
As more people around the world gain access to the internet, cybercrime will exacerbate, according to the cybercrime division of Europol
21.05.14 - Newcastle man arrested in West Midlands Police international cyber-crime operation
WEST MIDLANDS Police have arrested a Newcastle man as part of their international cyber-crime operation.
Yesterday the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it has launched a consultation to update the CCTV code of practice. The world that we now live in has changed immensely since the code was first published in 2000 and so it is absolutely right that we have a new code that will include guidance on everything from automatic recognition of car number plates to body worn cameras to flying drones.
20.05.14 - Retail easy pickings for hackers, says Verizon
Retailers around the world are making it easy for hackers to access their IT systems and steal lucrative financial data, says Verizon.
16.05.14 - The Cyber Security Challenge COMPETITIONS...we would like to take this opportunity to update you all on the latest intelligence regarding the group calling themselves the Flag Day Associates.
Since our 2014 Masterclass Awards were interrupted by the aforementioned collective and their threatening video, the Challenge and its partners have been working to establish a way forward.
16.05.14 - Manufacturers risking reputation by ignoring cyber security
Many small and medium sized manufacturing businesses could vastly improve their online safety and subsequently their reputation if they made cyber security more of a priority.
14.05.14 - UK organisations failing to meet basic security requirements
Organisations are risking breaches of data by not adhering to standard industry security practices according to a new report by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
13.05.14 - EU backs 'right to be forgotten' in Google court case
A European court has backed the "right to be forgotten" for the first time and has ordered Google to delete "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" data from search results, if demanded by a member of public.
12.05.14 - Google account passwords stolen in phishing attack
Hackers have been stealing Google account passwords in a new and better crafted phishing attack that is hard to catch with traditional heuristic detection, according to Bitdefender.
12.05.14 - 'Private' electoral roll data sold to junk mail company after software error
Supposedly private electoral roll information is suspected to have been sold to junk mail companies in a series of leaks from local authorities
08.05.14 - Despite recent breaches, many UK retailers and financial firms haven't upgraded their online security strategies
Despite a recent spate of breaches affecting their industries, many UK retailers and financial firms still aren't taking the steps they need to protect their data online, according to a study published Wednesday.
07.05.14 - Council breaks data rules over 50 times in one year
POWYS County Council has been criticised after new figures showed it was involved in over 50 breaches of the Data Protection Act in one year.
07.05.14 - Software glitch discloses Wokingham edited electoral register
Personal details of more than 18,000 Berkshire residents held by a council have been disclosed to marketing companies after a computer error.
07.05.14 - DDoS attacks increasingly used as diversions for data theft or fraud
Nearly a third of UK buinesses report DDoS incidents in 2013
06.05.14 - Data breaches: A new source of worry for CEOs
NEW YORK (AP) — Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.
05.05.14 - Herefordshire Council still offers "limited assurance" over data protection
HEREFORDSHIRE Council still offers “limited assurance” over data protection despite warnings about its systems last year.
01.05.14 - Analysis of serious and organised crime threats
The National Crime Agency has published the most comprehensive public-facing analysis to date of the serious and organised crime threats affecting the UK.
01.05.14 - InfoSec 2014: 17 Percent Of All Thefts In The UK Threaten Victim Privacy
According to police records, 162,932 items of computing and communications equipment were stolen in the UK in the past year
01.05.14 - Eugene Kaspersky: major cyberterrorist attack is only matter of time
Nations must be ready for a remote attack on critical infrastructure, including power and transport systems, says security expert
The UK is in a challenging situation. According to recent stats from a BT Business Survey...
27.04.14 - McAfee Report Claims Online Gambling Enables Cybercrime
A research paper published by McAfee claims that cybercriminals are being paid via untraceable payments performed on online gambling sites. According to the whitepaper, “Jackpot! Money Laundering Through Online Gambling”, casino operators are fueling cybercrime by making it easy to pay those involved.
22.04.14 - Cyber attacks move to cloud with increased adoption, report shows
Cyber attacks on cloud environments have almost reached the same level as attacks on traditional IT, with increased adoption of cloud-based services by the enterprise, a study shows.
22.04.14 - UK finance firms to face planned hacking
Finance firms in the UK could be attacked by ethical hackers on behalf of financial services regulators to identify weaknesses in cyber security.
22.04.14 - Data breach discovery takes 'weeks or months'
A new report confirms what's long been feared - businesses take too long to recognise and react to a data breach.
19.04.14 - HMRC 'plans to share tax data with private firms'
Taxpayers' personal data could be shared with private firms under plans drawn up by Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
17.04.14 - Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling
In Congress, the vulnerability of the power grid has emerged as among the most pressing domestic security concerns.
15.04.14 - Study: 52 Percent Of Businesses Defenseless Against Cyber-Attacks
According to a recent study, 52 percent of businesses are defenseless against a cyber-attack.
15.04.14 - Harley Group surgeons: 480,000 clients at risk from cyber hackers
A leading cosmetic surgery provider has been targeted by a computer hacker who may have accessed details of nearly 500,000 people considering procedures.
14.04.14 - Canada’s tax agency and UK parenting site first confirmed victims of Heartbleed
Canada’s tax agency and a British parenting site have announced data breaches due to the Heartbleed bug affecting OpenSSL. They are the first confirmed victims of the software flaw.
14.04.14 - Canada’s tax agency and UK parenting site first confirmed victims of Heartbleed
Canada’s tax agency and a British parenting site have announced data breaches due to the Heartbleed bug affecting OpenSSL. They are the first confirmed victims of the software flaw.
14.04.14 - Government launches cyber security certification for businesses
The government has launched its Cyber Essentials scheme to provide "clarity to organisations on what good cyber security practice is" and to "set out the steps they need to follow to manage cyber risks".
11.04.14 - Business can no longer ignore cyber conflict, says report
Private organisations have increasingly become collateral damage in political conflicts, according to the latest M-Trends report on cyber threats by Mandiant, a FireEye company.
11.04.14 - Business can no longer ignore cyber conflict, says report
Private organisations have increasingly become collateral damage in political conflicts, according to the latest M-Trends report on cyber threats by Mandiant, a FireEye company.
10.04.14 - Archdiocesan data breach leads to identity theft, false tax returns
A data breach of the Archdiocese of Portland’s computer systems has led to the filing of fraudulent tax returns, according to local media reports.
10.04.14 - Police forces still struggling on cyber front
Less than 7% of police forces in England and Wales have a comprehensive plan to deal with a large scale cyber incident, reveals an official report.
09.04.14 - Heartbleed Bug: Tech firms urge password reset
Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw.
08.04.14 - Experts advocate public-private partnership to combat cybercrime
With the spate of sophisticated cyber attacks on the Internet at the moment, stakeholders have called for increased collaboration between government and private sector in a bid to develop an information sharing mechanism geared towards blocking rising cases of breach in national security.
08.04.14- Symantec to CISOs: Watch for the 'mega-breach'
Company releases 2013 Internet Security Threat Report, warning organizations that phishing and watering hole attacks can bury them
07.04.14 - Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines
Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company, hackers infected with malware the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees. When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold in the business’s vast computer network.
07.04.14 Germany Investigating Data Breach Affecting 18 Million
Three million of the affected people are in Germany, meaning many others are likely impacted
04.04.14 - Hackers nab 158,000 Boxee customer passwords in massive data breach
Anyone with an account on Boxee's customer forums should immediately change their password after hackers made away with details of 158,000 people.
03.04.14 - Video: The moment a sharp-eyed student discovers the cashpoint scam-cam which just filmed his pin number
Daft crooks looking to rip off bank customers ended up filming themselves as they fitted a Birmingham cashpoint with a spy camera.
03.04.14 - Insider Leaks 1,000-page Dossier on BBC Confidential Sources
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has been asked to investigate alleged breaches of data protection laws after a former employee of Films on Record leaked a 1,000-page dossier of confidential information and source material from the BBC to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets
02.04.14 - ICO says anonymous data “not covered” by Data Protection Act - until it's de-anonymised
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has claimed that anonymous data is not covered under the Data Protection Act, meaning that if anonymised patient record data were to be leaked or mis-used it would not consider it against the law - if anyone found out about it.
31.03.14 - Cyber on 5 Live
Mike Gillespie, of cyber-security company Advent IM, and Stephanie Daman, CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge, spoke live on BBC Radio 5 Live about cyber security on Monday morning, March 31.
30.03.14 - Hackers hit Microsoft Word and Excel users with evolved Tor malware
Hackers are targeting Word and Excel users with a sophisticated new data-siphoning malware that hides its movements using the Tor network, according to security firm Trend Micro.
28.03.14 - Cyber security supplier to government scheme
Cyber security supplier to government scheme guidance note and application form
28.03.14 - UK: ICO Plan to 'get better results' includes new way of funding
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) launched - on 26 March 2014 - its corporate plan for 2014-2017 ('the Plan') following its consultation 'Looking ahead, staying ahead: Towards a 2020 vision for information rights' which was launched in November 2013. The Plan states the ICO's corporate objectives and details the ICO's proposed actions in achieving the objectives.
28.03.14 - Women In Security Awards - nominations now open
Nominate your candidate now. The 2014 Professional Security Magazine – Women in Security Awards are the security profession’s dedicated awards that recognise and honour the accomplishments, value and contributions of women within the wider world of security. This is their third year; the first were presented to some acclaim at the ASIS 11th European Security Conference and Exhibition in April 2012 (See Pics here)
27.03.14 - UK HealthCare Notifies More Than 1,000 Patients of Data Breach
Lexington, Ky.-based UK HealthCare is notifying 1,079 patients their personal health information has been compromised.
25.03.14 - Don’t flout data protection rules, ICO warns law firms
Personal injury firms have been warned they could face fines if they have obtained work through nuisance calls and spam texts.
25.03.14-British Pregnancy Advisory Service £200,000 data protection fine
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has received a £200,000 fine for breaching the Data Protection Act after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to the personal details of almost 10,000 people through the charity’s website.
25.03.14 - APT attacks use 'news of doomed flight MH370'
A series of advanced cyber attacks have used the lure of news about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to infiltrate nation-state and other targets, according to FireEye
24.03.14 - Tor browser app in the Apple app store is fake
For more than two months is is present in the official App Store a fake version of the Tor Browser app. It’s full of adware and spyware.
21.03.14 - ICO decides against probe of Santander email spam scammers
Not enough 'evidence' ... while readers insist unique-to-bank addresses used
18.03.14 - New survey finds many businesses still unprepared for cyber attacks
Over 80 per cent of online businesses are not adequately prepared for cyber attacks and upwards of a third have admitted to not having any concrete plan in place for when an attack strikes.
18.03.14 - ICO Looks Into BT E-Mail Data Breach Claims
ICO looks into claims that BT exposed its users’ email accounts during platform migration from Yahoo Mail
18.03.14 - Man Held Over Morrisons Payroll Data Breach
An employee of supermarket chain Morrisons has been arrested by police investigating the theft of payroll data of up to 100,000 employees.
17.03.14 - Privacy outrage causes bank to ditch plans for targeted ads based on customers' spending habits
Dutch bank ING has stepped back from a plan that would have seen its customers' payment histories used to serve them targeted ads after consumer groups and customers objected.
14.03.14 - Morrisons payroll data stolen and published online
Data from Morrisons’ staff payroll system has been stolen, published on the internet and sent on a disk to a newspaper. The data theft included bank account details.
13.03.14 - ICO investigates BT e-mail data breaches - report
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is investigating BT after a whistleblower provided evidence that the e-mail accounts of customers were being compromised by spammers
12.03.14 - Cardiff company fined for failing to register with the ICO
A Cardiff-based green energy deal company, Becoming Green (UK) Ltd, has been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office after failing to notify the ICO that it handled customers’ personal data.
07.03.14 - Abortion provider BPAS fined £200,000 for data breach
An abortion provider has been fined £200,000 for a data breach that revealed almost 10,000 people's details to a hacker.
05.03.14 - Target Executive Resigns After Breach
The highest-ranking technology executive at Target has resigned, the company said on Wednesday, just one week after it revealed how badly its profits had been hurt during the holiday season by an enormous breach of its system that exposed customer information
05.03.14 - UK financial firms need strict IT security, says expert, as survey finds global rise in fraud and cybercrime
Financial services firms are more likely than non-financial companies to have been the victim of economic crimes such as fraud or theft, according to the findings of PwC's latest review of global economic crime trends
28.02.14 - Briton Charged With Hacking
A 28-year-old British man has been charged with hacking into the US Federal Reserve computer servers and stealing sensitive personal information.
26.02.14 - Systems overhaul required as Treasury Solicitor's Department falls foul of Data Protection Act
Whitehall's largest legal department, the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol) is to improve its data protection practices after an independent investigation found it had breached the Data Protection Act four times between 2011 and 2012
26.02.14 - 'Contagious' wi-fi virus created by Liverpool researchers
A computer virus that can spread via wi-fi like a "common cold" has been created by researchers in Liverpool. In densely populated areas with lots of wi-fi networks, the virus can go from network to network finding weaknesses.
24.02.14 - Holder: Companies should disclose data breach
Many companies wary that public notification will hurt their business
24.02.14 - Forensic readiness - the new 'business continuity'
If you don't have good forensic readiness planning and testing in place, you are neglecting a core requirement of good organisational planning, no less than if you failed to have disaster recovery or business continuity planning.
23.02.14 - Hospital records of all NHS patients sold to insurers
Hospital records of all NHS patients sold for insurance purposes days after controversial plans to extract patient data from GP files put on hold
21.02.14 - PSN gets encryption for higher security levels
An encryption service has been announced by the Cabinet Office that will enable public sector staff to share information at the IL3 security level over the Public Services Network (PSN).
20.02.14 - Businesses ignore unknown threats despite cost, study shows
Security breaches cost UK organisations an estimated £1.5bn a year, yet many continue to disregard the next big wave of risk to IT security from unknown threats, a study has revealed.
20.02.14 - University of Maryland hackers access 300,000 records
The University of Maryland has admitted that the personal information of more than 300,000 staff and students has been accessed in a “sophisticated” cyber attack.
19.02.14 - UK firms see 1,000+ internal data breaches a day, study finds
More than 300,000 internal security breaches took place in UK businesses over the past 12 months – an average of 1,190 per working day – a study has revealed.
14.02.14 - Security Think Tank: Before cloud, engage with asset owners
Hybrid cloud or private cloud within a public cloud is an attractive proposition for any business looking to harness the benefits of cloud computing, while acknowledging the need for adequate security layering on differing types of information.
13.02.14 - Thousands hit in attack
Tesco has deactivated some customers' net accounts after their login names and passwords were shared online.
06.02.14 - Universities and science minister unveils £73m big data funding
The government is to plough £73m into big data. Universities and science minister David Willetts unveiled the funding at a conference on high-performance computing today.
06.02.14 - UK critical infrastructure at risk of cyber attack, says IET report
UK critical national infrastructure (CNI) is at risk of cyber attack, says a report by engineering consultancy Atkins.
05.02.14 - Bank of England publishes Waking Shark II cyber security exercise results
The Bank of England has published findings from its Waking Shark II security exercise, which tested the financial sector’s contingency plans for cyber attack.
03.02.14 - Hertfordshire County Council fears cyber attack over banned words email list
Fears of a cyber attack by hackers, or hostile foreign powers, has led a council to refuse to release a list of words banned from its emails.
30.01.14 - @N Hack: GoDaddy Admits Employee Had Been Social Engineered, PayPal Denies It
On Wednesday, we learned that a hacker managed to hijack the coveted @N Twitter username after extorting its owner into handing it over. The former owner of the account, Naoki Hiroshima, has blamed PayPal and GoDaddy for the incident.
30.01.14 - Islington man denies data breach at Royal Berkshire Hospital
A 43-year-old Islington man denied a breach of the Data Protection Act involving patient records at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
30.01.14 - Retailers at high risk of POS attacks
Vulnerable point of sale systems are giving hackers easy access to customer data, with retail organisations top of the hit list.
30.01.14 - BAFTA user data potentially stolen after website "compromised"
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts - BAFTA - has revealed that part of its website has been "compromised by illegal means" and it's not currently guaranteed that hackers haven't made off with details of individuals on the BAFTA Guru mailing list.
28.01.14 - KPMG not looking for 'wannabe Matrix hackers' to fill cyber security skills gap
‘Big Four' professional services firm KPMG's UK head of cyber security Martin Jordan says that he avoids job candidates who want to be hackers, as he believes the required skillset can be found elsewhere.
28.01.14 - One in four UK office workers don't know what phishing is
The ignorance of most UK office workers about phishing, one of the most lethal forms of cyber threat, has been revealed in a new study.
28.01.14 - US and British spies 'get personal data from Angry Birds'
US and British spy agencies routinely try to gain access to personal data from Angry Birds and other mobile applications, a report says.
28.01.14 - Data Protection and Off Shoring Data
Some thoughts on EU Data Protection Day from Advent IM and Security Institute Director, Mike Gillespie.
27.01.14 - Thousands of Coca Cola customers compromised after laptop theft
Beverage maker Coca-Cola has confirmed that the theft of unencrypted company laptops from the firm's headquarters in Atlanta may have compromised information on approximately 74,000 customers.
27.01.14 - Police smash financial cyber crime gang targeting UK citizens
Pan-European cyber crime fighting agency EC3 has been hailed after Polish police arrested five Bulgarians accused of electronic payment card fraud targeting mainly UK citizens.
27.01.14 - Hackers infiltrate Israeli defence computer
Hackers broke into an Israeli defence ministry computer after the user clicked on a tainted email attachment containing malicious software.
23.01.14 - Wymondham College apologises over pupils' data breach
A school has apologised for a data breach in which personal information about students was sent to their teenage classmates.
20.01.14 - NHS England database raises privacy concerns
Privacy groups have raised concerns about NHS England’s plans to create a single database of medical data collected from hospitals and general practitioners
20.01.14 - Cyber security threats growing against users, companies, Cisco says
Cyber security threats continue to plague users and businesses trying to defend against increasingly sophisticated and well-executed attacks, according to the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report. Cyber security is a major business as Cisco and other companies develop cyber security efforts to protect end-users and businesses.
19.01.14 - Police warn firms over cyber crimes
WILTSHIRE Police are urging businesses in Swindon to get ‘cyber streetwise’ this year.
17.01.14 - Corporate Android users face flaw affecting billions of devices
Corporate Android mobile phone users are warned that potentially billions of apps running on these devices could be hijacked by attackers using a vulnerability first highlighted over two years ago.
16.01.14 - 'Companies are losing the battle against cyber crime' - KPMG auditors
The number of auditors with concerns about cyber security has doubled in the last year and businesses are losing the battle against cyber crime as a result.
16.01.14 - Corporate finance community risk deals collapsing unless cyber security is ramped up, says KPMG
Responding to the publication, today, of a report highlighting cyber security weaknesses in the world of corporate finance transactions, KPMG’s regional head of cyber is urging the UK’s financial community to follow the lead of Boardroom colleagues and prioritise cyber security.
15.01.14 - Business ‘complacent’ about cyber crime and terror risks, says Aon
Cyber crime and terror risks have been severely underrated as major threats affecting businesses in today’s ‘hyper-connected world’, according to an Aon survey of insurance captive directors. - See more at:
14.01.14 - Security Think Tank: Consider security training before high-end technology
In simple terms, the answer to how the Snowden revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) and GCHQ should be influencing future information security strategies in the UK would be, not at all.
14.01.14 - Patient data could be vulnerable in new NHS database
The National Health Service is to start saving patient data onto a centralised database, but with improved manageability comes concerns over potential breaches and data losses.
14.01.14 - Hackers could compromise car safety
Internet security is becoming as much of an issue in cars as in the home or office as a result of the increasing number of models offering connectivity services.
13.01.14 - Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign
Staffordshire Police, who ran a Twitter campaign against alleged drink-drivers over the Christmas period by naming and shaming suspects charged with the offence, are now being investigated by the UK's information watchdog for a possible breach of data protection law.
13.01.14 - Government tells UK SMEs to be 'cyber streetwise'
The government has launched a campaign urging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become "cyber streetwise," to reduce the risk of cyber attack
08.01.14 - Putting software security in the hands of the buyer
For far too long, businesses have been at the mercy of software suppliers for ensuring that critical applications are secure.
06.01.14 - UK insurer hacked, loses 100K customer details
Nearly 100,000 Staysure customers may have had their personal details compromised
17.12.13 - Feedback 93% of organisations suffered a data breach in 2013
Some 93 per cent of large organisations experienced a security breach last year, according to a new survey commissioned by the UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Read more:
17.12.13 - Pay day loans company fined £175,000 over millions of spam texts
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served the pay day loans company, First Financial, with a £175,000 penalty after an investigation discovered that the company was responsible for sending millions of unlawful spam texts
16.12.13 - Home Office Leaks Details Of More Than 1,500 Illegal Immigrants
The confidential information was visible on the Home Office website for two weeks
06.12.13 - The world's biggest data breaches and hacks of 2013
From Facebook to Adobe, 2013 has been a tough year for companies looking to defend against cybercrime
06.12.13 - NatWest online services hit by cyber attack
A deliberate attempt to disrupt services at NatWest left some customers struggling to access online banking on Friday
06.12.13 - ‘Incredible’ SBC data breach –resident claims
A Selkirk man has described his shock at receiving confidential documents from Scottish Borders Council belonging to another Borderer.
04.12.13 - Councils threatened with disconnection from PSN in escalating security row
One London council was just hours away from being disconnected from the public sector communications network, Computer Weekly has learned, in an escalating row between central and local government over security compliance
26.11.13 - NATO launches ‘largest ever’ cyber-security exercises
NATO has kicked off Cyber Coalition 2013, the largest ever exercise of its kind intended to thwart massive, simultaneous attacks on member states and their allies.
Loss of 388 Council Laptops described as 'not a big security breach'
THE loss of hundreds of council laptops potentially containing personal details of council tax payers has been dismissed as 'not a big security breach'.
22.11.13 - Anglesey Council under fire over breaches in sensitive information system
Security and storage standards relating to manual records within the council’s offices were not appropriate
21.11.13 - ICO warns firms to train temps in data protection following Great Ormond Street breaches
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned organisations that even temporary workers need data protection training in order to properly prevent against a breach
21.11.13 - Council fined for dumping pension records in supermarket bin wins appeal
A £250,000 fine issued by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) over a pensions data breach has been overturned.
20.11.13 - How UK banks contain threats from cybercriminals
The UK's banks are regularly being caught out by cybercriminals, BBC research suggests.
18.11.13 - A third of SMBs unaware they've been cyber attack victims
One-third of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have no idea if the organisation has been the victim of cyber crime or malicious hackers in the past 12 months, while management in over half of SMEs don't see cyber attacks as significant risks.
14.11.13 - Hundreds of children’s details lost by teacher on unencrypted council memory stick
The £80,000 penalty served by the Information Commissioner’s Office on North East Lincolnshire Council is yet another reminder of the need to train employees about the confidentiality and protection of personal data
13.11.13 - Bank of England hosts bankers to fight cyber war at City's Plaisterers' Hall
The Plaisters' Hall played host yesterday to a number of senior bankers and Bank of England and Treasury officials in a simulated cyber war to see how the banking elite would cope in the event of a massive attack.
12.11.13 - Adobe Sued Over Latest Data Breach
SAN FRANCISCO — After acknowledging last month that hackers gained access to the personal and financial data of 38 million of its active users, Adobe Systems Inc. on Monday was targeted by a class action filed in the Northern District of California.
11.11.13 - Malware analysts regularly investigate undisclosed data breaches
ThreatTrack Security published a study that reveals mounting cybersecurity challenges within U.S. enterprises. Nearly 6 in 10 malware analysts reported they have investigated or addressed a data breach that was never disclosed by their company.
08.08.13 - Council apologises after losing package of sensitive information
Red-faced Royal Borough bosses are making their entire 1,500-strong workforce sit through data protection training after sensitive information sent from another council was lost.
08.11.13 - NSA spying poisons the cloud market
A PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey found 54 percent of German companies find the cloud risky after learning of NSA spying. An earlier study by PwC finds that 84% of CEOs are confident about cyber security. If they only knew the truth.
08.11.13 - Upsurge in CryptoLocker ransomware
The US Government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has warned of an upsurge in the CryptoLocker ransomware virus.
07.11.13 - Fear of cyber attack driving a shift from risk-based security, says Gartner
Fear of advanced cyber attacks is driving a shift from tried-and-tested, risk-based security tactics, making them more vulnerable to emerging threats, a survey has found.
06.11.13 - Adobe hack: '123456' tops list of most-used passwords
"123456" tops the list of most frequently used passwords, according to researchers analysing the data dump pulled from Adobe's servers by hackers.
05.11.13 - One quarter of data breach victims suffer identity theft
Of the 16 million people affected by data breaches in 2012, more than a quarter of those went on to suffer from identity theft, according to new research by security firm Javelin
04.11.13 - Government agency compromised by fake Facebook hottie
Using social media profiles and a photo of a real (and consenting) woman, two hackers fooled a government employer into believing she was an employee, conning them out of a company laptop, network credentials, and more.
31.10.13 - Adobe cyber attack to trigger flood of legal action, forecast lawyers
A welter of legal action could tumble out of Adobe’s admission yesterday that it had suffered a far greater breach of data security in a cyber attack earlier this month, leading technology lawyers warn.
30.10-13 - Adobe hack affects 38 million customers
Adobe's data breach is more serious than previously disclosed with 38 million customer accounts hacked
29.10.13 - North East Lincolnshire Council fined £80,000 for losing data on children with special educational needs
North East Lincolnshire Council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing an unencrypted memory stick containing data on children with special educational needs.
28.10.13 - Cyber security: Lawyers are the weakest link
With threats ranging from hacktivists to Chinese spies, it’s time for law firms to get their data security act together
28.10.13 - Top City firm fights off cyber attack
A leading City law firm has fought off sophisticated cyber attacks within the last fortnight, specialists revealed – ramping up fears that hackers view legal practices as a soft underbelly route to stealing sensitive client information.
25.10.13 - ICO Hits MoJ With £140,000 Fine For Data Breach
A serious data breach has led the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to impose a £140,000 fine on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Announcing the monetary penalty, the UK data protection watchdog said the decision followed its investigation into incidents that exposed sensitive information about the inmates at HMP Cardiff.
17.10.13 - Police warning after drug traffickers' cyber-attack
The head of Europe's crime fighting agency has warned of the growing risk of organised crime groups using cyber-attacks to allow them to traffic drugs.
16.10.13 - ICO slams Royal Veterinary College for lack of BYOD policies after data loss
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned firms of the need to implement proper bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies after the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) was caught out by the trend when sensitive data, which was stored on a staff-owned device, was lost.
11.10.13 - Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner
A payday loans company and its director have fallen foul of the law by failing to register with data-protection officials at the Information Commissioner’s Office
08.10.13 - Cyber crimes costs UK businesses average of £3m per year
Cyber crime costs UK organisations around £3m a year on average, the second annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study has revealed.
08.10.13 - First Financial fined
A pay day loans company based in London and its director have been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after failing to register that the business was processing personal information.
03.10.13 - Medical records lost on bike ride home
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued Cardiff and Vale University Health Board with an undertaking following a breach of the Data Protection Act.
03.10.13 Addressing the skills gap in information security
In a recent Guardian Media Network survey, we asked 450 media professionals: as an employee, what level of training do you feel you have received against cyber attacks? A remarkable 70% revealed they had received no training whatsoever – 24% answered they had undertaken basic security training, while only 6% said they had received advanced training.
02.10.13 - UK business data theft at record high
Data theft from UK companies by employees is at a record high, according to law firm EMW
01.10.13 - Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force
The UK's Ministry of Defence wants to recruit an army of computer experts to serve as "cyber reservists" to defend national security.
29.10.13 - North East Lincolnshire Council fined £80,000 for losing data on children with special educational needs
North East Lincolnshire Council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing an unencrypted memory stick containing data on children with special educational needs.
29.10.13 - North East Lincolnshire Council fined £80,000 for losing data on children with special educational needs
North East Lincolnshire Council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for losing an unencrypted memory stick containing data on children with special educational needs.
27.09.13 - CESG advises government that BYOD is possible, but not recommended
CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, has advised government that although Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies are possible for public sector organisations, it is not recommended.
27.09.13 - UK Secretly Arrests Schoolboy Over ‘World’s Biggest Cyber Attack’
London schoolboy has been secretly arrested over the “world’s biggest cyber attack” as part of an international swoop against a suspected organised crime gang.
26.09.13 - Barclays employee fined £3,360 for illegally accessing customer data
A former employee of Barclays Bank has been fined £3,360 after being found guilty of illegally accessing a customer’s data.
26.09.13 - Human implants, drones and traffic systems could all be hacked in future, Europol warns
Cyber criminals could soon hack in to unmanned drones, traffic management systems and even medical implants causing death and mayhem, Europol has warned.
25.09.13 - Blisworth fire hits internet users '50 miles away'
People as far away as Birmingham have been left without broadband internet for five days after a fire in Northamptonshire
13.09.13 - Arrests over 'cyber plot' to steal from Santander bank
Twelve men have been arrested over an "audacious" alleged plot to steal millions of pounds from a bank by remotely taking control of a computer.
13.09.13 - Should employees be punished for sloppy cyber security? [POLL]
Should employees face any kind of penalty for poor security hygiene? what about if they have had training? Poll and article.
09.09.13 - UK ICO Criticises Elements Of The Proposed EU Cybersecurity Directive
Last month, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published a response to the government's call for views and evidence on the draft EU Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS Directive). The ICO's criticism stemmed from its experience with mandatory data breach notifications from the telecoms sector and included suggestions for modifying the proposed NIS Directive
02.09.13 - Police learn how to tackle cyber crime at Napier
Police officers across Scotland are heading back to class to brush up on tackling online crime
30.08.13 - ICO fines Aberdeen City Council after social services data posted online
Sensitive information relating to vulnerable children leaked as a result of 'impractical and ambiguous' home working policy
23.08.13 - The Legal Community has Become Part of the Cyber Security Equation, “But Don’t Run Before You Can Walk,” says Global Digital Forensics Founder.
The stakes in the cyber security game have never been higher. Cyber attacks can devastate successfully targeted organizations on many fronts, from cash losses and liability concerns, to losing the trust of clients, vendors and investors, and of course, the publics’ perception of an organization’s integrity, all of which can translate directly to substantial bottom line losses, or worse.
19.08.13 - EU data breach disclosures to be enforced soon
The new European Union regulation requiring mandatory personal data breach disclosures by telecoms operators and internet service providers (ISPs) comes into force on Sunday 25 August 2013.
16.8.13 - PCI Council previews changes to data security standards
The PCI Security Standards Council is giving merchants a first look at changes that could be introduced later this year to its credit card data and payment application security guidelines.
13.8.13 - CESG launches cyber-incident response schemes to ease pressure on GCHQ
The Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) has launched two new schemes to help organisations obtain the relevant expertise in the event that they are subjected to a cyber-attack.
13.8.13 - Two thirds of consumers don't fully understand how businesses collect and use their data
Businesses are collecting more information about individuals than ever, but almost two thirds of people aren't aware what data about them is being collected or don't know it's being collected at all.
12.08.13 - ICO to investigate London bins that track smartphones
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is making enquiries into a number of bins in London that track passing smartphones to target advertising to its owners.
09.08.13 - Serious Farce Office: SFO suffers biggest-ever criminal data breach
Documents, tapes and data files from BAE Systems investigation go astray as agency blames ‘human error’
09.08.13 - ICO blog: The cost of carelessness - how stats help inform the action we take
Carelessness remains the top reason for data breach incidents according to the ICO.
08.08.13 - Companies avoid cloud due to lack of security skills
Businesses are being deterred from taking up cloud services due to a lack of security skills.
06.08.13 - Not cyber myths: Hacking oil rigs, water plants, industrial infrastructure
Security researchers explain that hacking oil rigs, pipelines, water pumps, industrial facilities, and the power grid are not myths born in the cyber-mist, but realities.
05.05.13 - IT pros' most feared breach consequence is workload
In the event of a data breach, more IT professionals are concerned with having to do more work rather than the fact that the company may lose customers, or even that they might get fired.
01.08.13 - Comment: There’s No Such Thing as Cyber War
Too often, journalists, politicians, and security professionals are quick to declare ‘cyber war’ at the earliest signs of hacking or intelligence gathering between opposing states. True war consists of tragedy and tangible, kinetic impact. It involves injury and death, not just an exchange of information.
31.08.13 - The 2013 Awards Finalists
The 2013 Awards Finalists
30.07.13 - Dating websites 'potentially in breach of data protection act', warns ICO
Four of the UK's biggest online dating websites could be in breach of the Data Protection Act over how they handle users' personal details, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned.
30.07.13 - Security professionals report a 'significant' increase in external attacks and internal breaches
UK IT and security professionals believe that external attacks have increased significantly in the past 12 months, while more than half have reported an increased risk of internal data breaches.
22.07.13 - ICO in hot water over Google
The UK’s privacy watchdog is in trouble for letting Google off the hook over illegally collected Street View data. TechWeek has found flaws in Information Commissioner’s Office the investigation of Google’s siphoning of people’s data during its Street View rounds.
19.07.13 - ICO's £250k fine for Scottish Borders Council overruled
Local authority successfully appeals fine imposed after pensions records turned up in a dustbin
19.07.13 - Cyber criminals pose as Soca in latest ransomware threat
Criminals are mounting a new ransomware scam, which locks computers to display a message claiming to come from the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) demanding payment to unlock it.
16.07.13 - U.K. Ministry of Defence hit by cyberattack, data stolen
The U.K. government department was victim of a cyber-espionage attack that saw sensitive data stolen by unnamed hackers, a parliamentary report discloses
15.07.13 - NHS Computers With Patient Data Sold On Ebay
An NHS trust has been fined £200,000 by the data watchdog after it sold an old computer which contained the personal details of more than 3,000 patients.
15.07.13 - UK defence industry to fast-track supply chain security
The UK’s newly established Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) has adopted an ambitious schedule as it seeks to implement controls to increase supply chain security as quickly as possible.
04.07.13 - ICO publish report on findings from Charity advisory visits
03.07.13 - Assassin’s Creed developer hacked, exposing user details
Ubisoft is the latest computer games company to be hacked, with usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords compromised
02.07.13 - UK healthcare is changing - do you know who is protecting your data?
The effects of leaked personal health information can be exceptionally damaging.
01.07.13 - Facebook slurped phone numbers says Norton
Norton has pinged Facebook for slurping Android users' phone numbers without their consent.
01.07.13 - U.K. Parliament wedges head in the privacy sand, plans move to cloud despite NSA spying scandal
Headstrong U.K. parliamentary IT fellows believe, in spite of an ongoing scandal over NSA spying on non-U.S. citizens, a move to the cloud is still a good idea. Here's why it's not
24.06.13 - Home Secretary Theresa May alarmed at revelations that hacking went beyond media and was used by lawyers and private companies
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has expressed alarm over revelations that hacking went far beyond the media and was routinely used by lawyers and private companies to obtain sensitive information about rivals.
18.06.13 - Call centres in BBC3 programme hit with £225,000 fines
Nationwide Energy Services and We Claim U Gain, part of Swansea-based Save Britain Money Ltd, were responsible for more than 2,700 complaints
18.06.13 - 69% of small businesses don't think data breaches will impact their reputation
As National Small Business Week gets underway in the US, research has revealed that most small businesses are blissfully unaware of the information security risks that may be arrayed against them
17.06.13 - It takes 10 hours to identify a security breach
Businesses are vulnerable to security breaches due to their inability to properly analyze or store big data, according to McAfee.
14.06.13 - Most Data Breaches Caused by Human Error, System Glitches
June 17, 2013— CIO— When it comes to data breaches, hackers and organized crime garner most of the headlines, but most data breaches are caused by human errors and system glitches--application failures, inadvertent data dumps, logic errors in data transfer and more. As a result, educating your employees and making sure they're not cutting corners is a big component in preventing data breaches.
16.06.13 - Hacked off! City investigate claims of online spying by rival clubs Read more:
Manchester City are continuing investigations into an alleged breach of security involving their scouting reports.
13.06.13 - Cloud computing: how can companies reduce the security risk?
Pravin Kothari outlines a three-step approach to help businesses ensure their information remains secure in the cloud
13.06.13 - Cloud data breach notification: Defining legal obligations
If a breach of security happens in the cloud and no customer is around to hear it, does it make a sound? A silly question perhaps, but it is often surprisingly complicated to ensure that an enterprise will be promptly informed by a cloud provider in the event of a cloud data breach.
10.06.13 - Security engineer revealed to be source of Prism whistleblowing
A former US government IT security engineer has revealed himself to be the whistleblower at the heart of the Prism controversy.
07.06.13 - School codebreaking contest hunts cybersecurity talent
Schools are being urged to sign up for a codebreaking competition aimed at developing the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
07.06.13 - Glasgow City Council fined £150,00 for loss of unencrypted laptops
Glasgow City Council has been fined £150,000 for the loss of two unencrypted laptops, one of which contained personal details of more than 20,000 people.
07.06.13 - Web privacy - outsourced to the US and China?
Overnight, the Guardian and the Washington Post have made startling claims about the extent of the US government's surveillance of web communications.
07.06.13 - Advent IM Security joins the Government’s Procurement Framework -G-Cloud.
Advent IM has a lengthy track record as a Security Consultancy for public bodies and Her Majesty’s Government. The Advent IM Catalogue on G-cloud shows the full range of services available to both public and private sector organisations. G-Cloud is designed to make it easier and faster for those public bodies and departments to procure directly and that now includes expert Security Consultancy from the team of specialists at Advent IM. No longer having to face the convolutions and cost that the tender process can sometimes entail.
04.06.13 - Surveillance Code of Practice Published
The new Surveillance Camera Code of Practice was published today, with police and public authorities in the UK set to be subject to it. Under the new code they will have to prove that a system’s technical capabilities are "proportionate" to their use
04.06.13 - Surveillance Code of Practice Published
The new Surveillance Camera Code of Practice was published today, with police and public authorities in the UK set to be subject to it. Under the new code they will have to prove that a system’s technical capabilities are "proportionate" to their use
05.06.13 - Corporate data loss seen to be a collective responsibility
Three-quarters of respondents to a recent poll believe that data loss is a collective responsibility.
24.05.13 - Butch Cassidy and the hacking kids
The recent media interest surrounding the heist of several million pounds worth of money from cashpoints across the globe highlights the fact that, with the connectivity introduced by the internet age, the definitions of national boundaries have changed beyond recognition.
23.05.13 - Man made redundant fined for stealing sensitive information
When he learned that he was being made redundant from his position as Community Health Promotions Manager at a council-run leisure center, he emailed sensitive medical information on 2471 people to himself to help establish his own new company.
23.05.23 - Prison needed for serious data offences, says Information Commissioner
People who misuse personal information should face tougher penalties, including the threat of prison in the most serious cases, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has said.
15.05.13 - ICO research finds lack of understanding around EC data protection proposals
According to a survey of 506 businesses by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), there is a clear lack of understanding around the proposed EU data reforms, particularly around estimated cost expenditure on meeting data protection responsibilities under the new law.
15.05.13 - e-skills UK unveils cyber security apprenticeships
UK employers have joined forces with skills council e-skills to offer degree-level apprenticeships in cyber security.
14.05.13 - User engagement can help with training, but accidental breaches are hard to prevent
User ignorance is a bigger concern than outsider or internal attacks.
13.05.13 - Cyber criminals hack Washington court system
Hackers have gained access to the personal information of 160,000 US citizens after compromising Washington State court service servers.
09.05.13 - Information assurance certification gives SMEs the edge
IT consultancy Purple Frog Systems believes its gold certification to the IASME information assurance standard for small to medium enterprises give it a competitive edge.
09.05.13 - UK universities get £7.5m cyber security research funding
Oxford University and London University will receive £7.5m government funding for cyber security research.
09.05.13 - Get people, privacy and policy correct before allowing collaborative working via mobiles
Managing control and compliance of mobile is key to collaborative working.
09.05.13 - Privileged account details are often shared and can be a weak entry point for attackers
Privileged user accounts can be a way for attackers to infiltrate an entire network.
07.05.13 - Responsibility should be a consideration when it comes to fines for data losses
Regulatory fines from the Information Commissioner's Office are ‘intelligent', but more responsibility needs to be taken in public sector incidents.
03.05.13 - Security and legal professionals claim 24-hour breach notification will not be a complete burden
The proposed 24-hour breach notification law will be a challenge for smaller businesses, but not for enterprises.
03.05.13 - The proposed 24-hour breach notification law will be a challenge for smaller businesses, but not for enterprises
Technology and data storage developments have left the data protection regulatory model outdated.
03.05.13 - Ninety per cent of passwords 'vulnerable to hacking' - Deloitte
Ninety per cent of passwords are vulnerable to hacking because even supposedly secure passwords typically share common characteristics.
02.05.13 - Most UK firms lack data transfer visibility, study shows
Four out of five UK companies have little or no visibility of data movement, a study has revealed.
02.05.13 - Insider and mobile threats worry IT managers when it comes to data security
More than three-quarters of organisations had experienced some form of data security incident in the last year.
01.05.13 - What WERE they thinking? Internet-enabled cameras under the security lens once again...
IP (internet protocol) cameras are to video surveillance as standalone Wi-Fi routers are to home networks.
30.04.13 - Password Reuse Remains a Danger After LivingSocial Database Breach
The LivingSocial deal-finding network resets the passwords of its 70 million subscribers as a precaution following a data breach.
29.04.13 - Number of breaches increasing due to espionage: Verizon
Latest data breach report finds that state affiliated attacks are on the rise
25.04.13 - ICO shows increasing willingness to penalize the private sector
The latest analysis of ICO monetary penalties (fines) for breaches of the Data Protection Act shows an increase in quantity and size, and a growth in the number of fines outside of the public sector.
24.04.13 - Infosec 2013: ICO dismisses EC's 'tick box' approach to data protection
The data protectionlegislation proposed by the European Commission (EC) takes too much of a "tick box" approach to be effective and will do nothing more than lumbering firms with excessive paperwork, according to the deputy information commissioner, David Smith
24.04.13 - Infosec 2013: Loss of military information could lead to 'wholesale loss of life'
The head of information security at the Military of Defence warned that the loss of sensitive military information through cyber crime could lead to "wholesale loss of life".
23.04.13 - Police apology after staff data sent to G4S
Three police forces have apologised to more than 1,000 staff after accidentally sending their personal details to a private security firm.
15.04.13 - Kent man admits Oxbridge and police force cyber attacks
A man has pleaded guilty to five charges of hacking into police and university websites.
11.04.13 - UK companies unable to stop employees stealing data, study shows
Businesses are placing too much trust in their employees when it comes to safeguarding company data, a study has revealed.
06.04.13 - Pembrokeshire child sex abuse files 'released in error'
Allegations that Pembrokeshire council wrongly disclosed sensitive reports about 10 child sex abuse victims to another victim are being investigated.
04.04.13 - Hackers target Kent Council Council's computer systems
Kent County Council has been victim to dozens of attempted cyber attacks and three bogus callers trying to access personal information.
28.03.13 - US to conduct 'cyber espionage review' of Chinese-made IT
The US government is to introduce a "cyber espionage review" process into future purchases of IT after the measures were passed in a new funding law signed this week by President Obama
20.03.13- Glasgow company fined £90,000 as ICO tackles nuisance calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served a monetary penalty of £90,000 to a company that has blighted the public with thousands of unwanted marketing calls.
19.03.13 - Researchers find cloud storage apps leave files on smartphones
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have found that cloud storage apps that say they send files to the cloud also leave retrievable versions of files on the devices.
12.03.13 - Medical receptionist prosecuted after unlawfully accessing patient’s details
A former receptionist at a GP surgery in Southampton has been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for unlawfully obtaining sensitive medical information relating to her ex-husband’s new wife.
08.03.13 - Plain text lesson from Evernote hack
The recent Evernote hack which forced passwords to be reset highlights the importance of not storing passwords in plain text.
07.03.13 - Judge Dismisses Data-Breach Lawsuit Against LinkedIn
Handing a victory to LinkedIn, a federal judge has dismissed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the social networking service failed to deploy adequate measures to secure users' log-in credentials.
07.03.13 - 'Personal devices in the workplace risk personal data breaches'
A 'laissez faire' attitude to people using their own smartphones and tablet computers for work purposes could place personal data at risk, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned.
06.03.13 - RSA Conference delegates claim current technology is no longer effective
Standard security technology such as anti-virus, firewalls, intrusion detection and protection are no longer effective.
02.03.13 - Dropbox may suffer a spam hangover from its data breach
ome Dropbox users are complaining about unusual volumes of spam directed at them and that they've linking to a data breach more than a year ago at the cloud storage service.
01.03.13 - UK—ICO Calls for Changes to Draft Data Protection Regulation
The UK data protection authority (the ICO) has published further views on the reform of EU data protection rules, following the release of the European Parliament LIBE Committee's report on the regulation.
27.02.13 - Bank of America says data breach occured at other company
The data appears to come in part from a security contractor working with the bank
25.02.13 - Hackney Council in personal data breach
Exclusive: Investigation finds residents’ personal data published on council website
25.02.13 - Information security body highlights skills shortage
(ISC)2 claims shortage of information security professionals is causing an economic ripple across the globe.
15.02.13 - ICO urges more care with personal data as Nursing and Midwifery Council receives £150,000 penalty
The Information Commissioner’s Office has urged organisations to review their policies on how personal data is handled, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council was issued a £150,000 civil monetary penalty for breaching the Data Protection Act.
11.02.13 - 2012 Sets New Record for Reported Data Breaches
With 2,644 incidents recorded through mid-January 2013, 2012 more than doubled the previous highest year on record (2011).
11.02.13 - 10 Head-Slapping Data Breaches
10 Data Breaches from Bloomberg to make you facepalm...
08.02.13 - 2e2 datacentre administrators hold customers' data to £1m ransom
2e2, the datacentre service provider and systems integrator that went into administration in January, is asking its customers for nearly £1m in funding if they want uninterrupted services and access to their datacentre facilities.
05.02.13 - Government intervention scares users from using the cloud
A fear of government snooping is deterring IT departments from using the cloud.
04.02.13 - Report highlights global concerns over government handling of cyber security
Two-thirds believe governments are not adequately protecting critical network infrastructure
04.02.13 - US tech giants criticised for lobbying against EU data privacy laws
American technology giants including Google, Yahoo and Amazon have been criticised by privacy groups and European regulators for lobbying in Washington against new EU data privacy laws.
03.02.13 - Twitter users attacked by cyber criminals
A quarter of a million Twitter accounts have been compromised by hackers, according to the social network.
29.01.13 - Hackers squeeze through DVR hole, break into CCTV cameras
Miscreants can copy, delete streams and even control the device
29.01.13 - They didn't predict that: Astrologers! blamed! after! Yahoo! hack!
Weaknesses in cloud security and third-party code allowed a hacker to compromise Yahoo! systems last month, according to an analysis of the purported breach.
23.01.13 - Understanding the bring-your-own-device landscape
The rising use of personal technologies for work-related activities has coined the phrase Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). It is a trend that has potential to bring substantial benefits to enterprises, but can equally present considerable risks and implementation challenges.
22.01.13 - Proposed EU data breach laws will require proactive security
Proposed European Union data breach notification laws will require proactive network security
22.01.13 - Exclusive: UK firms seek to limit ICO powers in data protection shake-up
Leading UK firms and organisations have expressed concern with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) having too much power to audit data
21.01.13 - Patient data revealed in medical device hack
Researchers have exploited critical vulnerabilities in two popular medical management platforms used in a host of services, including assisting surgeries and generating patient reports
21.01.13 - Business Continuity and the joy of getting it right
Re-post of popular business Continuity blog with CMI stats
21.01.13 - On a knife edge - are businesses ready for the proposed new EU data protection legislation?
A year on since the EU Commission announced proposals to revise data protection legislation, businesses are in a state of flux as they prepare for potential change.
17.01.13 - US plants hit by USB stick malware attack
Two power plants in the US were affected by malware attacks in 2012, a security authority has said.
17.01.13 - Security firm Secarma recovers data from drives bought on eBay
Formatting hard drives does not necessarily delete data stored on them, a security firm has warned.
16.01.13 - Cloud security key to BYOD, (ISC)2 study shows
Businesses welcome bring your own device (BYOD) policies for the operational cost savings and user experience, according to the (ISC)2 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study.
15.01.13 - Depth of UK opposition to the EU Data Protection Regulation exposed
In November 2012, the Justice Select Committee opined that the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation ‘cannot work’ and is 'a regime which no-one will pay for’. Last week the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published its formal response: it agrees.
15.01.13 - 90% of passwords can be cracked in seconds
More than 90% of user-generated passwords can be made vulnerable to hacking in a matter of seconds, according to new research from Deloitte.
11.01.13 - Information security: The role of HR
In 2004, Royal Bank of Scotland found itself and its email policy under scrutiny when an employment tribunal found in favour of an ex-employee.
09.01.13 - UK military at risk of cyber attack, warn MPs
UK military reliance on technology could leave it fatally compromised by a sustained cyber attack, say members of the parliamentary defence select committee.
08.01.13 - Businesses overconfident about cyber security, says Deloitte
Businesses are overconfident about cyber security and should treat data security breaches as inevitable, says business advisory firm Deloitte.
07.01.13 - Ernst & Young email keyword analysis identifies fraudsters
Fraud investigators have revealed the most common words used in email conversations by employees engaged in rogue trading and fraud.
03.01.13 - UK to launch public cyber security awareness campaign
The Cabinet Office is to launch a public cyber security awareness programme early this year aimed at improving the online security of consumers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
18.12.12 - Information Commissioner slams councils after four data breaches
Four local councils have been fined a total of over £300,000 for serious data breaches by the Information Commissioner, who has criticised local government’s attitude towards protecting personal data.
18-12.12 - Data breach findings revealed for Lifeline Service
The findings of an independent review into a serious data breach at the Derry offices of a crisis helpline service have been published.
12.12.12 - With BYOD, data breaches just waiting to happen
Smartphone insecurity means healthcare patient information, for one, remains at high risk, studies find
12.12.12 - TechWeekEurope Readers Support Mandatory Data Breach Reporting
Name and shame when a data breach shows slack procedures, say our readers
06.12.12 - Vast majority of public sector organisations lack BYOD policies
The majority (87%) of public sector organisations have no formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy, according to Freedom of Information research.
05.12.12 - O2 warns customers about possible personal data loss
O2 and IT partner IBM have revealed a back-up tape potentially containing customers' personal data has been lost, more than a year after it went missing in Ireland.
04.12.12 - Over half of CIOs fail to test cloud vendors' security
Over half of CIOs fail to test cloud vendors' security systems and procedures before selecting the provider, according to a survey of 250 senior IT decision-makers.
30.11.12 - Maude: UK is in stronger cyber security position than a year ago
On the anniversary of the inception of the UK cyber strategy, Maude, who oversees the strategy, has claimed that the UK is in a stronger position than a year ago but that there is still much work to be done.
21.11.12 - ICO publishes best practice code on anonymisation of data
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a data protection code of practice on managing the risks related to anonymisation.
14.11.12 - NHS set to challenge ICO fine
An NHS trust is to challenge a monetary penalty notice issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in a case that could set an important precedent
14.11.12 - Coming ready or not: NHS records to go online from 2015
An NHS mandate – the first ever – has committed the National Health Service to put all medical records online by March 2015. The mandate also extends to booking GP appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions.
09.11.12 - HSBC investigates alleged loss of client data in Jersey
(Reuters) - HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, said on Friday it was investigating the alleged loss of data for clients in Jersey but had not been notified of any
09.11.12 - 70% of cloud data centers keep customers in the dark about storage locations
As more companies turn to the cloud to provide redundancy and back-up services for mission-critical business functions, connectivity and applications, new research has revealed that a full 70% of cloud backup providers do not inform customers of where the data is being physically kept
09.11.12 - Shareholders kept in the dark on data breaches
SEC has regulations, but there is plenty of room for interpretation
08.11.12 - BT backs crackdown on metal theft
The telco, which is a regular victim of copper cable theft, is a key supporter of new initiatives intended to combat such theft by cracking down on rogue scrap metal dealers
08.11.12 - Hackers expose list of Navy email logins
Hackers claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous have exposed a list of Navy email logins after breaking into Queen's Harbour Masters websites
07.11.12 - ICO hands Prudential £50,000 data mismanagement fine
Financial services organisation hit with financial penalty after account merger error
05.11.12 - China fingered for Coca Cola hack - report Several big name multinationals kept quiet about breaches
Suspected Chinese hackers launched damaging cyber raids on several big name multi-nationals over the past few years, including Coca Cola, according to new reports
05.11.12 - UK public sector tops £2m in data handling fines
Public sector organizations in the UK are leaking money thanks to a full £2 million in fines that councils, the NHS, police forces and others have seen in response to poor data handling.
05.11.12 - Bonfire Night sets internet AFLAME: Anons claim PayPal, Symantec Bigger fireworks as hacktivists raise their sights
Anonymous claims to have leaked 28,000 passwords from PayPal as part of a a global day of protest to mark 5 November, Guy Fawkes night
01.11.12 - EU data reform should go back to drawing board, says UK parliamentary committee
The House of Commons Justice Committee thinks the European Commission's proposals for reformed data protection rules are too prescriptive, and the Commission should 'go back to the drawing board'.
01.11.12 - Solent NHS Trust patient data left at market stall
Patients' confidential information has been left at a market stall and on top of a parking meter in a series of data breaches by Solent NHS Trust.
31.10.12 - Police net suspected phishing gang
UK police have arrested three men suspected of being involved in thousands of phishing attacks on banking customers.
31.10.12 - One million Facebook users' names and email addresses: $5
Name and email addresses of Facebook users are available online at prices as low as $5 per million
30.10.12 - Experian Customers Unsafe as Hackers Steal Credit Report Data
When hackers broke into computers at Abilene Telco Federal Credit Union last year, they gained access to sensitive financial information on people from far beyond the bank’s home in west-central Texas.
29.10.12 - Companies increasingly aware of data breach and cyber liability risk, says expert
Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of insurance products that protect against the risks posed by data breaches and liability for other cyber incidents, an expert has said
29.10.12 - Ernst & Young's IT security survey shows struggle to control cloud computing, social media and mobile risks
Many CIOs and chief information security officers are struggling to adapt security practices to a changing environment that includes cloud computing, social media and tablets , according to a survey of 1,850 such IT pros.
29.10.12 - Unbalanced alignment
Information security needs to become a board-level priority and its executives need to have a seat at the boardroom table
26.10.12 - ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been fined £120,000 for failing to use proper cryptography, resulting in the details of a child-protection case being shared with the wrong people
19.10.12 - Call made for PCI requirement on setting policies to be more prominent
Requirement 12 of the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) needs to become requirement one.
19.10.12 - Small merchants claim that costs are a major hindrance when it comes to PCI DSS compliance
Cost and education are the biggest hindrances and failings around PCI compliance
18.10.12 - SMBs Need to 'Feel' Cyberthreat to Act Small Enterprises Don't Perceive They'll be Attacked
Read the headlines about data breaches and cyberattacks, and the victims seem to be big banks, big government and big business. No wonder the perception exists among many operators of small- and midsize enterprises that attackers don't prey on the little guy.
18.10.12 - Janitorial shredding mix-up causes data breach impacting 13K
A mix-up by a janitorial services firm is the source of a data breach at a Springfield, Mo., radiology group practice. Nineteen-member Litton and Giddings Radiological Associates (LGRA) has notified about 13,000 patients who had billing activity between July 23 and Aug. 2, 2012.
17.10.12 - With breaches inevitable, 'behavioral whitelisting' bolsters fight
In the world of cyberthreat defense, security experts and vendors have conceded that it is a matter of "when," not "if," an enterprise will be breached.
16.10.12 - TD Bank "misplaced" the unencrypted data of 267,000 customers
Toronto-Dominion (TD) Bank is notifying customers about a mishap that may have exposed the personal details of more than a quarter million people
16.10.12 - Police force fined £120,000 for data breach
Greater Manchester Police has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for failing to take appropriate measures against the loss of personal data
15.10.12 - NHS trust reports loss of laptops and desktop computers
Lanarkshire NHS has admitted to a catalogue of losses of IT and medical equipment.
15.10.12 - Public sector still struggling on data compliance says ICO
The private sector is leading the way on data protection compliance as the public sector continues to struggle, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which has published a series of reports.
12.10.12 - Enquiries at Essex over data security incidents
Investigations have been launched into a possible data security breach at Essex County Council, after files were discovered in a disused building, the BBC has reported.
11.10.12 - Do Not Track standard needs action says commissioner
European commissioner Neelie Kroes has accused members of the online industry of watering down a standard designed to protect consumers' privacy on the web.
10.10.12 - Essex County Council 'sensitive' data found in building
An investigation is under way into how "sensitive" information belonging to Essex County Council ended up in a disused building.
04.10.12 - HD CCTV technology risks breaching human rights
The increasing sophistication of surveillance technology could breach people’s human rights, the UK’s surveillance camera commissioner has warned.
04.10.12 - Businesses to face tougher penalties for data breaches
Businesses will face tough penalties for failing to secure personal data under new European legislation.
04.10.12 - Cloud on the horizon for data-handling outsourcing
Regulator moves to remind businesses of data responsibilities as more look to cloud computing to process personal information
04.10.12 - Europe Ramps Up Cyber Attack Testing With Second Simulated Pan-Europe DDoS
Three hundred IT security professionals from across Europe are locking horns in a simulated cyber war exercise taking place today which — if it were a real attack — would be capable of disrupting services for millions of Europeans
27.09.12 - IEEE confirms 100,000 user credentials were stored unencrypted on a public FTP site
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has confirmed that it suffered a major data breach a week ago.
27.09.12 - Olympic security: BSIA responds to Home Affairs Committee report
Now that the Home Affairs Committee has published its report on Olympic Games security, the BSIA is being clear and positive in its defence of the industry.
27.09.12 - CPS grovels after leaking IDs of hundreds arrested during student riots
Exclusive A botched response to a Freedom Of Information Act request could be about to cost the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dear. Prosecutors have issued grovelling apologies after revealing the identities of over a hundred people who were arrested during the tuition-fee riots but subsequently released without charge.
24.09.12 - Forrester: Most data breaches caused by employees
Most data breaches are caused by mundane events such as employees losing, having stolen or simply unwittingly misusing corporate assets, a Forrester Research report has found.
24.09.12 - Data register blunder hits No campaign
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the Better Together campaign fronted by former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling failed to register to process personal data.
21.09.12 - Dumfries and Galloway Council data improvements advised
A long list of recommendations to improve data security has been issued to a council which accidentally released confidential staff records.
21.09.12 - ICO: 'We are pressing for custodial sentences'
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)has admitted that it is ‘pressing for' custodial sentences for malicious data loss.
20.09.12 - Secret papers in street
AN INVESTIGATION was launched this week after confidential papers about mental health patients - including personal details, medical records and care plans - were found ‘blowing around’ in Sheffield city centre.
20.09.12 - ICO and Ofsted agree encryption needed in schools
As the new academic year begins, two UK regulatory bodies have issued new guidelines that raise the bar for school security: the ICO advises on data protection while Ofsted indicates it will include schools’ e-safety in future inspections.
17.09.12 - US collecting citizens’ data illegally, says whistleblower
The US is collecting huge amounts of data on its citizens, according to former National Security Agency (NSA) official Bill Binney.
17.09.12 - Edinburgh City Council Suffers Security Breach
An unencrypted laptop containing sensitive information on local children was stolen from a consultant's home.
17.09.12 - Cloud uptake rises but security concerns remain
CIF survey showed that, while the rate of adoption has accelerated, concerns over cloud computing security issues remain high.
15.09.12 - Schools to teach children the dangers of Facebook
Teachers will be provided with resources on the potential risks of posting information online and explaining to primary and secondary pupils the rights they have to demand websites delete their data.
13.09.12 - Malware inserted on PC production lines, says study
Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware - PC production lines.
12.09.12 - The CCTV in your child's school toilet: More than 200 admit using cameras in loos and changing rooms
More than 200 schools are using CCTV cameras in toilets or changing rooms, figures showed today.
12.09.12 - Threat of massive fine over Sheffield council data breach
SHEFFIELD Council could be fined up to half a million pounds for breach of the Data Protection Act after confidential paperwork about mental health patients was found ‘blowing around’ a city centre street.
11.09.12 - ICO fines council £250,000 after paper records dumped in recycling
Scottish Borders Council has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after former employee details were found in a paper recycle bank.
05.09.12 - 10 steps to cyber security
Currently, too few company chief executives and chairs take a direct interest in protecting their businesses from cyber threats.
04.09.12 - IT audit reveals major device loss at Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council has lost 750 devices over the last five years according to an IT audit.
04.09.12 - Unapproved applications haunt networks
A third of IT professionals have reported a network infection as a result of an unauthorised application being downloaded on their network.
04.09.12 - Antisec releases over a million Apple #UDID after Java-enabled FBI breach
Over a million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) have been posted online after hackers claimed to have obtained them from an FBI breach.
30.08.12 - UK data breaches up 1000% in five years
Imation today released figures obtained through a request under the Freedom of Information Act which show that data breach numbers in the UK have increased by more than 1000% in the past five years.
30.08.12 - Insider threats evolving, still main risk
Rogue employees are collaborating with third parties to commit cybercrimes, with their key focus shifting from financial thefts to corporate espionage.
30.08.12 - CCTV: Bungling shop thief unstuck by a door
A man from Oxfordshire had to be helped in his escape from the shop he had just robbed by staff who watched him pushing a pull door
22.08.12 - Security Breach Exposes 400 People's Personal Data
"Names, addresses and financial information about people in 'substantial' and 'critical' need of care were sent from the Adults Health and Community Wellbeing Department to a computer outside of County Hall," The Essex Chronicle reports. "A council staff member was sacked following the breach, which was reported to Essex Police and the Government's Information Commissioner."
22.08.12 - French government’s top secret plans detailing how to make their buildings more secure are stolen after Inspector Clouseau-style blunder
Top secret documents containing plans to make French government buildings more secure have been stolen.
21.08.12 - Philips hacked, plaintext passwords revealed as R00tbeer gang strikes again
Sadly, r00tbeer has done it again, this time attacking Dutch technology giant Philips and digging out data from a range of Philips-branded sites.
20.08.12 - ICO to investigate Tesco following data security claims
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is to investigate Tesco after research revealed failings in the retail giant's security.
21.08.12 - McAfee's defected update causes user chaos
McAfee users had their internet access severed and were left exposed to malware after the company issued an anti-virus update containing glitches
20.08.12 - More than 1,000 school application details leaked on the internet
Sensitive personal information about more than 1,000 children has been published on the UK Independent Schools Guide website after an alleged cyber attack.
14.08.12 - ICO data security warning notices increase year on year
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued 68 warning notices for data security lapses in the first half of this year, up by 22 from this point last year.
09.08.12 - Information Commissioner's Office offers charities data protection tips
Many charities are struggling to look after sensitive data held on clients.
09.08.12 - SMEs concerned over G-Cloud accreditation delay
The pan-government accreditation process on G-Cloud services for information deemed sensitive is being carried out by IT security arm CESG. No supplier has yet won accreditation for security impact levels above zero.
09.08.12 - Nearly half of firms supporting BYOD report data breaches
Nearly half of enterprises that allow employee-owned devices to connect to a company’s network have experienced a data breach, a study has revealed.
08.08.12 - Google Wallet in the cloud shows ulterior motive
Google's decision last week to put its Google Wallet e-wallet system into the cloud is not sitting comfortably with security experts.
07.08.12 - Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS - Must cough up £175k
A painful £175,000 fine has been slapped on a health trust in Torquay, Devon, after it published sensitive details of nearly 1,400 employees on its website.
07.08.12 - Survey reveals reality of data encryption in the cloud
Almost two-thirds of businesses that transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud believe the provider is responsible for protecting that data
08.08.12 - Apple and Amazon security lapses exposed after writer has 'entire digital life' destroyed by hackers in minutes
A leading tech writer has revealed how easy it was for his ‘entire digital life’ to be destroyed in less than an hour - and how Apple security lapses mean it can happen to you.
06.08.12 - Online gambling industry 'ignores' data protection and privacy laws
Simon Davies, founder of Privacy International, has blasted the online gaming industry for inadequately protecting gamblers' privacy and failing to adhere to basic principles of data protection.
02.08.12 - Lancashire bar owner prosecuted for failing to register CCTV equipment
A Lancashire bar owner has been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to register his premises’ use of CCTV equipment.
02.08.12 - Islington Council accidentally leaks data after posting information to My Society website
Islington Council experiences a data leak, with sensitive information about residents posted online for two weeks.
02.08.12 - Unencrypted computer with patient information stolen from CT hospital
An laptop computer stolen from a business associated with Hartford Hospital and its sister home-health care group contains personal information of nearly 10,000 patients, the hospital said Monday.
01.08.12 - Dropbox gets hacked ... again
After last year's embarrassing data breaches, Dropbox promised to implement additional safeguards "to prevent this from happening again." Whoops, it just happened again.
27.08.12 - Google admits to ICO it still has some UK Wi-Fi data
Google has admitted to the Information Commisioner's Office that it failed to delete all the Wi-Fi data collected by its Street View vehicles.
27.08.12 - NatWest blames hardware failure for latest outage
NatWest has admitted the outage it suffered on Thursday 26 July was down caused by a hardware failure in one of its datacentres.
25.07.12 - Council ordered to stop unlawful recording of taxi passengers’ conversations
Southampton City Council has been ordered to stop the mandatory recording of passengers’ and drivers’ conversations in the city’s taxis, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced today.
24.07.12 - Eight Million Email Addresses And Passwords Spilled From Gaming Site Gamigo Months After Hacker Breach
Call it a slow leak. Four months after the gaming site Gamigo warned users about a hacker intrusion that accessed some portions of its users’ credentials, more than 8 million usernames, emails and and encrypted passwords from the site have been published on the Web, according to the data breach alert service PwnedList.
23.07.12 - Former government deputy CIO slams UK cyber security
Former government deputy CIO Bill McCluggage has hit out at the way the government approaches cyber security, describing the pace of change as "glacial".
23.07.12 - Organisation apologises after confidential files found
The Information Commissioner's office says it has been informed about the serious data protection breach involving a helpline charity in Derry.
23.07.12 - Security outsourcing: anything to learn from the G4S experience?
Recent events with G4S and LOCOG/the government’s procurement of security for the Olympics will clearly not be leaving the headlines any time soon. Indeed you could be forgiven for thinking this was a security event, not a sporting one. Is there anything to be learnt from the Olympic security outsourcing? A good place to start would be to understand how organisations source physical security.
20.07.12 - Council could face prosecution after social work laptops containing children's data is stolen in raid
LAPTOPS containing highly sensitive personal data involving children have been stolen from a council social work base
18.07.12 - Tech firm iCity wins datacentre bid for Olympics media centre
IT company iCity has been selected as preferred bidder to turn the Olympics media centre into a datacentre.
18.07.12 - Closure of forensic archive a 'shambles', experts warn
The closure of the forensic science archive in England and Wales will cause miscarriages of justice and stop police solving crimes, senior politicians, scientists and lawyers have warned.
16.07.12 - 50% Job leavers steal confidential company data
New details from Iron Mountain show the extent to which employees leaving employment will take confidential company data with them when they go.
16.07.12 - ICO fines NHS trust after personal details were sent to old address
A monetary penalty of £60,000 has been issued to St George's Healthcare NHS Trust in London after sensitive medical details were sent to the wrong address.
16.07.12 - Yahoo! fixes vulnerability that led to password breach and apologises to users
Yahoo! has said that it has fixed the vulnerability that led to around 400,000 user email addresses and passwords being compromised.
13.07.12 - Credit card details openly available on Google
Customer databases that include credit card numbers can be found by searching on Google.
13.07.12 - Mobile phone users sorely mistaken about how much privacy they have
Resounding "no" to data collection in theory, even if it's a "yes" in practice.
12.07.12 - Yahoo! hack! leaks! 453,000! unencrypted passwords!
A Yahoo! service has apparently succumbed to a simple database attack that leaked 453,000 unencrypted account passwords online.
10.07.12 - Brits are Europe's most worried about shopping online
More than half of UK citizens are worried about the security of online payments mechanisms, making the UK the least confident European country about payments security, according to the European Commission
09.07.12 - Google hired former UK data privacy official
Google UK's privacy policy manager held a senior role at the UK's data privacy watchdog during the time of its original probe into Street View
06.07.12 - Google Android smartphones hijacked by spam botnet
Smartphones running Google's Android operating system (OS) have been hijacked by a botnet, according to a Microsoft researcher.
05.07.12 - ICO shows its teeth, as the public’s concern over illegal marketing calls grows
Organisations are learning the hard way of the consequences of mishandling people’s information – and others need to heed the lessons the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, warned today at the launch of the ICO’s 2011/12 annual report.
05.07.12 - Cancer patients 'may have suffered' as records lost
Cancer patients may have died or suffered complications after a leading hospital lost their medical records and then played down the risk of them missing life-saving treatment, it has been alleged.
04.07.12 - SC Total Security Conference: ICO talks about need for encryption
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has talked about the need for encryption to be used efficiently and for businesses to be aware of their dataset.
03.07.12 - Baltic cyber bank burglars cop hefty porridge spell
A trio of cybercrooks that used malware to carry out electronic banking fraud have been jailed.
03.07.12 - West Mercia Police employee suspended in data breach probe
A police staff member has been suspended pending inquiries into a possible Data Protection Act breach.
03.07.12 Facebook 'Fiasco worse than thought'
Remember when Facebook changed all of our default email accounts to their own, unused system, without informing any of us? That was fun! But it looks like the problem could be much wider and more damaging than it first seemed.
03.07.12 - Analysis: Businesses are not securing virtual environments. Why?
IT often virtualises new applications and workloads by default. Virtualisation is now the norm, deploying a physical server the exception. Yet, a third of companies admit they have not invested in security for their virtual computing environments. Why not?
29.06.12 - Network security: Is new technology bypassing traditional controls?
Network security controls and practices are among the most mature, but can businesses be sure that some network traffic is not sneaking past traditional controls, especially with the recent proliferation of new mobile wireless and other IP-enabled devices?
29.06.12 - FTC sues Wyndham Worldwide hotel group over data breaches
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against hotel group Wyndham Worldwide and three subsidiaries for claims that it failed to secure customer data.
29.06.12 - Police outsourcing proposed for East of England forces
Police from three counties in the East of England have been given the go-ahead to investigate outsourcing "backroom" services to tackle a £73m funding gap.
28.06.12 - How UK banks are flirting with IT disaster
NEWS The systems meltdown that hit NatWest customers is an accident waiting to happen to many UK banks, analysts have warned, as financial institutions try to balance cost-cutting with the need to modernise their IT.
27.06.12 - RBS set to sue supplier CA Technologies for software failure
RBS is said to be considering legal action against CA Technologies, following the debacle of the past week which left millions of customers unable to access their funds.
27.06.12 - 'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown -Hyderabad job ad shows outsourcing in CA-7 team
Exclusive A serious error committed by an "inexperienced operative" caused the IT meltdown which crippled the RBS banks last week, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. Job adverts show that at least some of the team responsible for the blunder were recruited earlier this year in India following IT job cuts at RBS in the UK.
27.06.12 - Six arrested in the UK in worldwide FBI-led credit card data sting
Law enforcement officers have arrested six people in the UK and 12 in the US in an FBI-led sting operation that netted a total of 24 credit card cyber fraudsters in 13 countries.
27.06.12 - Confidential documents left by garden gate
The prison service says an investigation is underway after a woman from Northamptonshire found confidential records on inmates and criminal cases dumped by her garden gate.
26.06.12 - MI5 fighting 'astonishing' level of cyber-attacks
MI5 is working to counter "astonishing" levels of cyber-attacks on UK industry, the organisation's chief has said.
25.06.12 - Menshn dismiss claims of major security flaws
The social network ‘Menshn' has been reported to have been rife with security flaws and ‘is being exploited left right and centre'.
22.06.12 - Twitter blames cascading bug, rather than hackers, for yesterday's outage
Twitter has said that a ‘cascading bug' was responsible for a service outage yesterday afternoon and not a cyber attack.
22.06.12 - PayPal to offer financial rewards through bug bounty program
PayPal is to update its bug bounty programme, with financial rewards offered for the severity of the flaw.
19.06.12 - Belfast Trust fined £225,000 after leaving thousands of patient records in disused hospital
Belfast Health and Social Care (BHSC) Trust has been served with a Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) of £225,000 following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
13.06.12 - ICO re-opens Google Street View Wi-Fi data investigation
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is to re-open its investigation into the collection of Wi-Fi data by Google's Street View vehicles as they collected images for Google Maps.
13.06.12 - Merchant Information May Have Been Stolen From Global Payments
Hackers might have stolen the personal information of individuals who applied for a merchant account with card payment processor Global Payments.
12.06.12 - Laptop with bank details stolen
A council is having to write to almost 38,000 customers after a laptop containing personal data, including bank account details, was stolen during an office break-in.
12.06.12 - Dumfries and Galloway Council makes childminder data apology
A council has apologised "unreservedly" after details of thousands of childminders were "inadvertently" sent to a number of childcare providers.
07.06.12 - Facebook to release ID of users who abused woman online
A woman who was abused on the internet has won court backing in her bid to gain the identities of those who targeted her.
06.06.12 - Former MI5 boss loses laptop
The former boss of the UK's MI5 security service has caused a security scare by losing her laptop at Heathrow.
06.06.12 - ICO issues £90,000 fine to council for two incidents of personal information disclosure
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a monetary fine of £90,000 to Telford and Wrekin Council after two incidents of sending sensitive information to the wrong recipient.
01.06.12 - ICO hits NHS Trust with biggest penalty to date
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been hit with £325,000 monetary penalty for breaching the Data Protection Act.
31.05.12 - London Internet Exchange hit by suspected DDoS attack
The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has been hit by a large scale outage that many observers are blaming on a possible distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
28.05.12 - Flame: Massive cyber-attack discovered, researchers say
A complex targeted cyber-attack that collected private data from countries such as Israel and Iran has been uncovered, researchers have said.
16.05.12 - Council fined £70,000 for losing highly sensitive data
The London Borough of Barnet has been issued with a penalty of £70,000 for losing paper records containing highly sensitive and confidential information, including the names, addresses, dates of birth and details of the sexual activities of 15 vulnerable children or young people.
15.05.12 - Watching the Detectives: Reporter Feature
The phonehacking scandal has recently thrown into sharp focus the murky underworld of private detectives and their ability to unearth the secrets on the rich and famous. But the black market in private information isnt restricted to celebrities.
15.05.12 - Debit card fraud linked to Global Payments breach
Debit cards affected by the Global Payments incident have reportedly been used by fraudsters.
15.05.12 - Surveillance of personal mobile comms is no big deal for telcos
Requests for the collection of personal data should not prove to be a challenge for telecommunication companies.
14.05.12 - Trade in sensitive personal data uncovered by secret investigation
C4's Dispatches records private investigator selling bank details and criminal and medical records to reporters
03.05.12 - Soca attack: Serious Organised Crime Agency site taken down
The website of the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been taken offline following a cyber attack.
03.05.12 -UK prepared for Olympic cyber attack, says minister
The 2012 Olympics in London will not be immune to cyber attacks by those who would seek to disrupt the Games, says Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
03.05.12 - GP record data to be released in September
GP record information will be opened up in the next six months as part of the Department of Health’s plan to release healthcare data.
01.05.12 - Government data sharing plans may breach Data Protection Act
Cabinet Office plans to increase data sharing among government departments and other public-sector bodies will require a new "consent exemption" to legalise the sharing of sensitive personal data.
30.04.12 - ICO issues £70,000 fine to Aneurin Bevan Health Board
The Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) has been served a monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
27.04.12 - SOCA co-ordinates takedown of carder site network
The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has taken down 36 website domains used to sell compromised payment card data and online bank account details.
26.04.12 - Infosec 2012: Unscrubbed hard drives a threat to business, says ICO
Unscrubbed hard drives on computers that are decommissioned and sold on represent a significant risk to business, according to the ICO.
24.04.12 - Infosec 2012: Record security breaches cost UK firms billions
UK firms are suffering a record number of security breaches, costing billions of pounds a year, a survey of more than 400 businesses shows.
24.04.12 - Willets: Cyber security not 'solely military issue'
The minister for cyber security claims the UK differs from the world on its approach to cyber crime. Cyber security is not just an issue for the military to face, but one for both the public and private sector to work on together.
24.04.12 - London Marathon: Runners' details accidentally shared
The home and email addresses of the 38,000 entrants to the London Marathon were accidentally published on the organisers' website, the BBC has discovered.
18.04.12 - Businesses unlikely to comply with 24-hour breach notification
Only one in ten UK businesses would be able to comply with the proposed European Commission ruling on reporting data losses within 24 hours
18.04.12 - Large organisations' security breaches blamed on poor policies
A lack of decent security on mobile devices and tablets has led to 82 per cent of large organisations reporting security breaches.
17.04.12 - Online security flaw leads to data breach at Toshiba
Toshiba Information Systems (UK) have breached the Data Protection Act (DPA) after the personal details of 20 competition entrants were compromised by a security flaw on their website, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
16.04.12 - NHS trust reports losses of unencrypted USB sticks
South London Healthcare NHS Trust has reported the loss of two unencrypted memory sticks among a series of data losses.
11.04.12 - Security Breach at Architecture Icon
How is it then that Europe’s most famous to-be-completed building could be broken into? And more importantly, what does this mean for security on everyday architectural projects worldwide
02.04.12 - Visa drops Global Payments after hackers compromise 1.5m accounts
Visa has dropped its seal of approval for credit and debit card processor Global Payments in the wake of a data breach involving 1.5 million accounts.
30.03.12 - Company directors use council employee to illegally access tenants’ details
A Slough letting agent and one of its directors who unlawfully obtained details about their tenants from a rogue employee at Slough Borough Council have been found guilty of committing offences under Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
28.03.12 - Online crime is organised, with groups often less than six months old
More than three-quarters of digital crime comes from organised activity. According to research by BAE Systems Detica and The John Grieve Centre, at least 80 per cent of digital crime stems from six types of organised groups, and nearly half (43 per cent) of organised digital crime group members are over 35 years of age.
28.03.12 - Financial services remains the biggest victim of cyber crime
According to PwC's global economic crime survey, 45 per cent of financial services organisations have suffered fraud in the past 12 months, in comparison with 30 per cent of those in other industries. Also, cyber crime accounted for 38 per cent of economic crime, compared with 16 per cent of crime in other industries.
27.03.12 - Schools survey reveals truth about encryption and stolen devices
UK schools, colleges and universities have not encrypted their laptops as they face the reality of device theft.
27.03.12 - Details of 170,000 military singles dumped online 'by LulzSec Reborn'
A hacking group calling itself 'LulzSec Reborn' has posted 170,937 names, usernames, passwords and email addresses of a military dating site's members.
27.03.12 - Warwickshire-based company to revamp data protection following breach
A Warwickshire-based company has committed to taking action to protect personal data, following a breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA). The breach occurred when a system used by Pharmacyrepublic Limited to record the medication handed out to around 2,000 patients was stolen from one of its premises, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said.
26.03.12 - Executives using public cloud to dodge IT rules
Three-quarters of senior executives think the public cloud is a way to get the IT they need without having to adhere to IT policy, according to research. Furthermore, almost 60% of companies are already bypassing IT to use public cloud services.
23.03.12 - Millions of Barclays card users exposed to fraud.
Barclays customers using contactless bank cards could have their data stolen without even knowing through readers in new mobile phones, Channel 4 News can exclusively reveal.
23.03.12 - Ex-Hertfordshire constable Adrian Moir fined over data breach
A former constable from Hertfordshire has been fined after using police systems to access information about his friends.
22.03.12 - Data breaches rocket, as Verizon report highlights tardy detection
The number of breached records increased from four million to 174 million in a year, with 97 per cent of them described as "avoidable".
21.03.12 - Student Loans Company leaks 8,000 students' e-mail addresses
Student e-mail addresses have been released by the Student Loans Company, a division of the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
20.03.12 - Indian call centre staff 'selling confidential personal data'
Media reports have disclosed that call centre staff have sold credit-card details and patient records to third parties.
20.03.12 - Email the preferred method of sending large files for UK businesses
More than two-thirds of businesses continue to use email as their main method to send and exchange large files and sensitive data.
20.03.12 - Per-record data breach cost rises
The cost to organisations of a data breach is now £79 per record, a rise of £8 in a year.
20.03.12 - Data security and the public sector: it never rains but it pours
On the face of it, you might be tempted to say that the public sector gets more than its fair share of data breaches, and following the spate of fines from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) this month, there is clearly an issue here
20.03.12 - Cost of data breaches outstripping inflation
The average cost to UK business per record lost, according to the latest Symantec/Ponemon study, has increased from £47 in 2007 to £79 in 2011. Had it been inflation alone, it would have increased to just over £53.
13.03.12 - McDonald's employee skimmed customer payment cards for three weeks
A McDonald's employee used a handheld skimming device for three weeks to collect "approximately 282" card numbers.
09.03.12 - Scottish charity signs ICO undertaking following personal data theft
A Scottish charity - based in Glasgow - breached the Data Protection Act after two unencrypted memory sticks and papers containing the personal details of up to 101 individuals were stolen from an employee’s home.
06.03.12 - Security breach over Belfast City Council details
Belfast City Council has said an investigation has been launched after personal details of councillors were given to a member of the public
05.03.12 - Investigation reveals free Android apps pass personal data to third parties
Android applications are sharing users' personal data without their knowledge
01.03.12 - One member of staff sacked and another reprimanded after data breaches at Northampton General Hospital
ONE member of staff was sacked and another severely reprimanded for accessing details of Northampton General Hospital patients they were not treating, a new report reveals
01.03.12 - University published personal data in online training manual
Durham University breached the Data Protection Act after disclosing personal information in training materials published on its website, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
20.02.12 - Encrypted data was hacked in Valve attack
An attack on the distribution network of gaming firm Valve has revealed that encrypted credit card transaction data was hacked from a backup database.
20.02.12 - Analysis: ICO focus on public sector: Is that about to change?
The Information Commissioner’s Office has submitted a business case to the government for extending its powers to carry out compulsory audits. Does this mean the ICO is finally planning to tackle data protection failures in the private sector with the same vigour as it has in the public sector?
17.02.12 - USB stick with 'nuclear power station stress assessment' lost
A USB stick that contained details of a stress test at Hartlepool's nuclear power station has been lost by a government inspector
13.02.12 - Eircom slammed for laptop and data loss
Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has called the loss of Eircom's laptops "one of the most serious breaches" his office has seen.
10.02.12 - PCI council announces credential plans and new chairperson
The PCI Security Standards Council is planning to introduce a certification that demonstrates a company is qualified for assessment.
08.02.12 - Lost USB stick contained details of more than 1,000 school children
The details of more than 1,000 school pupils were lost when a USB stick was misplaced by a member of East Lothian Council.
08.02.12 - More than three-quarters of UK employees 'unaware of EC data protection changes'
Two-thirds of UK employees would read an email that was not intended for them, as research finds that three-quarters are unaware of proposed changes to the Data Protection Directive.
03.02.12 - Financial company loses over 600 customers’ details
A financial services company with operations in the UK, USA and Middle East breached the Data Protection Act by losing over 600 customers’ personal details, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
02.02.12 - Met Police admits victims' email address sharing error
Scotland Yard has admitted inadvertently sharing the email addresses of more than 1,000 victims of crime with other victims.
30.01.12 - Midlothian Council handed penalty for five serious data breaches
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has imposed a monetary penalty of £140,000 on Midlothian Council for disclosing sensitive personal data relating to children and their carers to the wrong recipients on five separate occasions. The penalty is the first that the ICO has served against an organisation in Scotland.
27.01.12 - ICO calls for rethink on Data Protection Directive changes
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has broadly welcomed the upcoming changes to the Data Protection Directive this week, but called some areas "unnecessarily and unhelpfully over-prescriptive".
27.01.12 - ICO: consumers often denied right to their information
Consumers are being denied the right to access the information that companies or public bodies hold about them, according to the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham
26.01.12 - Leveson Inquiry hears data laws 'breached every day'
Data protection laws covering illegally obtaining or using personal information are being breached every day, the Leveson Inquiry has heard.
25.01.12 - Businesses will have to report major data breaches within 24 hours under new EC law
Businesses across the European Union (EU) will have to report ‘major' data breaches within 24 hours.
24.01.12 - Government CIO unveiled as part of C-level changes
Andy Nelson has been announced as the new chief information officer (CIO) of central government.
23.01.12 - EU proposes 'right to be forgotten' by internet firms
A new law promising internet users the "right to be forgotten" will be proposed by the European Commission on Wednesday
18.01.12 - Action taken after care provider lost unencrypted memory stick
A care provider with offices in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man has taken action to improve its data protection practices following a joint ruling by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of the Data Protection Supervisor (ODPS) for the Isle of Man
17.01.12 - London 2012 Olympics security plans left on train
The Metropolitan Police claim that the £1 billion security operation for the London 2012 Olympic Games has not been compromised despite confidential anti-terrorism documents being left on a train
15.01.12 - Zappos Says Hackers Accessed 24 Million Customers' Account Details
Twenty-four million Zappos customers are getting an unpleasant Sunday-evening surprise.
13.01.12 - NHS fined £375k after stolen patient data flogged on eBay. Hospital bosses appeal against ICO's stiffest punishment yet
The Information Commissioner is proposing to issue its heaviest ever fine for a breach of UK data protection laws. It proposes fining a health body after patient records were stolen from a hospital and sold on eBay.
12.01.12 - Health worker convicted of obtaining patient details unlawfully
A former health worker has pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining patient information by accessing the medical records of five members of her ex-husband’s family in order to obtain their new telephone numbers.
12.01.12 - Malicious URLs being disguised by QR codes
Spam mails are beginning to hide their links in embedded Quick Response (QR) codes, showing a clear movement towards spammers targeting mobile technology
12.01.12 - Stratfor CEO admits credit card data was unencrypted and expects to be attacked again
Stratfor relaunched its website last night with its founder and CEO acknowledging its security failures but boldly saying that "the attempt to silence us failed".
12.01.12 - Has India got backdoors into Rim, Nokia and Apple? Probably
Symantec ‘source’ code wasn’t the only thing stolen in the recent hack of the Indian Military by the team calling itself The Lords of Dharmaraja. There’s a memo supposedly indicating that at least Blackberry, Nokia and Apple have provided backdoors into their systems in exchange for access to the Indian market
09.01.12 - Stratfor data dump contained British military and political user passwords
09.01.2012 - The passwords of British defence, intelligence and police officials were among those posted online following the Stratfor attack.
06.01.12 - Ramnit worm steals 45,000 Facebook passwords
A computer worm has begun targeting Facebook accounts and has stolen at least 45,000 login credentials from users, say security researchers.
06.01.12 - The Cattles Group loses 1.4m customer records
The Cattles financial services group has admitted losing unencrypted computer backup tapes containing personal details of 1.4 million customers.
04.01.12 - Hackers expose 15,000 Israeli credit card details
Hackers have exposed the details of 15,000 credit cards after breaking into the companies responsible for maintaining the information.
03.01.12 - Subway hackers used freely available tools and sold data via a file transfer site
The tools used in the Subway card skimming operation are widely available on the internet for anyone willing to take the risks.
22.12.11 - Facebook ordered to boost privacy after critical audit
Facebook has agreed to a series of privacy improvements for millions of its users, including changes to how it retains data, following a critical audit of its operations outside the US by Irish authorities.
21.12.11 - Security bug in Windows 7 detected
A researcher has posted on Twitter about a Windows vulnerability that can be exploited through Apple's Safari browser
21.12.11 - Companies struggle to comply with PCI DSS standard, Gartner finds
Close to one-fifth of companies that should be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) are not, according to surveys conducted by research firm Gartner.
21.12.11 - Atos to provide £8m GP data mining system
IT services company Atos has won an £8m five-year contract to provide a computer system that will retrieve patient information across GP practices.
21.12.11 - FTC Fines Santa Claus for Violating Children's Privacy
WASHINGTON -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced a record fine against Santa Claus for violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
19.12.11 - ICO: texts and private email subject to FOI
Public sector employees who text on a private device for work purposes are subject to freedom of information requests, according to guidance published by UK data authority the Information Commissioner's Office.
19.12.11 - Computer hackers used by press claims ex-policeman
"There were very few stories, about one per cent, that didn't involve some form of illicit mining of confidential information, breaching the Data Protection Act... nothing was a barrier."
16.12.11 - Visa investigates security breach
Credit card firm Visa is investigating reports of a security breach at a European payment processor, with cardholders in eastern Europe potentially affected.
16.12.11 - Receptionist unlawfully accessed sister-in-law’s medical details
A receptionist who unlawfully obtained her sister-in-law’s medical records in order to find out about the medication she was taking has been found guilty of an offence under section 55 of the Data Protection Act.
15.12.11 - Visa says European card processor notified about database security breach
Payment processing company Visa has received notification of a possible security breach in the database of a processor in Europe, according to Catalin Cretu, the general manager of Visa Europe for Romania. The statement came soon after Romanian bank CEC Bank blocked 17,000 cards on suspicions of a security breach.
15.12.11 - ICO clarifies law on information held in private email accounts
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published new guidance making it clear that information concerning official business held in private email accounts is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
15.12.11 - ENISA considers 'cyber security month'
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) is touting the idea of a 'European Cyber Security Month' to raise awareness of risks and best practices across member states.
14.12.11 - ICO claims websites must try harder on cookie compliance - and encourages looking at other sites for guidance
Websites have been ordered to ‘try harder' by the Information Commissioner's Office when it comes to new laws on cookies
ICO blog: half term report on cookies compliance
Back in May this year, we published advice on how to comply with the revised cookie rule. The rule had just been implemented as part of the review of the ePrivacy Directive. In the advice, we set out what the law said, what it required and what it means for those who have to comply.
13.12.11 - European data watchdog rejects passenger data arrangements with US
Europe's data watchdog has raised “a number of concerns” over the controversial data sharing arrangement between the EU and the US over passenger information.
13.12.11 - FBI says hackers hit key services in three US cities
The infrastructure systems of three US cities have been attacked, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
12.12.1 - Privileged user management causing confidential details to be viewed
New research has found that increased threats to sensitive and confidential workplace data are created by a lack of control and oversight of privileged users
12.12.11 - Protecting business information: necessary steps to be taken
There are legal and practical steps you can take to protect your business information, both while employees are with you and when they leave to work for a competitor.
09.12.11 - Facebook's security glitch
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's private photos were published online after a group found a security glitch on the social network.
09.12.11 - Telstra shutters customer self-service site after security blunder - Passwords? We’ve heard of them
Telstra’s customer self-service site has had to be shut down after it sprayed sensitive customer data to the world at large.
09.12.11 - Leaked EU data protection draft SHALL. NOT. PASS. Doubtful Commission's proposals will be enacted in this form
Analysis The first impression of this leaked text is that this version of the Regulation is more prescriptive than Directive 95/46/EC and will get up most data controllers and governmental noses.
07.12.11 - 30-something men most likely to steal company secrets
The typical profile of an insider likely to be a threat to an organisation's intellectual property is 37 years old, male and probably a programmer, engineer or manager. Read more: Computing - Insight for IT leaders Claim your free subscription today.
06.12.11 - Targeted attacks increase four-fold in 2011
The amount of targeted attacks has increased by four times over the course of 2011.
06.12.11 - Powys County Council fined £130,000 for disclosing child protection case details
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has today served a monetary penalty of £130,000 to Powys County Council for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act where the details of a child protection case were sent to the wrong recipient. The penalty is the highest that the ICO has served since it received the power in April 2010 and follows a less serious, but similar incident, which was reported by the council to the ICO in June last year.
05.12.11 - One in four IT security staff abuse admin rights, survey shows
At least one in four IT security staff use their privileged login rights to look at confidential information, a survey has revealed.
04.12.11 - Patients' NHS records could be shared with private firms
Healthcare companies could be given access to anonymous NHS patient records and other NHS data under new plans.
02.12.11 - Estate agent prosecuted for offence under the Data Protection Act
An estate agent yesterday pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that his business processes personal data.
01.12.11 - GCHQ challenges codebreakers via social networks
UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched a code-cracking competition to help attract new talent.
30.11.11 - UK still slow on USB security
Employees are putting organisations' sensitive data at risk.
29.11.11 - Why is data protection not a priority for small businesses?
Small business disaster can strike at any moment, from a computer virus to a flood, fire or theft.
28.11.11 - Two county councils fined by ICO over 'serious email errors'
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has served fines to North Somerset Council and Worcestershire County Council for ‘serious email errors'.
28.11.11 - Hacking of Maple Story could leave 13 million gamers at risk
Up to 13 million gamers could be put at risk after Nexon confirmed that names, usernames, encrypted resident registration numbers and passwords had been hacked.
25.11.11 - UK cyber security strategy due to be unveiled
The government will reveal its plan to tackle cyber crime later, including using the intelligence agency GCHQ to help the private sector protect itself.
25.11.11 - ICO asks public to Tell Me More about what information should be proactively released
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) today launched a consumer campaign aimed at getting the public to offer their views about what information public authorities should proactively release.
23.11.11 - Personal data 'lost by 132 councils'
Private data has been lost by or stolen from UK local councils more than 1,000 times since 2008, a report says
23.11.11 - Investigation reveals extent of data loss in the public sector
There have been more than 1,000 incidents of data loss in the past three years in the public sector.
22.11.11 - Southwark Council rapped for leaving sensitive documents and computer in vacated office
A computer and papers containing the personal information of 7,200 people were discovered in a skip earlier this year, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
22.11.11 - UK banks set for cyber security 'stress test'
British banks are to take part in a cyber attack exercise designed to test their response to a collapse of telecoms, internet and other systems.
17.11.11 - Scottish lawyer has unencrypted laptop stolen during holiday
A laptop belonging to a Scottish QC was stolen from her home
15.11.11 - Letwin signs commitment to keep personal details secure
Oliver Letwin must ensure that he keeps personal information secure or face formal enforcement action, the Information Commissioner has said. Christopher Graham today announced that the West Dorset MP’s disposal of constituency paperwork in public bins constituted a breach of the Data Protection Act.
14.11.11 - Information security will play a key part in enhancing the UK's economic prosperity
Speaking at the IISP's 5th annual general meeting, GCHQ director general for government and cyber security Jonathan Hoyle said that effective information security, underpinned by professionalisation and the continued growth of cyber skills in academia, will be a cornerstone for achieving success in this challenging technological environment.
11.11.11 - Former GCHQ director claims security ignorance is holding back business
A lack of understanding of cyber security issues is holding business leaders back from forming a sufficient strategy against cyber crime.
11.11.11 - Government criticised for lack of leadership on Big Data
The problem of 'big data' can be solved providing the right techniques are used to manage and search the 'digital landfill'
11.11.11 - Valve's online game service Steam hit by hackers
The Steam video game service, used by 35 million people, has been compromised by hackers. Its owner and operator, Valve, uncovered an intrusion into a user database while investigating a security breach of its discussion forums.
10.11.11 - Gambling worker guilty of selling 65,000 bingo players’ details
A former gambling industry worker who unlawfully obtained and sold personal data relating to over 65,000 online bingo players has been found guilty of committing three offences under section 55 of the Data Protection Act.
08.11.11 - Security patches for your people
If there's one thing the big security breaches of the past few years have taught us, it's that employees are just as critical to network security as the technology.