Industry News

18May

85% of organisations likely to miss out on GDPR deadline

As the deadline to comply with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looms, new research has revealed that 85 per cent of businesses in Europe and the US will not be ready on time. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th May 2018
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  • data protection, data security, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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17May

Implementing the Network and Information Systems Directive in the transport sector

Practical information for essential transport services on implementing the 2016 Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive. The NIS Directive and regulations are designed to increase the security of network and information systems that support the provision of essential services within the transport, water, energy, health and digital infrastructure sectors. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th May 2018
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  • cyber security, NIS, Transport Sector, transport security, UK Gov
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17May

CPS fined £325,000 after losing victim interview videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £325,000 by the ICO after they lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews. The DVDs contained recordings of interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse, to be used at the trial. This is the second penalty imposed on the CPS following the loss of sensitive […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th May 2018
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  • CPS, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec
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16May

NHS cyber-hero ‘discussed bank hack role’

The British cyber-security expert credited with thwarting a major ransomware attack is attempting to prevent a phone call transcript being used against him in the US courts. The document quotes Marcus Hutchins as saying that he wrote code for an unidentified third-party, who then used it to make bank-hacking software. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th May 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, ransomware, wannacry
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15May

The role of Information Asset Owners (IAOs) in government

Responsibilities of an IAO in managing the risks to personal information and business critical information held within a department. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th May 2018
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  • data security, IAO, Information Asset Owner, information security, risk management
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14May

Worcester Bosch admits data breach affecting ‘tens of thousands’

British boiler-maker Worcester Bosch has suffered a data breach that has inadvertently revealed the home addresses of “tens of thousands” of customers. A “systems issue” on Sunday morning caused multiple emails with addresses and names of customers to be sent out by accident. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th May 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data theft, information security, Infosec, Worcester Bosch
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14May

DIRECTOR GENERAL ANDREW PARKER SPEECH TO BFV SYMPOSIUM

Today I want to offer my reflections on the shared hybrid threats that European nations face from hostile activity by states but also from international terrorism. I also want to talk about how a joined-up European security response is critical to tackling these threats, and I want to give a flavour of what this response […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th May 2018
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  • Incident Response, MI5, physical security, Security, terrorism, threat, threat intelligence
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14May

IBM workers banned from using USB sticks

Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register. Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th May 2018
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  • data protection, data security, IBM, information security, USB
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10May

Tough new rules to protect UK’s critical infrastructure come into force

New measures to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and digital services from cyber attacks and computer network failure come into force today. Bosses of firms in health, water, energy, transport and digital infrastructure will now be expected to have robust safeguards in place against cyber threats and report breaches and network outages to regulators within […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th May 2018
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  • Critical Infrastructure, cyber attacks, cyber security, cyber threats, IT security, NCSC, NIS
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09May

Raising the bar – consent under the GDPR

We’ve already tackled some myths around consent when it comes to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve now published our final detailed guidance on consent to help you on your GDPR journey. This follows the guidance issued by the European Group of Data Protection Authorities, the Article 29 […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th May 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec
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09May

HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings. The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th May 2018
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  • cyber crime, data protection, fraud, HMRC, information security, scams
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09May

Durham Sixth Form Centre paid ransom after cyber-attack

A school paid out £1,500 in ransom money after it fell victim to a cyber-attack, the BBC has learned. Durham Sixth Form Centre was hit in the run-up to exams in April 2017 when a computer virus encrypted college files which contained students’ work. The County Durham school confirmed it had made the payment and that […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th May 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, hack, IT security, ransom
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09May

Equifax Admits 38,000 Driver Licences Stolen In Breach

Hacker treasure trove. Equifax data breach also saw the theft of data belonging to 3,200 passports Credit checking specialist Equifax has revealed more details about its hugely damaging data breach that was only reported in September last year, even though it had been discovered in late July 2017. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th May 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, equifax, hacker, information security
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09May

City of London Police to set up crack cyber-detective branch

City of London Police is building a new branch of supposedly IT-savvy detectives to protect businesses and consumers from cyber crime. According to a new report in the Daily Telegraph, City of London Police is planning to hire cyber detectives direct from some of the UK’s best universities to work as part of a specialist […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th May 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, hacking, London Police, police, public sector
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08May

Data stolen in Sheffield Credit Union cyber attack

The personal data of about 15,000 members of a credit union has been stolen in a cyber attack. Sheffield Credit Union (SCU) said information including names, addresses, national insurance numbers and bank details had been accessed. The attack happened in February but only came to light recently after hackers threatened to publish the data unless […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th May 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, ICO, information security
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08May

ICO – Draft Regulatory Action Policy

ICO Draft Regulatory Action Policy – This consultation closes on 28 June 2018.  Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th May 2018
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  • data protection, ICO, information security, Regulatory Action Policy
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08May

UK Manufacturers Top Attack Target For Cyber Crooks

Manufacturing was the sector most attacked by cyber-criminals in the UK last year, a report from NTT Security has found, mirroring warnings from other agencies including the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  The firm’s Global Threat Intelligence Report 2018 found that finance was the most targeted sector worldwide, accounting for 26 percent of attacks, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th May 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data theft, DDoS, information security, NCSC, uk manufacturers
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04May

Firms to face surprise raids in data inquiry

Britain’s data watchdog will be able to carry out unannounced raids on companies suspected of involvement in illegally harvesting personal ­information, under major new powers being introduced in the wake of the ­Facebook data scandal, The Sunday ­Telegraph can disclose. Ministers have drawn up legislation allowing the Information Commissioner to carry out “no notice” inspections without […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th May 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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04May

Twitter tells 330 million users to change their passwords

Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network. The social network said an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th May 2018
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  • cyber security, information security, passwords, twitter
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03May

UK Phisher Pleads Guilty to Just Eat Scam

A Kent man is facing several years behind bars after pleading guilty to running a large-scale phishing operation against Just Eat customers several year ago. Around 165,000 victims had data stolen by Grant West, 26, from the Isle of Sheppey. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd May 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, information security, Just Eat, phishing
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03May

Cambridge Analytica: Closure “will not stop investigation”

The closure of Cambridge Analytica will not stop a probe into the firm’s handling of millions of people’s data, investigators have said. The firm has been accused of acquiring data from up to 87 million Facebook profiles for use in political campaigns. Cambridge Analytica closed on Wednesday citing a loss of business. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd May 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data protection, Facebook, ICO, information security
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02May

WannaCry and GDPR – unlikely allies?

The global economic impact of cybercrime is currently estimated to be close to $600 billion, according to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. This figure is set to reach eye-watering $2 trillion by 2019 as the intensity and frequency of attacks increase. Claiming over 200,000 victims, last year’s most notorious ransomware, WannaCry, infected 300,000 computers, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd May 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threat, data protection, GDPR, information security, IoT, NCSC, ransomware, wannacry
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02May

Hacker harvested bank details from websites including JustEat, Uber and Sainsbury’s

A self taught cybercriminal harvested bank details from the websites of major companies such as JustEat, Uber and Sainsbury’s. Grant West, 26, called himself the “Courvoisier” as he spent 18 hours a day selling 78 million individual usernames and passwords to criminals on the dark web. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd May 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hacker, information security, JustEat, Sainsbury''s, Uber
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02May

Blunder sees Civil Service circulate email addresses

A government department has written to hundreds of individuals who have been affected by a data protection breach caused by “human error”, in an effort to contain the incident. The mistake was made by an employee in the Central Appointments Unit of the Executive Office last Tuesday when an email about two public appointments in the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd May 2018
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  • civil service, data breach, data protection, human error, ICO, Insider threat
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01May

UK critical services need to up cyber defences to avoid fines

More than two-thirds of UK critical infrastructure organisations (70%) have suffered from service outages on their IT networks in the past two years, freedom of information (FoI) requests have revealed.  If their cyber defence capability is not improved soon, these organisations could face fines under the new UK rules which come into force soon, according […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st May 2018
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  • Critical Infrastructure, cyber defences, cyber security, cyber threat, malware, NCSC, NIS
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01May

City of London Police Takes Cybercrime Fight to Businesses

The City of London police force has launched a new initiative designed to share threat intelligence and best practice advice on how to improve cyber-defense for the countless businesses in the Square Mile.  The Cyber Griffin community policing initiative has been developed to help both the business community and IT professionals. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st May 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber defence, cyber security, Uk police
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01May

NHS Gets £150m Cyber-Spending Boost

The NHS is set to receive a £150m cash injection to fund improved cybersecurity, including a new deal to upgrade all health and care organizations to Windows 10.  The government announcement over the weekend claimed the three-year funding plan would help the health service respond more quickly to threats and allow local trusts to spot […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st May 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat, FireWall, NHS, ransomware
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27Apr

Data security: the low-down

Cybercrime is rapidly becoming more advanced and calculated. Every day hundreds of thousands of new threats are created, whilst jobs in the cybersecurity sector are expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021 (a rise from just a million in 2016). This can seem overwhelming and much of the time it’s easy to feel distant from the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th April 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, data protection, data security, IT security
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26Apr

Two-fifths of UK Firms Suffered Attack or Security Breach in 2017

Some 43% of UK businesses have experienced a security breach or cyber-attack in the past 12 months, a slight drop from a year previously, according to the latest government research. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 is comprised of interviews with over 1500 UK businesses and 50 follow-up […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th April 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR
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25Apr

New figures show large numbers of businesses and charities suffer at least one cyber attack in the past year

Businesses urged to protect themselves against cyber crime after new statistics show over four in ten of businesses and two in ten charities suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. With one month to go until new data protection laws come into force, UK businesses are being urged to protect themselves against […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th April 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, NCSC
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25Apr

International operation shuts down notorious cyber crime website

A website linked to more than four million cyber attacks across the globe, including attacks targeting some of the UK’s biggest banks, has been shut down following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Dutch National Police, in collaboration with international law enforcement partners. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, DDoS, malware, NCA
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25Apr

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018

The Government has surveyed UK businesses and charities to find out they approach cyber security and help them learn more about the cyber security issues faced by industry.  The research informs Government policy on cyber security and how Government works with industry to make Britain one of the most secure places to do business online. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, security breach, UK Government
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25Apr

At least 432 UK businesses to be affected by NIS cyber-security regulation

At least 432 businesses in the UK are likely to be affect by the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations 2018, according to an impact assessment carried out by the UK government. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th April 2018
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  • CNI, Critical Infrastructure, network security, NIS, regulation
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24Apr

GDPR warning over boilerplate policy

The Law Society has published a checklist for firms in the latest instalment of advice on compliance with a new data protection regime coming into force in 24 working days. However, Society data protection experts joined a senior figure from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last week in warning firms not to expect or to […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th April 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec
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24Apr

Former hospital worker prosecuted for inappropriately accessing patient records

A former employee of a Milton Keynes hospital trust has been prosecuted for accessing patient records without authorisation. Michelle Harrison, of Milton Keynes, inappropriately accessed the records of 12 patients outside of her role as receptionist/general assistant in the Orthotics Department at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between March 2016 and January 2017. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th April 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec, Insider threat, NHS
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23Apr

UK finance firms urged to team up in cyber crime fight

The way financial firms in the UK handle cyber security is inefficient and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, a new report by KPMG and the industry body UK Finance has said. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, finance, KPMG, threat intelligence
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23Apr

Half of UK manufacturers fall victim to cyber attacks

The UK has already suffered stealth cyber attacks on more than 80 manufacturing plants, with criminals deploying tactics that could put critical national infrastructure at risk. Britain’s spy agencies have warned the bosses of utilities, transport and health services that Russian hackers are invading unprotected networks ahead of a potentially serious attack. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd April 2018
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  • CNI, Critical National Infrastructure, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security
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23Apr

GCHQ warns public ‘absolute protection not possible’ as it briefs power and transport firms on cyber attacks

Britain’s spy agencies cannot offer “absolute protection” against Russian cyber attacks and are instead focused on preventing assaults that would “most impact on our way of life”, in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, GCHQ is warning. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd April 2018
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  • CNI, Critical National Infrastructure, cyber attacks, cyber defence, cyber security, NCSC
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23Apr

TSB customers report online problems

TSB customers have reported problems with their online banking after weekend upgrades to the company’s systems. The bank warned its users that it was carrying out upgrades between 16:00 BST on Friday and 18:00 on Sunday. But a number of customers were still facing problems on Sunday evening. One customer was credited with £13,000 he didn’t […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd April 2018
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  • data protection, information security, Infosec, TSB
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19Apr

UK Commits £15m to Commonwealth Cyber-Initiative

The UK has agreed to spend up to £15m to boost cybersecurity in Commonwealth nations, as part of a wide-ranging inter-governmental commitment to fighting online threats.  The 53-state Commonwealth is seen by many as a throwback to the days of the British Empire, but nonetheless represents almost a third of the world’s population. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th April 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, NCSC
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19Apr

NHS website defaced by hackers

An NHS website hosting data from patient surveys that was defaced by hackers has been fixed. The site, insights.london.nhs.uk, was given a black background, eerie music and a message in white text that read: “Hacked by AnoaGhost.” Cyber-security expert Kevin Beaumont spotted the defacement and tweeted a screenshot of it to his followers on Tuesday […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th April 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, hackers, NHS
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18Apr

Hackers have access to 20m British devices

Details of up to 20 million network connected devices in Britain are listed on a database that is accessible to hackers. Unsecured internet routers, CCTV cameras, traffic lights and industrial heating systems are among the devices, which are searchable by location, make and IP address on a global database of connected products. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th April 2018
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  • CCTV Surveillance, data protection, hackers, information security, Infosec
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18Apr

Joint US – UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th April 2018
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  • Critical Infrastructure, cyber security, cyber threats, DHS, FBI, NCSC
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18Apr

Every hospital tested for cybersecurity has failed

All 200 hospitals and other NHS organisations that have been tested so far have failed cybersecurity checks, according to a report by MPs. Some hospitals have not fixed the original vulnerability that led to last year’s cyberattack and NHS chiefs are not working fast enough to protect the health service, even though a repeat is […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, NHS, wannacry
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17Apr

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is investigating a “cyber-security incident”, the company has announced. The app and website let people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture.  Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th April 2018
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  • cyber security, ICO, IKEA, information security, TaskRabbit
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17Apr

‘Lazy hackers’ turn to automated attack tools

Cyber-attackers are turning to tools that automate the process of finding and hijacking vulnerable servers, a study has found. The study used a fake server known as a honeypot to log everything done to it by digital intruders. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, data theft, hackers
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16Apr

UK businesses urged to ensure they do cyber security basics

The cyber threat to UK businesses is “bigger than ever”, according to the latest joint cyber threat report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA). Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th April 2018
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  • cyber defence, cyber security, cyber threats, NCSC, phishing
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13Apr

Building the cyber security community

Elizabeth Denham’s speech at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CYBERUK 2018 event, Manchester Central, 12 April 2018. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th April 2018
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  • cyber security, Cyber UK, data protection, Elizabeth Denham, GDPR, ICO, NCSC
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12Apr

The cyber threat to UK business 2017-2018 report

As part of the NCSC’s assistance to businesses across the UK, this annual threat report has been published in partnership with the NCA. By sharing our experiences of exposure to cyber incidents, the NCSC raises awareness across the board and improves the nation’s cyber defences. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th April 2018
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  • cyber defences, cyber security, cyber threat, NCA, NCSC
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12Apr

UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary’s online efforts in […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th April 2018
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  • Counter Terrorism, cyber attack, cyber intelligence, cyber security, Islamic State
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12Apr

New Cyber Attack categorisation system to improve UK response to incidents

The NCSC and law enforcement are implementing a new cyber incident prioritisation framework. HACKERS wanting to harm the UK will be thwarted thanks to a step-change in how intelligence experts align with law enforcement, it has been announced today. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th April 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, CyberUK18, GDPR, Incident Response, NCSC, NIS
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11Apr

Great Western Railway accounts breached

A British rail operator has reset more than a million customer accounts after discovering hackers had successfully breached a small percentage of them. Great Western Railway said that about 1,000 of its passengers’ details had been exposed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th April 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Great Western Railway, hacker, Information Security. InfoSec
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11Apr

UK to launch crackdown on dark web

The UK is to enhance its specialist law enforcement response to crack down on criminals operating on the dark web. Home secretary Amber Rudd is to announce funding to crackdown on criminals who exploit the dark web at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberUK 2018 conference in Manchester. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, dark web, NCA, NCSC
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10Apr

World-leading cyber centre to be developed in London’s Olympic Park

A new world-first £13.5 million cyber innovation centre, located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will help secure the UK’s position as a global leader in the growing cyber security sector. The London Cyber Innovation Centre will boost the thriving East London digital cluster and spur the development of cutting-edge technology to keep the nation safe […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th April 2018
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  • Cyber Security. UK Government, cyber threats, IT security, NCSC
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10Apr

UK hit by ‘more online attacks than ever before’

Criminals are launching more online attacks against British businesses than ever before, the National Cyber Security Centre and NCA have warned. Nation states including Russia and North Korea have been behind attacks which affected the UK and other countries this year, while organised crime groups have also continued to harm the economy. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, CyberUK, IT security, NCSC
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10Apr

Cyber attackers target 800 Bristol hospital staff email accounts

North Bristol NHS Trust has revealed it recently thwarted a cyber attack which threatened around 800 staff email accounts. The Trust’s cyber security team was able to fend off the ‘phishing’ style attack which took place in February. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th April 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threat, IT security, NHS. Phishing
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09Apr

YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th April 2018
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  • data protection, ftc, google, information security, Infosec, privacy, Youtube
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06Apr

More than 1.5 billion business and consumer files exposed online

With just over a month to go before the GDPR compliance deadline, more than 1.5 billion data files are exposed online without adequate protections, a report reveals. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th April 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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06Apr

Almost half of UK businesses are vulnerable to IoT hacking

2.7 million firms in the UK are leaving their corporate networks vulnerable due to insecure IoT devices, ForeScout research has shown. Almost half (47 per cent) of the 500 CIOs and IT managers who took part told ForeScout that they allowed IoT devices onto their corporate network without changing the default password – equating to […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th April 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber vulnerabilities, hacking, IoT, vulnerabilities
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05Apr

2.7 Million UK Businesses Wide Open to IoT Hacks

About 2.7 million businesses in the UK are leaving themselves vulnerable to internet of things (IoT) hacks. ForeScout worked with CensusWide to conduct an independent survey of 500 CIOs and IT decisionmakers to see how prepared they are for IoT cybersecurity and the results were concerning: 47% admitted to not updating default passwords on all […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th April 2018
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  • cyber security, GDPR, Hacks, IoT, IT security
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05Apr

Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica – many more than previously disclosed. The BBC has been told that about 1.1 million of them are UK-based. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th April 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data protection, Facebook, information security, Infosec
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03Apr

UK firms failing to make financial plans for cyber attacks

Most UK firms are failing to plan for the financial impact of cyber attacks, a survey by Lloyds Bank has revealed. Only a third of UK business leaders say they have a financial plan in place to counter the effects of a cyber attack, a survey shows. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd April 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber risk, cyber security, IT security
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03Apr

Grindr defends HIV-related data sharing

Gay dating app Grindr has defended itself after outcry over how it shared data with two external companies. On Monday it emerged the app had, among other things, provided information on HIV status, including date last tested. Grindr said the data was shared in line with standard industry practices, and that it felt the app […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd April 2018
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  • data protection, Data Sharing, Grindr, information security, Infosec
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29Mar

TalkTalk urged to improve cybersecurity in wake of ‘worryingly easy’ web system flaw

TalkTalk is facing renewed calls to improve its cybersecurity after an anonymous hacker contacted Sky News about a website flaw that went unfixed for years. The hacker – known as “B” – found a “Cross Site Scripting” error allowing him to take control of a convincing looking “talktalk.co.uk” URL, which meant he could potentially trick any […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th March 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, Security flaw, TalkTalk, vulnerabilities
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28Mar

The serious side of pranking

I was recently targeted for a prank and have taken the unorthodox step of asking James Linton, the very person who was trying to prank me, to help write this blog. Our joint aim is to lay bare the realities of email security and, given that a cyber attack looks exactly like a prank, use […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th March 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber defence, cyber security, NCSC, phishing, spear phishing
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27Mar

Stormont emails hit by cyber-attack

Stormont has issued a warning to all staff, including political parties, after discovering its email service was hit by a cyber attack. In an email seen by the BBC, staff were told the attack was an external source trying to access assembly mailboxes with numerous password attempts. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th March 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, NCSC, Stormont
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27Mar

Ukad hack: Anti-doping agency holding thousands of sports stars’ drug test details hit by cyber attack

The UK anti-doping agency, which holds thousands of sports stars’ drug test details and medical records, has been hit by a cyber attack. The Independent can reveal that staff at the agency’s London headquarters were called into a meeting on Monday morning, where they were informed of the breach and sent home. Premier League footballers, high-profile […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th March 2018
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  • cyber attack. cyber security, cyber crime, fancy bears, hack, security breach, ukad
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26Mar

Europol tracks down suspected leader of Carbanak malware campaigns

The suspected leader of a criminal ring responsible for the theft of over €1 billion from financial institutions has been arrested.  The suspect, arrested in Alicante, Spain, is potentially the mastermind behind Carbanak and Cobalt malware campaigns which accounted for over 100 banks and financial organizations as victims. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th March 2018
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  • Carbanak, Cobalt, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, malware
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22Mar

Facebook warned ‘enough is enough’ by advertisers

Advertisers are telling Facebook that “enough is enough” following a data breach that left millions of users’ information open to exploitation. It has emerged that ISBA, a trade body which represents major UK advertisers, will meet Facebook this week. If it fails to provide assurances about the security of users’ data, advertisers may spend money […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd March 2018
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  • Advertisers, Cambridge Analytica, data breach, data protection, Facebook
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22Mar

Fears over card detail thefts after Active security breach

Credit card details may have been stolen from marathon runners and endurance athletes after a security breach in a payment system. Active Network is used by a number of events including Velothon Wales, the Cardiff Half Marathon and Ironman Wales to process registrations and payments. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd March 2018
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  • Active, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec, security breach
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21Mar

ICO statement: investigation into data analytics for political purposes

On 7 March, my office issued a Demand for Access to records and data in the hands of Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica has not responded by the deadline provided; therefore, we are seeking a warrant to obtain information and access to systems and evidence related to our investigation. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st March 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytical, data protection, Facebook, ICO, information security, Infosec
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21Mar

A win for the data protection of UK consumers – WhatsApp signs public commitment not to share personal data with Facebook until data protection concerns are addressed

People have a right to have their personal data kept safe, only used in ways that are properly explained to them, and for certain uses of their data, to which they expressly consent. This is a requirement of the Data Protection Act. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st March 2018
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  • data protection, data protection act, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec, whatsapp
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21Mar

Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.  While self-driving cars have been involved in multiple accidents, it is thought to be the first time an autonomous car […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st March 2018
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  • autonomous car, IoT, Self driving car, Uber
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20Mar

Email fraud warning: Now hackers want your data as well as your money

Fraudsters are launch phishing campaigns which come in the shape of fake emails pretending to be from someone within the same organisation as the victim – and the crooks are increasingly targeting data over money. Email fraud, particularly business email compromise, hit the headlines when the FBI said this particular form of cyber criminal activity […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th March 2018
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  • cyber crime, data protection, email fraud, fraud, hackers, phishing
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20Mar

National Lottery hacked: Millions of customers warned to change passwords

The National Lottery has warned more than 10 million players with online accounts to change their passwords due to a security breach. It said hackers had made attempts to access accounts and that limited information may have been viewed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th March 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, hack, National Lottery, passwords, security breach
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20Mar

The most significant UK data breaches

The most noteworthy data breaches revealed about UK organisations in recent history. Seldom does a week go by without a major data breach being reported. As organisations continue to struggle to secure their valuable data against an ever-growing range of threats, the fear of a breach is keeping any CISO worth their salt up at […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th March 2018
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  • CISO, data breach, data protection, data theft, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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19Mar

ICO statement: investigation into data analytics for political purposes

We are investigating the circumstances in which Facebook data may have been illegally acquired and used. It’s part of our ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes which was launched to consider how political parties and campaigns, data analytics companies and social media platforms in the UK are using and analysing […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2018
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  • cyber crime, data breach, data protection, data theft, ICO, information security, Infosec
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19Mar

Cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats that schools face, experts warn

Cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats that schools face, experts have warned, as new figures show that a fifth of education establishments have been hit. Hackers see teachers and parents as a “soft target” since they are often ill-equipped to deal with cyber thefts, while sensitive data held by schools – such as […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber threats, hackers, malware, phishing, schools
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15Mar

Surveillance camera commissioner warns government of the need for data protection to avoid “nightmare scenario”

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter has called on politicians to implement new rules to ensure that surveillance technologies are not abused. In an address to the ANPR Conference, Porter said there is a growing appetite for the “use of increasingly intrusive technologies integrated with surveillance camera systems in society”. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2018
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  • cctv, privacy, Security, Surveilance Cameras, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, UK Government
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14Mar

Breaches Are Costing Companies Much More Than Money

The cost of a data breach isn’t limited to financial loss. The repercussions of inadequate data handling processes can extend further and last longer than a one-time fine. On August 5, 2015, the British mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse discovered a “sophisticated attack” on its systems, possibly compromising the personal information of 2.5 million customers and […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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13Mar

Security Think Tank: Human, procedural and technical response to fileless malware

What should organisations do at the very least to ensure business computers are protected from fileless malware? Fileless malware attacks are growing. According to research by the Sans Institute, issued in their 2017 Threat landscape survey, a third of organisations reported experiencing fileless attacks. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th March 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, malware, phishing, Threat Landscape
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09Mar

This report sets out the Government’s work to help ensure the consumer “internet of things” (IoT) is secure by design, with security built in from the start.

The Government’s ambition is to make the UK the most secure place in the world to live and do business online, and the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business. This report advocates a fundamental shift in approach: moving the burden away from consumers having to secure their devices and instead […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th March 2018
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  • cyber security, Government, IoT, Security
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09Mar

New measures to boost cyber security in millions of internet-connected devices

Manufacturers of ‘smart’ devices will be expected to build-in tough new security measures that last the lifetime of the product. Bosses behind ‘smart’ devices such as televisions, toys and speakers found in millions of homes will be expected to build-in tough new security measures that last the lifetime of the product, as part of plans […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th March 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threat. privacy, IoT, NCSC, smart devices
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09Mar

ICO hands out record fines ahead of GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) handed out a record number of fines to companies in January, with financial services firms accounting for almost half of them, suggesting that pressure is being ramped up ahead of the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th March 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec
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08Mar

Cyber crime costs Londoners £26 million a month, police warn

Londoners are losing an average of £26 million a month in cyber attacks on businesses and individuals, Scotland Yard warned today. About 3,500 victims of cyber fraud are recorded in the capital each month, with phishing emails, ransomware and malware the most common scams. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th March 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threat, fraud, malware, phishing, ransomware
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07Mar

Government demands strong security for smart devices to stop homes being hacked

Smart devices such as televisions, toys and smart home speakers will be expected to include new, strong security features to keep them safe from hackers, the Government has said. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a Security By Design review which includes guidelines and a new code of practice from […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th March 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, data protection, hackers, IoT, NCA
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07Mar

UK consumers reveal worry over online data sharing

With the May deadline for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, new research has revealed that British businesses could be overloaded with up to 37m requests for personal data to be edited or deleted. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th March 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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02Mar

An introduction to the Data Protection Bill

This document is intended as an introduction to the content and structure of the Data Protection Bill for organisations and individuals who are already familiar with data protection law and the GDPR. It seeks to help you navigate your way around the Bill and focus on the sections that are most relevant to you. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd March 2018
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  • data protection, data protection act, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec
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02Mar

Police arrest 16 people in cyber crime inquiry

Police have arrested 16 people who have allegedly been acting as “money mules” in online scams. The group of 15 men and one woman, who range in age from 16 to 51, were arrested over the last week by the Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd March 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, fraud, online scams
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02Mar

NCSC warns UK charities vulnerable to hackers

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a warning to UK charities that hackers could target them. Charities that help carry out government initiatives within foreign countries are those deemed to be the most vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to GCHQ. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd March 2018
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  • Charities, cyber attack, cyber security, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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28Feb

School video footage appears online

Video footage from four UK schools has found its way on to a US website that allows people to view unsecured CCTV cameras. It has led the Information Commissioner’s Office to reiterate the need for tighter CCTV camera security. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th February 2018
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  • Camera Security, cctv, CCTV Camera, cyber security, data protection, ICO, privacy, UK Schools
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27Feb

‘Cryptojacking’ attacks surge 1,200% in UK

“Cryptojacking” attacks in the UK have surged by 1,200% in just a few months, cybersecurity researchers have told Sky News. The figures, which show the huge increase from October to January, were detected by cybersecurity firm Symantec Threat Intelligence and rank the UK fourth in the world in terms of the numbers of victims. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2018
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  • cryptojacking, cyber attacks, cyber security, ICO, malware, threat intelligence
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27Feb

Data-driven surveillance and the privacy-security balance: ‘Question Time’ insights from Tony Porter, Lord Paddick and more

The “Orwellian” deployment of video surveillance systems in Abu Dhabi was among the topics discussed by a panel including Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter and Lord Brian Paddick on Wednesday. Taking place at the London School of Economics on Wednesday the ‘Question Time’ style debate also explored issues around body-worn video (BWV), ANPR and data […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2018
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  • cctv, cyber security, GDPR, privacy, Surveillance camera
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27Feb

Small businesses “worryingly unprepared” for GDPR, warns Federation of Small Businesses

The majority of small businesses in the UK are unprepared for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federation of Small Businesses has warned. Its research suggests that one-third of small and medium-sized businesses have not updated their IT infrastructure and business updates in order to make sure that they comply with the GDPR […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec, Small Businesses
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27Feb

London councils set aside more than £1.2m for GDPR

London councils have spent over £1.2m in preparation for new EU data protection laws, a think tank report has revealed. London councils have individually spent up to £300,000 on software, training and consultancy to prepare for the EU’s General Data Protect Regulation (GDPR) ahead of the compliance deadline of 25 May 2018, according to a report […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec, London Council
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26Feb

CCTV systems installed in Toilets of British Schools hacked!

Can you ever imagine a security camera in one of your or your kid’s school bathrooms? Never, right! As installation of security cameras in bathrooms and bedrooms used in public spaces is strictly prohibited by the state surveillance laws. But some schools in Britain seem to have completely ignored the CCTV installation laws as live […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th February 2018
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  • Britain, cctv, cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, hack, schools
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26Feb

British teen who tried to hack CIA chief finds ‘critical’ T-Mobile flaw exposing customer accounts

A “critical” security flaw on T-Mobile’s website that could have allowed hackers to hijack customers’ accounts has been uncovered by a British teen who tried to hack the accounts of multiple senior US government officials. Security researcher Kane Gamble, 18, found and reported the bug via the mobile carrier’s bug bounty programme through HackerOne on […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th February 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, flaw, hacker, information security, T Mobile
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26Feb

Former council worker fined for sharing personal information about schoolchildren and parents via Snapchat

A former local authority education worker who illegally shared personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been prosecuted. Samira Bouzkraoui, 24, took a screenshot of a council spreadsheet concerning children and their eligibility for free school meals before sending it to the estranged parent of one of the pupils via Snapchat. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th February 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec, Insider threat, snapchat
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23Feb

Half of UK Firms Hit by Cyber-Related Fraud in Past Two Years

Nearly half of UK organizations (49%) have suffered from cyber-related fraud in the past two years, according to the latest research from PwC. The global consulting firm polled over 7200 business decision makers to compile its Global Economic Crime & Fraud Survey. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd February 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threat, fraud, information security, Infosec
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23Feb

Data protection by design

There are people who don’t trust you with their personal data. That’s one finding from our 2017 annual ICO survey: just one-fifth of the UK public report having trust and confidence in companies and organisations storing their personal information. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data theft, ICO, information security, Infosec
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23Feb

Public transport shifting from forensic to real-time video surveillance

Recent research has shown that more than 85 per cent of transport networks across Western Europe are set to install internet protocol (IP) cameras instead of analogue CCTV technology, to increase the level of safety for passengers and staff. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd February 2018
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  • cctv, cyber crime, cyber security, safety, video surveillance
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21Feb

Young Brits ‘lack cyber-security awareness’

More than 52% of Britons aged 18-25 are using the same password for lots of online services, suggests a survey. By doing so they make it easy for hackers to hijack accounts, warned the UK government’s Cyber Aware campaign. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st February 2018
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  • computer hacking, Cyber Aware, cyber security, hackers
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20Feb

‘Patients’ details on lost laptop’ claim

THE private details of an alleged 70 patients of Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust were on a laptop and documents which were discovered by a contractor after being left in a car-park, it has been claimed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec
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20Feb

Concerns over ‘inconsistent approach’ to safeguarding sensitive data

Three in four of the local authorities which responded to the research still do not provide mandatory cyber security training to staff. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th February 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber security training, data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec
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20Feb

Botnets shift focus to credential abuse

Cyber criminals are increasingly using automated attacks that make use of stolen credentials, a security threat report warns. There was a sharp increase in the threat of credential abuse in the last three months of 2017, according to the latest internet threat report from cloud delivery firm Akamai. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th February 2018
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  • Akamai, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber threat, data protection, DDoS, information security, IoT
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20Feb

Councils ‘unprepared’ for cyber-attacks, report says

More than 25% of UK councils have had their computer systems breached in the past five years, campaigners say. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th February 2018
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  • councils, cyber security, data breach, data protection, data protection act, GDPR, Infosec, Security, UK
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19Feb

PM speech at Munich Security Conference: 17 February 2018

For more than half a century, this conference has brought nations together from Europe and across the Atlantic to forge our common security. The fundamental values we share – respect for human dignity, human rights, freedom, democracy and equality – have created common cause to act together in our shared interest. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th February 2018
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  • cyber security, PM, Security, Theresa May
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19Feb

Lawsuits threaten infosec research — just when we need it most

Security researchers and reporters have something in common: both hold the powerful accountable. But doing so has painted a target on their backs — and looming threats of legal action and lawsuits have many concerned. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th February 2018
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  • cyber attacks, information security, Infosec, law firms
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16Feb

Information Commissioner investigates alleged data breach by social care charity

The former landlord of change, grow, live in Ashton-under-Lyne told a regional paper that he found 100 sensitive records in a filing cabinet after the charity moved last November. The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating the health and social care charity change, grow, live after accusations were made that it left more than 100 sensitive beneficiary […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data theft, ICO, information security, Infosec
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16Feb

Well – almost a year on from the launch of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy (England and Wales) and much to report.

Last week all the strand leaders with responsibility for delivery of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy, hunkered down together to outline their successes, obstacles and proposed plans for the next reporting year. When I first set out my plans for a National Strategy it was in full recognition of how the surveillance industry and its […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th February 2018
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  • cctv, national surveillance camera strategy, privacy, Surveillance camera
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16Feb

Briton jailed for two years for product testing for hackers

A Briton has been jailed for two years for running a product-testing service for hackers. A 24-year-old man from Colchester, Essex has been sentenced to two years in prison for running a website that allowed cyber criminals to test attacks against antivirus scanners. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th February 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, hackers, product testing
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16Feb

FedEx S3 Bucket Exposes Private Details on Thousands Worldwide

Personal information for thousands of FedEx customers worldwide has been exposed after a legacy Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage server was left open to public access without a password. Kromtech Security Center researchers stumbled upon the AWS S3 bucket, finding that it contained more than 119,000 scanned documents, including passports, drivers’ licenses and Applications […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th February 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, FedEx, information security, Infosec
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15Feb

The ANPR Independent Advisory Group is now in being!!

Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR) fall within my statutory regulatory remit. ANPR is a defined surveillance camera system, by virtue of Section 29(6)(a) of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The system is operated by police forces who are relevant authorities as described by that particular legislation who therefore have a responsibility to have […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th February 2018
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  • cctv, privacy, Security, Surveillance camera
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15Feb

Scores of confidential files with personal details about abuse survivors were left in our office – and nobody seemed to care

Scores of confidential social services files containing highly personal details about the lives of vulnerable young people – including abuse survivors – have been found abandoned in an empty Tameside office. The extraordinary data breach was discovered by the building’s landlord after drug service contractor Change, Grow, Live (CGL) left a fortnight ago. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data theft, information security, Infosec, Tameside Council
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15Feb

UK blames Russia for NotPetya cyber-attack last year

The defence minister has accused the Russian government of “undermining democracy” with a cyber-attack that targeted Ukraine and spread across Europe last year. The UK government took the unusual step of publicly accusing Moscow of the NotPetya ransomware attack in June, which primarily targeted the Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th February 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, notpetya, Russia, UK
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14Feb

Financial Services Sector Breaches Triple in Five Years

Financial services firms are targeted more than any other sector, with breaches tripling over the past five years, according to the latest report from Accenture. The consultancy conducted over 2100 interviews with hundreds of organizations in the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Japan, France and Italy to compile its latest Cost of Cyber Crime study. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th February 2018
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  • CISO, cyber crime, data breach, data protection, financial services, information security
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14Feb

CISOs fear ‘perfect storm’ of cybercrime

Pretty much all security leaders fear digital threats will rise across multiple channels, including the web, social media and mobile technologies. This is according to a new report by RiskIQ which revealed a ‘perfect storm’ of cybercrime, as a combination of staff shortages and escalating threats. In such a scenario, organisations would be caught completely […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th February 2018
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  • CISO, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, RiskIQ
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12Feb

Winter Olympics Site Taken Out for 12 Hours

Visitors to the official website of the Winter Olympics were left high and dry over the weekend after a cyber-attack made it unavailable for around 12 hours. The incident happened shortly before the opening ceremony on Friday, with the issue only resolved by 8am the next day local time. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th February 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, Olympic Games, Winter Olympics
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12Feb

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th February 2018
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  • computer hacking, cryptocurrency, cyber attack, cyber security, hackers, ICO
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08Feb

One in three companies rely on outdated cybersecurity tools

A new report released today, commissioned by Cyber adAPT and conducted by Ovum, reveals that nearly a third (31%) of security teams depend solely on outdated tools such as basic search and monitoring for their cyber security needs. The report, Business has a crucial need for continuous threat visibility and cybersecurity management services, collates insight […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection
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08Feb

Accident recovery firm employee who sold personal data to nuisance callers is fined

A former worker at an accident repair firm who downloaded and sold the personal data of motorists to nuisance callers has been fined. Phillip Bagnall, 33, of Scotta Road, Eccles, Greater Manchester, was an employee of Nationwide Accident Repair Services Limited (NARS) when he was found to be accessing suspicious volumes of customer data from […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • data protection, data theft, ICO, information security, Infosec, Insider threat
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08Feb

Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online in ‘Biggest Leak in History’

Someone just posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2018
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  • apple, cyber security, information security, InfoSec. Data Protection
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08Feb

76% of local government organisations suffered a cyber attack in the past year

A total 87% of local government organisations have experienced a phishing attack in the past 12 months, closely followed by 76% who have experienced a malware, virus or Trojan attack, according to research into threats and opportunities across local government by Malwarebytes. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, malware, phishing, trojan
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08Feb

Half of web users are faking their data due to security fears

Almost 50% of internet users are falsifying the data that companies ask them to hand over when signing up for services online, according to new research. Digital advertising and marketing contribute to a global industry worth hundreds of billions of pounds, but the data which underpins that industry may not be very reliable. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2018
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  • data protection, data theft, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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07Feb

Most companies are still failing cybersecurity readiness tests

Almost three quarters of companies have below-par cybersecurity protection, according to wide-ranging new research. A new report from Hiscox found that only eleven per cent of companies are considered cybersecurity experts, and 16 per cent achieved expert status in either strategy or execution (but not both). Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th February 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, data protection, Security
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07Feb

2017: Worst Year Ever for Data Loss and Breaches

Last year set the record for both the most breaches and the most data compromised in a year, as several new trends (like a surge in cloud storage misconfigurations) characterized the proceedings. According to Risk Based Security’s 2017 Data Breach QuickView Report, there were 5,207 breaches recorded last year, surpassing the previous high mark by nearly […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data theft, information security, Infosec
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06Feb

Every NHS trust tested for cybersecurity has failed, officials admit

Every NHS trust assessed for cyber security vulnerabilities has failed to meet the standard required, civil servants have said for the first time. In a parliamentary hearing on the WannaCry attack which disrupted parts of the NHS last year, Department of Health (DoH) officials said all 200 trusts had failed, despite increases in security provision. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th February 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, malware, NHS, vulnerabilities
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06Feb

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – regulation on the horizon to combat cyber-crime?

The Treasury has indicated that it is planning on regulating bitcoin, in an attempt to bring some order to the Wild West that is cryptocurrencies. What would regulation of Bitcoin achieve? Teresa May in a recent televised interview with Bloomberg stated that cryptocurrencies are something that should be reviewed ‘very seriously, precisely because of how […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th February 2018
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  • Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, cyber crime, cyber security
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05Feb

‘Evil’ hacking tool used on thousands of victims stopped in worldwide crackdown

A hacking tool that let cybercriminals take over thousands of other people’s computers has been taken down thanks to a UK-led international operation. Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) worked with European, Australian and American colleagues to disrupt the Luminosity Link remote access trojan (RAT). This programme, once installed on a victim’s computer, gave offenders […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th February 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, hackers, information security, Infosec, malware, NCA
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05Feb

‘Serious’ data breach at borough council referred to the regulator

A ‘SERIOUS’ breach of data protection has taken place at the borough council with councillors unable to discuss the matter on legal advice. A document about the breach being reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was presented to councillors at a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council meeting on Monday last week. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th February 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec
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02Feb

Security Think Tank: Establish best practice before automating security processes

How can organisations evolve their security operations teams to do more automation of basic tasks and cope with dynamic IT environments? I’m all in favour of good process. Process makes life easier and increases efficiency – who doesn’t want that? I’m also in favour of getting things right and making sure the process has been clearly and […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd February 2018
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  • automation, cyber attacks, cyber security, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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01Feb

Government minister in charge of data protection appears to breach privacy rules in new app

The minister in charge of the Government’s Data Protection policy has created an app which appears to break these very rules, after promising British people will “have more control over their data.” Matt Hancock MP excitedly launched his new app to engage with constituents – named after himself – on Thursday morning, but it has been […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st February 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec, UK Government
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31Jan

UK finalises plans to implement new cybersecurity laws

Organisations that breach new UK cybersecurity laws could be fined more than once by different regulators in relation to the same security breach, the UK government has admitted. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st January 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, IT security, privacy, UK Government
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31Jan

UK finance sector cyber security pros admit shocking practices

UK financial sector IT security teams face immense challenges that are undermining business opportunities and continuity in financial services, a survey reveals. Two-thirds of UK information security practitioners admit to cyber security practices in their organisation that would “shock outsiders”. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st January 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, financial sector, information security, infrosec, IT security, threats
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31Jan

BIFM London conference reveals programme

Tickets are now available for the BIFM London annual conference, which takes place on 5 March at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place, London. Mike Gillespie from Advent IM will kick off the technology and innovation-themed event with a presentation looking at how the FM is now at the forefront of the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st January 2018
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  • BIFM London, cyber crime, cyber security, Facilities Management, FM, hackers, IoT
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30Jan

Employee data offers proverbial ‘keys to the kingdom’ to cybercriminals

Today, organisations house vastly more amounts of sensitive data than ever before and their users have relatively easy access to that data. Securing this data is made more difficult by how we work today – while organisations used to rely heavily on perimeter security, today, it’s quite common for a business manager to access highly […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th January 2018
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  • BYOD, cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, information security
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30Jan

UK Government Warns of £17m Non-Compliance Fines for CNI Firms

The government has warned providers of “essential services” that they face fines of up to £17m if they fail to put in place robust cybersecurity to comply with the EU’s NIS Directive by May 10. The Security of Network and Information Systems Directive, to give it its full name, is an attempt by the European […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th January 2018
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  • CNI, cyber security, cyber threats, GDPR, IT security, NCSC, UK Government
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30Jan

Strava fitness app divulges heatmap of secretive British SAS base

A secretive special air service base has been inadvertently revealed by a fitness app that has created a heatmap of running routes around the country. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th January 2018
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  • British Army, cyber security, data protection, information security, ministry of defence
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29Jan

Hefty fines confirmed for CNI providers with poor cyber security

The government has confirmed that critical infrastructure providers with poor cyber security face fines of millions of pounds as the National Cyber Security Centre publishes new guidance for the industry. The government is warning the UK’s most critical industries to boost cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th January 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threats, Infosec, infromation security, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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29Jan

Baby boomers more cybersecurity savvy than Gen-Z

Generation Z are the least ransomware savvy generation while baby boomers were more likely to accurately define ransomware and were the savviest when it comes to not forwarding emails from unknown senders. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th January 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threats, network security, ransomware
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29Jan

Government acts to protect essential services from cyber attack

Bosses of Britain’s most critical industries are being warned to boost cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack following our consultation. Energy, transport, water and health firms could be fined up to £17million if they fail to have the most robust safeguards in place against cyber attack. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th January 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threats, IT security, NCSC
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29Jan

Government pushes cyber security boost for critical industries

Britain’s most important industries need to step up their cybersecurity game or risk large fines, it was announced this Monday morning. Organisations in industries such as water and health, energy or transport could be fined as much as £17 million if they don’t go for the industry standard when it comes to cybersecurity. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th January 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, fines, Government, UK
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29Jan

Business cyber crime up 63%, UK stats show

Despite an overall decrease in fraud and computer misuse in 2017, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports show that incidents involving computer misuse and malware against business are way up. There were 4.7 million incidents of fraud and computer misuse in the 12 months to September 2017, a 15% decrease from the previous year, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th January 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, DDoS, fraud, malware
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25Jan

NHS in ‘chaos’ across Wales as IT glitch bars patient records

Doctors have complained of “chaos” as an NHS computer meltdown left them unable to access test results. The suspected technical glitch, which hit the NHS across Wales on Wednesday, also meant patient contact details could not be accessed or letters from other staff viewed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attack, NCSC, NHS, Wales, wannacry
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25Jan

Revealed: University under investigation after leaking confidential student data

Coventry University is being investigated after students’ confidential data was leaked to almost 2,000 people, the Telegraph can reveal. The university has apologised for the security breach and insists no passwords, financial or residential information was revealed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th January 2018
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  • Coventry University, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec
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24Jan

Digital and Culture Secretary urges businesses and charities to prepare for stronger data protection laws

Fewer than half of all businesses and charities are aware of new data protection laws four months before they come into force, according to new research released today. Businesses in the finance and insurance sectors have the highest awareness of the changes to be brought in through the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, GOV, ICO, NCSC
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24Jan

Thousands of critical systems affected by serious security flaws

Multiple and serious vulnerabilities have been found in a software management system widely used in corporate and industrial control environments, researchers warn. Security researchers have identified 14 vulnerabilities in a software licence management system used in corporate and industrial IT systems worldwide. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2018
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  • cyber security, IT security, vulnerabilities
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24Jan

Think tank report argues AI could help with efficiencies within the NHS

The author of a report exploring how Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be used in healthcare has argued “making sure the ethics are built in” will be vital to the technology’s successful application in the NHS. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2018
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, data protection, ICO
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24Jan

UK ‘Most Well-Prepared’ European Nation for GDPR

The UK is the most well-prepared European country for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force in May this year. That’s according to findings from a new study by W8 Data, which was carried out amongst the top 10 European countries by GDP. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, UK
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24Jan

Equifax to alert another 167,000 UK victims of its data breach

A further 167,000 victims of the Equifax data breach will receive a warning from the firm, indicating the May 2017 hack may have left them at greater risk of fraud. The latest wave comes after the firm previously wrote to 693,000 UK individuals thought to be most at risk – taking the total number of […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2018
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  • cyber attack, data breach, data protection, equifax, hack
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23Jan

UK Consumers Hit By £4.6bn In Cyber Crime Last Year

Consumers lost £130 billion worldwide to hackers in 2017, including a disproportionate £4.6bn stolen from British consumers, found computer security firm Norton in a new study. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber crime, cyber security, IT security, NCSC, phishing emails, ransomware
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23Jan

Memory stick with post-mortem images ‘left on public transport’ by Newcastle Hospitals staff member

A memory stick containing unencrypted images from two post-mortem examinations was left on public transport by a member of staff at Newcastle Hospitals, it has been revealed. The mistake is one of 278 “serious incidents” in morgues from 2014 to 2016, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • ICO, information security, Infosec, NHS
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23Jan

UK’s Top Law Firms at Risk After 1m+ Credentials Found on Dark Web

The UK’s top law firms are at serious risk of unauthorized network intrusions after new research revealed over one million breached credentials on the dark web. RepKnight studied 620 domains belonging to 500 of the UK’s law firms and found 1.16 million corporate email addresses on various sites which collect previously stolen or leaked credentials. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, law firms, spear phishing, UK
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23Jan

Hospital worker wrongly accessed patient files in second data breach at health board

A Welsh health board has said it is “devastated and disappointed” that an administrative worker wrongly accessed confidential records of 41 patients. Hywel Dda University Health Board has written to all those affected by the illegal actions of an administrator who was based at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, NHS
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23Jan

Thousands of staff affected by Age UK data breaches

Age UK has confirmed that thousands of current and past staff are affected by two data breaches which occurred at the end of last year, meaning it is likely to cost the charity tens of thousands of pounds. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • AgeUK, charity, data breach, data protection, ICO, Security
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23Jan

NCSC: UK Facing Category One Cyber-Attack

The UK is likely to be hit by a “category one” (C1) cyber-attack in the next couple of years, crippling key parts of its critical infrastructure, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). NCSC boss Ciaran Martin claimed the UK has been fortunate to escape the kind of attacks seen in the US and […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • cyber attack, IT security, NCSC, UK, vulnerabilities
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23Jan

Major UK cyber attack is ‘when, not if’, says security chief

A major cyber attack on the UK is a case of “when, not if”, says the head of the National Cyber Security Centre. Speaking to the Guardian, Ciaran Martin said the country had been lucky to avoid a “category one” attack – targeting infrastructure like energy companies and financial services. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd January 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, National Cyber Security Centre, NCSC, UK
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22Jan

Quarter of London businesses unprepared for GDPR

Despite GDPR drawing closer by the minute, many top UK companies are still not preparing for its arrival, nor are they doing enough to inform themselves on how to be compliant, new research has claimed. According to a poll of 500 businesses commissioned by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), 24 per cent […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd January 2018
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  • business, data protection, GDPR, information security, London
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22Jan

Email addresses from top UK legal firms found on the dark web

Some of the UK’s biggest law firms may have been compromised after confidential data including email addresses were found on the dark web. Cybersecurity specialists from RepKnight say more than a million credentials have been leaked, leaving law firms vulnerable to cyberattacks such as phishing or data theft. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • breach, cyber attacks, cyber security, dark web, data breach, data protection, law firms, phishing, Security
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22Jan

UK ‘would struggle to match’ military strength of countries like Russia unless it invests in defence, army chief warns

Britain risks being vulnerable to enemy action, including cyber attacks, unless adequate resources are urgently devoted to the nation’s defence, the head of the British Army will warn today in a keynote speech. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd January 2018
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  • British Army, cyber attacks, cyber security, cyber threats, General Sir Nick Carter, Royal United Services Institute, Russia
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19Jan

G-Suite Security Center Aims to Improve SMB Security

Google has added a new security center to its popular G-Suite office productivity tools designed to make it easier for administrators to manage data security and take action when things go wrong. The internet giant claims 3.5 million businesses use G-Suite today, with most tending to be small and mid-sized firms with fewer resources to spend […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th January 2018
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  • cyber security, data security, G Suite, IT security, malware
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18Jan

Hacker Alex Bessell jailed for cyber crime offences

A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for committing thousands of cyber crimes, including attacks on Google and Skype. Alex Bessell, 21, of Liverpool, was also convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of other offences, including money laundering. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th January 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, google, hacker, malware, Skype
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18Jan

Home Office pays out £15,500 to asylum seeker over data breach

The Home Office has paid out £15,500 in compensation after admitting handing over sensitive information about an asylum seeker to the government of his Middle East home country, a move which could have endangered his life and that of his family. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th January 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, Home Office, information security, Infosec
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17Jan

2017 “a record setting year” for cyber crime, claims ThreatMetrix

2017 turned out to be “a record-setting year” for cyber crime, according to new research from digital identity firm ThreatMetrix. In its latest Cybercrime Report, the company claimed that there had been a doubling in the number of cyber attacks over the past two years. But companies are responding with “innovative, digital-first strategies” to protect […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th January 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, information security, Infosec
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17Jan

Lloyd’s of London boss issues warning over crippling cyberattack

Lloyd’s of London chief executive Inga Beale has warned that the financial sector, and other industries, are inadequately prepared to defend themselves against a devastating cyberattack. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th January 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, hacker, information security, Infosec
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17Jan

The cost of 2017 data breaches

As 2017 gets further in our rear-view mirror, many are saying that 2018 should bring changes to their approach to information security. 80 percent of survey respondents in the U.S. and U.K. say they’ll change how they approach security, with most either switching managed service providers or switching from internal to third party resources, many […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th January 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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16Jan

Fraud Doubles in Two Years to Hit 700m Attempts

The volume of global fraud attacks has surged 100% over the past two years to reach 700 million in 2017 alone, according to ThreatMetrix. The fraud prevention firm protects 1.4 billion users around the world and analyzes 100 million transactions each day, so its insight into the current landscape is invaluable. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th January 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, data theft, fraud, ThreatMetrix
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16Jan

Netflix phishing campaign goes after your login, credit card, mugshot and ID

Think of the big security stories of recent months. Security holes like F**CKWIT and KRACK; a plethora of ransomware attacks ending in extortion; data breaches that were big, bigger or biggest……there are plenty of candidates for the story that got the most attention. In contrast, phishing attacks rarely make the news these days, even though (or […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th January 2018
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  • cyber security, Netflix, phishing, ransomware
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15Jan

Misuse of NHS patient data is a double scandal

Medicine, we are frequently told, is entering an astonishing new age when technology will allow ever more sophisticated treatments for patients. One of the drivers of this progress will be “big data” – the statistics and facts behind hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of cases of disease which can be mined for new insights […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th January 2018
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  • data protection, information security, Infosec, NHS
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15Jan

Leicester council sent care children list to taxi firms

Details of “hundreds, potentially thousands” of vulnerable people, including children, have been emailed to taxi firms by a council. Leicester City Council accidentally sent the spreadsheet to 27 companies while getting tenders to transport people in care or with special needs. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th January 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security
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11Jan

Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

Nuclear weapons systems were first developed at a time when computer capabilities were in their infancy and little consideration was given to potential malicious cyber vulnerabilities. Many of the assumptions on which current nuclear strategies are based pre-date the current widespread use of digital technology in nuclear command, control and communication systems. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th January 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, nuclear weapons, threats, vulnerabilities
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11Jan

FakeBank malware accesses sensitive SMS banking messages

A newly discovered mobile malware program that primarily targets Russian banking customers can take over victims’ SMS capabilities, allowing cybercriminals to intercept text messages that contain bank security codes, and then use those codes to reset bank account passwords. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • banking, cyber crime, finance, malware, mobile security
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10Jan

Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know

Nearly all computers worldwide – and many other devices – have been exposed to security flaws which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from central processing units – better known as the chip or microchip – which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Intel, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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10Jan

Britain Fines Carphone Warehouse 400,000 Pounds Over Data Breach

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s information regulator said on Wednesday it had fined Carphone Warehouse 400,000 pounds ($539,400) after a 2015 cyber attack exposed the personal data of more than 3 million customers. The Information Commissioner said the fine was one of the biggest it had issued after the electrical goods and mobile phone retailer failed […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security
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10Jan

Data protection bill amended to protect security researchers

The government is to amend the data protection bill to protect security researchers who work to uncover abuses of personal data, quelling fears that the bill could accidentally criminalise legitimate research. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
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  • data protection, ICO, information commissioner, information security, Infosec, Security
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10Jan

Morrisons data breach sounds warning on vicarious liability

In a recent case, Morrisons supermarket was found vicariously liable for a malicious data breach carried out by an employee with a grudge against his employer. The case gives a sharp reminder that when it comes to data, protection begins at home. Molly Paatz looks at how employers can minimise the risks. Read full story.   
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, Insider threat, Morrisons
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10Jan

Hacked and hacked off: without change this new data law will fail victims

Your name, your email address, your home address, your bank details, your credit or debit card details. You probably cannot count the number of times that you have been asked to share these important pieces of personal data with a company or organisation in the past weeks or months. As more and more of us […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data protection, hacker, information security, Infosec
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10Jan

Is this the year ‘weaponised’ AI bots do battle?

Technology of Business has garnered opinions from dozens of companies on what they think will be the dominant global tech trends in 2018. Artificial intelligence (AI) dominates the landscape, closely followed, as ever, by cyber-security. But is AI an enemy or an ally? Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, Driverless Cars
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08Jan

Insurance firm and two senior figures handed record data breach fines

An insurance firm and two senior figures connected with the company have been given record fines for using private detectives to illegally obtain the private banking records of a businessman they were investigating. The fines, totalling more than £150,000, were described by an official watchdog as the highest ever imposed under the Data Protection Act […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information commissioner, information security, Infosec, Insider threat
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08Jan

Google cleans up Play Store, removes malware-laden apps

In Google’s latest clean-up of malware-laden apps on its Play Store, the company has removed almost two dozen applications that had been infected with malware known as LightsOut. The news was confirmed in a security firm’s blog post, which noted that 22 apps had been taken down, although only after having been downloaded millions of […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, google, Lightsout, malware, Play Store
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08Jan

UK’s big companies rush to take action on cyber threats

The UK’s largest public companies are devoting more resources to cyber security as anxiety about the impact of hacking attacks has ratcheted up over the past year, according to research to be published on Monday. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th January 2018
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, wannacry
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05Jan

Is this the year ‘weaponised’ AI bots do battle?

Technology of Business has garnered opinions from dozens of companies on what they think will be the dominant global tech trends in 2018. Artificial intelligence (AI) dominates the landscape, closely followed, as ever, by cyber-security. But is AI an enemy or an ally? Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th January 2018
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  • AI, alexa, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, driverless car, internet of things, IoT
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05Jan

Morrisons data breach sounds warning on vicarious liability

In a recent case, Morrisons supermarket was found vicariously liable for a malicious data breach carried out by an employee with a grudge against his employer. The case gives a sharp reminder that when it comes to data, protection begins at home. Molly Paatz looks at how employers can minimise the risks. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th January 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, hackers, Insider threat, Morrisons
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05Jan

Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know

Nearly all computers worldwide – and many other devices – have been exposed to security flaws which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from central processing units – better known as the chip or microchip – which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th January 2018
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  • apple, cyber security, data breaches, hackers, Intel, Linux, microsoft, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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03Jan

Forget the fines, focus on the empowered consumer

Data protection is getting serious this year: when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018, consumers will be given stronger protection when it comes to the processing of their personal data. However, a recent study stated that only 15% of organisations surveyed will be compliant with the GDPR. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd January 2018
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  • cyber attack, data protection, DSAR, EU Legislation, GDPR, information security, personal data
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03Jan

ICO publishes GDPR guide for charities

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a frequently asked questions guide to the General Data Protection Regulation, aimed specifically at charities. The document gives advice on 12 areas related to the GDPR, stringent EU data protection rules due to come into force on 25 May. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd January 2018
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  • Charities, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, personal information
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03Jan

A look inside the fraught world of hospital cybersecurity

Hospitals are appealing targets for hackers because they are data-rich and typically have less cybersecurity prevention technology in place, compared to other industries. A hospital breach in May shut down 16 hospitals in the UK , and security information specialists are saying that it’s time to improve hospital cybersecurity. What happens when hackers target hospitals for money […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd January 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, NHS, wannacry
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03Jan

Companies thrash out effects of EU privacy reforms

From Berlin to Paris and Brussels, computer developers and company executives are attempting to thrash out the implications of sweeping new data protection rules that will come into force in the EU in May. At day-long workshops with lawyers and regulators, companies including Facebook, SoundCloud and the Financial Times have experimented with solutions for the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd January 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, personal data, Uber
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02Jan

ICO Slaps Enforcement Notice on Justice Ministry

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the justice secretary with an enforcement notice after his department’s failure to process data access requests in a timely manner. The data protection watchdog claimed that as of July 28 2017, the ministry had a backlog of 919 subject access requests from individuals, some of them dating as […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd January 2018
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  • data protection, ICO, Justice Ministry, personal data
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02Jan

Ancestry.com’s RootsWeb forum breached, 300,000 records compromised

About 300,000 Ancestry.com members that use its RootsWeb genealogical community had their email/usernames and passwords compromised. The initial breach was reported to the company by an outside security researcher on December 20 and the company has now released its own analysis of what took place. Read full story.  
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd January 2018
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  • Ancestry.com, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection
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02Jan

DeepMind Chief Recognised In New Year Honours List

Demis Hassabis has been named CBE for breakthroughs by the controversial Google-owned British artificial intelligence company. Demis Hassabis, chief executive of Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) firm DeepMind, has been named on the New Year Honours list for “services to science and technology”. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd January 2018
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, DeepMind
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20Dec

UK government blames North Korea for WannaCry cyber attack

The UK and US governments say a North Korean group was responsible for the ransomware attacks that hit the NHS and other organisations globally this year. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th December 2017
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  • cyber attack, cybercrime, NHS, North Korea, wannacry
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20Dec

Cyber-attack: US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry

The US and UK governments have said North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry malware attack affecting hospitals, businesses and banks across the world earlier this year. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 20th December 2017
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  • cyber crime, malware, North Korea, ransomware, terrorism, wannacry
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15Dec

Children to be given extra protection online

The Government has proposed a new statutory power to ensure children’s data in the UK is given an extra level of protection. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 15th December 2017
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  • child protection, childrens data, data protection, HMG, online safety, UK Government
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13Dec

UK High Court: Employers May Be Vicariously Liable for Employee Data Breaches

The ruling stems from a case that signals a growing trend toward group action litigation involving data protection, and poses new risks for companies who should respond with increased vigilance in employee recruitment, training, and monitoring. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 13th December 2017
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  • data breach, employee, legal, Morrisons, Security
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12Dec

MoneyTaker Criminals Make Off With £10m Using Stealth Malware

The ‘MoneyTaker’ group has made off with around $10m so far from banks in the UK, US and Russia, all the while carefully covering its track. A gang of cyber-thieves has made off with around $10 million (£7.5m) in a string of heists that targeted a bank in the UK as well as a number […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th December 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, malware, MoneyTaker
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11Dec

Barclays ‘inside man’ used Trojan Horse to move stolen cash

A Barclays Bank insider who helped cyber-criminals launder hundreds of thousands of pounds stolen using a Trojan horse computer virus is facing jail. Read Full Story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th December 2017
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  • Barclays, cyber crime, cyber security, Insider threat, malware, Trojan Horse, virus
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11Dec

Data breach at RNIB affects 817 people

The RNIB has contacted 817 people who made purchases at its online shop after suffering a breach of security which may have revealed their credit and debit card details. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec, RNIB
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08Dec

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th December 2017
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  • apple, cyber security, mobile security, vulnerabilities
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08Dec

WordPress hit with keylogger, 5,400 sites infected

The cryptomining malware that has been pushed from cloudflare.solutions since earlier this year has been modified with the addition of keylogger functionality to its mix with PublicWWW reporting that more than 5,400 WordPress sites are now infected. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th December 2017
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  • cryptocurrency, cyber security, malware, Wordpress
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07Dec

Action Fraud launches 24/7 helpline to combat cyber attacks

Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, has launched a 24/7 live cyber-attack helpline. During its pilot since October 2016, Action Fraud’s 24/7 cyber-helpline received 377 reports which were then disseminated to the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) or local forces. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • action fraud, breach, cyber attacks, cyber crime, data protection, fraud, UK
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06Dec

U.K. Banks Aren’t Telling Regulators About All Cyber Attacks

U.K. banks still aren’t telling regulators about all the cyber attacks on the financial services industry despite a ten-fold increase in reports to the Financial Conduct Authority over the last four years. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, FCA, information security, Infosec
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06Dec

Data breach at PayPal’s TIO Networks unit affects 1.6 million customers

PayPal Holdings on Friday acknowledged that a data breach at recently acquired payments processor TIO Networks compromised the personally identifiable information of roughly 1.6 million customers. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec, paypal, TIO Networks
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06Dec

Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach

Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • android, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec
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05Dec

UK businesses don’t have the money to pay GDPR fines

Less than half of UK’s businesses have the means to pay fines caused by not complying with the GDPR, a new report by Proofpoint claims. To make matters worse, more than half (54 per cent) actually expect to be breached within 12 months. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breaches, data protection, GDPR, IT security, personal data
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04Dec

Privacy regulator warns MPs over shared passwords

The UK’s data privacy regulator has cautioned MPs about sharing work computer passwords. It follows tweets by three Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they had provided their staff with access to their login details. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th December 2017
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  • data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec, IT security, MP
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01Dec

UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers

Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st December 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data protection, data security, information security, Infosec, Uk police
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01Dec

Morrisons data leak: Supermarket liable for staff details breach

Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st December 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, Insider threat, Morrisons
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01Dec

Clarkson ‘won’t be held to ransom’ says boss after the shipbroker suffers cyber attack

Shipbroker Clarkson has suffered a cyber attack and warned that hackers could release confidential information stolen from the company’s computer network. The FTSE 250 business is understood to have been the subject of the attack earlier this month but has waited until now to reveal it. Clarkson used a statement to the market to say its […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st December 2017
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  • Clarkson, cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, ransomware, security breach
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01Dec

Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom

Bitcoin’s booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms. In one month, anti-malware software company Malwarebytes said it stopped almost 250 million attempts to place coin-mining malware on to PCs. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st December 2017
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  • Bitcoin, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, hackers, malware
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30Nov

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones. The group taking action – Google […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th November 2017
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  • data protection, ftc, google, mobile security, personal data
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29Nov

Why it’s time for the UK education sector to prioritise cybersecurity in schools

Oliver Wells, Education Manager at Sophos, explains that the education in the UK must turn its focus to cybersecurity in schools. Educators are lagging behind their students when it comes to IT knowledge. That’s according to recent research carried out by YouGov for Sophos, and it could have major implications for cybersecurity in schools. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2017
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  • cyber criminals, cyber security, cyber threats, data protection, education, IT security, schools
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29Nov

Uber reveals 2.7 million British users hit by data breach

Uber has revealed that around 2.7 million British customers and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach, which was covered up until last week. It means the majority of Uber users in the UK were affected by the hack, which saw names, email addresses and phone numbers stolen. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, ICO, NCSC, Uber
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29Nov

UK shipping firm Clarkson reports cyber attack

(Reuters) – British shipping services provider Clarkson Plc (CKN.L) on Wednesday said it was the victim of a cyber security hack and warned that the person or persons behind the attack may release some data shortly. The company’s disclosure, while a relatively rare event in Britain, follows a series of high-profile hacks in corporate America. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2017
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  • Clarkson, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers
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29Nov

Apple rushes to fix major password bug

Apple has said it is working to fix a serious bug within its Mac operating system. The flaw in MacOS High Sierra – the most recent version – makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2017
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  • apple, cyber security, data protection, IT security, vulnerabilities, vulnerability
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28Nov

Rape victims’ files found in bin near Manchester canal

Confidential files with details of rape victims and other crimes have been found in a bin. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) are investigating why the documents were left near a Manchester canal. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 28th November 2017
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  • data protection act, ICO, serious data breach, SRA
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28Nov

Why the Uber hack is much more worrying than people first thought

Last week, the news broke that Uber had concealed a data breach that affected 57 million customers and drivers by paying off the hackers around £75,000 to delete the data they had stolen.The hackers found 57 million names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, Uber said. Within that number, hackers had exposed the names and […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th November 2017
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threat, data breach, data protection, hack, phishing, Uber
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27Nov

Ethical hackers to boost NHS cyber-defences

The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ “ethical hackers” to look for weaknesses in health computer networks, not just react to breaches. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Ethical Hackers, information security, Infosec, IT security, NHS, wannacry, white hat
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27Nov

Imgur confirms 1.7 million users hit by data breach

Image-sharing website Imgur has confirmed that the emails and passwords of 1.7 million users were compromised in 2014. The data breach has only recently come to light after being discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt. Read full story.  
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th November 2017
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Imgur, personal data
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24Nov

(AUS) Data breach hits Department of Social Services credit card system

Exclusive: Data includes employees’ names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails and system passwords. The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • AUS, data breach, data protection, department of social services, DSS, information security, Infosec, third party threat
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24Nov

UK Shoppers Lost £16m to Fraud Last Christmas

The City of London police has warned UK consumers to stay vigilant this Christmas after new stats revealed they lost a staggering £16m during the busy shopping period last year. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th November 2017
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  • black friday, christmas, cyber crime, fraud, scams, UK consumers;
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24Nov

UK authorities notified of Uber data breach ‘by the media’, says minister

Uber did not tell UK authorities about the data breach it has experienced prior to going public about the incident, the UK’s digital minister has said. Matt Hancock told MPs that he heard about the breach through the media. In response to an urgent question raised about the breach in the UK parliament, Hancock also […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, NCSC, Uber
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24Nov

GDPR will force up cyber security standards – Europol

Rob Wainwright, executive director at Europol, explains how cyber has transformed criminal activity. Cyber resilience is about defence but it’s also about being prepared for an attack, according to Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, europol, GDPR, resilience
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23Nov

Updated ICO statement on Uber data breach

We can confirm that UK citizens have been affected by the data breach involving Uber last October. As UK citizens would expect, the ICO is in direct contact with the company to establish the numbers and what kind of personal data may have been compromised. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd November 2017
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, NCSC, Uber, UK Citizens
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23Nov

Government urged to improve redress for mass data breaches

Open letter calls for UK government to make it easier for consumers to get compensation for mass data breaches by implementing an effective system for collective redress. Planned UK data protection legislation fails to meet its stated aims of making laws fit for the digital age and empowering consumers to take control of their data, according […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd November 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, UK Government
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23Nov

Uber scandal: Britain’s spy chiefs begin investigating cover-up of data hack of 57 million customers

Britain’s spy agencies have begun an investigation into the cover-up of a data hack of 57 million Uber customers that undermines the firm’s attempts to win back its London licence. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced the inquiry on Wednesday as further details emerged of the data hack that took place a year ago […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd November 2017
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  • Cuber Crime, cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, ICO, NCA, NCSC, Uber
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22Nov

Uber data breach: Information Commissioner has ‘huge concerns’ over taxi app after cover-up

In a statement posted online, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that an October 2016 attack encompassed personal information like names and phone numbers of Uber users worldwide. Data protection regulator the Information Commissioner’s Office has said that it has “huge concerns” relating to Uber’s cover-up of a massive data breach that came to light this week. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd November 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, ICO, Uber
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22Nov

Convictions in doubt as more than 10,000 cases could be affected by data manipulation at forensics lab

Scandal has caused drug driving cases to be dropped and deaths referred to the Court of Appeal. More than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analysed evidence of drug driving, violent crime, sexual offences and unexplained deaths, it has been revealed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • data breach, Data Manipulation, data protection, NSPCC, RTS, The Ministry of Justice
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22Nov

Uber concealed huge data breach

Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 22nd November 2017
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  • cover up, cyber criminals, data breach, data protection, hack, Uber
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21Nov

UK’s ICO issues stark reminder of backlash for privacy invasion

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom has issued a stark reminder and straight-to-the-point warning for all employees who might be tempted to snoop on others’ personal data. In his blog post, ICO’s Enforcement Group Manager and Criminal Investigations Team head Mike Shaw delineated the whole gamut of repercussions that a privacy intruder may face […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st November 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, personal data, privacy invasion
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21Nov

Nearly everyone in UK has been hacked, ‘lottery’ determines investigation, police lead says

Chief Constable Peter Goodman told a media briefing that he believed almost every person in the UK had been a victim of a data breach and had their personal data sold on the dark web. If you live in the UK, you’ve probably been hacked, and your personal data has already been sold on the dark […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st November 2017
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, wannacry
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21Nov

UK cyber defenders set to build on existing capability

UK national cyber attack response and investigation is a well-defined and rehearsed process, but the responsible agencies say they are building more capability and closing the gaps. The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are tasked with responding to different aspects of cyber attacks. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st November 2017
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, NCA, NCSC, resilience, wannacry
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20Nov

Universities band together to protect Scotland from cyber attacks

SCOTTISH computer scientists and researchers are coming together in a project that aims to keep the country safe from cyber attack. Called the Cyber Nexus, the £420,000 co-operative project is the first of its kind, involving all of Scotland’s leading academics in the field of cyber security working together for the next 18 months. Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber nexus, cyber security, resilience, sicsa, university of st andrews
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20Nov

Cyber security collaboration is key to dark web deterrent

Vigilance remains high as cyber intelligence experts anticipate the next big ransomware threat. When the NotPetya cyber attack struck in June, taking the radiation monitoring system at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant briefly offline and causing massive disruption to global companies such as WPP and Maersk, security experts braced for a wave of attacks. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat, hackers, notpetya, ransomware, wannacry
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20Nov

University fundraising under scrutiny after data breach allegations

Information Commissioner to look at evidence of wealth screening of former students before approaches made for donations. University fundraising is to be examined by the Information Commissioner after allegations emerged that the personal data of some alumni was being misused. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th November 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, university
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17Nov

Cash Converters hit by UK data breach ransom demand

Personal details, passwords and masked credit card numbers could be about to leak It’s been relatively quiet on the data breach front lately, but that might be about to change. High street money lender and pawnbroker Cash Converters may be about to break that lucky streak: it’s been threatened with a leak of British customer […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th November 2017
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  • Cash Converters, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security
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17Nov

ICO pushes for jail terms for personal data snoops

Information Commissioner’s Office says it backs prison sentences for anyone abusing their position to access personal data unlawfully. A nursing auxiliary has been fined for accessing a patient’s medical records without a valid legal reason, prompting the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to reiterate calls for prison sentences. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th November 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security
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17Nov

Russia is behind cyber-attacks on UK industries, says NCSC chief

With the UK government becoming more and more vocal about the threats posed by Russia-backed hacking groups, the NCSC’s chief executive has added fuel to the fire by pointedly accusing Russia of targeting the UK’s energy, media and telecommunication industries. The NCSC’s chief executive told The Times that by attacking the UK’s industries, Russia is […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th November 2017
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, hackers, NCSC, Russia, Theresa May
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17Nov

Data breach concerns cause fear around device disposal

Seven in ten people in the UK are being put off recycling old and unused electrical products because of concerns about personal security data breaches. Personal data security fears are preventing households in the UK from disposing of old, broken and unused electricals correctly, according to a new survey by REPIC, the UK’s largest WEEE […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th November 2017
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  • data breach, data protection, recycling, repic, Security, weee
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17Nov

Cash Converters reveals customer data breach

High Street pawnbroker Cash Converters has warned customers about a data breach on its website. The company said customer usernames, passwords and addresses had potentially been accessed by a third party. The data breach exposed accounts on the company’s old UK website, which was replaced in September 2017. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th November 2017
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  • Cash Converters, cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO
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16Nov

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have “proven” security issues. Those toys include Furby Connect, the i-Que robot, Cloudpets and Toy-fi Teddy. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cloudpets, cyber security, furby connect, safety, Security, toys
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16Nov

“Shipping stands ready to face challenges posed by cybercrime” / INTERVIEW

Starting 2021, Flag States will have to apply IMO guidelines. EUROPOL director Rob Wainwright has called it “a new business model”. In recent years, cybercrime has increasingly targeted the transport sector, causing experts in the field to respond by honing their tool kits. One of the most sensational cyber-criminal attacks on the global supply chain occurred in […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th November 2017
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  • breach, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber risks, cyber security, cyber threats, hackers, imo
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15Nov

Survey reveals charities’ biggest concerns in event of a cyberattack

With a new Charity Commission report highlighting the need to raise awareness among trustees about the importance of protecting their charity against cyber-attacks, a survey has revealed what charities think would be the biggest impact of an attack. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th November 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • Charities, cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat, data protection, GDPR
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15Nov

Passwords unconfidential

Research by Probrand has revealed that British businesses and their employees are surprisingly lax when it comes to data security. With GDPR coming into effect next year it is time for businesses to tighten up. Passwords, security checks and data protection are part of our everyday personal and professional lives. However, with so many passwords and […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th November 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR
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15Nov

‘Highly Secure’ Cloud Tool, Huddle, Exposes Private KPMG, BBC Files

The BBC has uncovered a security flaw in the Huddle office collaboration tool that exposed KPMG and BBC files to unauthorized users. Huddle, a cloud-based tool (in use at the UK Home Office, Cabinet Office, Revenue & Customs and several branches of the NHS, the BBC reported), bills itself “the global leader in secure content […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th November 2017
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  • BBC, HPMG, IT security, Security
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14Nov

ICO will take a proportionate approach to charities that struggle with the GDPR, senior manager says

The regulator’s Simon Entwisle tells the NCVO’s trustee conference that it would be ‘scaremongering’ to suggest it would be making examples of organisations for minor infringements. The Information Commissioner’s Office will take a proportionate approach to charities that are struggling to implement the General Data Protection Regulation when it comes into force, trustees have been told. […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th November 2017
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  • Charities, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, ICO, Simon Entwisle
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14Nov

ICO Survey Indicates Most UK Citizens Do Not Trust Organisations With Personal Data

ICO’s research has found that only 20% of the UK public has trust and confidence in companies and organisations holding their personal information. The survey was conducted by ComRes on behalf of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and is designed as benchmark measurement for the ICO’s Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017-2021. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th November 2017
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  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, ICO
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13Nov

IT Pros Expect the Worse, Claim to be ‘Prepared’ for Attack

A new survey from Varonis has revealed that almost half of IT pros expect their organization to suffer a major, disruptive attack in the next 12 months – though the vast majority are confident in their cybersecurity stance and believe their company is in a good defensive position. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2017
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, ransomware, risk management
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13Nov

Resilience to phishing attacks is failing to improve

The bad guys use phishing because it works, and it works because it exploits weaknesses in human psychology and organisational culture. We won’t fix cybersecurity until we fix those things. Ninety percent of cyber attacks start by someone clicking on an email, said Royce Curtin, head of intelligence at Barclays Bank, at the company’s New Frontiers […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2017
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, cyber threats, phishing, resilience
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13Nov

UK facing a year of cyber attacks by North Korea, says former intelligence chief

A former intelligence chief has warned the UK faces the risk of “more destructive” cyber attacks from North Korea in the next year. Robert Hannigan, ex-director of GCHQ, told a cyber security summit in London: “The technical sophistication of the threats is going to get worse. We’ll see a greater scale of attacks.” Read full […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2017
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  • ben wallace, cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threats, hackers, malware, North Korea, ransomware, Robert Hannigan, wannacry
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13Nov

Are company cars a new target for cyber crime?

The government’s plans to tighten up the law on data protection and stiffen penalties for breaches will have prompted many firms to review their IT security measures. But what of company vehicles – increasingly connected assets representing a new target for hackers? Director asks experts in the field to explain the main threats and recommend […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2017
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  • company vehicles, cyber attacks, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR
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10Nov

Equifax profits plunge amid breach fallout

Equifax quarterly profits plunged 27% and revenue growth was lower in the most recent quarter, as the credit bureau grappled with fallout from a major data breach. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 10th November 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, equifax
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08Nov

ICO: Only 20% of UK citizens trust companies with their data

Only one-fifth of UK citizens trust companies to securely store their personal information, according to a survey published yesterday by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 8th November 2017
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, UK
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06Nov

Quarter of UK Employees Have ‘Purposefully Leaked Business Data’

New research from Egress Software Technologies has revealed that one in four (24%) UK employees have intentionally shared confidential business information outside their organization, typically to competitors or new and previous employers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 6th November 2017
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03Nov

Data broking company Verso Group (UK) Limited has been fined

Data broking company Verso Group (UK) Limited has been fined £80,000 by the ICO. The company had failed to comply with data protection law because it was not clear with people about what it was doing with their personal information. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd November 2017
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  • data protection, fine, ICO
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01Nov

NCSC To Revamp Cyber Risk Management Guidance

The National Cyber Security Centre said it will aim to present a ‘toolbox’ of approaches for different types of organisations and situations. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 1st November 2017
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  • business, cyber risk management, cyber security, cyber threat, GCHQ, informaiton risk management, Infosec, NCSC, resilience
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