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10Dec

Nearly 70% of UK Firms Hit by a Cyber-Attack in 2018

Over two-thirds of UK firms have fallen victim to a cyber-attack over the past year, with many claiming they don’t get enough guidance from the government on how to combat threats, according to RedSeal. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th December 2018
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  • cyber attacks, Cyber Aware, Cyber Essentials, cyber security, GDPR, information security, NCSC, NIS
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10Dec

Security Think Tank: Situational awareness underpins effective security – Mike Gillespie in Computer Weekly

As attackers begin to use multiple command and control systems to communicate with backdoors and other malware, how can organisations ensure they detect such methods and that all C&C systems are removed, including ‘sleepers’ designed to be activated at a future date? Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th December 2018
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  • advent IM, Computer Weekly, cyber security, malware, Mike Gillespie, phishing, risk management
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06Dec

Former headteacher prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal information

A former headteacher has been fined in court for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked. Darren Harrison of Twickenham, obtained the information from two primary schools were he had worked, and uploaded it to his then current school’s server. As he had no lawful reason to process the personal […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th December 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data security, dpa, GDPR, ICO, information security, schools
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05Dec

Majority of UK consumers losing trust in firms that lack strong data security credentials

The arrival of new data privacy regulations, increased conversations around data security, and personal experiences of privacy issues have made UK consumers more wary about data security practices of the companies they are dealing with. Consumers are now asking questions about how firms and retailers are storing their personal and financial data and how strong their […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th December 2018
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  • cyber security, data security, GDPR, information security, Security, UK business, vulnerabilities
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04Dec

Reported Cybercrime Jumps 14% in England

There has been an increase in the volume of cybercrime incidents reported to English police of 14% over the past two financial years, according to a new report. Think tank Parliament Street filed Freedom of Information (FOI) requests with the country’s police forces, asking for a breakdown of Computer Misuse Act crimes which involve hacking, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th December 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, FOI, information security
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03Dec

Marriott hack hits 500 million Starwood guests

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd December 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Marriott Hotel
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29Nov

Cyber resilience lacking due to apathy of UK leaders

Organisations typically need to rethink what they think they already know about cyber security in shaping their future strategies for protecting critical national infrastructure (CNI), according to Mike Gillespie, managing director and co-founder of security consultancy Advent IM. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2018
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  • CNI, cyber attack, Cyber Resilience, cyber security, cyber threat, information security, Mike Gillespie
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29Nov

GCHQ reveals it doesn’t always tell firms if their software is vulnerable to cyber attacks

GCHQ has revealed that it doesn’t always tell companies if their software is vulnerable to cyber attacks. The UK’s government’s intelligence and security organisation has said it will sometimes withhold the information to protect “national security interests”. GCHQ has made its decision-making process public for the first time. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th November 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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28Nov

Half of UK IT directors would pay a cyber-ransom

Many businesses would now rather pay ransom to hackers than risk huge GDPR fines, new research has found. A report by Sophos out today found that 47 per cent of IT directors would ‘definitely’ pay a ransom fee to hackers who stole their company data. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th November 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, hackers, information security, phishing, ransomware, Security
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27Nov

ICO fines Uber £385,000 over data protection failings

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined ride sharing company Uber £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ personal information during a cyber attack. A series of avoidable data security flaws allowed the personal details of around 2.7million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers from a cloud-based storage system operated by Uber’s US […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th November 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Uber
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27Nov

UK cops won’t go after researcher who reported security issue to York city officials

North Yorkshire Police said today they’re not pursuing a criminal case against the researcher who found a vulnerability in a mobile app developed by the York city council. City officials had reported the researcher to police earlier this month, but North Yorkshire Police said “the researcher has acted correctly.” Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th November 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, IT security, mobile security, One Planet York, Third Party, Yorkshire Police
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27Nov

Holiday Season Attacks Expected to Increase by 60%

‘Tis the season for cyber-scams, according to the new Holiday Threat Report from Carbon Black. The report compared cyber-attack data over the last two years and found that once cyber-attacks spike on Cyber Monday, they will likely remain elevated throughout the holiday season. The holiday season of 2016 saw a 20.5% surge in attempted attacks, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th November 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, data protection, information security
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26Nov

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely used parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th November 2018
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data breach, data protection, Facebook, GDPR, UK Gov
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23Nov

UK’s top hacking and security hotspots revealed

People in Northern Ireland have poor cyber security practices, and as a result – they’re the people that are most likely to get hacked and their personal data stolen or compromised. This is according to a new report by ESET, which says 29 per cent of Northern Irelanders admitted to having either their email or social […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd November 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, hackers, IT security
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23Nov

Amazon admits to data breach that spilt customer names and email addresses

Online commerce behemoth Amazon appears to have suffered a data breach – although it’s unclear whether the company has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the data leakage.  The spillage wasn’t publicly announced, but revealed to affected customers in an email to customers including, among others, security guru Graham Cluley. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd November 2018
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  • Amazon, cyber security, data protection, ICO, information security
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21Nov

‘Adult’ furry erotica site hacked

The website of an adult video game featuring sexualised animals has been hacked, with the information of nearly half a million subscribers stolen. Hack monitoring website Have I Been Pwned said the data breach had happened in August. The compromised information, including email addresses, names and order histories, resurfaced on a popular hacking forum a […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st November 2018
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  • computer hacking, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hacker, information security, IT security
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20Nov

Vision Direct hack puts customers’ money at risk

Vision Direct says a hack attack has exposed thousands of its customers’ personal data including payment card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes.The contact lens retailer said anyone who had entered their details into its site between 3 and 8 November could be affected. It added that it had identified 16,300 people as being at […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th November 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, hack, Vision Direct
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19Nov

Warning on cyber vulnerability of critical UK infrastructure

An absence of political leadership and resources is threatening to undermine the UK’s response to cyber attacks against critical infrastructure like hospitals, transport networks and energy plants, a committee of peers and MPs has warned. The joint committee on the national security strategy said the government was failing to act with enough urgency in the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th November 2018
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  • CNI. Critical Infrastructure, cyber attack, cyber security, NCSC, NHS
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19Nov

Many firms still stuck in GDPR prep phase six months after its initiation

Many organisations have still not embedded data protection practices into their day to day business operations, according to Stewart Room, lead partner for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and data protection at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  After a two-year implementation phase of the European Union’s (EU’s) GDPR, and six months after it went into full force, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th November 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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16Nov

ICO finds Metropolitan Police Service’s Gangs Matrix breached data protection laws

An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) use of the Gangs Matrix led to multiple and serious breaches of data protection laws. The investigation into the Gangs Matrix, a database that records intelligence related to alleged gang members, began in October 2017 after concerns were raised by […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th November 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Metropolitan police
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16Nov

Skimmed BA and Newegg Customer Card Details Up for Sale

Card details stolen from British Airways and Newegg customers by Magecart operators went up for sale on the dark web in just over a week after the raids, potentially generating millions in revenue, according to new insight. The fresh revelations come from a report from RiskIQ and Flashpoint detailing the activities of the various groups […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th November 2018
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  • British Airways, cyber attack, cyber security, dark web, data breach, data protection, fraud, information security
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15Nov

Medical worker in Kilmarnock suspended over data breach

A medical worker has been suspended from Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, following a data breach. It is alleged the man inappropriately accessed patient records, before contacting some women using the information he took. Police Scotland have confirmed they are investigating the claims, saying that inquiries are at an early stage. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th November 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Insider threat, NHS
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13Nov

Launch of the online toolbox

Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC), has launched his online toolbox – a collection of resources to help organisations comply with the surveillance camera code of practice and follow good practice and legal requirements. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2018
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  • cctv, cyber security, GDPR, SCC, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter
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13Nov

Car crash data thief ‘unlucky’ to be jailed

A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers’ personal data from his former employer. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will go to prison as a result of a case it has prosecuted. Mustafa Kasim stole accident information and the names, phone numbers and vehicle […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th November 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, ICO, information security, London
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12Nov

UK government says which organisations must meet NIS requirements

On Friday 9 November the UK government will define exactly who counts as ‘operators of essential services’ and thus required to ensure their technology, data and networks are secured and cyber resilient in line with the European Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive requirements. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th November 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threats, information security, IT security, NCSC, NIS, UK Gov, vulnerabilities
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09Nov

Top banks in cyber-attack ‘war game’

The Bank of England is testing the UK’s ability to withstand a major cyber-attack on financial institutions. Some 40 firms, including leading banks, are taking part in a one-day “war-gaming” exercise designed to assess their resilience. The Bank is conducting the exercise on Friday in partnership with regulators and the Treasury. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th November 2018
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  • Bank of England, cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat
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09Nov

‘UK Will Be Hit By Category One Cyber-Attack,’ Says Government Director

The UK has not yet faced what would be considered a ‘category one’ cyber-attack, but there is little doubt that it will happen in the years ahead, according to Peter Yapp, the deputy director at the National Cyber Security Centre, which is a core part of the UK government intelligence agency, GCHQ. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th November 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threats, NCSC, Peter Yapp, UK Gov
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07Nov

UK Brexiteer Banks’s company fined over data breaches

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s data watchdog said on Tuesday it was fining Brexit campaigner Arron Banks’s insurance company and the Leave.EU campaign for serious breaches of electronic marketing regulations. The move piles pressure on Banks, who is being investigated by Britain’s serious crime agency over the true source of 8 million pounds ($10.4 million) […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th November 2018
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  • Brexit, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security
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06Nov

Facebook users’ data, private messages found up for sale online

Facebook is reportedly suggesting that malicious browser extensions may be behind yet another data breach affecting users of the social media platform – this one involving at least 257,256 stolen profiles, including 81,208 that included private messages. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th November 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, dark web, Data Breack, Facebook, information security
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02Nov

Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users’ accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be sceptical about that figure. Facebook said its security had […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd November 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Facebook, hackers
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01Nov

Defence Cyber Protection Partnership

The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), a government industry initiative was formed to create a joint response to the cyber threat. The DCPP aims to protect our military capability by improving cyber defence through the MOD’s supply chain while preserving existing investment in cyber security measures. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st November 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threat, DCPP, ministry of defence, MOD, national security
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31Oct

GDPR Alert as Average ICO Fines Double in a Year

The value of fines issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has increased 24% in the year to September 30 versus the previous year, according to new data. Law firm RPC calculated that the total cost of financial penalties issued by the UK’s data protection watchdog stood at £4.98m, up from £4m in the previous […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st October 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec
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31Oct

Hackers target UK universities accredited by NCSC

A group of Iranian cybercriminals has attempted to hack into the systems of 18 or more UK universities this year, in a campaign lasting several months and successfully penetrating the defences of at least one target. Half of the universities that the group focused on offer degrees in cybersecurity, approved by the National Cyber Security Centre […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st October 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, hackers, NCSC, UK Universities
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29Oct

Children’s toys and baby monitors can be taken over by hackers, security services warn

Children’s toys and baby monitors connected to the internet can be taken over by hackers, the security services have warned. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued new guidance calling on manufacturers to ensure devices sold to British families are secure. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th October 2018
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  • Baby Monitors, Children Toys, cyber attacks, cyber security, IoT, NCSC, vulnerabilities
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26Oct

Second hack attack on BA website uncovered

More than 185,000 people may have had payment card details stolen in a hack attack on the BA website. The victims were caught out by a website compromise that had gone undetected for months. BA only discovered the breach while investigating a breach of its website in September, which affected 380,000 transactions. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th October 2018
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  • British Airways, cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, hack, information security
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25Oct

Cathay Pacific data hack hits 9.4 million passengers

Cathay Pacific says the personal data of up to 9.4 million passengers have been accessed in the latest security breach to hit the aviation industry. Passport numbers, email addresses and expired credit card details were among the data leaked. Chief executive Rupert Hogg apologised and said there was “no evidence” the information had been misused. […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th October 2018
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  • Cathay Pacific, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security
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