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19Mar

More than half of EU firms report cyber attack losses

More than half of European firms admit business disruption and data loss due to cyber attacks in the past 24 months, with UK firms among the most targeted, a survey shows. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • Cyber Attacks. Cyber Security, cyber crime, IT security, UK Firms
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19Mar

Half of organizations lack the security talent needed to remain secure

The global shortage of cybersecurity talent is having a detrimental effect on businesses with nearly 50 percent of organizations lacking the necessary talent to remain secure, according to new research from Trend Micro. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • AI, cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, digital transformation, IT security
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19Mar

A third of small businesses have no cyber security strategy

A third of smaller businesses in the UK have not implemented a cyber security strategy and could be unwittingly acting as a gateway to larger organisations, according to research. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, IT security, malware
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19Mar

Huge Norwegian aluminium plants hit by cyber-attack

The operator of one of the largest aluminium plants in Europe has switched to manual operations at its smelting facilities following a cyber-attack. Hydro, which employs more than 35,000 people across 40 countries, says the attack began on Monday evening and is still under way. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, Hydro, IT security
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19Mar

Two Birmingham workers fined for data protection breaches

Employees could face a criminal prosecution if they access or share personal data without a valid reason, the Information Commissioner’s Office has warned. The warning came after Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined two workers in separate cases for breaching data protection laws. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • CareFirst, data breach, data protection, HEFT, iCare, ICO, information security, NHS Foundation Trust, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
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19Mar

Brexit complicating already complex data protection

GDPR impact is yet to be felt and data protection is set to become increasingly complex, with Brexit adding even more complexity that could be overwhelming, warns head of international privacy association. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th March 2019
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  • Brexit, data protection, GDPR, IAPP, ICO, information security, Infosec
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18Mar

UK code breakers release Enigma war machine simulator

18.03.19 – UK intelligence agency GCHQ has celebrated its centenary year by releasing emulators for famous code cipher and code breakers used in World War II. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th March 2019
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  • cipher, Enigma code, GCHQ, intelligence
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18Mar

One third of small businesses have no cyber security strategy, says report

A third of small businesses have no cyber security strategies in place, according to a report from Business In the Community released today. Research for the report shows that 40 per cent of small businesses interviewed had not taken any action in cyber security in the past 12 months. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 18th March 2019
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  • cyber security, cyber security strategy, data breach, data protection, security policy, SME
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15Mar

Brexit complicating already complex data protection

GDPR impact is yet to be felt and data protection is set to become increasingly complex, with Brexit adding even more complexity that could be overwhelming, warns head of international privacy association. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2019
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  • Brexit, data protection, GDPR, IAPP, information security, Infosec
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15Mar

Millions of cyber attacks on Kew Gardens and museums as hackers target people’s financial data

Four of London’s major tourist attractions have been hit with millions of cyber attacks as people’s financial data is targeted, it was revealed today. Figures show the Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Kew Gardens and Tate recorded tens of millions of attacks in the past three years. Only a handful succeeded and none […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2019
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  • Cyber Attacks. Natural History Museum, cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, Imperial War Museum, information security, Kew Gardens
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15Mar

UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office

The government has been told there are “failings” in the way it is planning to protect the UK’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The warning came in a National Audit Office (NAO) assessment of the UK’s national cyber-defence plan. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2019
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  • CNI, Critical Infrastructure, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber defence, cyber security, NAO, NCSC
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15Mar

Why cybersecurity alone is not enough to protect private data

2019 is set to be a landmark year in the ongoing balancing act between businesses extracting the maximum amount of data they can, and still respecting the privacy of their users. Data Privacy Day that took place on the 28th January and was first marked back in 2008 to honour the signing of Convention 108, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2019
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15Mar

Do people with malicious intent present the biggest threat to personal data?

Against the backdrop of a complex and growing cyber threat landscape, organizations are waking up to the fact that one of the biggest chinks in their armour against a data security breach is humans. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 15th March 2019
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  • cyber security, cyber threat, data protection, information security, Insider threat
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14Mar

Tackling cybercrime with a culture of security

It was only in February 2019 when it was reported an EE customer was being stalked by someone who worked in the company for over a year and accessed her personal information without authorisation. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2019
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14Mar

ICO wants to fix the data trust deficit

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants to rebuild trust in social media and technology companies, but according to one of its directors, its a losing battle. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2019
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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14Mar

Hackers Love to Strike on Saturday

Research conducted by managed security service provider Redscan confirms it. The firm filed a freedom of information request with the U.K.’s privacy watchdog, seeking anonymized information on cyber incidents reported to the regulator. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security. information security, data protection, GDPR, hackers, Privacy Watchdog
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14Mar

Handling telephone payments – is your council compliant?

At every council across the country, payments for services are handled in a number of ways; face to face, direct debit, online and over the phone. When handling payments over the phone, it is important to be aware of the rules around handling sensitive card payment details to make sure your organisation is compliant with […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2019
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  • council, data breach, Data Protection. Information Security, pci dss, Security
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14Mar

Concern hub: New Metropolitan Police gang database sparks privacy and profiling fears

Fears over privacy and racial profiling have been raised by secret Metropolitan Police plans to unveil a new criminal database similar to the so-called Gangs Matrix, which saw the force censured over discrimination against black people. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th March 2019
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  • data protection, ICO, information security, Metropolitan police, police
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13Mar

One in 10 UK businesses are at risk from cyber threats

One in every nine PCs around the business world are at risk of infection by a malicious software. This is according to a new report by cybersecurity company Avast, which says businesses in Pakistan, Vietnam and China are at most risk, with one in every three PC having a realistic chance of infection. At the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat, information security, UK business
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13Mar

GCSE coursework lost at Bridport school in ransomware attack

Hackers have used ransomware to encrypt files at a Dorset school causing it to lose some students’ GCSE coursework. The Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport, said a member of staff mistakenly opened an email containing a virus. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th March 2019
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  • Bridport, cyber security, Dorset School, IT security, phishing, ransomware
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13Mar

Getting Educated on Cyber Security in an Education Environment

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. We already know that businesses, organizations, and government entities must follow guidelines in order to protect sensitive information, but the education sector is one of the most important assets to protect, yet it is an extremely underserved market. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th March 2019
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  • cyber security, data protection, education, information security, IT security
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13Mar

Phishing attacks hook almost half of UK firms

Phishing attacks aimed at obtaining sensitive information have been used to compromise 45% of UK organisation in the past two years, according to research commissioned by the cyber security firm Sophos. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th March 2019
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  • cyber security, information security, IT security, phishing, UK Firms
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12Mar

House of Lords calls for tougher rules on tech firms

The Lords has called on the UK government to create a central ‘Digital Authority’ to take responsibility for regulating the watchdogs already operating in the space. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th March 2019
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12Mar

Firefighter ‘goes through hell’ following police mistake

A FIREFIGHTER who anonymously called the police on ex-chief fire officer Stewart Edgar has revealed he has “gone through hell” after the police mistakenly exposed his identity to his colleagues. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th March 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, GFRS, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, information security, Infosec, police
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12Mar

First fines expected in GDPR cases

IT may have disappeared from the headlines but GDPR has not gone away – and the first fines are expected soon, a cyber-security firm has warned. The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect last May and comes with the risk of a penalty up to 20million euros or four per cent of annual turnover. […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th March 2019
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  • British Airways, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO
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12Mar

Over 80% of Firms Suffer Security Skills Shortages

The majority of security professionals believe it’s getting harder to recruit talent into the industry, according to a new study from Tripwire. The firm commissioned Dimensional Research to poll over 300 industry professionals back in February, in order to compile its Tripwire 2019 Skills Gap Survey. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th March 2019
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  • cyber security, information security, IT security, Pen Testing, Security
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12Mar

Why Bristol City Council is phishing its own staff

Phishing attacks have been launched by council IT chiefs against the authority’s own staff to beef up cyber security after a “worrying” report revealed the danger of a breach has increased. Bristol CIty Council employees who fall for the “scams”, staged by their own colleagues, are redirected to a training programme to help them avoid […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th March 2019
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  • Bristol City Council, cyber attacks, cyber security, IT security, phishing
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11Mar

Pre-GDPR UK Breach Reporting Was a Mess

Many UK firms struggled to identify breach incidents, delayed reporting to the regulator and left out key details in the year prior to the GDPR, and could still be non-compliant today, according to new data obtained by Redscan. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th March 2019
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec
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11Mar

Security becoming one of the top workplace worries

As data breaches exposing sensitive company data become more common, new research from McAfee has revealed that being the cause of a data breach or cyber attack is one of the main work-related worries keeping employees up at night. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, human error, Insider threat, Threat Landscape
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11Mar

Why The Citrix Breach Matters — And What To Do Next

Over the weekend, it has emerged that Citrix has been hit by hackers in attacks that potentially exposed large amounts of customer data. On March 6, 2019, the FBI contacted Citrix with the news that international cyber criminals had likely gained access to the internal Citrix network. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th March 2019
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11Mar

ICO, forgive me – it has been three weeks since I discovered my breach

Businesses waited an average of three weeks after discovering a data breach to report it to the watchdog before GDPR came into force, with many waiting until the end of week to ‘fess up. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th March 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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11Mar

ICO data raises doubts over UK firms’ ability to manage breaches

UK businesses routinely delayed data breach disclosure to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the year ahead of the full implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th March 2019
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  • Data Break, GDPR, ICO, information security, UK Firms
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08Mar

Taking on the serious risk of a cyberattack on the London Underground

Imagine: you’re on the tube and suddenly it stops dead. Not too unusual in London. But then the lights go out, and you’re plunged into darkness. The driver announces he has no information. You wait, getting more restless. Then the driver gets the signal to go. But it’s not safe to – there’s another train […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, London Underground
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08Mar

Pirate Bay users hit with ‘Russian doll’ malware infecting their computers

The Pirate Bay torrent site is playing host to a new strain of malware that’s been nicknamed the ‘Russian Doll’. Spotted by cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky Labs, the illicit activity on the peer-to-peer site has led to the program being downloaded around 10,000 times and spreading fast. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th March 2019
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07Mar

UK charity set up to counter Russian disinformation targeted in cyber attack

A UK charity set up to counter Russian disinformation has been targeted in a cyberattack. The National Crime Agency said it is leading an investigation into the theft of data from the government-funded Institute for Statecraft. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, hack, NCA
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07Mar

Chinese hackers fish for naval secrets

Chinese hackers are alleged to have targeted universities around the world in a bid to steal naval secrets. A total of 27 institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are understood to have been singled out by a cyber-espionage group. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th March 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, hackers, IT security, Military
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07Mar

Jeremy Hunt vows to step up fight against election cyber-attacks

Jeremy Hunt is to promise the government will step up international efforts to prevent overseas cyber-attacks on elections, while insisting the UK has never succumbed to such outside interference. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th March 2019
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  • Brexit, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, Jeremy Hunt
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05Mar

Cyber awareness of UK boards found wanting

Many top UK boards still do not understand the impact of a cyber attack on their business, the latest government Cyber Governance Health Check reveals. Fewer than one in five boards can claim to understand the impact of loss or disruption associated with cyber threats, despite 96% having a cyber security strategy in place. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th March 2019
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  • c suite, cyber awareness, cyber security, GDPR, IT security, NCSC, UK Boards
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04Mar

Fundraising Regulator refers 59 charities to the Information Commissioner’s Office

The Fundraising Regulator has referred 59 charities to the Information Commissioner’s Office for ignoring suppression requests made through the Fundraising Preference Service. The Fundraising Regulator said today it had issued regulatory notices against the charities because they had failed to log into the FPS to collect requests by members of the public to no longer […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th March 2019
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  • data protection, Fundraising Regulator, ICO, information security
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01Mar

Topps.com Sports Collectible Site Exposes Payment Info in MageCart Attack

Last week, the sports trading card and collectible company Topps issued a data breach notification stating that it was affected by an attack, which possibly exposed the payment and address information of its customers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st March 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, data breach, data protection, hack, information security, Topps
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28Feb

TikTok: Record fine for video sharing app over children’s data

Short-form video sharing app TikTok has been handed the largest ever fine for a US case involving children’s data privacy. The company has agreed to pay $5.7m (£4.3m) and implement new measures to handle users who say they are under 13. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th February 2019
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  • Data Privacy, data protection, ftc, information security, Tik Tok
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28Feb

UK consumers more likely to abandon a breached company

Yanks and Brits may both have a soft spot in their hearts for beer and sports, but when it comes to trusting a company that has suffered a data breach, these two groups of people have quite different opinions. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec, UK consumers;
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28Feb

Adoption families in Kent County Council data breach

Contact details of hundreds of adoptive parents have been disclosed in a council email. “Human error” was blamed for the email from Kent County Council’s adoption service being sent to some 300 adoptive parents and some support workers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec, Kent County Council
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27Feb

Most UK IT Security Leaders Fear CNI Attack

Over half of organizations believe the UK is heading for a major attack on critical infrastructure (CNI) this year, with siloed teams causing dangerous security gaps between IT and OT functions, according to Infosecurity Europe. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2019
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  • CNI, cyber security, GDPR, information security, IT security, NCSC, NISD, physical security
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27Feb

Former council officer fined for emailing CVs of rival job applicants to his partner

A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner. Kevin Bunsell was employed by Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council in Warwickshire as its Head of Building Control and had been trained in data protection law. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2019
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  • Bedworth District Council, data breach, data protection, ICO, Insider threat
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27Feb

Wokingham council breaches data for fifth time in year

An elderly woman has had details of her benefit payments leaked to a resident, in a council’s fifth data breach in a year. Wokingham Borough Council sent 12 pages containing information about the past three years of the woman’s payments. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec, Wokingham Borough Council
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25Feb

UK Banks Reported 480% More Breaches in 2018

The UK’s financial services regulator saw the number of data breaches reported to it grow by 480% from 2017 to 2018, according to a new report. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) figures reveal a rise of reported breaches from just 25 in 2017 to 145 last year. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th February 2019
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, FCA, FOI, GDPR, UK banks
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22Feb

UK committed to working with EU cyber security partners

The UK is committed to working with cyber security partners in Europe after Brexit, according to Ciaran Martin, CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd February 2019
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  • Brexit, cyber defence, cyber security, NATO, NCSC
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22Feb

Labour Issues GDPR Warning After Breach Rumors

The Labour Party has sent out a reminder about its GDPR obligations after warning that unauthorized users have been trying to access personal data on its systems. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Labour Party
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22Feb

Half of UK PLCs now at risk from invisible IoT devices

There’s been a 110,000 increase in the number of UK businesses with unknown IoT devices on their networks despite organisations understanding the risk they are taking, according to new research. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd February 2019
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  • cyber security, cyber threats, IoT, IT security, risk, risk management
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19Feb

New code of conduct for artificial intelligence (AI) systems used by the NHS

The code of conduct will ensure that only the best and safest data-driven technologies are used by the NHS and will protect patient data. The code encourages technology companies to meet a gold-standard set of principles to protect patient data to the highest standards. It has been drawn up with the help of industry, academics […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th February 2019
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, data protection, data security, NHS
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18Feb

Employees are major risk to employers’ cyber security, study finds

Employees are still the weak link in the security system, with poor habits that potentially put organisations at risk of critical data and intellectual property loss, and severe legal and reputational repercussions, new research from Microsoft has found. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th February 2019
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  • cyber security, employees, GDPR, IT security, microsoft, passwords
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14Feb

More investment to fight cyber-crime urgently needed say UK police

Police in the UK are keenly aware of the need for additional training and tools to combat the growth of cyber-crime, but they also see a role for technology in fighting traditional forms of crime. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th February 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, IT security, Uk police
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14Feb

‘Print-related data breaches’ costing businesses £313,000 per year

The lack of security controls around old-fashioned paper and ink is leading to significant losses for organisations as they struggle to address the risks of print-related data breaches. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, information security, physical records
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13Feb

Millions Affected by 500px Data Breach

Online photography network 500px has forced a password reset for all users after revealing this week that it suffered a data breach last summer. The site claimed that the incident, which it believes occurred on around July 5 2018, was not discovered until last week, when its engineering team “became aware of a potential security […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th February 2019
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  • 500px, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, IT security, passwords
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13Feb

DARK WEB DATA DUMP SEES 620 MILLION ACCOUNTS FROM HACKED WEBSITES GO ON SALE

Cyber criminals have placed 617 million hacked accounts for sale on the dark web, stemming from 16 separate data breaches. The databases are listed on the dark web marketplace Dream Market, alongside drugs, weapons and other illicit items. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th February 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, dark web, data breach, data protection, hackers, information security
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11Feb

Mumsnet data breach allowed users to log into each other’s accounts

Parenting website reports itself to ICO after botched cloud migration resulted in users being logged into each other’s accounts, able to see personal data and private posts. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th February 2019
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  • data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, mumsnet
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08Feb

Housing developer fined for ignoring data request

Organisations have been reminded they could face a criminal prosecution if they fail to respect the public’s legal right to access their personal information. The warning came from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after housing developer Magnacrest Ltd was fined by Westminster Magistrates for breaching data protection laws. The company did not comply with an […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th February 2019
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  • data protection, dpa, ICO, information security, SAR, subject access request
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07Feb

60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

The EU’s GDPR regulation and its attached fines appears to be encouraging data breach reports with almost 60,000 such reports being filed since the privacy law went into effect in May, but the number of fines imposed lag far behind. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th February 2019
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  • data breach, Data Privacy, data protection, GDPR, information security
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06Feb

NHS England rules medical practice did breach data protection in U-turn

A CITY medical practice did breach its data protection obligation after posting personal information about a former patient online, NHS England has ruled following a second review. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th February 2019
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  • Data Breach. ICO, data protection, DPO, information security, NHS
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04Feb

Student Loans Company Hit by One Million Cyber-Attacks

The UK’s Student Loans Company (SLC) has been forced to repel nearly one million cyber-attacks over the course of the last financial year, highlighting the growing risk to organizations from hackers. Think tank Parliament Street sent a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the non-profit government body, which provides loans and grants to students in […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th February 2019
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04Feb

ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws and is set to review how both are complying with data protection laws. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th February 2019
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  • Brexit, data protection, Elizabeth Denham, GDPR, ICO, information security
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31Jan

Airbus suffers security breach with personal information stolen

International aerospace juggernaut Airbus that it suffered a security breach which affected its commercial aircraft business. The breach “resulted in unauthorised access of data”, according to Airbus, which included some personal information that was mostly [contained to] professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st January 2019
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  • Airbus, cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO
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28Jan

ICO Warns UK to Prepare for Brexit “No Deal” Data Flows

The UK’s privacy regulator has warned businesses to prepare now for a potential Brexit ‘no deal,’ claiming they may have to put in place standard contractual clauses to ensure unhindered data flows. With Theresa May’s government still refusing to rule out the prospect of allowing the country to exit the EU without a deal, businesses […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th January 2019
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  • Brexit, data protection, Elizabeth Denham, ICO, information security, Infosec
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25Jan

UK Public: Drones Are National Security Risk

The British public is dead-set against the use of drones, with the vast majority believing that as they continue to represent a national security risk and that cyber experts must do more to mitigate the threat from above. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th January 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, drones, hackers, security risk
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24Jan

30 million UK cyber attacks carried out in Q4

Attacks via browsers were the primary method for spreading malicious programs, with 12.1 million cyber-threats being detected, according to the figures from Kaspersky Lab, with local threats being even more prevalent, hitting 17.5 million during the same time period. Those two figures place the UK at 125th worldwide and 138th in the world, but the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th January 2019
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber defence, cyber security, IT security, risk management
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21Jan

UK hit with 30m cyberattacks in just three months

Almost 30 million cyberattacks were carried out in the United Kingdom in the fourth quarter of last year. This is according to a new report by Kaspersky Lab, based on an analysis of threats between October and December 2018 in the country. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st January 2019
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  • cyber attacks. cyber crime, cyber security, GDPR, Kaspersky, vulnerabilities
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21Jan

Newcastle school targeted in fees phishing scam

Fee-paying schools were targeted in a cyber attack which accessed parents’ email addresses, it has emerged. Fraudulent emails sent from school accounts offered a 25% discount on fees for paying quickly via the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st January 2019
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, ICO, information security, phishing
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21Jan

Huge cache of email addresses and user data leaked online

Some 773 million unique addresses have been uncovered as a part of one of the largest data breaches every recorded. According to security researcher Troy Hunt , the emails, residing on the MEGA cloud service, are part of a data breach he calls Collection #1. The database weighs more than 87GB. Besides emails, the database […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st January 2019
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, Mega
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16Jan

UK ‘near the bottom of league tables’ on IoT security

A massive six in ten UK organisations can’t tell If their IoT devices have been breached by hackers or not, according to a new study by Gemalto. Flipping the figures around, while 42 percent of UK organisations can detect IoT device breaches, this is the second lowest in Europe after France, at 36 percent. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th January 2019
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, IoT, IT security, risk management, vulnerabilities
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10Jan

SCL Elections prosecuted for failing to comply with enforcement notice

SCL Elections Ltd, also known as Cambridge Analytica, has been fined £15,000 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The company appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty through its administrators to breaching s47 (1) of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th January 2019
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  • Cambridge Analytica, data protection, data protection act 1998, data security, dpa, ICO, information security, SCL Elections
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07Jan

Website of Dublin Tram Service, Luas, Hacked

Dublin-based tram service provider, Luas, confirmed through social media that its website was hacked Thursday morning. After a malicious message demanding a payment of one Bitcoin was posted to the site, the company issued a tweet asking users to refrain from clicking on the website. Read full story.
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th January 2019
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  • cyber security, Dublin, hack, information security, IT security, Luas
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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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