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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
  • 0 Comments
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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27Oct

What is the Data Protection Act 1998?

Everything you need to know about the UK’s data protection law. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th October 2017
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  • data protection, data protection act 1998, GDPR, Infosec, privacy, Security
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27Oct

Ciaran Martin’s cyber security summit speech

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, addresses delegates from EU member states at a cyber security summit in London (Monday 23rd October 2017). Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 27th October 2017
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  • Ciaran Martin, cyber security, EU, GCHQ, NCSC
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26Oct

UK website privacy notices inadequate, says ICO

Privacy notices are too vague and generally inadequate, a global investigation finds, with UK websites in several sectors found wanting by an Information Commissioner’s Office review. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 26th October 2017
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  • ICO, privacy, Security, UK, websites
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25Oct

‘Bad Rabbit’ ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

A new strain of ransomware nicknamed “Bad Rabbit” has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 25th October 2017
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  • bad rabbit, malware, malware infection, ransomware, Russia, Ukraine
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24Oct

Equifax to be investigated by FCA over data breach

Credit rating firm Equifax is being investigated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over a large data loss. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th October 2017
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  • data breach, Equifax breach, FCA, investigation UK, security failure
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24Oct

Call to tighten UK law over data breaches #thirdparty #dataprotection

Consumer group Which? is unhappy with the U.K. data protection bill and has called on the government to amend the draft legislation to allow third-party organizations to seek collective redress for data breaches on behalf of consumers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 24th October 2017
  • 0 Comments
  • cybersecurity, data breach, data protection, data protection bill, data subjects, GDPR, third party security
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19Oct

North councils still at risk from cyber attack

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

UK Cybercrime Falls but Stats Are Still Shaky

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

Ensuring outsourced IT services are secure

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

Deloitte hit by data breach

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

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

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

Data Protection Bill 2017

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

Addressing the Global Cyber Challenge

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

Councils face ‘crisis in confidence’ over cyber-attacks

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

Poor passwords still putting UK firms at risk

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

Equifax: credit firm was breached before massive May hack

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

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

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

Council to investigate email data breach

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

Council to investigate email data breach

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

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

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

Phishers Plumb the Depths of Hurricane Harvey’s Floods

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

UK critical infrastructure skipping security checks

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

TalkTalk data breach victims considering legal action

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

UK Retail Data Breach Incidents Double in a Year

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

NHS Digital and Microsoft sign cyber-security deal

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

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

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

UK data laws enter Facebook era

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

UK Writes GDPR into Law with New Data Protection Bill

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

Government to strengthen UK data protection law

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

Scottish Government hit by two ransomware cyber attacks

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

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

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

UK police forces taking action to quash data misuse

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

Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

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

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

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

Massive blow to criminal dark web activities after globally coordinated operation

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

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

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

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

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

Newcastle City Council Leaks Data of Thousands of Adopted Children

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

Bupa Suffers Data Breach

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

Trump hotels hit by third data breach

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

BT and KPMG warn businesses against cyber security traps

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

Former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan: Encryption is a good thing

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

Could new data laws end up bankrupting your company?

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

Cyber attack hits sales at Reckitt Benckiser

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

Petya hackers issue fresh ransom demand

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

Government data site user details leak

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

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WannaCry: Why this ransomware just won’t die

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

Human error responsible for most local gov data breaches

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

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

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

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

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

NHS England hit by ‘cyber attack’

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

UK Water Supplier Loses £500,000 in Sophisticated Scam

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

UK Firms Flag Cybersecurity Fears Over Energy Sector

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

Guardian Soulmates dating website suffers data breach

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

Tinder investigates after 40,000 profile pics snatched

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

Cyber-thieves want your healthcare data

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

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

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

BCC calls on firms to improve cyber-security

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

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

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

CareCERT launch contributes to 250% spike in cyber attack reporting

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

ISO27001: 2017 change is renumbering only

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

Face the facts: your business needs a data protection officer

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

Fylde council investigates recent data breach

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

Ransomware still in the system despite eradication?

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

UK charities fined for data law breach

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

400 staff fooled in fake phishing email at Leeds Teaching

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

UK nuclear stations on terror alert for cyber attacks

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

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

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

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

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

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware

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

ICO: UK Councils Lagging on GDPR Compliance

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

Abta website hit by cyber attack

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

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

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

Cyber security: Experts warn on rise of hacker ransoms

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

The UK’s 16 most infamous data breaches

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

Cyber Attacks Cost UK Firms £30bn in 2016

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

Children’s messages in CloudPets data breach

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

UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

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

Inaugural Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference

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

NHS Digital will not face “regulatory action” from ICO

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

Cyber Dominates Top Business Continuity Threats

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

Facebook algorithms ‘will identify terrorists’

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

Sports Direct ‘hid data breach from staff’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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