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Look out for the Big One

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Like a giant tsunami or earthquake, IT security pundits are predicting that the world will be hit by a cataclysmic infrastructure cyberattack within the next five years – according to the findings of a report by IoT security specialist Pwnie Express. Pwnie’s 2018 ‘Internet of Evil Things’ survey amongst nearly… Read more »

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US laws toughened on data breaches

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In an attempt to stem the current flow of data breaches, several US states are introducing new legislation to tighten up data protection. Prompted perhaps by the introduction of GDPR in Europe, state legislators in Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota and Alabama have all unveiled new data privacy laws. Canada is… Read more »

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Russians may have reaped Facebook users’ data

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As in any good espionage story, the plot of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data mining scandal becomes thicker by the minute. It now seems possible that the details of the 87 million Facebook users harvested by the now-defunct British political consultancy could now be in the hands of the Russians. Testifying… Read more »

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Memory sticks chopped at IBM

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IBM’s security chief has placed a ban on staff using USB sticks and other memory devices, as she considers them to be a security risk. The fear is that they are vulnerable to hacking, malware, loss or misuse. While some external observers consider this to be a prudent safety measure,… Read more »

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Hackers penetrated Alaska’s election website

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It now appears that, along with Illinois and Arizona, the state of Alaska was also a victim of hackers during the 2016 presidential election. While the hacktivists succeeded in accessing Alaska’s main election website and claimed to have penetrated its online tabulation ballot, they failed to tamper with any content…. Read more »

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Durham students hit by WannaCry

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As well as the NHS and Nissan’s Sunderland car plant, students at Durham Sixth Form Centre also suffered collateral damage from the WannaCry ransomware attack last spring. Several students lost coursework that would have counted towards their A and AS results. Security experts have criticised the college for being panicked… Read more »

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New York beefs up its cyber defences

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In the best 21st century thriller traditions, a mysterious new organisation called NYC Cyber Command (NYC3) is now working night and day to protect New York’s unwitting citizens from cyberattacks. Set up just under a year ago, the new cybersecurity agency has assembled a small, hand-picked team to fight the… Read more »

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Twitter takes precautionary measures

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With internet privacy currently a hot topic, Twitter has advised all of its 330 million users to change their passwords. This advice comes as the result of the social media giant discovering a bug in its system. Because of the glitch, some Twitter passwords were stored before they could be… Read more »

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Tech giants kick out domain fronting

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Domain fronting is a technique used by app and website developers to circumvent internet censorship by hiding the true endpoint of a connection – particularly to avoid government interference. In recent times, however, it has increasingly become a convenient tool for purveyors of malware. As a result, leading cloud service… Read more »

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Thieves target keyless BMWs

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BMW has admitted that it is quite unable to prevent thieves from using a simple relay box to break into its luxury models. Furthermore, the German car giant refuses to take responsibility for any cars being stolen. Owners of the latest BMWs benefit from the new keyless ‘comfort access’ system,… Read more »

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