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Kim Kardashian is the riskiest celebrity to search for online

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According to research carried out by cyber security firm McAfee, Kim Kardashian is the riskiest person to search for online in the UK. The research measured how many potentially malicious sites were found in the search results for celebrity names. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Kourtney Kardashian, Kim’s sister, took the… Read more »

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California bill mandates stronger passwords

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Internet-connected devices being sold in California will need stronger passwords from 2020. The state’s Information Privacy: Connected Devices bill mandates that default and easy-to-guess passwords, such as “admin” and “password,” will no longer be allowed, reports the BBC. Instead, all devices must be given a unique password when they are… Read more »

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Equifax faces £500,000 penalty from ICO

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has hit credit monitoring firm Equifax with its maximum penalty for its actions related to the company’s massive 2017 data breach. The £500,000 fine was issued for their failure to protect data belonging to 15 million UK residents. Nearly 700,000 of those had email… Read more »

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Analysis shows students and staff may be responsible for cyber attacks

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A cyber security agency has examined the timing of 850 attacks on UK colleges and universities in 2017-18, and discovered a “clear pattern” of attacks happening during the workday and during term times. As soon as the holidays start, attacks dramatically decrease. According to the BBC, the analysis concludes that… Read more »

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Hackers claim to have breached 20,000 Superdrug accounts

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UK high street pharmacy Superdrug disclosed late last month that personal information belonging to 20,000 customers may have been breached. A spokeswoman for the health and beauty company explained that they were contacted by hackers who claimed that they had obtained the details and would release them unless a ransom… Read more »

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British Airways latest airline to fall victim to hackers

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Major airline British Airways has recently apologised for a major hack to its website, BA.com. Over the course of two weeks in late August and early September, 380,000 credit card transactions were compromised, including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code. While investigating the incident, cybersecurity… Read more »

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Patient vitals vulnerable to hacking

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A McAfee security researcher has recently revealed that hackers are able to falsify patients’ vitals by taking advantage of weak communications protocol between the patient monitoring equipment itself, and the central monitoring system. At DEF CON 26 security conference, researcher Douglas McKee explained that he managed to reverse engineer the… Read more »

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Butlins falls victim to phishing attack

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British family holiday firm Butlins has said that up to 34,000 of its guest records may have been stolen by hackers. The information included names, addresses, arrival dates for holidays, and contact details. Butlins does not believe that any financial information was accessed, however. It is believed that the information… Read more »

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Medical records threatened by bugs

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Yet again a healthcare operation has failed to meet acceptable standards of cybersecurity. OpenEMR is an internationally-deployed patient and practice management software system, storing the medical records of nearly 100 million patients from across the world. Due to the timely intervention of Project Security, an information security education platform, the… Read more »

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Apple chip supplier halted by virus

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The world’s largest supplier of semiconductors and microprocessors has lost a whole day’s production due to a virus that has infected its computer system. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) estimates the cost of lost production will be around $250 million, but expects to make up the shortfall during the fourth… Read more »

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