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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PayPal admits to sharing customer data

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PayPal has revealed that it shares customer data with as many as 600 third party organisations. Possibly prompted by the imminent introduction of The General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, the US online payments business has taken the unusual step of releasing this information voluntarily. PayPal claims that it does… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity gets a shot in the arm

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In the aftermath of the crippling WannaCry attack in 2017, the NHS has called in Microsoft to beef up its cybersecurity. The Department of Health and Social Care is investing £150 Million over three years to guard against future disruption to Britain’s vital healthcare services. On top of this, the… Read more »

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Charities a target for cyberattack

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The Third Sector has come under fire in a number of ways recently, and it now transpires that 20% of charities have suffered a cyberattack within the last twelve months. Larger charities with an income over half a million pounds are the prime targets – losing on average nearly £1500… Read more »

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