London police targeting websites hosting illegal content

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Websites illegally hosting copyrighted content have been targeted by City of London Police. BBC News reports that in an operation run by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, 61 websites were identified as displaying unauthorized material. Many websites were asked directly to “correct their behaviour” and “operate legitimately”. Details of those… Read more »

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Yahoo mail service unavailable for 40 hours due to hardware issues

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E-mail provider Yahoo are facing criticism after announcing that some of its mail customers will be without e-mail access for at least 40 hours due to a hardware problem that has hit one of the company’s data centers. For Yahoo this type of technical glitch is just short of a… Read more »

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Natwest hit by cyber attack days after RBS tech-meltdown

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Less than a week after a major computer failure which left RBS and Natwest customers without access to their online accounts and unable to use cash points, Natwest suffered another disruption on Friday from 11:30am. The RBS group – which includes RBS, Natwest and Ulster bank said that Natwest was… Read more »

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Researchers create malware that communicates via ‘silent’ sound

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New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics suggests malware once dubbed “badBIOS” allows infected machines to communicate using sound waves alone—no network connection needed. The malware can transmit information between computers using high-frequency sound waves inaudible to the human ear. Tech duo Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz… Read more »

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Missing hard drive containing 7,500 Bitcoins is buried on landfill site

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Docksway landfill site in Newport, Wales, has a hard drive buried amidst the mud and refuse which contains a ‘digital wallet’ worth an estimated £4m. Owner James Howell threw out the hard drive from his defunct Dell laptop, which broke when he spilled lemonade on the machine, when he was… Read more »

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Cyber Monday leads to technical hitch for RBS and Natwest

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High profile online retailers like Amazon, John Lewis and Tesco predicted that December 2nd, dubbed Cyber Monday would be the busiest shopping day ever in UK online retail history as customers flooded the web looking for bargain Christmas deals. However, allegedly due to high demand, payment systems were overloaded and… Read more »

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Grocery store breach stresses need for robust cyber insurance

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A data breach at American grocery store Schnucks between December 2012 and March 2013 exposed an estimated 2.4 million credit and debit cards. This widespread breach resulted in an estimated $80m loss and sparked state and federal consumer lawsuits against the grocer, as well as another suit by the grocer’s… Read more »

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Medical marijuana users file suit against Health Canada

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Health Canada are facing a law suit after allegedly mailing letters to 40,000 people – and identifying them as participants in the Medical Marijuana Access Program. The action was filed in Vancouver by local resident Jason Wilcox on behalf of all Canadians who had been implicated in the security breach…. Read more »

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CryptoLocker holds users to ransom for their personal files

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A ransomware device named CryptoLocker encrypts users personal files and demands money for them to be unlocked. Whilst ransomware is not a new tactic in the cyber criminal world is has seen a stark resurgence in recent weeks. What’s more, while you will no longer be able open, read or… Read more »

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Hackers steal 376,000 credit card details from Irish firm LoyaltyBuild

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The Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild have been hit by a hack attack which saw the loss of 376,000 customer full credit card details. According to investigatory results by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and – contrary to all payment storage rules – CVV details… Read more »

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