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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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Russian cyberattack concerns puts UK infrastructure on high alert

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Following on from the Salisbury chemical attack and the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, there is continued concern for the safety of Russian exiles resident in the UK. Members of the intelligence community, however, are conscious that Moscow may look to utilise cyber-attacks as part of its next step…. Read more »

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Asia is ransomware central

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Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report reveals that ransomware is now the most profitable form of cybercrime, and that Asia is the part of the world that suffers the most ransomware attacks. The top three victims were Myanmar, Bangladesh and Venezuela; with Japan, Finland and USA amongst the least affected…. Read more »

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UK announces new IoT safety guidelines

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As part of its Security by Design review, The British Government is introducing a new code of practice to ensure that connected technology companies incorporate effective security systems into their IoT devices. Many manufacturers, service providers and developers have taken criticism for failing to make their products safe from hackers… Read more »

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German Government mauled by Fancy Bear

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The Federal Government of Germany’s IT network is currently under serious cyberattack, apparently from notorious Russian state-sponsored hacking group Fancy Bear – prime suspects in previous federal disruptions in Germany, as well as interference in the US presidential election. It appears that the principle targets in the latest offensive against… Read more »

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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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Young people leave the door open to hackers

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Surprisingly, new research suggests that it is the younger generation of Brits who are most likely to use the same online password multiple times – leaving themselves more vulnerable to hacking. In particular, anyone using messaging systems to send sensitive information such as bank details, copies of passports or driving… Read more »

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UK councils fight ransomware threat

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The bad news is that more than a quarter of local councils in Britain have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. The better news is that, due to their effective back-up systems, only one amongst the 115 affected councils has actually paid a ransom to retrieve its data. Due to the… Read more »

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