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Government cybersecurity certification scheme hacked

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Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme which provides cybersecurity advice and support for organisations. One would imagine, therefore, that it is red hot on its own data security? Apparently not, as the body has just suffered a breach exposing the names and email addresses of consultancies cleared to work… Read more »

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Council breaches privacy rights

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Basildon Borough Council has taken a £150k rap from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing personal details about a family of travellers on the planning pages of its website. The information, which covered the family’s disability requirements (including mental health issues), names, ages and the location of their home,… Read more »

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Uber drivers used customer data to stalk

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Ward Spangenberg, a former information security specialist at Uber, has claimed in court that staff at the online taxi firm are using its vehicle-tracking technology to flout data protection and consumer privacy obligations by leaking information on the movements of politicians, celebrities, ex-lovers and employees. He also accuses Uber of… Read more »

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Don’t trust the Web of Trust

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The Web of Trust, a popular free web browser extension dedicated to privacy and security, has been selling on user data, according to German TV news reporters. Ironically for a plug-in that informs users whether websites are safe to visit, WOT has failed to ensure that the sensitive personal data… Read more »

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Ransomware, your worst nightmare

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If you think Ransomware is a nuisance now, brace yourself – it’s about to get a whole lot worse as malware becomes ever more sophisticated and insidious. Ransomware, of course, is a type of malware that holds a large collection of data hostage on a victim’s computer; including important documents,… Read more »

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How to protect yourself against ransomware

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Ransomware is increasingly the modus operandi of choice for cyber criminals, and organisations of all sizes are at risk – including individual users and their home computers. So how can you stay safe and prevent the dreaded denial of access to your most precious assets? Industry experts agree that a… Read more »

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Swift proposes new security plan

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Swift has said it intends to beef up its security after the recent spade of cyber attacks, including the recent hack which targeted the Bangladesh national bank. The hackers used Swift to relieve the Bangladesh bank of $81m worth of funds, on top of numerous other, smaller attacks. The new… Read more »

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New EU regulations offer greater data protection

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Significant changes lie ahead following a vote by the European Parliament to approve the General Data Protection Regulations. These new rules will come into effect in the summer. A revision of Data Protection legislation has been long overdue as the current regulatory framework came into being at a time when… Read more »

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Data protection reforms delayed until 2015

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New EU data protection rules and a new cyber security framework are to be verified by the beginning of 2015 despite many believing the reforms would be finalised by May next year, in time for the European Parliamentary elections. However, data protection experts have commented on the decision to delay the… Read more »

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