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UK increases funding to combat cyber threats from IS

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The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, has warned that hospitals and air traffic control could be amongst many targets under threat from Islamic State hack attacks. Security on the ground in London has already been increased after the attacks in Paris, and the Chancellor has stated that GCHQ is busy monitoring… Read more »

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Cybersecurity information exchanges on the rise

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IT experts are increasingly pooling their resources, exchanging information about cyber security breaches. A recent report from the Ponemon Institute has discovered that IT professionals are swapping details about security attacks, an increasing problem within both the private and public sectors. This is a developing trend in the industry in… Read more »

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US Government likely to increase surveillance activity

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Government surveillance looks set to increase in the US as legislation permitting the sharing of data on cyber security threats between the government and the private sector is certain to win the approval of the US Senate. Some political commentators maintain the wording is unlikely to be accepted in its… Read more »

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Star navigation reintroduced by Navy as worries about technology failure rise

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Old-fashioned navigational techniques are being resurrected by the US Naval Academy following concerns of cyber attacks disabling GPS systems on board US naval vessels. These skills have not been taught at naval college for over twenty years, but the fear of having no back up in the event of system… Read more »

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Millions of fingerprints stolen from US Office of Personnel Management

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Computer hackers have stolen the fingerprints of over five million US federal workers in a massive breach of government security. It is thought that Chinese hackers are behind this latest incursion, coming does just days before the Chinese President was due to visit the US to discuss cyber security with… Read more »

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Right-wing think tank falls victim to security breach

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US conservative think tank Heritage Foundation has been the victim of a security breach in which hackers obtained the details of donors and various sensitive email communications. A spokesman for the Heritage Foundation has confirmed the breach and stated that they are contacting everyone affected. Several weeks ago, the Heritage… Read more »

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FTC can take action against Wyndham hotels for security failures

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A US court has declared that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has capacity to prosecute the hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp for failing to protect the personal data of its customers. Wyndham was the victim of three consecutive data attacks in 2008 and 2009 in which its computer systems were… Read more »

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US Census Bureau suffers attack by Anonymous

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The group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for an attack on a US government website, resulting in access to sensitive employee details. The department in question is the United States Census Bureau and the hackers have harvested personal information about employees which has been published online. Of more concern, however, is… Read more »

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US government under fire for cyber security practices

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The US government has been criticized about the general strength and efficacy of its security policy in the wake of the attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The full extent of this breach is continuing to leak into the public domain, with some suspecting that the exact nature… Read more »

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Computer glitch delays tens of thousands of US visa applications

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A computer glitch within the US visa application system has radically impeded travel to the US by foreign nationals. This is having a big impact on industry across the US, especially farms which rely heavily on temporary foreign workers. For example, fruit growers in Washington State need approximately fifteen thousand… Read more »

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