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Russian hackers try to rig British votes

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Widely believed to have meddled in the US Presidential election, it now seems likely that Russian actors interfered with the Brexit vote and this year’s snap General Election in June as well. According to the head of National Cyber Security Centre (the subdivision of GCHQ launched in October 2016 to… Read more »

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Ever more Brits hit by Equifax breach

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It now appears that the massive Equifax data breach in early summer this year has had an even greater impact on its British customers than at first thought. The U.S. based credit rating giant holds data on over 800 million consumers and 90 million businesses around the world. Despite initially… Read more »

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HMRC phishing campaign hits UK businesses

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Not unnaturally, people greet any correspondence from HMRC that drops into their inbox with a slight feeling of dread. Until recently it has generally involved nothing more than a request to pay owed tax. Now, however, it could be something a bit more insidious – a Trojan that gives hackers… Read more »

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Equifax compounds data breach fiasco

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Not content with falling victim to one of the worst data breaches in history, leading credit rating firm Equifax has been sending its anxious customers to a fake website to check whether or not they have been compromised. Fortunately for all concerned, the site’s developer had no evil intentions, but… Read more »

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Students, beware of SLC phishing scam

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As the new academic year begins, students are looking to organise their finances. Little surprise then, that hackers have decided to use a well established institution, the Student Loans Company, to scam students out of their hard-earned (or their parents’) money. The past few weeks have seen a phishing campaign… Read more »

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Credit bureau suffers massive data breach

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Equifax, one of the big three international consumer credit reporting agencies, has recently become the victim of one of the largest data breaches ever. Equifax collects and aggregates information on over 820 million individual consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide. It appears that cyber crooks have gained access… Read more »

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Students beware of the Student Loans Company

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As the new academic year begins, students are looking to organise their finances. While there is plenty of genuine help on offer, the Student Loans Company is definitely one to avoid. This bogus lender is currently using a phishing scam to steer unsuspecting students to a hoax website with the… Read more »

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The simple way for SMEs to stay cybersafe

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By taking preventative measures, the world has largely wiped out diseases such as smallpox, polio and malaria. The next big challenge is to eradicate cyber crime. Almost four million cyber crime offences were committed in Britain last year, accounting for nearly 40% of all recorded criminal incidents. SMEs with finite… Read more »

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Social media prompts growth in identity fraud

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A new report by not-for-profit fraud prevention specialist Cifas reveals that identity fraud in the UK is spiraling out of control. Due to the huge increase in data held online, criminals are increasingly using social engineering techniques to exploit flaws in human psychology to manipulate their victims into jeopardising their… Read more »

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