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Call for sanctions on cyber-aggressive regimes

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May is calling on European leaders to take tougher action on governments and regimes that are found responsible for cyberattacks. The news comes amongst reports that a Russian group has been accused of meddling in the US midterm elections. “Malign cyber activity causes harm to our… Read more »

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Kim Kardashian is the riskiest celebrity to search for online

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According to research carried out by cyber security firm McAfee, Kim Kardashian is the riskiest person to search for online in the UK. The research measured how many potentially malicious sites were found in the search results for celebrity names. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Kourtney Kardashian, Kim’s sister, took the… Read more »

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Equifax faces £500,000 penalty from ICO

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has hit credit monitoring firm Equifax with its maximum penalty for its actions related to the company’s massive 2017 data breach. The £500,000 fine was issued for their failure to protect data belonging to 15 million UK residents. Nearly 700,000 of those had email… Read more »

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Analysis shows students and staff may be responsible for cyber attacks

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A cyber security agency has examined the timing of 850 attacks on UK colleges and universities in 2017-18, and discovered a “clear pattern” of attacks happening during the workday and during term times. As soon as the holidays start, attacks dramatically decrease. According to the BBC, the analysis concludes that… Read more »

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Hackers claim to have breached 20,000 Superdrug accounts

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UK high street pharmacy Superdrug disclosed late last month that personal information belonging to 20,000 customers may have been breached. A spokeswoman for the health and beauty company explained that they were contacted by hackers who claimed that they had obtained the details and would release them unless a ransom… Read more »

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British Airways latest airline to fall victim to hackers

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Major airline British Airways has recently apologised for a major hack to its website, BA.com. Over the course of two weeks in late August and early September, 380,000 credit card transactions were compromised, including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code. While investigating the incident, cybersecurity… Read more »

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Butlins falls victim to phishing attack

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British family holiday firm Butlins has said that up to 34,000 of its guest records may have been stolen by hackers. The information included names, addresses, arrival dates for holidays, and contact details. Butlins does not believe that any financial information was accessed, however. It is believed that the information… Read more »

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Can businesses afford to ignore cyber insurance?

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As the threat of cybercrime grows in quantity and scale, so too does the need for insurance cover. CFC, which recently came out top in the Insurance Times Cyber Product Report, is a pioneer in cyber insurance. The London-based specialist lines insurance provider has witnessed a dramatic rise in the… Read more »

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University fined over student data breach

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has slapped a £120,000 fine on Greenwich University in South London for failing to protect the personal information of nearly 20,000 students. As well as names, addresses, birth dates, signatures and phone numbers, distressingly the data also included physical and mental health issues. As part of… Read more »

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GWR passengers derailed by data breach

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Railway crime has moved on since the days of Ronnie Biggs and Buster Edwards. Most recently, hackers have breached the accounts of passengers on Great Western Railway. Furthermore, the message sent out to affected customers by GWR caused further consternation – in case it was also a scam. Admittedly a… Read more »

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