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New lease of life for Enigma code cracking centre

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Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire gained legendary status for being at the centre of efforts to break the German Enigma code during WWII. One could argue it won a new legion of fans in recent years with blockbuster films centred on the lives and loves of its chief code-crackers. And now,… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in parlous state of health

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As if budget deficits and junior doctor strikes aren’t enough, Sky TV has revealed that the NHS’ IT system is also in need of major surgery. It is not only patients’ sensitive health data that’s at risk – hackers could also shut down vital equipment and systems. Hospitals have become… Read more »

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Uncle Vlad is watching you

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It is rumoured that ministers attending Teresa May’s cabinet meetings will in future have to leave their smartwatches at the door – to avoid the Russians listening in. Following on from several well-publicised cyber security breaches during the US presidential election campaign, the British Government is believed to be taking… Read more »

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Alarming stats on UK ransomware

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A poll amongst IT managers at some 300 UK businesses reveals that nearly half of them have been infected by ransomware in the last two years. Of the two thirds who paid up an average ransom of £540, a third of them didn’t even get their data back. The report… Read more »

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Beware of the Great Train Hackers

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Forget emergency time tables and overcrowded carriages during rush hour – a bigger threat to commuters’ sanity and the UK’s railway network may well be cyber attacks. State-sponsored hackers have already been identified in the Network Rail system, though they are currently not actively influencing operations. However, they do have… Read more »

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National infrastructure at risk

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The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies has produced a study in collaboration with Lockheed Martin titled ‘The Integrated Infrastructure: Cyber Resiliency in Society’. The study was built around a fictional scenario involving total power outages in London and the south east of England. The various impact scenarios included… Read more »

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Android and Samsung Pay to hit the UK

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Several financial institutions have shown an interest in the plans by Google for Android Pay to become available in the UK in the coming months. Nationwide Building Society, Lloyds Bank and HSBC have all welcomed plans for the introduction of the facility which allows an Android device running 4.4 or… Read more »

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European Parliament to review EU-wide rules on cyber security

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MEPs are proposing new regulations under which some organisations will have to reveal any breaches to their cyber security. Additionally, these new rules will set out a minimum standard of protection which must be in place to protect customer data and this could apply to a wide range of organisations,… Read more »

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Wetherspoons website hit by small-scale hack attack

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has revealed that it has been the victim of a data hack and that card information from around 100 customers has been stolen. The company has described the breach as small-scale and stated that the data taken is not comprehensive enough to allow customer bank accounts… Read more »

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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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