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Royal opening for UK cyber security centre

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The Queen has officially opened the UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London. The centre has in fact been in action since last October, and has already investigated 180 cyber attacks on citizens and businesses as well as foiled around 35,0000 potential attacks. Talk about a ‘soft opening’…. Read more »

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New malware attacks defy detection

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Unidentified hackers have launched a series of ‘invisible’ memory-based malware attacks on at least 140 organisations – including banks, telecoms companies and government agencies. The attacks, which are continuing, are spread across 40 countries; with the random list of US, UK, France, Ecuador and Kenya being the most heavily affected…. Read more »

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Google misdiagnoses NHS as botnet

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As one of the world’s largest employers with 1.2m staff, the NHS tends to have a lot of people using Google at any one time – clinicians in particular (which in our mind raises another set of questions…). It must have come as a shock, therefore, when Google decided to… Read more »

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Sharp growth in cybercrime insurance

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The Financial Times quotes a report compiled by CFC that shows a 50% growth in UK insurance policies taken out against cyberattacks during 2016. Lloyd’s of London has seen a huge increase in cyber insurance uptake, and has now introduced 15 different types of cover just for cyber crime, in… Read more »

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UK customers will ditch hacked firms

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A Onepoll survey has revealed that almost half of its 1000 respondents would cancel their account if their provider suffers a data breach and over a third would avoid a company that has been hacked previously. TalkTalk, Yahoo, Three and Tesco Bank have all fallen victim to hacks in the… Read more »

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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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