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Britain is losing the war on cyber crime according to head of City of London Police

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Online fraud is rising “exponentially,” with the largest number of attacks originating from Eastern Europe and Russia. That’s according to Adrian Leppard, head of City of London Police, who admitted that the police were struggling to keep up with increasingly sophisticated internet criminals. Advisen reports that half of all fraud… Read more »

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SSP interface with Google Compare suspended after breach

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Software provider SSP has suspended its service on aggregator websites after an attack on its integration with Google Compare. The attack affected users of Google’s new comparison website for car insurance. SSP’s software is used on a range of aggregator websites such as Google Compare, Comparethemarket.com, Gocompare.com, Confused.com and Moneysupermarket.com…. Read more »

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Cambridge University hacked by Assange supporters

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What seems to be the usernames and passwords of 17 academics at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities have been posted online by NullCrew, a group linked with the large hacking network Anonymous. NullCrew said that it hacked the system in support of Julian Assange. NullCrew claims that if the… Read more »

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LinkedIn loses 6.5m users’ passwords to hackers

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Last week, LinkedIn became the latest social media company to endure a major security breach after more than six million of its users’ passwords were stolen and posted by hackers on a Russian web forum, inviting other hackers to help decrypt them. All of the 6.5 million leaked passwords were… Read more »

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1300 mistakenly fired in Aviva HR blunder

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Aviva has had to apologise after it’s HR department unintentionally sent 1,300 employees in its asset management arm an exit email that was intended for just one person. The Telegraph reports that the email instructed the workers to hand over all company property, security passes, and electronic passwords on their… Read more »

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CFC explores the risks of storing your data in the cloud

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While there has been growth in public awareness about cloud computing, there remains some confusion about what it actually is. Put simply, cloud computing is pooled hardware and software made accessible via the internet. It means IT users can access their applications and data online. The applications and data are… Read more »

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NHS Trust could be hit with one of the ICO’s largest fines yet

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has proposed a fine of £375k, its largest so far, for a patient privacy breach at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. The incident occured when hard drives containing patient data were sold on eBay by the registered contractor hired to destroy them. The… Read more »

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Rochdale Council breaches Data Protection Act with loss of memory stick

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Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has become the latest local authority to be named and shamed after it lost an unencrypted memory stick that contained the details of 18,000 residents. According to ComputerWeekly.com, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found the council in breach of the Data Protection Act but is… Read more »

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UK hosts cyber security conference in London

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According to the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), cyber attacks are now as big of a threat as international terrorism. The last year has seen a huge increase in the number of high-profile attacks and a greater diversification in who is targeted and why. It is thought that Russia and… Read more »

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Survey finds public skeptical of mobile payments

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A little skeptical of using your mobile phone to make payments? You’re not alone. Consumer research specialist Intersperience recently found that 83% of UK adult consumers would not want to use their mobiles as their wallet. And it’s no surprise that security was the top concern, with many people saying… Read more »

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