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US laws toughened on data breaches

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In an attempt to stem the current flow of data breaches, several US states are introducing new legislation to tighten up data protection. Prompted perhaps by the introduction of GDPR in Europe, state legislators in Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota and Alabama have all unveiled new data privacy laws. Canada is… Read more »

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Russians may have reaped Facebook users’ data

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As in any good espionage story, the plot of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data mining scandal becomes thicker by the minute. It now seems possible that the details of the 87 million Facebook users harvested by the now-defunct British political consultancy could now be in the hands of the Russians. Testifying… Read more »

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SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

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Yahoo’s failure to disclose its infamous 2014 data breach has now resulted in a $35 million fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While the company has agreed to pay up, it is not actually admitting to any misconduct. Yahoo, which is now part of US telecoms giant… Read more »

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Something fishy about gambling house security

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The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network. With an increasing number of everyday appliances… Read more »

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Are cyber battle lines the new nuclear deterrent?

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It seems that much of the next Cold War will be fought online. Security agencies in Britain and the US are working together to counter the increasing Russian penetration into western cyber networks. At the same time, the allies are infiltrating Russia’s own systems – so that they are in… Read more »

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Verizon’s ransomware predictions come true

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Back in 2013 US telecoms giant Verizon predicted that ransomware would become the malware of choice for hackers into the future. Its 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report confirms that this prophecy has come true – due to its low risk for attackers, effectiveness against big business and government bodies and… Read more »

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US states tighten up data breach legislation

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South Dakota is the latest US state to introduce a law specifying that any organisation which suffers a data breach must notify all affected parties. Forty-nine states are now signed up to this legislation – which covers personal details, financial data, health information, social security numbers, driving licences and biometric… Read more »

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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Atlanta suffers ransomware attack

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia has been hit by a ransomware attack and data breach. While its critical infrastructure, systems and public services appear to be largely unaffected, the authorities are advising anyone who has conducted a recent financial transaction with the city to check that their financial and online… Read more »

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