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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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School’s out due to hacking hoax

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American hackers using a Minecraft server have sent a bomb hoax to more than 400 schools across Britain. The warnings, which arrived in emails written in both English and Arabic, claimed that the attackers had sent in a student carrying a bomb that would detonate unless the school paid a… Read more »

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Iranian firm accused of hacking into hundreds of universities

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The US justice department has accused an Iranian company and 10 individuals of carrying out cyberattacks, many of which were aimed at universities around the world. The Mabna Institute was set up in 2013, and prosecutors in the US believe that it was established to help Iranian organisations get their… Read more »

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US gets tough on Russian cybercrooks

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Wherever you look at present, it seems there are Russians up to some sort of monkey business. Hot on the heels of the punitive measures doled out by Britain following the Salisbury nerve agent incident, nineteen Russian ‘spies’ have had US sanctions slapped on them for alleged meddling in the… Read more »

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US states split over election security

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Such is the current paranoia surrounding unfriendly foreign regimes meddling in democratic elections through hacking, some US states are seriously considering returning to traditional paper ballots. At present, there is no consensus. The states with the best security track record, Colorado and Rhode Island, exclusively use paper-based voting systems. Other… Read more »

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Games company zapped by data breach

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The US division of a Japanese video game developer and publisher has been hit by a major data breach. Customers of NIS America had their personal and financial details compromised in the early part of 2018. Between January 23rd and February 26th, hackers gained access to the addresses and payment… Read more »

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Tech companies fall foul of the Irish regulator

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A number of US tech companies have established European HQs in Ireland, due to the Emerald Isle’s favourable tax regime. However, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is not allowing them carte blanche. WhatsApp has incurred the DPC’s wrath for failing to deliver on its pledge to discontinue user data… Read more »

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Department of Homeland Security not so secure

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The US Department of Homeland Security’s avowed intent is to ‘secure the nation from the many threats we face’. It’s ironic, therefore, that the DHS has accidentally leaked the Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, addresses and emergency contact details of over 20,000 of its current and former… Read more »

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