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Office 365 Voicemail Phishing Scam Warning

Security company McAfee has reported observing a phishing scam which uses a fake voicemail message to lure victims into entering their Office 365 email credentials into a phishing page. How The Attack Works According to McAfee’s blog,…
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“Stalkerware” Partner-Spying Software Use Rises By 35% In One Year

Kaspersky researchers have reported a 35 per cent rise in the number of people who have encountered the use of so-called ‘stalkerware’ or ‘spouseware’ software in the first 8 months of this year. What is Stalkerware? Stalkerware…
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Amazon Echo and Google Home ‘Smart Spies’

Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRL) discovered possible hacking flaws in Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home speakers and installed their own voice applications to demonstrate hacks on both device platforms that turned the assistants…
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Banking App Fraud On The Rise

A recent report from cyber-security company RSA has highlighted a significant rise in fraud via fake banking apps. Number of Attacks Has Trebled The Fraud and Risk Intelligence (FRI) team at RSA have noted a tripling of the number of…
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Any Thumbprint Unlocks a Galaxy A10

Also, the lawsuit alleges that Equifax relied upon the username “admin” and the password “admin” to protect a portal used to manage credit disputes, thereby making it incredibly easy for any hackers to guess.  For example, many…
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Equifax Hack Inevitable Says Lawsuit

A lawsuit against US Credit Rating Company Equifax relating to the massive 2017 hack alleges that the breaching of Equifax’s systems was “inevitable because of systemic organisational disregard for cybersecurity and cyber-hygiene best practices.” What…
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IT Security Updates issue 21

The latest news finds the Cookie ‘Monster’ attacking Sesame Street’s Online Webstore, FIFA 20 has had a major user data breach, spoofing emails are becoming more and more elaborate and costing companies millions, and more … Cookie…
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Ex-Employee Claims Your G Suite Data Is Not Encrypted

A report by a former Google employee on the ‘Freedom of the Press Foundation’ website warns organisations that any data stored on Google’s G Suite is not encrypted, can be accessed by administrators and can be shared with law enforcement…
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Food Writer Loses £5,000 in Phone ‘Simjacking’

Well known food writer, Jack Monroe, has reported falling victim to criminals who were able to steal £5,000 from her bank and payment accounts in a "Simjacking” attack. What Is Simjacking? Simjacking, simswapping or ‘phone hijacking’…
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Local Authorities Facing 800 Cyber Attacks Per Hour

Figures gathered by insurance broker Gallagher - through the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act - have shown that UK local authorities were hit by an average of 800 cyber-attacks every hour in the first six months of this year. Problem…
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Google’s Chrome To Block Mixed Content Pages Without HTTPS

Google has announced that in a series of steps starting in Chrome 79, all mixed content will gradually be blocked by default. What Is Mixed Content? Mixed content refers to the insecure http:// sub-resources that load into https://…
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Worldwide Rollout of ‘Personal Vault’ OneDrive Security Features

Microsoft has announced that the ‘Personal Vault’ security features for its OneDrive storage service are now available worldwide on all OneDrive consumer accounts.  What Is Personal Vault? Personal Vault is a protected area in…
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People Who Broke Into Courthouse Claim It Was Part of Assessment

Two security specialists who performed a physical break-in on the US courthouse that hired their company for a penetration test have claimed that their break-in was part of their assessment of security. What Happened? Dallas' State Court…
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IBM To Offer Largest Quantum Computer Available

IBM has announced that it is opening a Quantum Computation Centre in New York which will bring the world's largest fleet of quantum computing systems online, including the new 53-Qubit Quantum System for broad use in the cloud. Largest Universal…
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Joker Malware Found In 24 Apps In Google Play Store

Security researcher Aleksejs Kuprins of CSIS cybersecurity services company has discovered 24 apps which have been available for download in the Google Play Store that contain ‘Joker’ malware. What Is Joker Malware? Joker malware…
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AI Mimics CEO’s Voice To Steal £201,000

A recent Wall Street Journal report has highlighted how, in March this year, a group of hackers were able to use AI software to mimic an energy company CEO’s voice in order to steal £201,000. What Happened? Reports indicate that the…
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Report Shows That 99% of Cyber Attacks Now Involve Social Engineering

The Human Factor report from Proofpoint shows that almost all cyber-attacks, at some stage, involve the exploitation of human error in the form of social engineering. What Are Social Engineering Attacks? Social engineering attacks…
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Leaving Your Job? Don’t Take Personal Data With You Warns ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned those retiring or taking a new job that under the Data Protection Act 2018, employees can face regulatory action if they are found to have retained information collected as part of their…
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Student Textbooks Malware Threat

Kaspersky’s blog is warning students who are about to go back after the summer holidays to beware of the risk of malware that’s masked as textbooks and essays online. Students Targeted According to Kaspersky, K-12 and college students…
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IT Security Updates issue 20

The latest news from the sector sees two major flaws highlighted by cyber security professionals with major implications for enterprise-level IT patch management cycles, BioStar 2 users face uncertainty over flaw and more ... South Korean…
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Your Password Can Be Guessed By An App Listening To Your Keystrokes

Researchers from SMU’s (Southern Methodist University) Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber-security have found that the sound waves produced when we type on a computer keyboard can be picked up by a smartphone and a skilled hacker could…
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Over A Million Fingerprints Exposed In Data Breach

It has been reported that more than one million fingerprints have been exposed online by biometric security firm Suprema which appears to have installed its standard Biostar 2 product on an open network. Suprema and Biostar 2 Suprema…
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Facial Recognition at King’s Cross Prompts ICO Investigation

The UK’s data protection watchdog (the Information Commissioner’s Office  i.e. the ICO) has said that it will be investigating the use of facial recognition cameras at King’s Cross by Property Development Company Argent. What…
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Is Your Website Sending Scammers' Emails?

Research by Kaspersky Labs has discovered that cyber-criminals are now hijacking and using the confirmation emails from registration, subscription and feedback forms of legitimate company websites to distribute phishing links and spam content. How? Kaspersky…
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$1 Million Bounty For Finding iPhone Security Flaws

Apple Inc recently announced at the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that it is offering security researchers rewards of up to $1 million if they can detect security flaws its iPhones. Change This move marks a change…
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One-Third of Major VPNs Owned By Chinese

A recent survey by VPNpro has revealed that almost one-third of the most popular VPN services are secretly owned by Chinese companies that may be subject to weak privacy laws. VPN A ‘Virtual Private Network’ (VPN) is used to keep…
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Vulnerability in Contactless Card Allows Bypassing of £30 Limit

Researchers from security company Positive Technologies have reported found a vulnerability in Visa contactless cards that could lead to your bank account being drained if your card fell into the wrong hands. Device The researchers…
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Commercial Release of BlueKeep Malware Causes Concern

Tech and security commentators have expressed their fears that a version of the BlueKeep malware (that’s been included in a commercial penetration testing toolkit) could prove to be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. What Is BlueKeep? BlueKeep…
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Lancaster University Hit By “Sophisticated and Malicious Phishing Attack”

Lancaster University, which offers a GCHQ accredited cyber-security course and has its own Cyber Security Research Centre has been hit by what it has described as a "sophisticated and malicious phishing attack”, resulting in the leak of the…
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Security Flaw Discovered In NHS Anaesthetic Machines

Cybersecurity firm CyberMDX has reported the discovery of a security flaw in some Internet-connected GE Healthcare anaesthetic machines which could leave them vulnerable to hacks. Security Flaw The security flaw has been described as…
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Facial Recognition Glasses For Covert Surveillance

The “iFalcon Face Control” AR glasses that incorporate an 8-megapixel camera in the frame and NNTC facial recognition technology (due to go on sale next year) are reported to have already been deployed into several security operations. US…
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Samsung’s Advice To Virus-Check TVs Causes Customer Concern

Samsung’s recent release of a how-to virus check video coupled with the advice to complete the check “every few weeks” has caused confusion and concern among customers. Video At the heart of Samsung’s virus-checking information…
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IT Security Updates issue 19

The latest news from the sector sees Malware on a laptop become “art”, Microsoft in trouble with the NSA thanks to WinXP vulnerabilities, Dark Net police crackdowns driving cyber criminals into encrypted chat spaces – like Telegram and  more…
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Old Routers Are Targets For Hackers

Internet security experts are warning that old routers are targets for cyber-criminals who find them an easy hacking option. How Big Is The Threat? Trend Micros have reported that back in 2016 there were five families of threats for routers,…
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Proposed Legislation To Make IoT Devices More Secure

Digital Minister Margot James has proposed the introduction of legislation that could make internet-connected gadgets less vulnerable to attacks by hackers. What’s The Problem? Gartner predicts that there will be 14.2 billion ‘smart’,…
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G7 Cyber Attack Simulation To Test Financial Sector

The G7 nations will be holding a simulated cyber-attack this month to test the possible effects of a serious malware infection on the financial sector. France The attack simulation was organised by the French central bank under France’s…
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Data Breach Report A Sharp Reminder of GDPR

The findings of Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report have reminded companies that let customer information go astray that they could be facing big fines and damaging publicity. The Report The annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations…
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IT Security Updates issue 18

The latest news from the sector sees HMRC fall foul of GDPR rules on biometric data content, Dell and Sierra Wireless rush out patches to fix flaw issues, farming businesses now targeted by cyber criminals, new rules on IoT hardware being devised…
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Microsoft’s Move Away From Passwords Towards Biometrics

In a recent interview with CBNC, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bret Arsenault signalled the corporation’s move away from passwords on their own as a means of authentication towards (biometrics) and a…
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123456 Still A Popular Password

A study by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) into breached passwords has revealed that 123456 featured 23 million times, making it the most widely-used password on breached accounts. Top Five Easy-To-Guess Passwords The study,…
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Fake Finger Fools Fool Proof Phone

A Reddit user claims to have used a 3D printer to clone a fingerprint and then use the fake fingerprint to beat the in-display fingerprint reader on a Samsung Galaxy S10. Fingerprint Scanner The Galaxy S10 and S10+ phone models have an…
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IT Security Updates issue 17

The latest news from the sector sees Bounty UK fined £400,000 from the ICO, NCSC launch a venture capital drive for new cyber security start-ups, this month’s patch Tuesday updates … New Mums Service Bounty Fined £400,000 For Unlawfully…
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Is Huawei Really Dragging Its Feet Over Security?

After espionage chiefs from the ‘Five Eyes’ agreed last July that they would try to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom Huawei (over fears that it was spying for China), a new report from the Huawei Cybersecurity Evaluation Centre…
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Experts Recommend Security Update For Magento E-commerce Sites

Security experts are warning companies with a Magento e-commerce site to make sure that it has the latest security patch and updates in order to avoid the risk of card skimming attacks. Magento Magento, originally developed by Varien…
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HTTPS Security Vulnerabilities Found

Research teams at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Tu Wien in Austria have discovered security vulnerabilities in the TLS browser encryption defence system of 5.5% of 10,000 HTTPS sites which could leave website visitors vulnerable…
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IT Security Updates issue 16

The latest news from the sector finds the ICO fining companies big sums of money for spamming and falling foul of data privacy rules, Huawei is a big risk but how big a risk for your business(?), how ethical hackers are helping UK universities…
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Fingerprint Bank Card

RBS is reportedly about to hold trials of a new, more secure biometric bank card where customers can use their fingerprint instead of a PIN to verify purchases. April The trial, which will involve some 200 RBS and NatWest UK-based customers, is…
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Warning: Serious Windows 7 Bug Reported

Google has warned those who are still using Windows 7 that they are at risk of hackers being able to take over their computer by exploiting the combination of a flaw in the Window 7 OS and Google’s Chrome Browser. Google Alert The threat…
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IT Security Updates issue 15

The latest news from the sector sees the ICO fine a sacked council employee for using privileged access to help his girlfriend find a job, GCHQ is getting worried about the use of Chinese “tech” in big infrastructure, the latest on Microsoft’s…
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Form-Jacking Attacks Hit High Profile Companies

Research by Security Company Symantec has revealed that high profile companies such as BA and Ticketmaster are among the many thousands of businesses whose websites are being targeted with "form-jacking" attacks every month. What Is Form-Jacking? Form-jacking…
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Targets Of A Rise In Extortion Scams

A report by cyber-crime researchers is warning professional people and those in higher level management positions that extortion scams are on the rise with higher earners as the obvious targets. Report The report, from researchers at…
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IT Security Updates issue 14

The latest news from the sector sees Gartner identify a big increase in biometric tech spending but warns companies there are risks involved. You possibly missed Safer Internet Day 2019 but you should take a minute to learn more about the event.…
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IT Security Updates issue 13

In this edition we find why Magnacrest Ltd were charged by the ICO for failing to reply to a Subject Access Request, why your company needs to pay the Data Protection Fee if it is a data controller, ICO announce more Brexit-related data protection…
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Apple’s Video-Calling ‘Eavesdropping’ Bug

Apple Inc has found itself at the centre of a security alert after a bug in group-calling of its FaceTime video-calling feature has been found to allow eavesdropping of a call’s recipient to take place prior to the call being taken. Sound,…
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Research Reveals Top-Selling Car Keyless Theft Risk

Research by consumer Group Which? has revealed that hundreds of popular models of car are vulnerable to “keyless theft”. Keyless Car Theft Keyless car entry systems enable owners to unlock the doors of their car with the brush of…
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IT Security Updates issue 12

In this edition we find Gartner’s latest cyber-security awareness-building idea, the Centre for Internet Security’s top three ‘threat’ trends for 2019, Cambridge Analytica’s latest woes at the hands of the ICO, how even a small pottery…
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Biggest Personal Data Breach Puts Password Effectiveness In The Spotlight

Password-based authentication has long been known to be less secure than other methods such as multi-step verification or biometrics, but a massive leak of a staggering 87GB of 772.9 million emails, 21.2 million passwords and 1.1 billion email…
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Smart Botnet Detection Needed

For businesses to maintain an effective cyber defense, the ability to prevent, detect and stop smart botnets in real-time is now an important consideration. What Is A Botnet? A botnet is a term for multiple malicious mini-programs working…
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IT Security Updates issue 11

The latest news from the sector sees Marriot Hotels fall victim for the second largest cyber attack in history, GDPR hits the news again as SMEs continue to fail to understand the scale of their data privacy responsibilities, 25% of NHS trusts…
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Google Chrome’s ‘Incognito’ Mode Not So Incognito

Research by Internet Privacy Company DuckDuckGo is reported to have produced evidence that could show that even in Incognito mode, users of Google Chrome can still be tracked, and searches are still personalised accordingly. Incognito Mode Going…
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IT Security Updates Issue 10

The latest news from the sector sees the ICO get a criminal locked up for six months under the Computer Misuse Act, Vision Direct has been hacked which has seen nearly 7,000 customer credit card details affected by the hack, the Met Police’s…
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Free VPN Tools May Be Linked To China

A new investigation by Metric Labs of the top free VPN (Virtual Private Network) apps in Apple's App Store and Google Play has revealed that more than half are run by companies with Chinese ownership. What’s A VPN? A ‘Virtual Private Network’…
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MFA Lockout For Microsoft & Azure Users Causes Business Disruption

The latest multi-factor authentication (MFA) issue left users of Azure and Microsoft Office 365 unable to login to their accounts on Monday 21st, causing widespread disruption to businesses in Europe, Asia, and some parts of the US. What Happened? According…
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Facial Recognition For Border Control

It has been reported that the UK Home Office will soon be using biometric facial recognition technology in a smartphone app to match a user’s selfie against the image read from a user’s passport chip as a means of self-service identity verification…
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IT SECURITY UPDATES ISSUE 9

Hi again Jon and welcome to our latest ‘Essential IT Security Updates’ newsletter : essential reading for IT security and data protection leaders like you wanting to stay ahead of developments and news in this ever-changing sector. Feel…
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Fatal Security Flaws Discovered in Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands have released a paper highlighting several security flaws that they’ve discovered in SSDs which mean that data from a flash disk can recovered in more than one way, even if it’s supposedly…
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Adult Site Visits on Work Computer Lead to Network Infection

The extensive online porn-accessing habit of an employee of a US government department known as the US Geological Survey (USGS) is being blamed for a government computer network becoming infected with malware. 9,000 Pages In an investigation,…
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IT security updates 8

Hi again and welcome to our latest ‘Essential IT Security Updates’ newsletter : essential reading for IT security and data protection leaders like you wanting to stay ahead of developments and news in this ever-changing sector. Feel…
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Businesses Turning To Zero-Trust Security Model

As a widening attack surface and evolving threats mean that organisations continue to breached despite a large security spend, many businesses are now turning to the 'zero-trust' security model. What Is The Zero-Trust Security Model? The Zero…
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How Business Emails Are Vulnerable

Research by digital risk management and threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows has revealed that company credentials and emails that can be easily accessed on the web are making it easier for cyber-criminals to target businesses with attacks. What’s…
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Facebook Hack Keeps Getting Worse

As if the recent Facebook hack of 50 million user accounts that was discovered on 25th September wasn’t bad enough, it became apparent that it could also affect "Facebook Login" service, which allows other apps to use people's Facebook account…
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IT SECURITY UPDATES ISSUE 7

Hi again Jon and welcome to our latest ‘Essential IT Security Updates’ newsletter : essential reading for IT security and data protection leaders like you wanting to stay ahead of developments and news in this ever-changing sector. Feel…
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Microsoft Launches ‘AccountGuard’ Email Service For Election Candidates

A new kind of pilot secure email service called ‘AccountGuard’ has been launched by Microsoft, specifically for use by election candidates, and as one answer to the kind of interference that took place during the last US presidential election…
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IT Security Updates Issue 6

The latest news from the sector sees the British Airways become the latest hacking data breach victim, the CBI held its annual Cyber Security conference which was headlined by the head of the National Cyber Security Centre among other sector…
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BA Security Fallout

A discovery of the file containing the code used in the recent hack of the British Airways website and app that affected 380,000 transactions has revealed that it only took 22 lines of JavaScript to cause the massive data breach. Skimming The…
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IT Security Updates Issue 5

Western Australia’s Government has found the perfect password management approach, that Air Canada’s hack could impact customers by increasing the risk of ID fraud, Deloitte publish cloud strategies to improve cyber security processes and…
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Superdrug Customers Informed of Hack

Superdrug is reported to have advised online customers to change their passwords after it was targeted by hackers who claim to have stolen the details of approximately 20,000 Superdrug customers. Hundreds Compromised - Could Be More To date,…
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New Australian Law Gets The Thumbs-Down From Tech Firms

In Australia, a new draft bill proposing ways for tech firms, software developers and others to assist security agencies and police has been given the thumbs-down by a major industry group over its ambiguity, and the potential security risks…
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IT Security Updates Issue 4

The ICO are investigating a 10 million user data breach at Dixons Carphone, the ICO have also hired a new director as a nod to a changing security landscape, Butlins have announced a major phishing attack resulting in 35,000 customer records…
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IBM Makes Test Version of New Stealth AI Malware ‘DeepLocker’

IBM has announced that it has created its own stealth, ultra-evasive AI malware called ‘DeepLocker’ that can evade all traditional cyber-security protection, hide in normal applications, and only strike when it is sure it has reached its…
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Microsoft To Launch App-Testing Sandbox ‘InPrivate Desktop’ Feature

It has been reported that Microsoft is to launch InPrivate Desktop for a future version of Windows 10, a kind of throwaway sandbox that gives Admins a secure way to operate one-time tests of any untrusted apps / software. Like A Virtual Machine Although…
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IT Security Updates Issue 3

The ICO has fined the UK Government’s historic sexual abuse inquiry after a “very distressing” data breach, CISCO promotes a new way of tackling cryptomining hacks, UK Government to launch consultation on changing the UK cyber security…
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10 Million Affected by Dixons Carphone Data Breach

Dixons Carphone has announced that, after a review following a hack of its customers’ data, 10 million customers rather than the original estimate of 1.2 million have actually been affected. What Happened? Back in June, Dixons Carphone announced…
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Google Chrome’s New ‘Site Location’ Security Feature Activated

The new ‘Site Isolation’ security feature for Google’s Chrome browser has been switched on, and could protect users from log-in credentials theft. Decade-Long History The newly switched-on feature actually has a decade-long history in…
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12 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged With Election Hacking

Even though, in an interview this week, President Trump appeared to absolve Russia of election interference (since retracted), the US Department of Justice has now charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in…
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IT Security Updates Issue 2

Major tech giants aren’t “respecting” the GDPR, the ICO is offering grant funding for ‘innovative’ research into data privacy, Ticketmaster subject to ICO investigation after major breach and more… BEUC argues tech giants’ privacy…
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£500,000 Fine For Facebook Data Breaches

Sixteen months after the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) began its investigation into the Facebook’s sharing the personal details of users with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, the ICO has announced that Facebook will…
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NHS Booking App and Doc Bot

In the NHS's 70th year, and as part of the push for digitisation, the introduction of an appointment-booking app has been praised, while a GP chatbot has been given the thumbs-down by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Book…
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IT Security Updates Issue 1

The ICO have fined BT for a 5 million customer email ‘spam’ campaign that was found not to have ‘customers’ consent’, the ICO have also fined Gloucestershire Police an eye-watering £80,000 after an horrendous email error resulted…
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834% Rise in TSB Customer Attacks

Following the IT ‘meltdown’ at TSB last month which led to chaos for customers who were locked out of their own accounts, research has found that the number of phishing attacks targeting TSB customers leapt by 843% in May compared with April. Fraudsters…
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Data Breach Fine For UK University

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has imposed a fine of £120,000 on the University of Greenwich for a data breach that left the personal details of thousands of students exposed online. What Happened? The breach was discovered back in February…
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Google Chrome’s ‘Incognito’ Mode Not So Incognito

Research by Internet Privacy Company DuckDuckGo is reported to have produced evidence that could show that even in Incognito mode, users of Google Chrome can still be tracked, and searches are still personalised accordingly. Incognito Mode Going…
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Equifax hack - highlighting the importance patch mismanagement

US company Equifax is under the spotlight after losing data of nearly half the US population. What Happened Equifax is one of the three largest American credit agencies.  It gathers information about you — without you even knowing —…
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Call Recording and the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May 2018 across Europe, which means all national data protection laws will be replaced. A huge amount of businesses use and rely on call recording as a key tool within their business.…
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Ransomware - Protecting yourself now and in the future

The current high-profile attack on the National Health Service, French car factories and which is spreading worldwide has brought ransomware to the fore.  What is it? What can you do about the current outbreak? How do you protect yourself…
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How to improve your Cyber Security

  Cyber security has never been more important to businesses today, especially with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force in May 2018. Companies across the UK are facing more cyber-attacks than ever before…
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How to AVOID scam emails

Scam emails, also known as phishing emails/attacks, are becoming increasingly more common as fraudsters come up with new tricks to try and steal your personal information and bank details. In some cases, the emails carry malicious software…
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Cyber scams to watch out for this Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and that means a lot of us are completing our Christmas shopping online. Typically through the websites of retailers due to attractive online deals and discounts. However, the season is also a very vulnerable…
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How to recognise scam emails

Scam emails can be very convincing and fraudsters have increasingly been trying to make them look more believable. They leave you vulnerable to identity theft, information theft, abuse of your computer and even financial loss. There are many…