Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Optus privacy breach: names, addresses and details revealed in sim card glitch

Some mobile users were able to see records of other users when logging in to phone serviceOptus has scrambled to contact customers whose personal details were revealed in a system glitch affecting pre-paid mobile sim card activation and the...

Mumsnet reports itself to regulator over data breach

Company apologises after bug meant users were able to log into accounts of strangersMumsnet has reported itself to the information commissioner after a data breach resulted in users accidentally logging into the accounts of strangers.A botched upgrade to the...

EU recalls children’s smartwatch over data fears

European commission says Enox Safe-Kid-One can easily be hacked and poses risk to childrenA children’s wristwatch that allows the wearer to be easily contacted and located has been recalled by Brussels over safety fears.The European commission said the Enox...

The 5G wireless revolution: Chips with Everything podcast

We look at what to expect when 5G is rolled out in 2020 and how it could both help and hinder our livesLast month in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show showcased some of what we can expect from...

How Taylor Swift became a cybersecurity icon

In the wake of Apple’s FaceTime privacy bug, we should learn from the superstar who predicted such breachesIt’s hard to convince people to take data safety seriously. Installing updates, changing passwords, refusing permissions: it can be exhausting, and it’s...

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being posted to a hacking forumThe largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking...

I got a phishing email that tried to blackmail me – what should I do?

Pauline received a spam message that looked like a sextortion or webcam scamI got this email today. It says “I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account.” It goes on to claim that it...

Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters

Data grabbing | Country diary | Cost of stamps | A question of perspective | Steepest street titleThe solution is surely to use the non-profit Ecosia search engine that plants trees and quite simply guarantees that it protects your...

Apple reportedly hires Facebook critic in privacy role

Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook before opposing its use of personal data, ‘to work on data protection’Apple has reportedly hired a former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on Facebook’s data-sharing policies exposed during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Sandy...

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Firm failed to tell 35 million users and 3.7 million drivers their data was hacked in 2016Uber’s European operation has been fined £385,000 for a data breach that affected almost 3 million British users, the Information Commissioner’s Office has...

Assassination Nation review – revenge horror packed with insight

This gleefully gory exploitation film sets out to shock, but smartly dissects our online-obsessed society along the wayBrash, violent and nihilistic, Assassination Nation feels like the product of a one-night stand between Spring Breakers and The Purge. A trigger...

Two men jailed for involvement in TalkTalk hacking

Matthew Hanley and Connor Allsopp, from Tamworth, sentenced over customer data theftTwo friends have been jailed for their roles in hacking the telecommunications company TalkTalk.Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, admitted charges relating...

Data watchdog investigates ‘bin Chequers’ email campaign

Ads by secretive organisation Mainstream Network may have breached personal privacy rulesA secretive group that has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds encouraging voters to back a hard Brexit is being investigated by Britain’s data watchdog, it has emerged.MPs...

Defence shipbuilder Austal hit with data breach and extortion attempt

Attacker tried to sell certain materials on the internet but shipbuilder insists there is no evidence of theft of national security informationDefence shipbuilder Austal’s Australian business has been hit with a data breach and extortion attempt but insists there...

Cathay Pacific hit by data leak affecting up to 9.4m passengers

Airline confirms passport numbers, email addresses and credit card data were accessedThe airline Cathay Pacific has announced that it has suffered a major data leak affecting up to 9.4 million passengers.The Hong Kong flag carrier admitted that personal information...

Can you really sniff out gas station card skimmers with your phone?

A viral post suggests (wrongly) that card skimmers always use Bluetooth. Anyway, just looking at nearby Bluetooth names doesn't help much...
SecurityWeek

Canada Helping Australia Determine ‘Full Extent’ of Hack

Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency said Wednesday it is working with Canberra to try to determine the scale of computer hacking on Australia's parliament and political parties just months from an election. read more

Researcher: Not Hard for a Hacker to Capsize a Ship at Sea

Maritime transport still contributes in an important way to the world’s economy, with on-time shipments influencing everything from commodities availability and spot pricing to the stability of small countries. Unfortunately, capsizing a ship with a cyberattack is a relatively...
SC Magazine

30 years in: My, how SC and security have changed

1989. Acid wash jeans, Bon Jovi and the compassionate conservatism of the Reagan Era were actually, unironically popular. The Berlin Wall fell, free elections were held in the then Soviet Congress of Deputies, Vaclev Havel became president of Czechoslavakia,...
SecurityWeek

WinPot ATM Malware Resembles a Slot Machine

A piece of malware targeting automated teller machines (ATMs) has an interface that looks like a slot machine, Kaspersky Lab reports.  Dubbed WinPot, the malware was initially detected in March last year, targeting the ATMs of a popular vendor to...